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Adrift in the Midlands

5 Nov

Hi Mediadreamzers

I have been all over the place this week and boy do I love it. I am working on three films at present; one called ‘Adrift in Soho’, which is on the IMDB website, feel free to check it out, and 2 in Derby with LightFilms; ‘RatCatcher’ and a film that has now been christened with a new name that many of you may remember was called ‘Meat’.

In between this I attend a lecture today delivered by a very good friend of mine; Terry Bamber, who always knows how to entertain and capture the attention of an audition.

Yesterday and Monday and until 20th Nov I am a camera assistant on ‘Adrift in Soho’, and I must say it is one of a few films to date where I have been focusing on one area of production and moved up the ladder of important roles. I have been working a mixture of 10-14 hours and although it is exhausting it is so worth it; learning skills about the camera, clapping and recording information on the scenes being shot and learning how to fill in continuity camera forms. One thing I am enjoying is learning new skills one of which is filling in continuity reports for the shots captured on camera using the clapper board notes for cameras used. Different but I think I got the hang of it, I am looking forward to the next few days doing more work.

In between that I am getting audition dates ready for ‘Meat’ and getting a few things in motion for ‘RatCatcher’ for next year. I have for the past couple of weeks emailing actors who fit the bill and inviting them to an audition and formulating ideas for other things to do. I am learning on the job for a general assistant/ Line Producer and gosh its fun.

I decided to have a day off and what better way to send it is going to a lecture in the East Midlands to attend the opening of the new Media School. Apart form being directed to the wrong building at first I managed to get to the Bede Island Building and the lecture was enjoyable from start to finish. It was good to have a catch up with Terry and also see his friend who was helping with the day, Paul Sacks. After the lecture I and a group of students who attended headed to the media school to see the new facilities, and then this was followed by a drink and chat at Trinity house which was not only refurbished but full of food and drink. I got to meet a lot of interesting people and it was good to catch up with my Terry and Paul and hopefully next year I will see them both and have lots more media work.

For now I am going to relax and catch up on some me time after long days of filming, more to follow.

Nunquam Deditioneum

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Meeting Terry Bamber

7 Dec

Last week I e-mailed one of the media lecturers before I went down to Pinewood Studios, and she revealed something that at the time made me laugh. The funny that made me laugh was that a guest speaker would be coming to Derby uni, to give a lecture on the film industry, and this person had worked on various films, particularly the last 5 James Bond films, and his name is Terry Bamber.

I also decided to do a bit of a juggling act as well, because I’ve been asked to make a promo to go onto the Derby Braves website I had arranged with some of the Braves to meet to get some film footage, which consisted of interviews and just general stuff round the uni. I even got some footage of the Student Union president and the captain of the Braves, which was a bonus as everything he said along with the guys I interviewed was the type of footage I need for the promo. I have the plan the only tricky thing I have to figure out is getting the beginning and ending shots, but I’ll work it out.

After I got the footage I need for the moment it was a dash to the HEAP theatre to get ready for Terry Bamber to give his lecture, and while there were some technical issues with a DVD, which were later resolved, Terry began the session by telling us about how he got into the Film industry, and that Roger Moore’s favourite sandwich were Prawn. I’ll have to remember that if I ever meet him. When the DVD was set up Terry showed us a deleted/ extended scene from ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, and it was a scene that showed Terry in an acting role as a waiter in a restaurant that Bond crashes into, before going back into the Thames near to the Dome. A lot of tips and career’s advice and suggestions were given to us before the lecture finished, and I have to say that Terry Bamber is as nice a pie and I also learned that his wife has worked on the Harry Potter films, pretty cool I think. Once the lecture finished some of the media students waited round to ask questions, and have a talk with Terry, something I also did along with passing on my business card and asking to forward me CV to him, and it certainly made my day when Terry said yes, it was ok to do that.

Once I was out of the theatre before leaving it was a quick hi and bye to my lecturers, but to mainly wish them a Happy Christmas too, and from there on it was a dash back to the city, as I’d stupidly left my umbrella in one of shops. Thankfully, it was still there so once I got it it was a dash for the train to get home, and reflecting on the day itself, and I must say it was great to go back to Derby as a student, depsite the fact that it was only for a day it was so worth it.

All that is left to say is Mr Bamber you are a true gentleman of the Film industry.

Set, Hut

14 Oct

Well, this what was shouted a lot last night, obviously. Though before I went to the 3G Pitch, I decided to see if any of my lecturers were in the History department. Well, I certainly gave Ruth and Ian a surprise, as they didn’t expect to see me that night, so I explained why I was back at Derby uni, and that I would hopefully be seeing them when I’d be in either filming, or editing.

Made it to the pitch and was greeted by Adelie, someone on the sports committee, who came prepared for the cold weather, with a cup of coffee (and thats whose in this picture).

Managed to get some great footage of the practice session last night, though before practice everyone was warming up with stretches and one of the moves I’m gonna nickname is ‘the werewolf’. Reason for that is that everyone had their backs arched when stretching, and then the howling started, and on the night of a full moon too!

When I saw that my flip had a small amount of battery power, I thought I wouldn’t be getting anymore footage, thankfully flip cameras record when there is no battery life left, there is a god. One thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get in anyone’s way when they were training. One thing I discussed with Adelie was coming into the uni, to put the footage I have onto an apple mac. Thankfully, there are a lot of media people with the Derby Braves, and people on the sports committee who can help me out. A bonus is I also know the head of the media department, who maybe able to help me, so I just have to wait to hear what time on Thursday afternoon to go into the uni to add what I already have. So I am looking forward to getting to grips with Final cut pro, again. Stay tuned for next Thursdays tales, and howling.

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