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New Year, New Challenges

25 Feb

Hey Mediadreamzers

Granted it is very much into the New Year and I have been hibernating for the last few months, but I can share as to why that is. I discovered back in Nov/ Dec that I was being made redundant from my role as a Production Assistant due to my place of work moving. So, part of last year and close to end of was spent job hunting and going for interviews and I won’t lie to you it was worrying as to whether I would succeed in getting a job by or before the New Year. The end result was.. SUCCESS I managed to get a job as a Replay Operator, something very different to what I previously was doing. With most TV Media going one of 2 ways, automated or technical I fell into the latter and I am always eager to learn new skills.

Explanation for being gone was spending my time locking this role down, going on training courses and I’ve recently started training some newbies. I have only been doing this role for a little over 2 months and I an learning a lot and so far so good. New things are being added to my role, so constantly on my toes. I am interested in going into the other Media departments to see and understand more of what they do everywhere from MCR to the other galleries. One of my New Year goals/ challenges is underway, there are others and one of them is learning how to ride a horse, just for the experience.

I do hope to go to and be involved in other Media related activities for 219 and see how things progress. Though one good thing to happen before the end of the year was that I got engaged.

You can call me corny but I see years as empty books with pages to be filled and chapters to be added to.

Numquam dedite

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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

BFI Forever One Year On

9 Nov

I was surprised a few weeks ago to receive an email from BFI informing of a series of roadshows it would be bring across the UK, and one of the venues was Derby. This surprised me as it isn’t exactly top of the list when it comes to the East Midlands, but all the same I signed up to the sessions. It was held at an old hangout of mine when I was at university so it was great going back.

Before the events kicked off we had a networking introduction of tea and coffee with biscuits, lots of biscuits and I got the chance to meet some new people, hand out some business cards and see some familiar faces. These familiar faces I am referring to are the YSP Media team who I worked with on the sitcom episode ‘Jobseekers’ so it was great to catch-up.

Once the sessions began we were introduced to the team behind BFI; Ben Roberts Director of BFI, Eddie Berg Director of BFI partnerships, Nikki Christie BFI Education, Creative England and Film Network attended. The event was split into two the first half focused on education and how BFI and Film network are focusing their attentions on using films to educate young individuals, the programmes they have for 5-19 year olds, the impact and reactions triggered using media in education and the career choices/ placements open to young people. It was another networking session with more tea and coffee and of course more biscuits before going back for the second session which looked at Heritage and Archived films. It was here that I learned about the BFI Player where individuals can watch certain and particular films that are housed, maintained and restored by the BFI; some of which are free and others pay per view. Additionally, references were made also to workshops and future events that BFI are planning for the future.

The session ended quicker than I expected but I won’t be away from Derby/ QUAD for long as I will be going back for another networking session in December, so keep your eye on the blog and will be back soon.

Runner for Notts County

18 Oct
What a day I have had. I got a call from a locations manager asking if I was free tomorrow (Friday) to help film a Sky sports promo. I sent my CV over and in the space of 5 mins I got an email saying ‘you’ve got the job’. Pure and simple.

So I was up at 4am getting ready to get to Notts County Football grounds as I didn’t know what the roads would be like (they were covered in fog), and although I got stuck behind a tractor part of the way, I made it to the ground before 7am. Once there, I met the other runner Tristan, and the gates were open, the rest of the crew began to arrive. I introduced myself to Nick the guy who gave me the job for the day, the sparks team Bruce, Frank, Marco the camera crew Carl, Carl and because there were 2 of them I called one Carl 1 and the other of Carl 2 and of course Karl. I then met Aaron, Paul, Nigel, Becki, Jon, Stuart, Mark, Tony the prop man and the visual department, and once everyone was on site I got to work doing the usual tasks of a runner. One thing I really appreciated was the crew were really friendly and made me feel like a part of team (even though it was only for a day). I also appreciated Nick spending part of the day talking to me and giving lots of great advice and tips for work and progressing with my career goal that I gave him one of my business cards (I did the same with other members of the team).  I have been dragging the post out that I haven’t even said what the work was;  Sky Sports promo for an upcoming event. One thing I will confess: it was the first time I have set foot in a football stadium, and I worked so much today that I made up for the missed gym session on Wednesday. I really enjoyed the day and everyone Nick Aaron, Paul, Becky, Paul, Carl 1, Carl 2, Karl, Nigel, Jon, Stuart, Bruce, Marco, Frank, Tony, Becki, Mark were all brilliant people to work with, they all ROCK!

