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1 Aug

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

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My latest media activity came round sooner than I expected and it was a great way to spend a Sunday evening. Normally I use Sundays to recover from combat training but decided to go and do something fun. As it was a dress to impress event I kept chopping and changing what I was gonna wear and eventually settle on something. Even though it didn’t start till 5pm, and because I was meeting a friend for coffee and catch up I left that house as I was.

Headed to London at what you’d call an early time, but needed to as I was heading to Elstree & Borehamwood; didn’t help that certain lines on the underground were closed off but found a way round on it. The welcome sign to E & B was showing all the programs filmed at BBC; Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, Children In Need and Holby City. When I got there I saw that Elstree & Borehamwood had its own Hollywood walk of fame and a wall that had film reels, director’s chair, clapper board, film count down timer, stars and awards. I also saw star display boards one of which was for Christopher Lee, Sidney James, Gregory Peck just to name a few.

It would have been cool to have had the event at BBC studios but it was across the street but it was nice to be 30 seconds from the studio. The event I went to was a networking event for actors and crew, well mostly for actors as it was a casting party for a production company called The Way Forward Productions. Met one of my friends who’d I’d met at a previous event and had a catch up before meeting other people that I am FB friends with and others who I was meeting for the first time. Whilst there people were filling in registration forms for people to be actors, supporting roles or extras; it was hard for people to add details but managed to get everything sorted. We all headed to the hall where DJ food, drink and other events were arranged, one of which was a magician. He did a load of really cool tricks one of which involved 6 of us and a pack of invisible cards. The deck ended up in my hands and after the color of the card and suit had been chosen by 2 other people I said that the number of the card was a 5 and told me to draw a cross on the back and to blow a kiss in the air. Magician pulled out a pack of cards and shuffled through to the last one and there was a card with an X on it and it was the 5 of Diamonds. There were other tricks that involved cards, guessing images from passages read from books and what people had read on word cards.

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Local singers performed and the DJ took over after Jason Cook; the founder of The Way Forward Productions showed a short video on the charity that the production company supports; Downs Syndrome. After some introductions from Jason and Mark Sears, everyone started to mingle, chat, catch up with those they ‘d met before and hand out business cards. Later people headed up to where the photographer to have head shots to be added to profile pages that were and are going to be added to the production pages website, which also lists the upcoming films that are in pre-production.  Had a laugh during hte night taking pictures with props used in films past and present; balaclavas, guns, night googles, hats and having a laugh in the build up to a raffle draw to raise money for Drowns Syndrome charity.

 

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Although the event ended at 11pm, I left at about 9ish because of trains getting out of London and it was a good thing that I did as the next 2 trains had been cancelled and then next one was scheduled for 22.47pm. One thing I find when travelling on trains is that people ended up having conversations with me; maybe I have one of those faces that invites conversations, not that I am complaining but interests conversations happen. Made it back just before midnight would have been back sooner despite booking my taxi for when I arrived back it was 20mins late and made it back the next day. I hope I am not too shattered today when daylight breaks because I am back in the broadcasting gallery shadowing again and focusing on specific roles; the mix control panel and Assistant Producers roles.

Thought round off the night with an attempt of a selfie

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The only thing I hate about events like this is they start and end so fast.

 

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Shoot, Create, Screen

24 Jul

Hey Mediadreamzers

Two posts in two days, that’s a first but as promised a follow up from the last one. Only this one is more to do with the Film Festival events that has been sweeping up and down the UK, in a nutshell the 48 hour Film Challenge.MKChallenge. So the mission which many people chose to accept was to shoot a short film in the space of two days and to submit it for the event within the set deadline. This was all part of the International Festival Fringe of Summer Shorts; one could say this is our equivalent to Cannes minus travelling abroad.

Summer Shorts

I was surprised at the number of people who turned up a mixture of those who worked on the shorts and those supporting the films themselves. The films running order stood thus:

The Interview – Directed by Adam Jeayes Comedy with a double meaning in the title

Marmeladas – Directed by Rosemary Hill that means Cheese which language I can’t remember

Five Pound Note – Directed by Ana Diego Silent film with only background noises.

Spirit Cleanser – Directed by Julie Cuthbert

West Ham, Farewell Boleyn – Directed by Roger Stotesbury I really enjoyed this documentary and I’m sure those who are West Ham fans would too. Got to speak to the director on this film too.

Product Placement – Directed by Ana Diego focusing on the issue of trafficking

First Response – Directed by Carl Mason Zombie police film

Silently Within Your Shadow – Directed by Scott Lyus a Ventriloquist’s dummy that comes to live and has a connection with the Ventriloquist. One thing that surprised me was that people were asking me was I the Ventriloquist in the film because the actress who played her had the same hair color and length as me. Was flattered but not pretty enough to be an actress.

