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Chitty Chitty Wow Wow

4 Dec

Hi Mediadreamzers

My gosh it has been an age since I last posted, well since the Bond charity night in September. I confess that I need to amend a comment I made in the last post; I mentioned that there was going to be a Bond gala night in January. Well it has been discovered that the event was a con something unfortunately some of my friends were the victims of. It turns out that the person who was ‘organising’ the event had named dropped some well known Bond actors who were to be attending. Well the agents to the stars notified certain parties that they/ the actors had no idea of this event let a lone had been asked to attend. Top and Tail is as you can guess the event has been cancelled and to my knowledge people had managed to get a refunded on the non-existent event.

Now I will get round to sharing my latest event, and it involved going to my favourite place, Pinewood. Granted this was about 2 weeks ago, just been waiting on photos to be sent to me before sharing the day. This was as the title of the post suggests an event to do with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The event marked 50 years since the film hit the silver screen and it was a fun filled day from start to finish. I admit I thought I was going to have problems travelling down as the route I take to Pinewood was closed but managed to make headway on the M1.

Made it in good time and met up with familiar faces and friends before walking through the great doors to Heatherden Hall which has featured in many films that being Carry On and James Bond. Once inside, it was a tour of the garden and grounds with Dave Worral who imparted fun facts on the different parts and areas of the garden. I even saw a memorial stone dedicated to Desmond Llewelyn (as many know played Q). Whilst on the tour I got chatting to the son of the composer to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Robert Sherman.

Before going back into Heatherden Hall for the Q&A with the crew and special guests we all got a change to have our pictures taken next to one of the original cars used in the film (unfortunately we couldn’t drive it around the film lot). Whilst the photos were being snapped I got the change to chat to a few people and some of the special guests. One thing that was a hue surprise when the Q&A session started was the children actors from the film Adrian Hall and Heather Ripley. One interesting fact that I discovered was that Heather never really auditioned for the role of Jemima that the original child was ill and Heather’s mum put her daughter forward as she knew the lines, and from there things progressed.

 

      

After the Q&A lunch was served and I got chatting to one of the guys at my table who works for Universal channel and I also learned that another person was friends with a Danish composer, who knows, wait for it… Mads Mikkelsen. Hearing that I was in heaven. There was also a quiz about the film and other trivial facts and although it was an age since I saw the film I guessed some of the answers.

             

The highlight to end the day was going into the John Barry theatre and watching the film on the silver screen with well distinguished actors and crew members. Although it was great seeing it in the theatre it was bloody freezing. I couldn’t get over how quickly the day ended and it was a blast from start to finish and I felt that the security guys didn’t want any of us to leave as the barrier to let us in and out was on lock down. As much as I would loved to have spent the night at Pinewood studios that didn’t happen; security eventually let us out.

Made it back buzzing from such a fantastic day and I look forward to my next job or venture out into the world of Media.

Whether that is before or after Christmas who knows.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Licence to view Bond

15 Sep

Hi Mediadreamerz

OMG! I looked at when my last post was and saw it was back in May, how the time has flown by. Yes I have been hibernating or rather waiting and waiting for my next event or Media activity to come along. I would have shared an event back in August whee I would have met an executive Producer who works on animation shows, such as Dangermouse (work hindered me going). Nothing has hindered me for the events of last night. I will start by saying it is SO good to be back at a place where beautiful people create beautiful things. I am gonna be honest and say that I have lost track of the number of times I have been to my favourite place- Pinewood Studios. When I was driving to my accommodation I noticed across from the main site that Pinewood has extended its facilities across the road- I especially saw a Sir Roger Moore East stage has been built; really hope I can set foot in there in the future.

My reasons for heading down to the bottom of Buckinghamshire were to attend a charity screening night of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is in aid of UNICEF, and it was a brilliant night. Only annoying thing is when fun things happen they end so fast that you don’t have enough time to take it all in.

Well I made it to Pinewood in plenty of time and its a good thing I did, security checks and all that, but I got through. Once at the John Barry Theatre- a place I have never been into when I have been on set but at least I have been inside now. Lots of people were there to support the nights funding raising and to see an all time classic. I was even more surprised to see some of my friends there that I didn’t know were gonna be there, so a really great chance for us to catch up.

