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All ‘Adrift in Soho’

21 Nov

Hi Mediadreamzers

I can now sit and share with you what I have been up to for the past three weeks, which involved traveling back and forth a lot. Why you may ask, and the answer is from working on a film not as a runner but as a 3rd Camera Assistant. It felt strange not being a runner as that is what my role has been on most shoots so it was nice to be working on a film with more responsibilities. The film ‘Adrift in Soho’ is a novel by Colin Wilson and the plot focuses on Five individuals from different backgrounds are brought together by chance to take one last look at a world that is about to collapse in front of their eyes.

During my first week it was a case of getting to know the crew and familiarising myself with the equipment, how to fill in camera reports for each days collected shots. Most of the filming ended late at night but I never noticed how fast time went until I looked at my watch.

The second week was something an interesting week; I was crew and I was asked at one point about an extra when we were filming in a bar for nearly 12 hours, so I was taken away by the costume department and dressed in 1950s clothes and was given a beret and a drink of flat ‘alcohol’. It felt strange that when I was not needed on set I was working and I sort of felt like I was out of my comfort zone, but was great fun.

The third and final week was pretty much the same thing going to a lot more locations and filming everything within a 12-13 hour days. Granted it was exhausting and I ended getting back to my accommodation near to 10-11pm it was so worth it. I did notice when I was helping out each day I was greeted by hugs and kisses from the camera team, the sparks and from the director too. I was just said when everything ended each week so quickly, I just hope that I get to work with everyone again the future. I am looking forward to the next film I am working on in Derby. I have also found a way of adding film credits to media productions I have worked on onto my IMDB page and it worked.

I think before I do anything else will be to catch up on some sleep before I start my next project.

Nunquam Deditioneum

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.

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Rocking of the ages with Savage Messiah

10 Feb

Although it was pouring with rain, it did not dampen my mood for helping out on a music video shot, back at Giltbrook Studios (this thought certainly got me through my shift at Tesco!). My call time was about 10am because of needing to collect two of the actors from the train station; Pixie who I learned is a contortionist which is so cool ( I also learned that Pixie has even been an extra in ‘Games of Thrones’). I am guessing those of who who are reading this and enjoy G.O.T are green with envy. The other actor was a guy called Phil, who is also a director of films in Lincoln, who I also learned had auditioned for a role as one of the Lannisters in G.O.T but didn’t get it because his hair was not blonde enough. Once at the studio and in from the rain, it was a case of saying hi to the crew and to Tom the director (head of Polymath Pictures, and who I’d worked with before of the puppet video ‘Hands Up if Your Lost’). I also met two representatives of a music agency based in Nottingham called Earache Records Emma and Tom, who were both really great people to meet and Emma even took my photo for their website (not very flattering but at least it makes the days events). Once the equipment was set up it,and the band Savage Messiah were set the perform, filming commenced. I admit I do not know much on Savage Messiah, so I did some research; They are a London thrash/ heavy metal band that formed in May 2007. The band were signed to Earache Records in 2011, released their first album (Plague of Conscience) in 2012 and the video they were recording at the shoot was a track called ‘Hellblazer’ taken from their new album ‘The Fateful Dark’ set to be released on March 10th 2014. Guys in the Band Dave Silver – lead vocals, guitars Joff Bailey – guitars, backing vocals Stefano Selvatico – Bass Andrea Gorio – drums, percussion https://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal To know more on the company and see some of the photos check out there site http://www.earache.com/index2.html. Apart from runner jobs, I also controlled some of the lighting sequences, and running the usual errands. Once the band had been filmed it was Pixie and Phil who were soon on set for their debut appearance. Pixie on cameraman P1030825 Roll camera! P1030823 Great make-up P1030820 P1030821 Photo opportunity Here comes the Cardinal P1030817 Look is Yoda on set Filming next shots The cameraman P1030813 P1030812 P1030807 P1030808 The make-up room the 'Jedi' moment The props Our director, cameraman, photographer and the beautiful green screen The studio Band and Record Rep Oh, lord Chill time Pixie on stills Break-time Band taking a break I guess I blinked too much during the day because it was soon time to go, say  my good-byes to the team, the record company and take Phil to the station, in order for him to get home. Despite it pouring with rain all day and being high on tea, it was awesome. Next opportunity is in Friday in Derby, can’t wait and as far as I am aware the local radio station will be there too. Maybe I will have some photos to share too.

 

Oh, forgot to add a link to Earache Records of me http://earache.tumblr.com/post/75789320591/our-day-so-far-at-the-studio-with-savage-messiah

Runner for Notts County

18 Oct
What a day I have had. I got a call from a locations manager asking if I was free tomorrow (Friday) to help film a Sky sports promo. I sent my CV over and in the space of 5 mins I got an email saying ‘you’ve got the job’. Pure and simple.

