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Buzzing from Birmingham BBC

21 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

I have just got back having had to put up with a 45mins delay on getting back, despite that the amount of travel I do these days I should invest in a Bradshaw book going on the trains back and forth. My latest venture was to Birmingham, to the Mailbox for a course titled ‘Get Your Next Job in TV Drama’, I must say thank you to my friend William Gallagher for passing on the course details and letting me know about it. Once inside the Mailbox I was greeted by a large number in the entrance, some I struck up a conversation with before heading into the delegated area for the course introduction and the numerous courses.

Once at the venue, tea and coffee was on tap and individuals began talking to people, I got chatting to had recently come back from Milan, was a producer of daytime TV, mainly cooking programmes and was looking to get into Drama. Everyone took seats and were greeted by a panel of well distinguished individuals who have worked in the industry for many years. The host of the panel was Marvarine Cole who is now a presenter on QVC but was previously a presenter on BBC, ITV and SKY NEWS, who operated a Q&A to the individuals who either work for independent companies and BBC, and mentioning how Drama is really making its presence known in Birmingham. When the hour’s panel had finished we all separated to attend our chosen workshops, for me the first was ‘Moving on from a Runner’, this was delivered by a guy called Andy, who now works as a 1st AD, previously a 2nd, 3rd and runner. The beginning of the session was Andy presenting his background in media and why he chose to go down the route of media, and all of us saying what career we are working towards. Andy even shared stories of individuals making mistakes and that ending their media careers, something that many of us made notes on the dangers and factors to be aware of.

 

During the lunch break I and those who attend were networking as much as we all could before the next selection of workshops started. I came prepared with a so many business cards that I was handing them out like sweets, and many remarked on the design I ‘d gone for- Paul Smith stripes. Soon it was time to attend the next selection of workshops and I opted for Script Supervisor, where a lady called Lisa who shared her experiences and how she got her break in TV, and how from there on she has worked on a multitude of productions ranging from ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Midsomer Murders’ (a programme I love watching on repeat), ‘Hustle’ to ‘Minder’ ‘Father Brown’ and many more. We were shown a series of examples and templates of the documents a Script Supervisor uses when preparing for a TV series, and I must say it is A LOT of paperwork. One topic that Lisa made us all aware of was continuity where the script matches what is on presented on the screen from start to finish. To emphasis this we were all shown a series of clips from films where there mistakes; I have never stared at a TV screen so hard in my life in order to see and discover flaws, something I will be doing in the future. Soon that session ended and it was time for another break and more chatting before going onto the third and final class- Networking face to face and online and addressing the fears and myths; one exercise involved the room being split into two and one side saying why networking is bad and why is is good and answering simple questions, studying pictures and just giving our overall opinions on networking as a whole. From the set up of the room this was a masterclass that practically everyone wanted to attend and get as much insight into the best methods, approaches and results gained at the end.

 

The final part of the day was a closing Q&A session titled ‘Making great Drama in the Midlands’, delivered by Jamie Glazebrook who is the Executive Producer on the second series of ‘Peaky Blinders’. The questions were asked by the Marvarine who opened the event it felt appropriate that she should close it, with a combination of clips from the series and a preview of the next episode. It was then time for us to let our hair down and have drinks and continue to network, something I did for a short time as I had to dash to catch my train. I came away with a lot of useful advice, tips and information which I will be acting in the next couple of days. I was glad to have had a chance to speak to the guest panel of media representatives all except Will who had to leave during the lunch break because of a media meeting.

 

My next event all being well will be the 5th November and I am looking forward to the fact I will be catching up with a media friend/ contact I have known for 4 years. That combined with media activities in between.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

First day in the office

14 Apr

Hi my Mediadreamz readers, followers and those who find me

Today marks my first day in the office working with the production company LightFilms on an new and upcoming feature film, and it was even better with the sun shining too.  I guess the next question that springs to mind is who are LightFilms, answer- they are professional filmmakers who work on corporate, feature and wedding productions in the East Midlands. There latest project, ‘RatCatcher’ is a film that follows the story of three brothers who take a hunting trip in the woods in a remote snow covered area. Arriving for a long weekend away, they discover that they are not alone in the woods… For a more depth idea think of the films Rambo, Deerhunter and the Bourne films to give you a better idea. The film is being brought to life by the director Tom Wadlow and producer Chrissa Wadlow and guys they are brilliant. Other feature productions they have made are Shelf Stackers, Wasteland, The Apartment, and many more which you can check out on their website http://www.lightfilms.co.uk. The films LightFilms make have the honour and delight of going to Cannes, thats right you read correctly, Cannes Film Festival that place where the great actors and actresses attend every year, so the film will be heading in that direction.

The main tasks of the day were finding locations ready for filming a longer version of ‘RatCatcher’, so I set to work contacting properties and country parks about potentially using their locations for the film and getting all necessary information in prep. At one point I was on the verge of speaking to a Lord about his property, but my call was diverted to a member of staff. So far positive responses, all the locations I found as many of them have said let us know when you are free and call us back and we will take you round the areas we think will be excellent.

I cannot forget to mention also that ‘RatCatcher’ would not be happening without the role that the projects contributors have played, who want to be part of this incredible journey from beginning, middle and end. Being part of this awesome production has its perks; making a contribution gives you the chance to select from the list, this can be anything from having a big shout out, film screening ticket, DVDs or even getting your name on the credits with a snazzy title. Sound like something you want to be part of too?  Then check out the films indiegogo page

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rat-catcher-feature-film

One of my to do list activities tomorrow is to call a producer friend of mine about doing a news piece on ‘RatCatcher’ as it is also to create at least 20 jobs and getting others involved from start to end, so that will keep me busy with that too.

So I think the next thing will be going to the locations with camera and all and getting shots of the different areas for filming, I’m so excited.

I look forward to the next day I am in the office or as I mention going off to locations for filming.

 

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