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More Mayhem to shake you to the core

18 Oct

If you though one event was exciting then several will get you buzzing.

Well, in my case that’s what happened, every year near to Halloween at the Broadway Cinema the Mayhem Festival kicks off and although I did not go for the whole sch-bang I did enjoy the ones I chose to go to, and my all time favorite was the watching and hearing an Hammer Horror script that had NEVER been read before. The script was titled ‘The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula’ and honestly if Christopher Lee was alive and it were the 1970’s I would strongly suggest that he play Dracula. Majority of the event was listening to a series of actors read their allocated parts and the Narrator Johnathan Rigby reading too.
The plot in short is this; Count Dracula escape to India where his evil influence is just as insidious and powerful. This script would also stand as a great horror story round a campfire for those wanting to spook one another.

It is definitely a big thank you that needs to be given to the Hammer Films and The Cinema & Television History Research Centre. Only wish that there were more Hammer Horror scripts like this, fingers crossed for the future though.

Following on from the night a sheer terror came the next master class to go to with the guest speaker being Michael Eaton, who is a English playwright and scriptwriter. He is best known for his television docudrama scripts, including Shipman, Why Lockerbie and Shoot to Kill, and for writing the feature film Fellow Traveller (1989), which won best screenplay in the British Film Awards.
In recent years, he has become known for stage plays and his radio dramas for the BBC. Listening and taking notes on the various productions he has been part of and why he go into the industry as many of us have a reason or some form of inspiration/ goal for choosing this career path. I am looking forward to hearing about his next or future works as it was inspiring to listen to someone from the region I grew up in make it in the Media. I only hope I can get as far as I want to go, only time will tell.

Well, I am getting excited about next weekend, granted I am working but as soon as I am done its a case of getting changed and driving to the second place I like to call my home. I do not wish to give too much away as I will ruin it, all to be revealed next Sunday. And yes there will be photos as it is very rare I put pictures up of my Media activities and events, I seriously need to correct that.

Nunquam Deditioneum

BAFTA, Broadway, Barry, Brilliant

30 Sep

Hey fellow mediadreamz readers

I have literally just got in from driving back from a networking night. This is something I saw a few weeks ago and bought my ticket for on Friday and what a brilliant night it was; a BAFTA Masterclass, with the class being delivered by a production manager that owns a company called Warp Films, his name you may ask is Barry. When I walked into the Broadway cinema screen 3, I was greeted by a friend from the past; Stephen Badham my supervisor when I was at Creative England, who was overseeing the event by Creative England.

The event was get and Barry provided a lot of useful info about how Warp was formed, who was involved in the beginning and the productions they first started making, see if these shake your memories: ‘Deadman’s Shoes’, ‘This is England’, ‘Kill List’ ‘Four Lions’. Just a few to see if you remember any of them, if not go and watch. I also learned how much a production manager really has to do, I knew the basics of what a P.M does but now I have a greater respect for Terry, Barry and everyone in the world who have this as their job title as there is so much work, pressure and red tape to get through.

It was then a Q & A session and I asked the question ‘what is your most memorable moment in the film industry? This lead to Barry revealing a friend and colleague nearly getting arrested and how they were moving a helicopter and it was flying over a guns n roses gig and people were having diffiuclty hearing the gig because of the chopper!

Afterwards it was networking, catching up with Stephen and talking to his colleague based at Pinewood. I mixed and mingled with other people there and got the opportunity to chat to Barry about work, past experiences and career aspirations. The event ended and it was an awesome night and I hope there will be more BAFTAs to come and I look forward to the Mayhem Festival that is always on at this time, like it was last year.

I hope my meeting and passing out business cards leads to potentially more work. I only wish I had a crystal ball so as to look into the future.

A week of Mayhem in Nottingham

4 Nov

 

 

Lets start with a cheesy joke; ‘Knock,knock, who’s there?, Dr, Dr Who?, Yes thats right. If you are wondering why this joke has been used, the answer is this; I attended a networking event that involved a Q & A event at Nottingham’s broadway from Joe Ahearne. This was all part of the the ‘Mayhem Horror Film Festival’, a five day event that of course started on 31st October, and ends on 4th november. The funny think about this is I only came across reading the Metro when I was travelling to London on the 30th Oct, one event I saw was a preview screening of a BBC series called ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’. This series was part of the BAFTA UK learning and networking events, and as I was free on the Saturday, I decided to venture out to the broadway.   As I had never been to this cinema before I kept thinking will I find it in time, and surprisingly I did. When I got into screen 2 I saw roughly about 20 odd people, which was good as there were too many people to fight a seat for. I admit I haven’t read the secret of Crickely Hall, though I was impressed about what I saw. The plot summary, in brief, centres on a family called the Caleighs who have been through a terrible ordeal; their son Cam has gone missing. In order to escape the dreadful remainder on the anniversary of his disappearance, Gabe takes his wife Eve and two daughters, Loren and Cally, away to Crickely Hall, a house on the outskirts of the village Devil’s Cleave. Once in the house, Eve begins to hear Cam’s voice, Loren and Cally seen the ghosts of past children who lived in the house, when it was once an orphanage of strict discipline.

This is a three part series and from what I saw I thought it was brilliant, especially the time shift from past to present and how each of the characters expressed their sadness and despair in wanting answers to questions about Cam, the house and what happened to the children in the house.

Once the episode had finished it was a Q & A session with the man behind the programme, writer and director Joe Ahearne. Although I mentioned he has worked on Doctor Who, Joe also created ULTRAVIOLET; a British TV Series about Vampires and supernatural happenings, I haven’t seen this series, though I will try to watch it on 4OD.  before leaving I went to meet the man behind the adaptation and asked a few questions of my own about the series, filming on location, how to get into TV and Film and mentioned my past experiences and to my surprise Joe said everything I was doing was right and that it took him till his late 20’s early 30’s to full get into the industry. And of course, before parting, I passed on a business card and asked that if there are any future projects Joe Ahearne will be involved in, if he would consider me as a potential runner.

 

All in all the event was great, and made it out of Nottingham no problem, though I did feel sorry for one woman who was trying to manoeuvre into a parking space right next to to cement pillar and unfortunately she scrapped it numerous times. Eventually she got into the space, but all down the passenger side a long line of grey scratches. Overall, I enjoyed the BAFTA BBC MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL I guess its because there are never really that many events like this that I am aware of in the East Midlands, so I will see if I hear of anymore events, and if I can attend them. Next event is in Manchester in two weeks, and all I need to do is book my hotel and then I’m off. Really enjoyed meeting Joe and fingers crossed this leads to more opportunities.

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