In Tents – Directed by MJ Dixon Thriller by a director I know very well and it does make you jump out of your skin.

Avant Macabre – Directed by John H Shelton

Nightman – Directed by Kieran Johnston

The Night Walker – Directed by Michael Hallett

There were some films that were creatively done, a genuine thinking outside the box short and then there were 1-2 that once you watched them you thought what the hell that doesn’t make sense or was just awful no doubt about it. Overall the night was great seeing something on screen and as I sat there a film idea for a short came to mind whether I suggest it to someone and it gets made for the next shorts festival who knows.

Hopefully more media activities to share soon when the next is I don’t know at all.

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And the BAFTA goes to… Oh I’m so overwhelmed

27 May

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Well, I didn’t  per se win a BAFTA but I have seen two films that are contenders for winning the theatrical mask award. Who would have thought that I would be siting at my MAC composing my latest post at 1.15am, but I guess I am wired up from such a great night meeting new people and catching up with some familiar faces. This has what got me through my day, I initially didn’t think I was gonna get to the second place I love going to is the BAFTA House in Piccadilly again, until tonight. This was for the premiere screening of two films directed by one of my friends Sean Cronin; not only a talented director but also an actor who has been in quite a few well known films, James Bond, M:I 5 and recently Hard Tide which I still think was brilliant. Once I arrived at BAFTA House it was meeting a few people I know on FB, having a catch up chat and walking round the room before going into take a seat ready for the screenings, and it was a success as the event was sold out. And of course there are photos from the night.

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The two films were both hard gritty action films; one called Unborn Justice and the other Jack Mulligan. Unborn Justice focuses on a Allen, an ex special forces, who goes on a weekend break with his wife Lisa to London, unaware of the surprise Lisa has for him. Lisa ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, only for her surprise to be short lived. Allen sets out on a path of revenge to find those involved only to realise his target is a high profile organisation dealing in weapons and drugs. Determined to find his man Allen realise’s the hard way there are more hurdles to overcome before he can get to the worlds most wanted. The fight scenes definitely were choreographed to a very cool style and the ending at present is that of a cliff hanger seeing that actions speak louder than words. When Unborn justice had been screened it was a Q&A session with the cast and director, which lead nicely into the second film Jack Mulligan. Jack Mulligan within the same genre as Unborn justice, the plot is of course about the titled character, who decides to confront the man who was responsible for attacking his girlfriend. After receiving a threatening call Jack has flashbacks that paint the picture to why Jack resorts to doing what he has chosen to do. Like the first film Q&A followed which then lead to the rest of the evening to drinking, chatting to new people standing by the BAFTA statues, on the red carpet and with other people to be papped or photo bombing shots. One thing that surprised me was that during the meet, greet and chat people were asking me if I was an actress, followed by my age, the look of surprise, commenting on my dress and saying that I should be an actress, or consider going in front of the camera more. I’m guess these people were being kind to me in that sense, though some people said that my dress looked great had seen it when I walked in and were waiting to say it to me. I also got a chance to have a picture of 2 which Sean Cronin, I look forward to seeing future films from Sean and the team.

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It was great meeting new people and saying hi face to face with people I know on FB and actually meeting them in the flesh. One thing that ticks me about Media work and activities as I will constantly say is that time flies; what feels like 10mins equals 3 hours. I made it back home a little after 1am wide awake with throbbing feet. My guess is that I will crash like the Titanic later today (Friday), so I will be making very good friends caffeine to try to stay awake and find someway of staying awake. I need to say a thank you to Sean Cronin, and Alan Nolan on the two excellent films and how much I enjoyed meeting so many cool people and here are some pictures from the fun night. I am sitting as I type whilst my feet are throbbing from my heels, I admit I have done really well from wearing these for 5 1/2 hours before the pain start to set in, and it got to the stage where I ended up watching up and down Piccadilly Circus (Wayne’s World Quote here) in my tights in order to try and regain some feeling. I do love London at night, seeing it all lit up like a Christmas Tree. Please let there be another BAFTA screening/ premiere soon as it is always nice to visit the Capital.

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Hopefully more things to share and attend in the next few weeks.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum.