We were all give the green light to go in the cinema where the Q The Music Bond Tribute Band were playing some of the great Bond songs. The cinema was a huge and spacious room and it really puts our typical cinemas to shame. Before the screening of the film started there was a Q&A with the special guest attending-Dickie Bamber, Peter Lamont, Terry Bamber, Terry Mountain (played a character called Raphael), Slyvana Henriques (the girl who ate Bananas at the dinner table scene) and Michael Redding. The Q&A was really interesting hearing about the experiences of crew and actors and all the funny stories from there time working on OHMSS. The Q&A was followed by an auction of James Bond merchandise ranging from t-shirts and hoodies to records and signed poster boards. It was immensely exciting when a bidding war erupted between a man and woman in the audience. I thought that that this was gonna turn into an event that was gonna last all night, but didn’t.

 

 

 

 

After sitting for nearly three hours there was a 10 minute break before the time started and I used that time to mingle and hobnob with the special guest. One of my James Bond Facebook friends had bought a programme so I asked if he was going to get his programme autographed. He said no because he didn’t think they would sign it, so I offered to try on his behalf and was given an o.k you can try. So I went round the room and managed to get several signatures and I got chatting to Terry M who was a really nice guy to talk to and asked me about myself even got a photo with Terry Mountain.

 

 

The film started and at the sound in the cinema was incredible crisp and clear. Many people have said and probably will continue to say that OHMMS is the Best Bond film and that George Lazenby was the Best Bond followed by Sean Connery. The time went by really fast and it was time to vacate the cinema and head off the production company site. I managed to say bye to lots of people and before I went the person who organised the whole event said that there is another Bond event in the New Year that I should come to and that it would be an all night glitz and glamour night, so I am hoping to attend that too. Would be something to look forward to come the New Year.

I am not sure what my next event will be before the 2019 event but I look forward to sharing with you all, I think I maybe hibernating for a bit at a guess well as I said earlier until my next event.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

Production in Deep

25 Apr

 

Hey Mediadreamzers

OMG! Seriously how long has it been since I lasted posted on my blog. I feel like I have been on the Channel 4 show ‘The Hunted’, where you disappear off the grid. My reason for not posting for such a long time is one of my colleagues was signed off with stress a few months ago, so I have been working a lot of shifts in the production gallery. With working a lot I haven’t been able to attend networking events or do as much as other media work; my colleagues health is more important and was happy to hep out. With the amount of work I did in the gallery I think I was on course for getting a blue plaque, or even an OBE.

I digress a little, so back on track after so long I attended a RTS event in London and it was a lot closer to the main train stations in London and I shocked myself in finding it and not needing to resort to Google Maps.
The venue for the networking event was practically round the corner from Kings Cross so not far from Platform 9 3/4 shop for those who like Harry Potter. Made it to Kings Place in plenty of time and I also discovered that there are a lot of publishing houses not far from Kings Cross station, and I now know where The Guardian and The Observer are in London.

 

 

 

 

 

The event I was going to was ‘Diving beneath the Waves:The Making of Blue Planet II’. Yes the natural documentary series narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough (wish he could have been there too). However, the special speakers were an Assistant Producer called Sarah, Executive Producer James and the Natural documentaries Series Producer Mark with the event chaired by Torin Douglas.

 

 

Once we were in the hall, the whole place was illuminated with guess what colour light, o.k I’ll tell you-Blue. Once in Torin introduced the guests who said a little about themselves and their work background on projects and how they got involved in this area of media. The questions that were asked were things that I guess we have thought about when watching these types of programs how certain things are filmed, how production teams capture certain shots and clips; are they planned or is it just by sheer luck, locations, scripting, choosing music, the work relationship between the scientists and the media teams in creating the episodes etc.This was interspersed with clips chosen by the panel that they said where there favourite. One clip was Sharks enjoying seafood spoils, seeing a media sub and attacking it (Sharks thought the sub was a threat to the food they had and were constantly colliding with the sub) Luckily the people in the sub were unharmed and the Sharks then realised the sub was no threat (clip chosen by Mark).

The next clip was narrated by Sir David about a sea creature called the Bobbet, I admit I had never heard of a Bobbet and knew nothing about it. Well, a Bobbet is a sea worm that eats fish- yes there s=is such a thing. Seeing the clip made people jump when it went in for the kill. (clip chosen by Sarah).

