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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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Run Runner Run, Runner Run Run Run

25 Sep
The Poster

The Poster

Well I have certainly been doing a lot of that over the past couple of days and in between that went for an interview to a very special place in my heart; pinewood Studios for an interview for a role on a film. Here is a clue 007. Unfortunately I did not get the role I had been put forward for but at least it is a step further than last time when I applied for a production role on ‘Skyfall’. My motto ‘Never Surrender, Never Retreat’ applies here and for everything else I have been unsuccessful with, but still it is nice to visit the place I like to call my second home.

Despite the unsuccessful outcome, I am having a blast working with a production company in Derby called LightFilms on a really cool (Well I think it is) trailer for an upcoming feature to be shot in 2015. I have completed a lot of tasks so far and have managed to get results at the end of them.

The advice I will give those starting out in the industry is have contingencies places encase something unexpected happens or falls through. The work has entailed researching places that meet the necessary requirements of the director and SFX team for filming, sourcing props suitable for the characters and the background, liaising and hunting down costumes and accessories for the characters, getting call sheets finalised, calling lots and lots and LOTS of people (the phone doesn’t stop ringing, which is good).

In my case it was running around from four regions to get everything done before the day ended; finalising a location in one area, calling and collecting an essential prop from another, calling another person in another area and finally getting a prop personalised.

All of this work I have found has also caused me to have moments I consider fluxes, especially when finding props as half the things the production team will need I would assume were so far away, like down in London or Manchester but no by chance I found everything on the doorstep, more convenient I say.

I pressed on and although I had to deal with an evasive obstacle, I overcame it and got the outcome that I wanted, and everything else afterwards fell into place. Although there was nearly another a solution was found and all was right with the world, and this was near the end of the day.

I only wish that was going to be on set at the weekend for filming of the trailer, but alas I won’t be free, but I am hoping that I have done a good job with the call sheet and getting all info out the to cast and crew and hopefully will see the trailer in a few weeks after it has been shot. To date I am loving every single minute of my time I am spending with lightFilms. More info to follow shortly or at a later time, who know.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

How productive a week can be

11 Sep

Well, what a whirl-wind week it has been for media work and activities.

I spent Monday in a production meeting bringing the producer and director up to speed on everything I have done and what is remaining left to be completed. This was everything to sourcing locations to finding a generator, to contacting the actors, liaising with a company that hires out equipment to a million other tasks to see to and others to add to my list. God I love this business!

Tuesday was devoted to more media work, both pre-production work on the two productions I am working on, and co-presenting a radio show with another person who has more experience than me, and I will say two hours does go by really fast when your having fun, and the fun continued for me having my very first fitness class and although I was the newbie in the group no prisoners were taken so I did everything at the same intensity as everyone else and afterwards my legs felt like jelly.

Wednesday was spent at my local news station learning the art of data wrangling ( taking footage captured and adding them to the system and catalogued on editing software). I met the tech manager, Paul Magor, who allowed me to spend the day with three techno guys, before being invited to watch the news output in the gallery at lunchtime. Afterwards I was taken to the archive department to see how everything is added to the system and retrieved years down the line and the methods used to record footage. It amazes me to see that really big chunky tapes were used then it was CDs to small tapes to memory cards, how technology has certainly evolved. One thing that really surprised me I was invited to a meeting with the days news producer, the director, techno guy and editors for the days output and the East Midlands presenters for news, sports and weather. The surprise was seeing Anne Davis one of the presenters who I know really well, and after the meeting when I was in one of the editing suites Anne came to find me for a catch up chat and to see how I was and of course vice versa.

Before the news feed went out for the evening which I went into the gallery to see Paul took me to the Inside Out team, who invited me to come back in on Thursday to send the day with them to learn how they data wrangle footage they capture, log, duplicate, and using prelude software (excessive notes were taken so I did not forget anything).

Friday would have been a day working on a production in Leicester but they did not need me, however, I was asked to send a copy of my CV for future work with the production company as they are always looking for crew to work with them on productions.

