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3rd Up, that’s entertainment

7 Jul

Hey fellow Mediadreamzers

I guess if you are in the UK, like me, you’ll have been lapping up the sun and enjoying the fact that Summer is actually here. Getting up to 30C+ is a blue-moon moment in all honesty, quick someone say Twilight Zone. Although it has taken a turn; raining and then being humid, it is so worth it.

This turn of the tide with the weather did not hinder me getting involved with my latest freelance project and the good news ladies and gents is this time I was not a production assistant, but a 3rd AD. Small step up he ladder, but in the right direction. The production I was working on was with YSP Media, a production company I have had the honor and privilege to work with again, as it only felt like yesterday that I worked with YSP on ‘Jobseekers’. To find this post scroll through my timeline, where I spent a week working with a wonderful director- Chris Bevan, Cameraman- Karl Poyer, Assistant Director- Alex Withers, MUA- Charlotte Price (we had a good and long catch up) and a lot of brilliant people. The production is a comedy, unfortunately I cannot say anymore at present. So its a cliff hanger moment…. Hold On!

Made it to the location stated on the call sheet and I admit at first I was doubting whether or not I was in the right place. This changed when extras and other crew arrived too, especially when the director arrived. As soon as I stepped out of the car, work commenced; helping set up food and drink for crew and cast, picking up a poly board for the camera crew, supervising the runner on set and just generally being on hand to help. I was later given the task as the clapper too and holding the poly board to created more light for filming certain scenes. Time always goes by really fast when I’m working on productions, it feels like a conspiracy.

The day started out perfectly until the heavens opened up at about 2pm where it was everyone for themselves to get under shelter and protect the equipment. It did stop and filming resumed then rained again. It was a moment where you felt that the elements were against you, as soon as we were under shelter it stopped then we we came out it start to get ready to rain again. The good news was that all scenes were shot, interviews were captured and everyone was happy. It was a battle making sure all release forms were signed off as some of the extras were all over the place but I got everyone before they were needed on camera or had to go. I’ve found thinking and planning ahead are two traits to have when filming, means that the crew can focus on their jobs, saves having someone to tell you what needs doing and it cuts down on time when your gonna wrap.

The words that’s a wrap soon rung around and production for the day ended. All I can say is it was a blast being a third and I’m gonna push to do more third work and then work up the ladder.

Where my next freelance work will be in between my other media work, who knows.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Meeting Derby’s version of the A-team, ‘Allies’

13 May

Hi Guys

I know I have been off the radar for the past couple of weeks but I now have a moment to sit in front of my Mac and write a posting and have a catch-up. I am still involved with the ‘RatCatcher’ film and god I can’t wait for production to commence on this.

I really intend to write about an event I went to in Derby this evening; the Derby Film Fest. A director I heard about and met in January has made a trailer for a feature film called ‘Allies’. The film  is based on the Second World War French Resistance and now I and many people were treated to a viewing of the trailer and a Q& A session beforehand. Which actors star in the film I hear you ask, answer

Dominic Burns- the director and creator of ‘Allies’

 

Julian Ovenden, known for appearing in Foyle’s War, Downton Abbey and much more (unfortunately Julian could not attend)

Chris Reilly, known for Doctors, Homefront, Game of Thrones etc

Matt Wills as many of you will say McFly now McBusted

Edmund Kingsley, appearing in Hugo, Endevour, The Borgias etc

Leon Vickers, appearing in Doctor Who, Up there, Garrow’s Law

Emmanuelle Bouaziz, starring in many French films

The session began with a the cast and director being introduced with a wave a applause before the Q&A, and it was very interesting the answers the actors and director gave about the film, how they got involved in the industry of TV and Film. Soon the floor was opened to everyone for Questions and we were treated to the screening of ‘Allies’ the trailer (I had the honour of Chris Reilly sitting next to me during the viewing and talking to everyone afterwards, except Matt, had to dash, but was great to get a photo with him and everyone else. What a great night! I appreciated the actors stopping and talking to everyone at the very end of the event and sharing more of their experiences and advice on the industry itself.

 

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From the photos you can probably tell that it was a great night. The trailer was amazing and I cannot wait for it to be in the cinemas soon, unfortunately I cannot say as I do not know myself. It was also great that I got a phone call from a production company that I am working with to go into the office tomorrow hoping it will be good news and a lot of it. At some point I am hoping to go to London to the Bond in Motion Exhibition. More to follow.

And the BAFTA goes to…. oh, I get so nervous at these things

8 Apr

Hi Fellow Mediadreamz readers

I have had the best weekend of my life to date, so far, and of course the title of my latest posting speaks volumes so loud I think life on another planet would hear it. Saturday marked the day where the cast and crew of ‘Jobseekers’ took a trip to the capital, to a really cool place, address 195 Piccadilly Circus. A group of us; Lee Dilley, Hayley Dilley, Paul Farrell, Sophie Elizabeth Black, Ciall Kennett, Tina Harris, Jason Parrish, Jade Hunter and a few other people got in a minibus and headed to the venue. And from the pictures at the beginning you can see what happened, and our pit stop and the really cool picture I took of Sophie’s Krespy Kreme doughnut.

