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RTS on the road for a summer show

29 Jun

Hi Fellow Mediadreamerz

I do have a posting to add about my experience on a really awesome film, but cannot post until I have the green light from the team. Hopefully, very soon. Until here is my latest news.

The comment Summer is mentioned loosely as the day the above mentioned event was on a miserable day. This is the third event I have been to run by the Royal Television Society, and as it was in Nottingham I thought lets go!

I made it to the venue; BBC EMT Studios and as soon as I walked through the sliding doors I saw William Gallagher, the writer and guy I met at the event in Birmingham. We had a great catch up in the reception before the speakers arrived and instructed us to follow them up to the venue. Once there more people arrived and introducing ourselves to everyone else the speakers; Jayne Greene, Isobel Clark, Stuart Hall (head of BBC EMT). I met a lady there who told me that her son’s girlfriend is currently working on a ITV Drama so I will try to track her down and contact her. I managed to mingle with others and William and I got to chat about his works, past and present, career paths and life in general. We saw how the news and weather is transmitted with the newsroom producers and editors trying to keep the news within the allocated time at lunchtime.

As there was a great spread putting on for everyone as people we starting to leave, we were advised to take stuff with us (I pinched the sparkling water and let the others who were travelling on the train to take the food). Soon we left and couldn’t get over how quickly everything had gone, and I got lots of contacts from the day and even got the name of a accommodation company to contact if I need help for places in the future regarding media work.

The cool thing is I have another networking event 19th July for BAFTA, so more news and info to come.

One last thing; Nunquam Deditionem, Never Surrender, never retreat

Runner Run, Run, Run

27 Feb

I am glad I have a moment to take a pew to write my latest media activity. I have spent the last two and half days in Birmingham working with a brilliant production team, on a well-known daytime drama. I cannot give too much away as that would be spoiling, but I can tell you what my experience was like. I was at the office for 7.30am to be on set for 8.30am and I admit working a 12hr shift really does take it out of you. Everyone was really welcoming to me during my first day work shadowing on a drama, and as many people have said drama is totally different to any other type of programme/ genre out there, and boy they were not wrong there. Everyone asked me the usual questions; where had I come from, was I at uni, what were my career ambitions, what other projects had I worked on etc.

The first day was over quick than you could say thats a wrap, and once I got back to my hotel room all I did was watch TV and eat cereal (I know its not the best gourmet meal, but I did not have the energy to eat something hot).

My second day was being out and about with the crew on four locations and it was cold. I felt sorry for the crew and actors out there, so I gave them some spare hand warmers to help ward off the coldness they all felt. I got talking to some of the extras and other members of the crew, who were praising me for my tea/ coffee/ snack providing skills, and just like yesterday it ended so fast. Once back at base, and packed away everyone thanked me for helping out; I got a hug from the director and 1st AD both wanted me to stay longer on the filming. The director and 1st AD both suggested to me that I find out if I could come back in the foreseeable future, to help out again, or on another production in Birmingham, in order to get more experience. So I did just that and now I await to see what happens. One thing I will remember from the final day was when I  was saying good-bye to the director, he wished me luck in my ventures and said that everything I was doing was right, and to keep going no matter what, so I won’t surrender and will persevere on.

My next opportunity is helping out on a music video for two days, I’ve never helped out on anything like that so lets see how that goes.

As a final note I want to say that the team I worked with were totally awesome and made me feel really welcome and it will be an experience I definitely won’t forget too quickly, you guys were the best.

Valuation of the day; what a Real Deal

29 Jan

I am sad that my placement with Creative England has come to an end, though I can say that I have enjoyed it. It was nice of Stephen and Elizabeth to take me for a leaving lunch, and it was the first time I got to try Falafel (I know of all the things to have off the menu, but as I had never tried it I thought why not).

As the saying goes when one door closes, another opens and this was certainly the case. Despite the door being open for a day I got the chance to work with a production company surprisingly they were filming a daytime episode in my home town. I thought at first that this was a twilight zone moment as I live in a town which has nothing to really offer, nor anything exciting. This was part of a programme made by RDF Television, and the clue is in the title. I made it to the location in plenty of time and met 6 other runners who had traveled from places like Manchester, York etc, and from what I could gather from everyone many of them were/ are novices to the role. We met the production assistants Jo and Emily, who gave us the tour of the place and we were all allocated our roles. I was assigned the front and inner part of the conference hall, where I was detailing with refreshments, answering questions and letting participants into the conference area in small amounts. The day went by so fast, and after we’d all had lunch at the various intervals, I and everyone rotated roles and mine was with one of the podium’s and that was a treat meeting one of the dealers and she was really sweet. The afternoon was one where I was problem solving for not only the other runners on an crisis, and with the actual crew RDF on a minor issue that I solved using my initiative. Eventually the day overall came to a quick end (or it rather felt like that) and it was a case of thanking Jo for letting me help out and if there are future productions in the Midlands to give me a buzz and I will be there like a shot. So it was a great opportunity under the hammer, well I am sold on this and fingers crossed they ask me back. At one point in the day, I got a chance to interact with the production crew, one of which was an electrician who had worked on ‘Doctors’, and other projects. Great day, great day.

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