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Banged-up in ‘Borstal’

8 Nov

Hey Mediadreamzers

Its been awhile since I sat in front of my laptop and composed a post, last being the James Bond event, and there is another on the horizon. In between then and now I have been work-shadowing in the various departments at work, again in the studio gallery specifically with the Production Assistant and with the Assistant Producer focusing on the paperwork side of things.

You may think from the title of the post ‘oh Lord, what has she done’, and quite possibly your mind might wonder onto the opening titles and dialogue of ‘Porridge’ quoting Norman Stanley Fletcher being grilled by the Judge. Unfortunately not, I am not doing Porridge, but was involved in a film that wasn’t as comical as the sitcom; the opportunity I was involved was a film called ‘Borstal’.  You can guess from the title what the film is about. What surprised about getting involved as production crew was a week ago I received a phone call from the Director, Steven, asking if I was free on any days the last week of October/ first week of November. I was touched by being contacted and asked to help out if I was free.

There was also a request for me to bring and bake cakes, as on my days off from production work, and keeping active I bake, and I bake a lot.

Although filming started a few weeks ago I have been helping out for a few days during Halloween half-term week. It was a bit of a journey getting to location, and luckily I found the site where filming was happening. When I arrived I met some of the actors and crew and then met Ruth the Line Producer and Steven, the Director. First day was getting used to the site we were filming on and meeting the rest of the team, and it was great fun. Getting areas set up for filming, relaying messages, thinking ahead, all that jazz.
As the first day went by, a phrase I had heard before was said again ‘Where was this girl when we first started filming?’. I always smile when this, as I find it hard to get that others think I do a good job on sets. I couldn’t believe how quick the first day for me on set had gone and even with the clocks going back an hour. Would have liked to have gone back on Halloween and on the 1st Nov. but couldn’t make it, so my second day back was on 2nd Nov. and it was just as good as the first.

Although it was great to be heading back to location, and seeing the cast and crew again, despite it being cold outside when we were filming, at least the sun was shining. I also got to meet Chris the Production Runner on ‘Borstal’, and I think we made a great team. When I arrived and the rest of the crew saw me, I got ‘Did you bring anymore cakes’, and the answe to that was afraid not.

The one thing I still hate about productions is that time goes by really fast even before you have a chance to take it all in. Working with everyone on ‘Borstal’ was a blast and I always hope and wonder if I have done a good job as a Production Assistant. Everyone from the Still Photographer to the Line Producer, from the enthusiastic actors to the stunt Coordinator to the Director who was awesome from the start made me feel like part of the team. It was a long drive back to Buckinghamshire, but it was worth it getting to work with so many great people in Media, and I really hope I get to work on future productions with everyone again as it was so much fun.

Not sure when my next opportunity will be media work wise but as mentioned above it’s gonna be a bond weekend and god I am so on board with it and will be like a 12 days till Xmas event from the team behind James Bond. That and doing lots of practice baking for Xmas as I am gonna be making Xmas Continental treats and even Black Russian Cupcakes.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

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All ‘Adrift in Soho’

21 Nov

Hi Mediadreamzers

I can now sit and share with you what I have been up to for the past three weeks, which involved traveling back and forth a lot. Why you may ask, and the answer is from working on a film not as a runner but as a 3rd Camera Assistant. It felt strange not being a runner as that is what my role has been on most shoots so it was nice to be working on a film with more responsibilities. The film ‘Adrift in Soho’ is a novel by Colin Wilson and the plot focuses on Five individuals from different backgrounds are brought together by chance to take one last look at a world that is about to collapse in front of their eyes.

During my first week it was a case of getting to know the crew and familiarising myself with the equipment, how to fill in camera reports for each days collected shots. Most of the filming ended late at night but I never noticed how fast time went until I looked at my watch.

The second week was something an interesting week; I was crew and I was asked at one point about an extra when we were filming in a bar for nearly 12 hours, so I was taken away by the costume department and dressed in 1950s clothes and was given a beret and a drink of flat ‘alcohol’. It felt strange that when I was not needed on set I was working and I sort of felt like I was out of my comfort zone, but was great fun.

The third and final week was pretty much the same thing going to a lot more locations and filming everything within a 12-13 hour days. Granted it was exhausting and I ended getting back to my accommodation near to 10-11pm it was so worth it. I did notice when I was helping out each day I was greeted by hugs and kisses from the camera team, the sparks and from the director too. I was just said when everything ended each week so quickly, I just hope that I get to work with everyone again the future. I am looking forward to the next film I am working on in Derby. I have also found a way of adding film credits to media productions I have worked on onto my IMDB page and it worked.

I think before I do anything else will be to catch up on some sleep before I start my next project.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Run Runner Run, Runner Run Run Run

25 Sep
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Well I have certainly been doing a lot of that over the past couple of days and in between that went for an interview to a very special place in my heart; pinewood Studios for an interview for a role on a film. Here is a clue 007. Unfortunately I did not get the role I had been put forward for but at least it is a step further than last time when I applied for a production role on ‘Skyfall’. My motto ‘Never Surrender, Never Retreat’ applies here and for everything else I have been unsuccessful with, but still it is nice to visit the place I like to call my second home.