An evening in 5 M’s

9 Mar

Evening Mediadreamzers

Still can’t gt enough of events I always seem to enjoy myself to the max, love it. This latest event was with the MKFN, sounds like a rado station name, well here is a tongue tied title to ad onto MKFN- Mycho MicroBudget Massacre MasterClass 2016. This was the title and focus of this evening Media networking. Mycho is a production company run by MJ Dixon, a local film director whose genre focus is horror thriller films. To name a few that you can find on IMDB; Slasher House, Cleaver Killer Clown, Legacy of Thorn, trailers and footage for these films were shown during presentation giving. MJ’s presentation was a mixture of his background History and the stages and processes of making a film starting from getting ideas to the final stage of distribution and showcasing the film at film festivals and the highs and lows in between. There were a few funny stories shared during the presentation on getting locations, crew not doing as they were instructed to do and something I like to call ‘life lessons’; learning from mistakes and avoiding the repeating of these mistakes down the line.

At the end there was the usual Q&A and then the socializing with other budding film makers, actors, writers, composers and all the guys in the band. I got chatting to a film maker and a producer, who I shocked by telling him my age and him thinking I was a young individual just entering into the sphere of media and film production. From this discovery he gave me his card and mentioning that he could do with someone like me on his next production project. I like him already, and I am surprised that I surprised him, but I was reassured that it was a good surprise.

Only thing I dislike about these sessions is that they end so quick, should be a rule against this, but all I can say is keep pressing forward.

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MK Media Networking

9 Feb

Hey Mediadreamzers

Its been quiet on my side of the computer screen; was in a road collision a few weeks back and have been in the process of recovering and getting car fixed. Now back on track, and the first thing to share with you is my first networking event of the year; MKNF. This being a monthly event held for filmmakers, actors and anyone who works in Media.

When I got to the venue I thought it had been cancelled as the shutters to the doors going in were down, to only realise that the networking night was across the way in another gallery. Once inside and others had arrived it was a case of saying hi and striking up a conversation, with a few ice breakers along the way. I and others who attended took the opportunity to meet and network, I especially got to meet people I am friends with on Facebook who live in the same district/ region as me. I went prepared; a tree stump of business cards at the ready to hand out. When it got started the guy who had arranged the night noted that there were a few me people, specifically me and I had to go first in introducing myself. I asked if I should stand up and some of the guys joked/ suggested that I should stand on the bar and introduce myself, oh the wit of many and yes I did laugh at the idea.

This month’s event was a mixture of video clips covering different aspects of filmmaking, such as acting, directing and editing, all featuring professionals from the industry; specifically from BAFTA. These were delivered interviews from Idris Elba, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and my favourite was from Andrew Lincoln from the ‘Walking Dead’. During Andrew’s interview he revealed how he had to change his last name, under the advice of his agent as the agent said his last name ‘sound like something out of Lord of the Rings; Clutterbuck (what a name). There was also a video clip called a Recipe for Disaster on what you need and is part and parcel of making films, which many of us can and could relate too. We cracked jokes about that; I notice there was not enough emphasis on booze, nothing on swearing or anything on smoking as it is stressful at times.

When I walked back in I felt great having met so many people who are in the same industry as me and fingers crossed I get to work with some or even all of the people that I have met tonight later down the line this year or in the foreseeable future. Well that goal/ challenge is gonna be on hold for a week as I am abroad for a break, a break abroad that I haven’t taken in, wait for it, 11 years. hopefully the people I have met face to face rather than just on Facebook and others who are not on my Facebook get the chance to work together this year or next year on upcoming productions, only time will tell.

Nunquam Deditioneum.

Festive Film Fever Round Two

18 Dec

Hey Mediadreamzers

What a crazy few days, work, gift wrapping and heading off to all sorts of Christmas parties and events. My latest was a Christmas dinner outing with people I know who work in different fields of Media; ranging from SFX (Basically blowing stuff up) to Production Managers who work on Game of Thrones. I’m jealous these guys have sat on the iron throne, I guess one can dream to work or be a part of G.O.T or something on those lines in the future.

One of the challenges I had was driving down the motorway in the lashing rain in a dress as long as the Effiel Tower and the battling to change my shoes into sky- scrappers when I arrived. It was both a catch-up and a laugh, and at one point the conversation shifted to talking about Cosplay and talking about events and films based on it whole phenomena effect on people. One of the guys at the dinner decided to look more into Cosplay and after searching Google images found what he was looking for and he came across one picture that according to him and everyone else at the table looked like me. After that it was compare each photo to me and at the end of it 27 photos out of a possible 100+ seemed to look like me. Funny old world.

Next Christmas gathering is soon to be happening but as I wait, I’m making my Media goals for next year, building food bank boxes at work and decanting my Christmas alcohol. Merry times, v.merry times.