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Whilst traveling down we all played a game similar to catchphrase say what you see and at times it was really hard, but it got us all laughing and in the mood for the event. Sooner than expected we were passing Brent Cross and heading round roundabouts and down routes that looked very familiar; we even headed down a really swanky street that got us all laughing and joking to the point where we were saying ‘this street is so posh, it has its own tress’, and from there we were finding new features to add to the sentence. And of course, it would not be London without going past London Zoo and down a few of the famous streets (ironically I  said I wonder whether we would be going down or past Savile Row, and of course we did and we saw a lot of people in London wearing really cool hats some of us counted 6 people).

 

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We got out and eventually we were outside the BAFTA House, and it surprised me a little, in that it reminded me of the Tardis; small on the outside and enormous inside. Whilst we waited outside other cast and crew for Jobseekers arrived, as did some of the cast and crew for the other production that was being showcased called ‘The Wolds’. The doors opened and once inside we took pictures of the BAFTA  head mounted on the walls, and then entered the theatre where the screening was to take place. I notice in the theatre that on some of the backs of the chairs are bestowed to famous actors and well known individuals/ companies. ‘Jobseekers’ was shown first, after Lee did a great introduction before it was shown on the great big screen, and it got all the laughs in all the right places and there was a lot of laughing from ‘The Wolds’  cast and crew. Before ‘The Wolds’ was shown Gary, Sean and another individual gave a few words about the programme and how it was made, the ideas and the cast too. The way I interpreted the layout was a cross between Benny Hill and Little Britain, one sketch made me laugh; a woman goes to knock on someones front door and it is answered by a goth with a tropical snake around the person neck, making the woman who had knocked on the door scream and pass out.

 

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The Wolds Introduction

After the screening, we all wondered round drinking and networking with people, one of the guys who helped out on ‘The Wolds’ production, mention that he has appeared in ‘The Mummy’ and various other films like ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. I gave him one of my business cards and made it my mission on Sunday to find him and add him as a contact (I later learned that he knows a good friend of mine Terry B). Before leaving there was an queue so long it could have been to Congo line, people waiting to have their picture taken against the enormous BAFTA statues and here is the fun that we all had, and soon it was time to leave as BAFTA was closing up, so we headed up to Hanover Street to one of the pubs where the majority of the party had a drink and chilled out. One thing I remember seeing was a Blush bus for hen parties or any party people would want to host, that along with a limo and hummer, never dull in London. We left at 10pm, stopped to stretch out legs at about 11.30am and made it back to Derby at 1am, I was gonna take a selfie of me being exhausted, but had not energy. All I could do in the build up to going to the capital was to get my Facebook friends and followers to see if they could guess as to where I and the rest of the group were going.

 

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It was a brilliant night and although I only got 4 hours sleep it was so worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Double Delight with Light Films Ltd

25 Mar

Hi fellow mediadreamz followers and those who find themselves reading my blog, I have been busy over the past couple of weeks as many of you may read from my postings, and now there is more to come.

Before I explain about today I will provide a prologue before my interview; I had seen on Facebook an posting by Light Films Ltd about an upcoming film ‘RatCatcher’ and seeking to recruit crew for the following roles listed. I applied and a few days later I received a twitter follow from a lady called Chrissa, the Producer of light Films Ltd and I wondered had a decision been made… Answer yes; I received an email that day thanking me for applying for one of the roles and to congratulate me on being 1 of 10 people being short-listed for an interview. I was happy with the moving to the next stage and was given a interview date and time, Thursday 20th (Something that got my through my long shift at Tesco on the Wednesday).

So that morning, I travelled to Derby, and to make sure that I arrived in plenty of time, I left early to avoid any delays or roadworks (always good to arrive in plenty of time for an interview anyway). I arrived at ‘The Lawns Hotel’ and when I walked in I was at first greeted with a signed that said ‘Weight Watchers Meetings’, (strange place to have a meeting). After a few minutes I met Charlotte who explained that the team were in the process of setting up sound and camera equipment for capturing behind the scenes footage for a short film detailing everything regarding the upcoming film; ‘RatCatcher’. I was of course asked if I was comfortable with this and I said yes, which I was.