      

The final clip shown was again narrated by Sir David and it showed a cluster of small fish were forced to clustered together by dolphins and how this attracted not just dolphins but birds, swordfish and other bigger fish to eat the smaller fish and how in less than 20 mins they are gone.

        

The audience was then invited to ask questions and there was a mixed bag of things people were asking the panel and it was interesting to hear and learn more about. Before this ended we were treated to clips featuring other members of the production crew and their contributions to creating the series. One clip really amazed me; how crew manage to get the cameras onto the animals in order to capture footage of what they see and where they go and how the footage is used in the series.

  

  

 

Afterwards, the bar was open and time to network was everyone. Before leaving to head home, I got the chance to chat the the people on the panel and was a great evening.

 

 

I am happy to say that the next event will be in about 2 weeks and I am happy to say that I am off work on that day so more to follow. Hopefully there will be more events coming up to share, and it won’t be a long gap before my postings.

Nuquam Deditionem

Let Me Go Premiere

8 Sep

Hey Mediadreamzers

When one media event ends, another event begins and one must as promised share it. It is nice to be back sharing experiences, and getting involved in different projects. This one involved getting all dressed up for as mentioned in my latest posting going to the premiere of a film called Let Me Go. This is based on a true story written by Helga Schneider. Before I even got to London I thought it was ‘gonna be one of those days’; I had originally booked a taxi via an app for what I thought was to take me to the train station, only for me to tell the app that I wanted to be picked up FROM the train station. Only a brief moment of panic in thinking that I was gonna miss my train, and be late. Thankfully, that did not happen, and I made it to Leicester Square 25 minutes early, whilst stomping around on the underground in nude coloured heels to get to the Vue, and it was great that so many people turned up to the screening.

            

       

I got chatting to a mum and daughter and managed to get a few snaps taken against the backdrop and tweeting #LetMeGo. It was great seeing my friend Ross, the man behind the Production company in partnership with in trust productions who filmed the project. Once upstairs, champagne in hand, it was taking more snaps and seeing a few famous faces and I managed to get my picture taken with Douglas Henall  and talking to others before staff asked everyone to take their seats. My seat was Row C Seat 3 and although I had no idea what I would be in store for booking this, it turns out I chose a seat where no one blocked my view I was close to the open floor area where the Q&A session and within feet of one particular actress, JULIET STEVENSON, who starred in the film, but said a few words before needing to leave due to being on stage in a play and needing to leave. One thing the audience was given was bags of popcorn and bottled water; I took mine with me and gave it to my colleagues to enjoy on Friday.

  

  

 

Encase you come across this film I avoid giving away too much of the plot but the structure of the film focuses on mother and daughter relationship, which explores not only the relationship Helga Schneider (Juliet Stevenson), had with her mother Traudi (played by Karin Bertling) who has a dark secret, but also the relationship Helga’s daughter, Beth (Jodhi May), has with her daughter Emily (Lucy Boynter).  Hearing that Traudi is dying, Helga travels with her granddaughter to see her to confront her about how her actions had serious consequences.

 

With having a degree in History, and the subject area being one that is a favourite of mine I found the film very moving and heart-felt. The score to the film was something you that was in the same field as Schindler’s List. The Q&A with the Producer Polly Steele, the composer Phil Selway, Karin Bertling and Jodhi May and once all questions had been answered I would have loved to stay for some of the afterparty but I had a train to catch. One thing I wondered during the evening was when I saw Richard Wilson at the event; as many of you know he is famous for his phrase ‘I don’t believe it’, would our paths across and prior to me leaving they did as I was getting ready to leave the Vue, we walked past each other and Richard said Hello and smiled, so that was a cool highlight to end the evening.

I was impressed by how I made it to London Euston in heels and that my feet weren’t hurting at all, once on the train I got chatting to a guy called Bradley who had been out with his work colleagues to the Hippodrome casino to celebrate success at work, and the thing I discovered was that he is a graphic web designer for the Hippodrome Casino. One thing I have learned and I hope you agree with me on this is that the best conversations you have are with strangers on a train, you learn so much. My conversation with Bradley ended at Watford Junction which was his stop, for me I had about 6-7 more before getting home. I was still wide awake even at 2am, and even more when at work when I got up at 5.30am.