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Media All About it, Media All About it

28 Nov

Hey Mediadreamzers

It feels like I have been sleeping under a rock as it has been a very long time since I posted anything. I am still buzzing and smiling at the memories of the night of the Spectre premiere, and enjoying the Vespers. As Christmas is fast approaching most of my time is going to be devoted to baking, decanting my alcohol and getting the last few bits of Christmas gifts done. In between all that I have a few media events to look forward to now and in the New Year. One I am hoping to go to is on 7th is a VFX event in Birmingham which is being delivered by Hasraf HaZ Dulull. This is a guy who has worked on The Dark Knight, Hellboy, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Poldark, The C word (I’d keep going but I would be hear to February, basically a lot of films and some TV programs). So this is something I am looking forward to, and there are more in the New Year, these can go nicely with my resolution of doing more work as an extra, specifically appearing in James Bond, then I could definitely call myself a Bond Girl.

I am also looking forward to my freelance work in the New Year as I can keep my CV fresh. Plus I am hoping to go to the Bond In Motion exhibition, I missed it last year so I am hoping to go to this one now that the new Aston Martin has been added (one I have been lucky enough to sit in, shame Aston Martin wouldn’t let me drive it out of the showroom), I can only dream for the future.

Nunquam Deditioneum

In the chair- Peter Nicholson

4 Nov

Hey Mediadreamzers

I still cannot believe that it was a weeks ago that I was attending a James Bond dinner and then walking down the red carpet for the premiere of Spectre. Lots of people were bombarding me with comments and all my photos from the nights events. One thing that made me smile was a day or two after the premiere I went to pick something up for the house and got chatting to the guy in the office and after telling him about Spectre, he told me that a member of his family was a set dresser on 6 James Bond films, one of which was ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Basically, Pinewood Studios was like a second home to him, like it is to me. It was a shame to hear that he passed away 8 years ago, would have been nice to meet him as I’m guessing this guy’s life would have been interesting to hear about.

Tonight, with being off this week, I decided to attend my first Media networking event since I moved house, and it was a Q&A session with Peter Nicholson. Question; who is he, answer; he is a director who has credited programs and films such as Casualty, Pompeii: The Last Day, The Queen which was a program on Channel 4, and more recently ‘Kiss’ and ‘Dartmoor Killing’.
The session was really interesting, learning why Peter became a director, how he got into the industry, what films and people inspire him, all that jazz. I was also surprised to see someone I had worked on an indie film last year; Ciall Kennett and how he had been out of the UK for months working in Malta as a AD. Now he is back and has moved back to Milton Keynes, so we got to have a catch up. I enjoyed watching the clips that Peter showed us, one of which was from a doc-drama that I saw back in 2006 at the Nuremberg trials, specifically Goering and how he cheated the gallows. The best was saved for last seeing the trailer to Dartmoor Killing and an upcoming thriller called Swilly Girl, and the trailer got me and other people guessing what the plot was going to be.

Before I left I got to speak to Peter, where we exchanged business cards so I am hoping that if there are future projects in the pipeline and he is looking for crew, even if its for a few days I would so love to get involved, especially in a thriller as that genre is one of my favourites, you can’t beat the classic horror- My favourite is the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. What is next on the cards I do not know but I am constantly plugging away and I am so psyched that in the New Year I get to do more and work in the different departments at the Media company I work at. Hoping to move forward at some point next year, but first lets get Christmas out of the way.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

Magnetitude of a Masterclass: Francine Marchetti

17 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

Gosh it feels like years have passed since I last wrote a post on here, its mainly down to getting everything finally settled with moving house. Now I am back and nearing to share my planned and upcoming events and media activities.

The first one to share with you was a Masterclass and Networking event that happened earlier today. This is and was part of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (its one of the many upcoming events I am looking forward to going to over the next few days). So it was a case of travelling to Nottingham and getting ready to listen to, make notes and ask questions from the guest speaker; Francine Marchetti.

And the next question is who is Francine Marchetti and the answer is that she is an accomplished senior executive and producer with extensive experience in film, television and digital media production, including scripted and non- scripted content creation, production and post-production management, and production pipelines in visual effects, animation and stereoscopic 3D for global entertainment. She will be discussing her work and developments for those aspiring industry professionals. One particular production Francine was involved in was the film W. about Wallis Simpson. Listening to her experiences, how and why she got involved in the industry, tips and advice and a few funny moments in the industry and on projects was both insightful and intriguing.

I know my main area is miscellaneous crew but it nice to hear from other fields in the industry and if they know of or can recommend individuals to contact or send ones details too.

My media work with the company I work with is going well, and I am definitely looking forward to the new year where I get the chance to go into the field more with the camera crew and work upstairs with the editors and assistant producers and hopefully now forward some point next year.

There is one particular event that is on my calendar that I am getting very excited about and it will be a pre-birthday treat for me to go to well there are actually two; one on 25th and one 26th. Keep your eyes open for pictures and clues on the events yet to come. I may also be involved for a few days on a freelance project back in my home county.

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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

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