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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.

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.

The Good, the Bad and the unexpected News

19 Mar

Hi everyone

I know I have been away for a few days, but it is with good reason. For the past couple of days I have been inundated with calls all week about potential opportunities. One of which was from a company in Skipton, and although it is a company that mainly focuses on theatre and a little TV the lady I spoke to said she was mightily impressed with my CV, and if a suitable position arises in the future then she or the company will give me a call.

Following that, (on the same day) I got a call from EndemolUK about helping with an episode for a well-known show that they were filming in my area and would I be free. Thankfully, I had the day off work and leapt at the opportunity and despite the weather I had a great time working with the production team, and spoke to a very nice man who drives celebrities round as he works for Jaguar.

The bad was on Monday when I had agreed to meet a director of a company in Nottingham who I was to meet to to discuss the film project and after spending 20 minutes driving around trying to find the place I gave up as I wasn’t gonna waste an afternoon on a wild goose chase ( no offence to gooses). Despite this setback and sending an email of apology, this was masked by the surprise email I got. A few weeks ago I applied for a job and passed the application questions, this was followed by online assessment and I was wondering if I would hear from the company. And low and behold I did and the news was good; you have successfully passed the verbal reasoning test. Now I await till April to see what happens next as to when and whether I am invited to an assessment centre to have an interview and everything else.

One thing I am looking forward to next month is heading back to Pinewood Studios, to the networking night that was cancelled in January, and hopefully there will be natural disasters no hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes. It will be great going back to one of the best film studios that the UK has ever had, and will be great seeing all of my contacts/ friends too.

Whilst I wait it will seeing what opportunities I can apply for until next month and other activities. So my darlings stay tuned and hopefully I won’t leave it too late to report on whats going on.

It will be all underwired on the night

9 Nov

The reason for the title of this latest post is all to do with another networking event I attended, and was surprised that it was held at Broadway Cinema. It felt strange, as I had been there nearly a week ago, but at least I there ok this time round. The event I am referring to is the UnderWire Festival, which is tailored to solely encouraging and showcasing the talent and work of women in the film industry.

As this didn’t start till 6.30pm, I left at what I thought was in plenty of time and made it to the Broadway Cinema, and once there there was some delay with the event starting, as some people had been told it started at 6.30pm, and others 7pm. Once we were given the green light to go into screen 4, and we all ventured in, I saw the coolest cinema chairs I have ever seen and had the honour to sit in. The reason I was honoured was because they were designed by none other than the Midlands greatest fashion designer; Paul Smith. Paul Smith to me is one of the Midlands greatest assets and I think his praises need to be spoken here for not only fashion, but also for furniture, great man. So if anyone ever visits Nottingham please visit one of the numerous shops he has in Nottingham, as the fashion is amazing (and if you visit the Broadway cinema and go into screen 4 then you’ll have the chance to sit in a Paul Smith chair). We were introduced to the founders of the Underwire Film Festival and were shown a series of films that had been into the programme, some were good others bordered on the level of insanity, but were interesting.

After about an hour, it was a case of us having a break, with a free drink, and a chat with others there. I chatted with a few people and handed out business cards, before leaving to get back home, as I had a 6am start at work to next day. What surprised me was the number of guys that attended the event, as the whole thing was emphasising the work and trials faced by women in the working world of TV and Film.

With this in mind, I can’t wait till the 13th and 20th Nov, as I am off to two other networking events which I am so looking forward too. I just hope I make the right impression (as people would jokingly say I’m sorry I don’t do impressions) on those attending and those in the working world of TV and Film. Fingers crossed something helps from these social gatherings.

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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