And now I must resume my media work with Light Films, as there is a lot to do. One final note to fore-warn everyone that a month from today I will be writing to my hearts delight about a visit I will be making to the home of hammer horror, carry on and James Bond. Keep you eyes peeled

 

Nunquam Deditioneum- Never Surrender, Never Retreat

Into the role of a ‘RatCatcher’

24 Apr

Hi everyone of my fellow mediadreamz readers and welcome everyone who stumbles onto my blog.

I am back in the office at LightFilms and on such a nice warm day too. It was great that the whole gang was here today; Chrissa and Tom Wadlow, Chris Newman, Charlotte Clifford and of course me. The tasks began with searching for locations filming at whilst being visited by the cat Sock (such a sweet cat). Later about 7-8 actors turned up and went off with Tom and Chris to go through their fight scenes to an undisclosed location which sounded really exciting. All I can say is that I have nevr seen so many perfect locations and areas around the East Midlands. I have to ask why no-one is using them in TV and Film programmes they have a great deal of potential, those established in the industry should come and visit us up in the Midlands and see what else there is.

So from what I found it was a case of contacting the various parties and organisations about using these locations to film at, which lead to lots of emails being exchanged and links being shared. Speaking of sharing could you please checkout the page for ‘RatCatcher’

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rat-catcher-feature-film#home

Please share, comment, or be part of something amazing

Also there is the Facebook page where there is lots of articles to read and share too.

https://www.facebook.com/LIghtFilmsLtd?fref=ts

Please check back for more info on the progression of hte filming in pre-production. I cannot wait to get into the field and scout out these locations in person. Cameras at the ready.

First day in the office

14 Apr

Hi my Mediadreamz readers, followers and those who find me

Today marks my first day in the office working with the production company LightFilms on an new and upcoming feature film, and it was even better with the sun shining too.  I guess the next question that springs to mind is who are LightFilms, answer- they are professional filmmakers who work on corporate, feature and wedding productions in the East Midlands. There latest project, ‘RatCatcher’ is a film that follows the story of three brothers who take a hunting trip in the woods in a remote snow covered area. Arriving for a long weekend away, they discover that they are not alone in the woods… For a more depth idea think of the films Rambo, Deerhunter and the Bourne films to give you a better idea. The film is being brought to life by the director Tom Wadlow and producer Chrissa Wadlow and guys they are brilliant. Other feature productions they have made are Shelf Stackers, Wasteland, The Apartment, and many more which you can check out on their website http://www.lightfilms.co.uk. The films LightFilms make have the honour and delight of going to Cannes, thats right you read correctly, Cannes Film Festival that place where the great actors and actresses attend every year, so the film will be heading in that direction.

The main tasks of the day were finding locations ready for filming a longer version of ‘RatCatcher’, so I set to work contacting properties and country parks about potentially using their locations for the film and getting all necessary information in prep. At one point I was on the verge of speaking to a Lord about his property, but my call was diverted to a member of staff. So far positive responses, all the locations I found as many of them have said let us know when you are free and call us back and we will take you round the areas we think will be excellent.

I cannot forget to mention also that ‘RatCatcher’ would not be happening without the role that the projects contributors have played, who want to be part of this incredible journey from beginning, middle and end. Being part of this awesome production has its perks; making a contribution gives you the chance to select from the list, this can be anything from having a big shout out, film screening ticket, DVDs or even getting your name on the credits with a snazzy title. Sound like something you want to be part of too?  Then check out the films indiegogo page

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rat-catcher-feature-film

One of my to do list activities tomorrow is to call a producer friend of mine about doing a news piece on ‘RatCatcher’ as it is also to create at least 20 jobs and getting others involved from start to end, so that will keep me busy with that too.

So I think the next thing will be going to the locations with camera and all and getting shots of the different areas for filming, I’m so excited.

I look forward to the next day I am in the office or as I mention going off to locations for filming.

 

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.

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