Despite the unsuccessful outcome, I am having a blast working with a production company in Derby called LightFilms on a really cool (Well I think it is) trailer for an upcoming feature to be shot in 2015. I have completed a lot of tasks so far and have managed to get results at the end of them.

The advice I will give those starting out in the industry is have contingencies places encase something unexpected happens or falls through. The work has entailed researching places that meet the necessary requirements of the director and SFX team for filming, sourcing props suitable for the characters and the background, liaising and hunting down costumes and accessories for the characters, getting call sheets finalised, calling lots and lots and LOTS of people (the phone doesn’t stop ringing, which is good).

In my case it was running around from four regions to get everything done before the day ended; finalising a location in one area, calling and collecting an essential prop from another, calling another person in another area and finally getting a prop personalised.

All of this work I have found has also caused me to have moments I consider fluxes, especially when finding props as half the things the production team will need I would assume were so far away, like down in London or Manchester but no by chance I found everything on the doorstep, more convenient I say.

I pressed on and although I had to deal with an evasive obstacle, I overcame it and got the outcome that I wanted, and everything else afterwards fell into place. Although there was nearly another a solution was found and all was right with the world, and this was near the end of the day.

I only wish that was going to be on set at the weekend for filming of the trailer, but alas I won’t be free, but I am hoping that I have done a good job with the call sheet and getting all info out the to cast and crew and hopefully will see the trailer in a few weeks after it has been shot. To date I am loving every single minute of my time I am spending with lightFilms. More info to follow shortly or at a later time, who know.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

Cosmopolitan Carnival Creativity

24 Aug

Hi Mediadreamz readers

What a day I have had, luckily not stuck on a checkout but something much more interesting. A few weeks back I was contacted by a company, through a recommendation, to help film an event happening in Leicester this weekend. The event is as you see above the Cosmopolitan Carnival and the purpose of the event is and was to Celebrate Leicester’s culturally diverse city through every imaginable art form. Everything from dancing of all forms to graffiti art, to music to singing and I along with a friend of mine, Raj, who I have worked with before on episodes of ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ were given the role of filming the setting up of the events, the reactions of people, the performances throughout the day and the closing aftermath of the events on the day.

 

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Prior to the event starting all the people involved we all met at Red Hot World Buffet where everyone had a complimentary lunch before getting ready to work. After getting the cameras Raj and I started filming, though the first half hour the cameras died so whilst they were charging we improvised (I used a spare Flip camera that I bought with me, and Raj used his phone). When all cameras had died it was a case of taking shifts to monitor the charging and guarding the tripods in half hourly intervals, in order to get some incredible footage. The main stage was mainly musical acts and the high st was dedicated to a mixture of dancing everything from tribal to zumba that encouraged other people to get involved too. I also thought the people on stilts was very creative. I made a couple of trips to st. Martin’s sq to listen to the random musical acts too, as well as getting people’s reactions. Personally my favourite bit was the dancing Chinese dragon, it was certainly something the children who came to the event found really interesting).

Areas were designated for the following
– Jubilee Square MAIN STAGE- MUSIC
– High Street DANCE ZONE
– St Martin’s Sq PERFORMANCE AREA-MUSIC

and not forgetting the Silver Arcade ARTS HUB & WORKSHOP DISPLAYS

Soon time grew closer to the fact that the dancing had finished and that everything was to end at Jubilee Sq with a few final acts before it all ended with a film projection on the wall of BBC Radio Leicester, so of the members of staff I met during the days events, and the footage was very interesting and cleverly constructed. And as usual the day went by so fast, this one of the disadvantages I have when involved in media work, that when I am enjoying something so much time just goes by, that is why it is so precious to any and all productions.

I am also having fun working on the feature film I mentioned before, which I resume work on in the next few days.

Baton Battle Day 2- Freestyle

9 Aug

Well Friday seems to one a lot better for me with the main task I was set; labelling the tapes and to make sure they went into the right cases and given to Brett in one piece I put loom bands round the case. I think I cracked it and I felt more on the ball, as well as the other tasks I was set to complete. Because I won’t be there on Saturday till late afternoon I put plans into motion for everyone ( ordering lunch, sourcing emergency tapes encase we run out and pre-labelling ready until I arrive to take over). I was a favourite person Friday morning with the supplies I bought in for the day and more I brought in Saturday ready for Sunday. I really enjoyed the preliminary freestyle performances of all the groups

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Rocking of the ages with Savage Messiah