So I was up at 4am getting ready to get to Notts County Football grounds as I didn’t know what the roads would be like (they were covered in fog), and although I got stuck behind a tractor part of the way, I made it to the ground before 7am. Once there, I met the other runner Tristan, and the gates were open, the rest of the crew began to arrive. I introduced myself to Nick the guy who gave me the job for the day, the sparks team Bruce, Frank, Marco the camera crew Carl, Carl and because there were 2 of them I called one Carl 1 and the other of Carl 2 and of course Karl. I then met Aaron, Paul, Nigel, Becki, Jon, Stuart, Mark, Tony the prop man and the visual department, and once everyone was on site I got to work doing the usual tasks of a runner. One thing I really appreciated was the crew were really friendly and made me feel like a part of team (even though it was only for a day). I also appreciated Nick spending part of the day talking to me and giving lots of great advice and tips for work and progressing with my career goal that I gave him one of my business cards (I did the same with other members of the team).  I have been dragging the post out that I haven’t even said what the work was;  Sky Sports promo for an upcoming event. One thing I will confess: it was the first time I have set foot in a football stadium, and I worked so much today that I made up for the missed gym session on Wednesday. I really enjoyed the day and everyone Nick Aaron, Paul, Becky, Paul, Carl 1, Carl 2, Karl, Nigel, Jon, Stuart, Bruce, Marco, Frank, Tony, Becki, Mark were all brilliant people to work with, they all ROCK!

As I have said before I always find time goes by so fast when I am involved in production work, and was sad that the day came to end but all I can say that it was a blast. I said my goodbyes to the crew and wished them all safe journeys home to whether their destinations were. I nearly forgot to mention how great the stadium staff were giving us cups with tea, coffee and hot chocolate in the bases (the tea had powdered milk at the bottom, the coffee had coffee and powdered milk and the hot chocolate well you can guess what that had).

I have other productions that are coming up and can’t wait to get started on them, well I have thrown the jobs in the air and I just wait to see which one falls down first.

An ‘Outland’ experience

8 Jul

Hi Guys,

In addition to one film I am helping out on, I am also helping out on another, this one is called ‘Outland’. Its a local low budget film, that is produced and directed by Jonathan Lee Millward. The film itself without giving too much away is on the lines of ‘The Hobbit’/ ‘Lord of the Rings’. Initially I and the rest of the team thought the temperature on the day would be average. Yesterday we were filming at a castle and country park, which was full of people coming to a county fair event. Oh, no we had a massive heatwave, of say 30C (I wasn’t complaining about it as the UK has had some pretty disappointing weather over what is SUPPOSE to be Sumer). At one point during filming I had to take my shirt off (don’t worry I had a vest on underneath). Most of today was rehearsal and filming of one scene at various angles, which was pretty cool. Prior to that Martin, the actor for the day was in costume and make-up and it took a while to get everything done and on him by the make-up costume team, especially putting in the contact lenses that made his eyes go yellow. Now that, after seeing it done was awesome. During this time I acted as one of the runners as well as helping the camera people focus their wide angel shots by filling in for Martin during rehearsals, and taking over the logging of shoots. I even got to play with the clapper board (I wonder if that makes me a AD?). As part of the first day I managed to get some happy snappy shots of the team, and some video content of our time in the woods of the park at Elvaston Castle, though I have decided if I ever win the lottery I will either buy or build a castle.

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Eventually it was time to call it a day, well for me it was, as I had a BBQ to help put together and that was one of the highlights enjoying Smokey Texan Chicken. Although the next film date for this project is Saturday I cannot make it, though I have more dates for filming with Darren and helping finish off ‘Brothers’. I have heard from a few people and applied for other opportunities for work and one of which I need to chase up Monday. If you wish to know more about the film feel free to check the directors page Jonathan Lee Millward https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.l.millward?fref=ts or search for Outland via Google.

Extra, Extra update

18 Jul

I know I mentioned in my post of the day that it would be my last for the week because of traveling on Thursday, it turns out I forgot to mention what I was up to, as an extra. Headed into Derby for the day, and after getting there and arriving at the location, I met about 8 other extras, a group of extras and a production team. Once we’d had our meet and greet session, we all told that the scene we were shooting was about a group of young people wanting to make a TV show, and the acting would be terrible, the ‘extras’ who were the crew would act as though we were all hopeless. The funny thing behind this was I, along with a guy called Josh were given the roles of Production Assistants ironic really. I met another extra, Lynn, who I learned had done some work with a company that supplies animals for films, some she mentioned were ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’ and many more. Lynn even mentioned that the dog seen on TV and in Midsomer Murders was trained by the company she has worked with, which I though was really interesting. As soon as we began, it ended quicker than I expected and it was a really surprise, whether any of us will be asked back for additional scenes or for future projects who knows, though it is nice to have something different on the CV, so its worth considering. I hope to keep in touch with all the people I met yesterday and hope to see them again if we are called for more work like this.

So after this post you won’t hear a peep from me for a few days, which will be good, as the next time I write a post I will be talking non-stop.

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