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MKFN Meet up

18 Feb

Hey Mediadreamzers

My latest post is more local than capital based. Yesterday was the monthly meet up with film makers and media people. And as there were only a few of us it was a sit around a table and discussing ideas planned for that night.

One proposed topic idea discussed was a film challenge project, similar to the 48HR challenge that usually happens Summer/ Autumn time, but this one was and is going to be a challenge to submit scripts and after read by a panel of ‘judges’ to pick the best one and have everyone at the table and those that couldn’t attend, help make the film and submit it to festivals, both local and international. Questions were asked and views were expressed at this point amongst other things, but I think when dates and outlines are established for submission deadline is made then that might get underway.

The follow-up topic discussed was an potential idea that I wanted to share with everyone, and the idea was having MK set up/ establish a TV channel via YouTube or Free-view. Although I learned that others have tried to do this and it had fizzled out. After discussing this for quite some time, everyone thought that it would work and that if I wanted to go for it to go for it; one idea was to get locals and others who thought it might work to share their own videos on a media channel. I only hope it works though the general agreement was to have an internet channel and take it from there.

The final topic was again festival related but discussing events coming up in the Summer and arranging the means to film the dance and artistic performances of those in August/ September, and how many wanted to avoid be pushed out of the festival by others and not getting a chance to showcase their work. Although it got heated but not aggressively heated, at least we all have things to plan and work on ready for next months session.

So lots to do and plan for in the coming months, and hopefully this will kick off when I am back from Paris next week, and I’m hoping that my French is good enough; I’ve learnt certain phrases like Can I have a Lawyer that speaks English, I didn’t do it and other greetings to use.

Nunquam Ddeitioneum

The outcome

31 Mar

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

Forgive the late response regarding what I said in my last post on my interviews, I did not want to jinx the outcome of either one, now I feel can share.

As promised I said I would let you know the outcome of my interviews.

The first interview for the assistant producers role was with Psychic Today and with it only taking me an hour and 10 mins to get my interview I used the extra 40mins I had to read my notes and ready myself for the type of question I could potentially be asked. I met my interviewer, Joanne, and the questions commenced; ranging from what makes a good producer, what did you think to the shows structure and style of Psychic Today, what could be done differently/ what are my thoughts on the shows I watched. I answered all questions with so much detail that I made poor Joanne use so much paper, I even added ideas and suggestions for the channel and the website. I was then told a little more about the role, my responsibilities, the hours and where that could lead to. Interview lasted 30mins and I was informed that I would hear something soon.

Result- I was offered one of the assistant producer roles, and a training date, but because of the position being freelance based and other factors coming to light I had to decline the opportunity.

 

The Second interview was with a non-production based company called SIS(not to get confused with the Secret Service), which stands for Satellite Information Services; the company has contracts with BBC, ITN and SKY NEWS & SPORTS. The interview was for a media assistant position, and is a permanent position. One thing I arrived 50mins early and read through the meticulous notes I had made about SIS as it had been advised that I do my research (planned to read up on the company anyway). I also looked at competencies/ situations and planned answers to potential questions I could be asked, so I am not surprised like a deer in the headlights. Once in the building I met Richard and Rory where I was taken to a conference room and the interview commenced. Rory asked the questions, there were four pages of questions and situations that I have demonstrated certain skills in, whilst Richard took notes of everything I said (I was asked other questions like what do I do in my spare time, what takes priority in my life, if I could do something spontaneous what would I do; I said have a party in the style of James Bond. I then asked my questions before being given a tour of the various buildings on site, where I met the sound mixers, graphics, producers, production managers, editors and all people in media. The total time I spent at SIS was an hour 35mins interview and the remaining time taking the tour.

Result- I received a phone call on Friday 13th of all days I hear you cry and the day I learned of the outcome. The conversation began with SIS thanking me for attending my interview and that they enjoyed meeting me, in the back my my mind I could hear the cliche sentence in my head and the word unsuccessful. However, it was not to be; because Richard and Rory enjoyed meeting me I have been invited back to Milton Keynes for a second interview.

At first I did not know the criteria for the second one, then I learned to read up more information on the company, and read up on my competencies as the interview is going to be mainly scenarios and situations I could be asked. So I spent two days before my interview reading and researching everything I could find. You may think me over-prepared but it meant that I didn’t forget anything. Well, I went for the interview this time with Richard and a lady from HR and it was roughly the same questions as before giving examples of my competencies and any questions I had. What I felt was 5 mins was in fact a 35 mins interview, and before I left I was informed that a decision would be made either tomorrow, or near to the end of the week.