10 Feb

Although it was pouring with rain, it did not dampen my mood for helping out on a music video shot, back at Giltbrook Studios (this thought certainly got me through my shift at Tesco!). My call time was about 10am because of needing to collect two of the actors from the train station; Pixie who I learned is a contortionist which is so cool ( I also learned that Pixie has even been an extra in ‘Games of Thrones’). I am guessing those of who who are reading this and enjoy G.O.T are green with envy. The other actor was a guy called Phil, who is also a director of films in Lincoln, who I also learned had auditioned for a role as one of the Lannisters in G.O.T but didn’t get it because his hair was not blonde enough. Once at the studio and in from the rain, it was a case of saying hi to the crew and to Tom the director (head of Polymath Pictures, and who I’d worked with before of the puppet video ‘Hands Up if Your Lost’). I also met two representatives of a music agency based in Nottingham called Earache Records Emma and Tom, who were both really great people to meet and Emma even took my photo for their website (not very flattering but at least it makes the days events). Once the equipment was set up it,and the band Savage Messiah were set the perform, filming commenced. I admit I do not know much on Savage Messiah, so I did some research; They are a London thrash/ heavy metal band that formed in May 2007. The band were signed to Earache Records in 2011, released their first album (Plague of Conscience) in 2012 and the video they were recording at the shoot was a track called ‘Hellblazer’ taken from their new album ‘The Fateful Dark’ set to be released on March 10th 2014. Guys in the Band Dave Silver – lead vocals, guitars Joff Bailey – guitars, backing vocals Stefano Selvatico – Bass Andrea Gorio – drums, percussion https://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal To know more on the company and see some of the photos check out there site http://www.earache.com/index2.html. Apart from runner jobs, I also controlled some of the lighting sequences, and running the usual errands. Once the band had been filmed it was Pixie and Phil who were soon on set for their debut appearance. Pixie on cameraman P1030825 Roll camera! P1030823 Great make-up P1030820 P1030821 Photo opportunity Here comes the Cardinal P1030817 Look is Yoda on set Filming next shots The cameraman P1030813 P1030812 P1030807 P1030808 The make-up room the 'Jedi' moment The props Our director, cameraman, photographer and the beautiful green screen The studio Band and Record Rep Oh, lord Chill time Pixie on stills Break-time Band taking a break I guess I blinked too much during the day because it was soon time to go, say  my good-byes to the team, the record company and take Phil to the station, in order for him to get home. Despite it pouring with rain all day and being high on tea, it was awesome. Next opportunity is in Friday in Derby, can’t wait and as far as I am aware the local radio station will be there too. Maybe I will have some photos to share too.

 

Oh, forgot to add a link to Earache Records of me http://earache.tumblr.com/post/75789320591/our-day-so-far-at-the-studio-with-savage-messiah

Superhero in the Studio with SuperStars

5 Feb

What a great weekend, well Saturday I had (beats standing at a checking and being a robot!). What did I do you may ask the answer Media work of course. I got up really early to head out to a film studio in Nottingham called Giltbrook a place that I have been and worked at before (post on TRISTAR day). My role for the day was working as a runner at the studio with a company that had come all the way from London; Superhero Screen.

I arrived at 7.30am, even though the call time was 8am it was to get started with everything that needed doing in prep. Very soon the crew arrived and one of them I remembered Amy Nicolson, an Art Department supervisor who I’d worked with before, so it was great to work on another project and get to have a catch-up. Once equipmet had been set up, the props arrived and the 10 children who were going to be appearing in the project arrived from Lincoln, filming commenced. Shortly after we were greeted with Lillie, the dog who would be making her debut appearance in the afternoon with the children. We all kept Lillie entertained with treats; biscuits and cakes before she went onto set at 3.30pm. Whilst helping to look after the studios special guests, I also had a chat with the chaperones to the 10 children, and heard about the various productions and other media activities they had all been involved in and what was coming up for them later in the year. One rising star I heard about was Samuel Mckrone who I was surprised to hear had recently featured in ‘The Invisible Woman’ (a film directed and starring Ralph Fiennes), so I and others will have to keep their eyes out for him.

Then at lunchtime a well-known famous person local to Nottingham arrived to be filmed for her role; Su Pollard and what a truly wonderful person she is. She was full of energy and enthusiasum from the word go and after getting her a cup of tea she was straight into make-up. It was great to have a chat with her, and with the children involved in the filming. Su shared tales of her past work in the media industry and told us about her time involved in the Christmas pant with David Hasselhoff (who I hear is a legend in Germany). Soon those sad words were uttered; ‘That’s a wrap’,and with any and all media activities I am involved in the time always goes by so fast , there should a law that prevents this from happening as this never happens when I am standing at a checkout in a supermarket. I thanked Tom, Malcolm, Ken and Dom and all the other members of the team at Superhero Screen for having me on board with the filming, and that I had had a blast. I hope to work with Superhero Screen again as they are a really great team to work with, though my next opportunity is helping out on a music video at the same studio Giltbrook Studios.

 

If you have a moment check out Giltbrook Studios and see what you think

http://new.giltbrookstudios.co.uk/

 

 

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