As I have said before I always find time goes by so fast when I am involved in production work, and was sad that the day came to end but all I can say that it was a blast. I said my goodbyes to the crew and wished them all safe journeys home to whether their destinations were. I nearly forgot to mention how great the stadium staff were giving us cups with tea, coffee and hot chocolate in the bases (the tea had powdered milk at the bottom, the coffee had coffee and powdered milk and the hot chocolate well you can guess what that had).

I have other productions that are coming up and can’t wait to get started on them, well I have thrown the jobs in the air and I just wait to see which one falls down first.

Music to my ears

6 Mar

Its certainly been an experience these last two days, working as a Production Assistant, on a music video. Something I have never done before, as most of my previous work has been on docs/ factual, entertainment and drama so having a music video on the CV is definitely different. I found about the opportunity through a previous contact and as I was free I thought why not.

Day One was spent meeting the crew and Art Department as the whole setting was a forest with puppets. When I say puppets think the Muppets. The role was the same as if I were working on a TV programme, as well as helping the Art people with the puppets and scenery.

Day two was more of the same thing, only difference was I had to be a dancing puppet when shooting certain scenes, and that was fun I must say. Soon the day ended quicker than it began, though I hope the director I worked with has future work opportunities for me to get involved in, as I enjoyed working with the team to help make the video for a local band. Although I have a networking night in April I am looking forward to at Pinewood Studios, provided the weather doesn’t turn and we have hurricanes or something even more extreme.

Visiting Olympic Capital

5 Aug

Hi one and all

Now I have caught my breathe from the events of the weekend I can share with you the great day I had on Friday, going to London. My reason for going down was to meet up with Terry, someone I had previously met and mentioned in one of my posts, who had recently come back from working on a film. When he came back to the UK, I’d arrange to meet up with him in London, so we could talk about any upcoming films/ projects that he knew about that would be recruiting production crew. I admit I was worried I won’t get to London in time, what with the Olympics and possible delays, but made it to St Pancras in plenty of time, and when I saw Terry at Costa coffee it was all go go. When I arrived, Terry informed me he had invited someone who he had not only worked with in the industry, but also someone who could potentially help with production running opportunities. It was great having a catch up and finding out how Terry had been since we last spoke, as well as having a chat in general over coffee with his friend/ colleague, Saloum.

After coffee it was a trip to Carluccios where the three of us talked more about films in the cinema that were coming out and we were all going to see, pre-production films and colleagues that they have worked with, who maybe able to help me get my foot in the door more. I did talk about my time at Pinewood Studios and how I had had an awesome time, and how I had tried to find Terry’s parking space, but without success. It was really interesting everything that was discussed and I learnt a lot from the day.

I admit it was sad having to leave London to head back to the East Midlands, but the good news is I am heading back to London near to the end of the month, to the Barbican to see the James Bond Exhibiton. The one thing I’m gonna see if they have is a bar and if I can order a Vesper drink and see what it is like. One thing that caught my attention coming into London was seeing the Olympic Stadium and at the time I wonder what events were taking place there, and it was only after I was waiting for my train, and with the 2012 Olympic support volunteers handing out ice creams that I heard that Great Britain had won gold and silver medals what I can’t remember. So fingers all systems go for upcoming media work, I can’t wait and will hopefully have more news to share with you when the time comes.

Set, Hut

14 Oct

Well, this what was shouted a lot last night, obviously. Though before I went to the 3G Pitch, I decided to see if any of my lecturers were in the History department. Well, I certainly gave Ruth and Ian a surprise, as they didn’t expect to see me that night, so I explained why I was back at Derby uni, and that I would hopefully be seeing them when I’d be in either filming, or editing.

Made it to the pitch and was greeted by Adelie, someone on the sports committee, who came prepared for the cold weather, with a cup of coffee (and thats whose in this picture).

Managed to get some great footage of the practice session last night, though before practice everyone was warming up with stretches and one of the moves I’m gonna nickname is ‘the werewolf’. Reason for that is that everyone had their backs arched when stretching, and then the howling started, and on the night of a full moon too!

When I saw that my flip had a small amount of battery power, I thought I wouldn’t be getting anymore footage, thankfully flip cameras record when there is no battery life left, there is a god. One thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get in anyone’s way when they were training. One thing I discussed with Adelie was coming into the uni, to put the footage I have onto an apple mac. Thankfully, there are a lot of media people with the Derby Braves, and people on the sports committee who can help me out. A bonus is I also know the head of the media department, who maybe able to help me, so I just have to wait to hear what time on Thursday afternoon to go into the uni to add what I already have. So I am looking forward to getting to grips with Final cut pro, again. Stay tuned for next Thursdays tales, and howling.

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