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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

Baton Twirling battle commences day 1- Thurs 7th

8 Aug

Well the first day of the championship got into well swing, and quite possibly spin today. Early met with the team and the Baton Biz representatives/ organisers prepping us on today’s events. Every event began with a warm of the Junior and Senior women first then the men before each group performed for their designated judges.

The events of today were compulsories for the Juniors and short programs for the Seniors in the morning, which lead to the performance of the Junior and Senior pairs in the afternoon. I must say it was a lot of skill and co-ordination in baton twirling, and it is a very creative sport. Soon the day came to an end and it was a case of us wrapping and reading the schedules for Friday.

Lets see what the day holds for everyone at Capital FM

Rocking the Crumbling Cookie

22 May

Hi Guys

Apart from the day not making its mind up, it was a great for me, why you may ask; Answer helping work on a music video. An email was sent out last week by a company 151 films asking for a runner to help out on a shoot I threw my hat into the ring, sort of speak and was happy to hear that I had been picked.

Made it to the venue early; The Crumbling Cookie, cafe/ place where local bands perform before everyone and I then met Pete one of the camera operators and the man with the lightening equipment. Soon the band arrived ‘The Strangler Figs’, and then the rest of the crew arrived and it was great to put a name to face with the guy who hired me for the day, Merlin. I then met the sound guys Peri and Gil, followed by the Jamie and Gareth the camera operators. It was all hands to the pump, and I learned something new; how to rig and de-rig lighting equipment and how to alter the appearance of the lighting.  Where we were setting was really spacious and was handy that it had a bar in the basement/ lower floor of the venue. Once everything was set and ready and acting as the ‘Clapper’ those famous words were spoken by Merlin; ACTION.  The Strangler Figs performed a selection of songs and I admit they were pretty cool songs, I will have to see if they are on iTunes, and if so download their tracks. Soon it was time to shout ‘That’s a wrap’ and the de-rigging began, and although it was only for a couple of hours I enjoyed it. It was nice to work on a project that is local and not so far away.

 

So if anyone is seeking to have a video made for your business, performances, artists, corporate events and special occasions then feel free to give them a buzz http://151films.co.uk

More on the horizon, please stay tuned and wait for the chips to fall.

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.

 

Journey to the centre of ‘The Journeyman’

16 Feb

What a Valentine’s Day, despite the constant downpour of rain and weather befitting that in a natural disaster film. This didn’t stop me from going to Derby to help out on a local film of a friend of mine. The scenes that were being captured was that in a boxing ring/ gym scene. I was surprised by the fact that I got there without any delays on the roads, and after meeting everyone else we took the equipment in and set everything up. One thing that was very important to do; make the T & C’s for everyone. Once everything was set up we were greeted by Andy Potter from BBC Radio Derby who spoke to Lloyd and some of the other actors featuring in the film. I did get a chance to speak to Andy who gave me his contact details and offering me the chance to go to Radio Derby to work shadow, which I am looking into accepting the offer to do.

One thing I was responsible for was using the clapper board, and marking the shots for each scene, and then the best words were shouted ‘Action!’. Luckily the sound wasn’t affected by the rain hammering the roof of the gym, though the rain would have been better to use as imitation sweat rather than a spray bottle. Eventually the scenes were shot and was time to go, as far as I am aware there will be feature film dates in the next two months and hopefully I can get involved in with that too.

So it was nice to do something productive to do something different on Valentines Day, though one thing that I am trying to figure out is the Valentine Day card I received. I have no idea who so there is some mystery that is surrounding me at the moment, that and waiting for film dates for another production I am hoping to get involved in the final week of February. So these are my upcoming journeys and I look forward to completing them, though I look forward to going to BBC Radio Derby soon too.

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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

Superhero in the Studio with SuperStars

5 Feb

What a great weekend, well Saturday I had (beats standing at a checking and being a robot!). What did I do you may ask the answer Media work of course. I got up really early to head out to a film studio in Nottingham called Giltbrook a place that I have been and worked at before (post on TRISTAR day). My role for the day was working as a runner at the studio with a company that had come all the way from London; Superhero Screen.

I arrived at 7.30am, even though the call time was 8am it was to get started with everything that needed doing in prep. Very soon the crew arrived and one of them I remembered Amy Nicolson, an Art Department supervisor who I’d worked with before, so it was great to work on another project and get to have a catch-up. Once equipmet had been set up, the props arrived and the 10 children who were going to be appearing in the project arrived from Lincoln, filming commenced. Shortly after we were greeted with Lillie, the dog who would be making her debut appearance in the afternoon with the children. We all kept Lillie entertained with treats; biscuits and cakes before she went onto set at 3.30pm. Whilst helping to look after the studios special guests, I also had a chat with the chaperones to the 10 children, and heard about the various productions and other media activities they had all been involved in and what was coming up for them later in the year. One rising star I heard about was Samuel Mckrone who I was surprised to hear had recently featured in ‘The Invisible Woman’ (a film directed and starring Ralph Fiennes), so I and others will have to keep their eyes out for him.

Then at lunchtime a well-known famous person local to Nottingham arrived to be filmed for her role; Su Pollard and what a truly wonderful person she is. She was full of energy and enthusiasum from the word go and after getting her a cup of tea she was straight into make-up. It was great to have a chat with her, and with the children involved in the filming. Su shared tales of her past work in the media industry and told us about her time involved in the Christmas pant with David Hasselhoff (who I hear is a legend in Germany). Soon those sad words were uttered; ‘That’s a wrap’,and with any and all media activities I am involved in the time always goes by so fast , there should a law that prevents this from happening as this never happens when I am standing at a checkout in a supermarket. I thanked Tom, Malcolm, Ken and Dom and all the other members of the team at Superhero Screen for having me on board with the filming, and that I had had a blast. I hope to work with Superhero Screen again as they are a really great team to work with, though my next opportunity is helping out on a music video at the same studio Giltbrook Studios.

 

If you have a moment check out Giltbrook Studios and see what you think

http://new.giltbrookstudios.co.uk/

 

 

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