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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.

Two weeks Work

28 Aug

Hi all that follow my blog, and those that stumble upon it

I have spent these last two weeks going back and forth to a production office, helping work on a programme as a locations assistant/ office runner. I cannot tell you the name of the programme only that it is shown on C4, sorry for being vague but official secrets act and all.

I have been covering for the current runner whilst she was away on holiday and met her this week (which was my final week) and she is both very nice and very tanned from where she has been on her hols. The rest of the production team were brilliant, they all made me feel very welcome and part of the team itself. My production manager was a real gem looking after me and offering me the two weeks slot that needed covering.

I decided on my last day to take in a hand made thank you card, and as we ended up talking about cake one day I decided to take one in; Black Forest Gateau, and as an added treat different types of sprinkles so everyone could jazz up their slices and make them look pretty.

One thing I nearly forgot to mention is that I have recently been taken on and completed my registration links with different extras agencies I figured that whilst production crew is and would be quiet in the near future to keep busy and gain experience as an extra. I also through an dare/ out of my mind experience contacted a modeling agency who invited me for a ‘GO-SEE’ appointment and after 20 minutes to a days discussion said to me there and then that they wanted to offer me representation for a year. Whether it was flattery or not they said to me that I would be ideal for modeling and appearing in feature films and commercials so after weighing up the options I have decided to sign with them as it is another avenue for gaining work, experience and even work experience.

Once the bank holiday is out of the way and I have completed everything I need to do my upcoming plans and work can be put in motion. I hope my posts do not sound self-centred, or very big headed in anyway if they do please feel free to say and I will change my style of writing, or rather typing.

Have a happy bank holiday if you are in the UK, if not have a great to all who read.

Runner Run, Run, Run

27 Feb

I am glad I have a moment to take a pew to write my latest media activity. I have spent the last two and half days in Birmingham working with a brilliant production team, on a well-known daytime drama. I cannot give too much away as that would be spoiling, but I can tell you what my experience was like. I was at the office for 7.30am to be on set for 8.30am and I admit working a 12hr shift really does take it out of you. Everyone was really welcoming to me during my first day work shadowing on a drama, and as many people have said drama is totally different to any other type of programme/ genre out there, and boy they were not wrong there. Everyone asked me the usual questions; where had I come from, was I at uni, what were my career ambitions, what other projects had I worked on etc.

The first day was over quick than you could say thats a wrap, and once I got back to my hotel room all I did was watch TV and eat cereal (I know its not the best gourmet meal, but I did not have the energy to eat something hot).

My second day was being out and about with the crew on four locations and it was cold. I felt sorry for the crew and actors out there, so I gave them some spare hand warmers to help ward off the coldness they all felt. I got talking to some of the extras and other members of the crew, who were praising me for my tea/ coffee/ snack providing skills, and just like yesterday it ended so fast. Once back at base, and packed away everyone thanked me for helping out; I got a hug from the director and 1st AD both wanted me to stay longer on the filming. The director and 1st AD both suggested to me that I find out if I could come back in the foreseeable future, to help out again, or on another production in Birmingham, in order to get more experience. So I did just that and now I await to see what happens. One thing I will remember from the final day was when I  was saying good-bye to the director, he wished me luck in my ventures and said that everything I was doing was right, and to keep going no matter what, so I won’t surrender and will persevere on.

My next opportunity is helping out on a music video for two days, I’ve never helped out on anything like that so lets see how that goes.

As a final note I want to say that the team I worked with were totally awesome and made me feel really welcome and it will be an experience I definitely won’t forget too quickly, you guys were the best.

Valuation of the day; what a Real Deal

29 Jan

I am sad that my placement with Creative England has come to an end, though I can say that I have enjoyed it. It was nice of Stephen and Elizabeth to take me for a leaving lunch, and it was the first time I got to try Falafel (I know of all the things to have off the menu, but as I had never tried it I thought why not).

As the saying goes when one door closes, another opens and this was certainly the case. Despite the door being open for a day I got the chance to work with a production company surprisingly they were filming a daytime episode in my home town. I thought at first that this was a twilight zone moment as I live in a town which has nothing to really offer, nor anything exciting. This was part of a programme made by RDF Television, and the clue is in the title. I made it to the location in plenty of time and met 6 other runners who had traveled from places like Manchester, York etc, and from what I could gather from everyone many of them were/ are novices to the role. We met the production assistants Jo and Emily, who gave us the tour of the place and we were all allocated our roles. I was assigned the front and inner part of the conference hall, where I was detailing with refreshments, answering questions and letting participants into the conference area in small amounts. The day went by so fast, and after we’d all had lunch at the various intervals, I and everyone rotated roles and mine was with one of the podium’s and that was a treat meeting one of the dealers and she was really sweet. The afternoon was one where I was problem solving for not only the other runners on an crisis, and with the actual crew RDF on a minor issue that I solved using my initiative. Eventually the day overall came to a quick end (or it rather felt like that) and it was a case of thanking Jo for letting me help out and if there are future productions in the Midlands to give me a buzz and I will be there like a shot. So it was a great opportunity under the hammer, well I am sold on this and fingers crossed they ask me back. At one point in the day, I got a chance to interact with the production crew, one of which was an electrician who had worked on ‘Doctors’, and other projects. Great day, great day.

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