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Buzzing from Birmingham BBC

21 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

I have just got back having had to put up with a 45mins delay on getting back, despite that the amount of travel I do these days I should invest in a Bradshaw book going on the trains back and forth. My latest venture was to Birmingham, to the Mailbox for a course titled ‘Get Your Next Job in TV Drama’, I must say thank you to my friend William Gallagher for passing on the course details and letting me know about it. Once inside the Mailbox I was greeted by a large number in the entrance, some I struck up a conversation with before heading into the delegated area for the course introduction and the numerous courses.

Once at the venue, tea and coffee was on tap and individuals began talking to people, I got chatting to had recently come back from Milan, was a producer of daytime TV, mainly cooking programmes and was looking to get into Drama. Everyone took seats and were greeted by a panel of well distinguished individuals who have worked in the industry for many years. The host of the panel was Marvarine Cole who is now a presenter on QVC but was previously a presenter on BBC, ITV and SKY NEWS, who operated a Q&A to the individuals who either work for independent companies and BBC, and mentioning how Drama is really making its presence known in Birmingham. When the hour’s panel had finished we all separated to attend our chosen workshops, for me the first was ‘Moving on from a Runner’, this was delivered by a guy called Andy, who now works as a 1st AD, previously a 2nd, 3rd and runner. The beginning of the session was Andy presenting his background in media and why he chose to go down the route of media, and all of us saying what career we are working towards. Andy even shared stories of individuals making mistakes and that ending their media careers, something that many of us made notes on the dangers and factors to be aware of.

 

During the lunch break I and those who attend were networking as much as we all could before the next selection of workshops started. I came prepared with a so many business cards that I was handing them out like sweets, and many remarked on the design I ‘d gone for- Paul Smith stripes. Soon it was time to attend the next selection of workshops and I opted for Script Supervisor, where a lady called Lisa who shared her experiences and how she got her break in TV, and how from there on she has worked on a multitude of productions ranging from ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Midsomer Murders’ (a programme I love watching on repeat), ‘Hustle’ to ‘Minder’ ‘Father Brown’ and many more. We were shown a series of examples and templates of the documents a Script Supervisor uses when preparing for a TV series, and I must say it is A LOT of paperwork. One topic that Lisa made us all aware of was continuity where the script matches what is on presented on the screen from start to finish. To emphasis this we were all shown a series of clips from films where there mistakes; I have never stared at a TV screen so hard in my life in order to see and discover flaws, something I will be doing in the future. Soon that session ended and it was time for another break and more chatting before going onto the third and final class- Networking face to face and online and addressing the fears and myths; one exercise involved the room being split into two and one side saying why networking is bad and why is is good and answering simple questions, studying pictures and just giving our overall opinions on networking as a whole. From the set up of the room this was a masterclass that practically everyone wanted to attend and get as much insight into the best methods, approaches and results gained at the end.

 

The final part of the day was a closing Q&A session titled ‘Making great Drama in the Midlands’, delivered by Jamie Glazebrook who is the Executive Producer on the second series of ‘Peaky Blinders’. The questions were asked by the Marvarine who opened the event it felt appropriate that she should close it, with a combination of clips from the series and a preview of the next episode. It was then time for us to let our hair down and have drinks and continue to network, something I did for a short time as I had to dash to catch my train. I came away with a lot of useful advice, tips and information which I will be acting in the next couple of days. I was glad to have had a chance to speak to the guest panel of media representatives all except Will who had to leave during the lunch break because of a media meeting.

 

My next event all being well will be the 5th November and I am looking forward to the fact I will be catching up with a media friend/ contact I have known for 4 years. That combined with media activities in between.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

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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.

 

                                    cosmopolitan

 

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.

Cyber Doctors go StreamUK

17 Jun

Hi Mediadreamz readers

I know things have been quiet for the past couple of weeks since my last posting but fear not I have been busy with a variety of productions, some of which I will share later with you. For now I will share with you what I did on Thursday. I had applied for the role of a runner with a company StreamUK, who are StreamUK, answer they are online video and webcasting specialists that provide individuals and companies with the means to stream events LIVE. Like to sound of what they do then check them out http://www.streamuk.com/what-we-offer/media-platform/

I applied and after a day or two I heard from a guy called Stephen who said he would like to add me to the list of other runners who where helping out in all the major cities across the UK, and after a Skype chat received all necessary info on the event, venue and my role on the day Thursday 12th June.

Now that day has arrived. After arriving at Leicester University and finding the building I needed to be in (though it took some time to find the room but I did, eventually). I then met Sally, my venue contact who provided me with the laptop for everything I needed to do tonight. After getting help getting onto the network from one of the guys at the university, I was up and running to perform the test links and staying in contact with everyone via ‘What’s App’, it is a great App if you don’t already have it, get it. A handy tool if you are involved in a group and you need to report to a main point of call.

Soon everyone attending arrived and the event; Doctors and Professors from the Royal Society of Medicine in the field of Oncology, began with each speaker talking and presenting slides at the same time on their topic in question and although I do not know a lot about medicine it was really interesting. As the webinar progressed I and the others assigned to the various cities were submitting questions, it was soon time for the event to end and it was a case of where has the time gone?

 

All in all it went well. I just hope that I did a good job and represented StreamUK in a professional manner. I was grateful to Stephen calling and saying thanks for my help. I enjoyed it.

 

Now onto the next media activity which will be in Derby next Thursday working on a film, which I will share more about soon. I am also working on a film that is being shot in the West Midlands called ‘Our Father’ that is listed on the IMBD website, feel free to check it out and of course the ‘RatCatcher’ film that is in pre-production and filming will commence with in Autumn, and leading into next year. In between all that going to more and more networking events and everything else in between too. So I will leave it there for now, don’t want to be rabbiting on too much and have nothing interesting to post next time I am blogging away.

Before I go I have one more thing to share; I also have a motto that I use in every situation even if it is not media related; Nunquam Deditionem- 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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