Result- Tuesday I received the phone call saying that SIS wish to offer me the job. That certainly knocked me for 6 as it was an enormous surprise. As I mentioned it is a non-production job, but it gives the opportunity of using my degree, learning technical and broadcasting skills with the chance of career progression. Plus the bonus with the opportunity is it is stepping stone in the right directions and I am not too far away from the capital for future work as a researcher/ assistant director, and of course there is the potential to progress further, or work at Pinewood in the future. So I was immensely surprised and happy, and I have accepted the offer which I start on 8th April thinking it best to let Easter come and go.

The next step I am taking is to sort out accommodation in the area, researching the areas and what I am looking for, registering with estate agents and then going to viewings. If I am lucky enough to find a property before I start then that will be a bonus in my favour, but I guess its a case of wait and see.

As I mentioned this is a non-production role, but that will not stop me from continuing to work in productions if and when I can, certainly refusing to give up that dream. So most of what you see from now on will be what I am doing and learning from SIS and any upcoming opportunities.

In between all this I am planning and organising fundraising activities for Race For Life (R4L is what I call it). At least it gives me something to focus on. The good news with that is I have to quote Harry Potter ‘Exceeded Expectation’ on my fundraising target and will continue until the race, please feel free to checkout my just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/kathrynsmith7.

I will still share what I am doing and learning and progressing with SIS, and the future.

 

Nunquam Deditionem

Production Progress

18 Aug

Hi guys

It was been a little quiet on my side having a day or two of boring days after filming the baton twirling event (will add another picture shortly), but for now I am involved in another production.

photo to end all shoots on Baton Twirling

The production is with a local company is working on a thriller film cannot say too much because things are still in motion, but I am loving the plot so far and I am immensely surprised by the fact that I have been given a role of huge responsibility- Line Producer. Never worked in this role, but I am gonna give it my all (hopefully I won’t mess up but if I do I will go down all guns blazing, but it won’t happen). So far I have had 2 meetings, location scouting, looking into hiring vehicles including a bus, booking venue(s) for auditions and all matters that require release forms.

The other film ‘RatCatcher’ that was scheduled for filming this year will commence in January and I am hoping to be involved with this film again too. So it appears things are going o.k at present and at the weekend I am working as a camera assistant on the Cosmopolitan Carnival so busy busy busy. Interested in knowing more then check out

https://kaleidoscopyarts.wordpress.com/cosmopolitan-carnival-the-high-street-dance-area/

 

Plus a really cool event in October that I am really, REALLY looking forward to

 

I am immensely surprised by the fact that on 15th Aug I had 175 views- so I want to say thank you guys for looking and reading my blog, means a lot x

 

Still use my motto Never Surrender, Never Retreat

The Decision

19 Jan

Well, as promised I would say what the outcome was of my interview on Tuesday. I was out shopping when I got the call from PRO CAM, and it was unsuccessful. The reason for their decision was that they felt that because of where I want to go with my career path, they feel that working at PRO CAM would not put me in the right direction. Although I was disheartened by the decision, Jonathan (the guy on the phone and who interviewed me with his colleague) said that they both enjoyed meeting me, that everything I said in my interview was brilliant and ticked all the right boxes there was an enormous ‘BUT/ HOWEVER, you showed a lot of enthusiasm and passion that we want to help you on the right career path, so we will send your details out to the various production companies that we know and work with in Manchester, if you are happy for us to do that’. You can of course guess my response which was yes, definitely. The only thing I had to do was make some changes to my CV and then it would be sent out. So there was bad news, followed by good news.

I will be honest, what I was glad that I got from my interview was constructive feedback on my CV, interview and everything else. So I am happy with the new CV at least it isn’t War and Peace, as it used to be with too much info and not enough of the crucial stuff. The hardest part was cutting my personal statement down to the bare bones, but I did it. Before my conversation ended with Jonathan, he said that I showed a lot of enthusiasm, passion and drive from what I have done and am currently working towards, and that he has a feeling that I will make it and to not give up. So we are back to the its not what you know, but who you know situation, and it totally works.

My Motto is ‘Never Surrender’, and that is something that I won’t give up on.

Hopefully, I will hear from the different companies, and see what happens.

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