When they were ready for me, I was collected by Chris, the man behind the camera, and I was introduced to Charlotte again and to Tom, and the interview began. I admit it was an interview I really enjoyed, I felt relaxed and calm and treated it like a conversation which in fact is what it was. Tom and Charlotte explained the role I applied for, Production Assistant, and the responsibilities. I was asked what my thoughts are on social networking sites, had I worked on films in Derby before, a series of scenarios and how I would tackle them. Tom began to explain the project ‘RatCatcher’; funding, when production will likely begin the status, the films promotion at Cannes Films Festival (for those who are saying ‘Cannes’ the one and one!) and Light Films Producer Chrissa and from the way Tom and Charlotte described her she is the UK Film Industry’s version of Wonder Woman of multi-tasking (I hope I get to meet her). During the interview I talked about my experience in situations where I have planned ahead, my career aspirations and desire to taking on new and exciting challenges as well as wanting to learn additional skills (am I a not as experienced with a camera as I would like to be, and I hope to change that very soon as it was nice to learn new skills).
I also explained about my blog and radio show on radio Fox at my local hospital.

Have I got you interested in learning more? If that is a yes (which is the correct answer), then feel free to check out the trailer

See the additional works they are involved in; corporate, past productions, weddings, events and much more and a short synopsis of ‘RatCatcher’, through Light Films Ltd website.

Soon the interview came to an end, it felt like Tom, Charlotte and I had been talking for nearly an hour but it was in fact 20mins. So now it is a case of fingers crossed and waiting to see if I have been successful with the interview.

Filming in ‘The Cabin’

25 Feb

Normally I am not filming on a Sunday, but this weekend was certainly different. i was heading out to Derby to help Darren (a director I had worked with on ‘Brothers’) who has a new production, a horror move. So it was a case of travelling out to a secluded area where there were fields, bridges and of course a pub! and on the site where the pub was were a selection of wooden cabins. I took one look at the cabins and thought gosh we are doing a remark of ‘Friday 13th’ the british way.

Once on site and seeing everyone in the cabin, prepping began with the actors in make-up and everyone going through scenes and scripts for filming. I got chatting to the actresses and learned they had all come from all corners of the UK; Wakefield, Surrey, Slough and Southampton. I took on my role that I did on the last film; Sound Recordist, and it was great having a catch up with everyone about what we have all been doing since the Summer last year.

We had to wait a few hours for darkness to film the rest of the scenes, one point I had to crawl into the back of a car to record the sound for a scene, and I ended being in the car for 40mins partially because they all forgot I was in the car (this was captured by Connor on his camera, lol). Eventually it was wrap time and we all left, one thing I will say was the cabins were really nice and if I want to at some point have a break and escape the hustle and bustle of a city of have some me time then that is where I will probably go. So Derby today, Nottingham tomorrow where I am helping out prepping a set of a gothic horror for this week and thereafter more work to come.

Premiere at the QUAD

17 Dec

Hi Mediadreamzers

It has been a week since I posted and these days I blink and the time goes within that action. Usually my Sundays are plain and quiet, however, Sunday 8th December was certainly an interesting one.

If you scroll back through the archived posts for this Summer I worked on a pilot episode called ‘Jobseekers’ that was being produced by a company called YSP Media and I spent a week helping them film in Derby and all around (thought it feels like that it was yesterday that we were filming the first episode). Well, last night was the premiere of the episode in Derby, at the QUAD, and I must say it was nice to go back to the city. I arrived and was directed up to the Box where the YSP crew were. It was great catching up with Belinda Basson, the producer of the episode who gave me the list of attendees, whilst I saw other members of the crew. During the run round at QUAD, Chris Bevan the great director of the episode was running round making sure all went smoothly and it did. I’m guessing it felt surreal for everyone as it felt that we worked on the project yesterday and yet we were here. Once at the table set up for ‘Jobseekers’, it was a case of helping meet and greet guests, VIPs, sponsors and the cast who had featured in the episode. Once the bulk of guests had arrived, it was a case of travelling to the second floor and walking one the red carpet. I have never walked on a red carpet before, so I savored every moment of it too! (it felt like across between a night at the BAFTA and the Oscars).

I admit it was the first time I have been in the QUAD Cinema of all the time I was at University, well there is a first for everything. Before the screening there was an introduction by Chris who introduced Lee Dilley the writer of the ‘Jobseekers’ episode, and then the episode commenced. It was great watching the final piece on the big screen and seeing how it looked, we all laughed at the right moments and when it finished the screen room was engulfed in non-stop applause. During the rolling of the credits I saw some additional footage and smiled when I saw my name on the runners page, the episode was an ultimate highlight when there was a cameo appearance of Lee, as a tailor. There was a Q & A afterwards where a selection of the cast answered questions, some of which got a few laughs and cheers from.

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Before networking and catching up with a few people everyone was given the chance to have their pictures taken with the cast and crew, in the green room (the ironic thing about the room was that it was Yellow). Hopefully, the planned 5 episodes will be made in the New Year and we can all come back together to make a great series and see if BBC, ITV or C4 are tempted by the series as it is different and local.

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YSP Media are great to work with and if I was offered the chance to do it all again, too right I would do it.

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.

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