Next activity/ work related opportunity is in 2 weeks so that will keep me busy, I do love working in Media and networking with others.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Milton Keynes & Me 50 Years in an evening

7 Sep

Hey Mediadreamzers

God it has been practically years since I lasted posted. I have been waiting and waiting for my next media related event to happen, and now it has.

Some of you many have seen on BBC 4 a few weeks back the film titled Milton Keynes and Me by Director Richard Macer. I admit I was kicking myself for missing it when it was on TV, but had a second chance to see it when a screening of it was arranged, followed by a Q &A session with the Director himself.

For those of you haven’t seen Milton Keynes and Me the story is told and see through the eyes of Richard Macer who grew up in MK and left when he was 18 to go to University. With it being 50 years in 2017 that MK was created, Richard returned to his hometown to look back into to how MK was created and established as a New-town place, the Fred Roche Foundation which was responsible for the planning and constructing and houses, shopping centre and sculptures depicting the creativity and uniqueness of MK. And yes that includes reference to the cow sculptures created by Canadian Liz Leyh. It was cool that Richard was able to track Liz down and ask her what she thought 50 years on from when they were placed in MK.

The beginning of the film looked at the memories of MK through the eyes of his mum and dad and how MK was the UK’s equivalent to the American Dream when it came to the housing crisis that hit London in the 1950’s and 60’s. One other aspect of MK that was shown and talked about was when people think of MK besides the cows that they comment on the number of roundabouts and there is one thing I discovered whilst watching the film and that is that there is a roundabout appreciation society, something I never knew existed until that night. Following on from that there the society has given certain named roundabouts and one of the roundabouts in Fox Milne is known and named as a bonking roundabout because it was a roundabout where people used to make love and have rendezvous. One thing that is being added to Fox Milne roundabout soon is a sculpture, commemorating 50 years.

I also discovered that years ago a commercial was created advertising MK as a New-town haven and what was memorable about the commercial was that there was a boy carrying a red balloon and how everyone at the end had balloons and let them go. I admit when I saw the red balloon at first my mind immediately ran to thinking of Stephen King IT. It also got my thinking whether to not it would be possible or a good idea to make an updated commercial on what MK has for people to see. There was a generation aspect to the film where Richard headed to his old school where he talked to the current students at Stantonbury Campus. I did not know that there was something called ‘Day 10’ where students spent to entire day focusing on one subject. Would be interesting if schools today could bring that back, might make a difference.

Granted there was some negative moments in the film, that was probably down to when it was shot (Jan/ Feb) when it isn’t exactly scorching like Ibiza. But you need somewhat of a place in a film to make it work.

At the end there was the Q&A with Richard with the help of his friend and many people got to share their views, saying whether they liked it, hate it, what they thought would have been nice to have included. One thing that was somewhat annoying was that a member of the council was there and I felt that he was using it as a self promotional platform on what he could do to make things better or changes to bring about if we/ people get in touch with their local Councillors. At the eventual end I got the chance to meet and speak to Richard and share my thoughts on the film itself.

It is nice to be back on the grid of sharing, and the good news is that there will be a follow up as tonight I am off to a red carpet premiere at the Vue, Leicester Square. So I am getting all dressed up and hopefully get the chance to meet the actors and catch up with some of my media friends.

My work as a Gallery Production Assistant is going very well, and my next series of freelance opportunities are happening in the next few weeks that I am looking forward to.

Nunquam Deditioneum.

Borstal Breakout premiere

28 Apr

Hey Mediadreamzers

Boy am I tired, but it is so worth it after getting back at 1 am from the premiere of a film I was lucky to work on last year; ‘Borstal’. What a journey it was getting there, but I made it, one well two things I noticed on my way to Romford station was that there’s a tunnel and underground construction academy; never knew one existed. Second got to see Romford greyhound track always seen it but never been near the track. Got to the cinema and was great catching up with everyone and seeing Gaz and Steven and promising that the next film I get the chance to work with Steven on there will be cake. When I worked on the ‘Borstal’ film I made a mixture of cakes for cast and crew so next time I will see what I can make to surprise everyone. After welcome drinks and press coverage of the film for Channel 5, we headed into the cinema screening where a series of trailers were shown before the film.

           

pre-premiere drinks

 

The film itself is about the memoir of Kris Gray being sent to Borstal for X number of months and how he manages to survive whilst having to contend with some of the prisoners and prison officer by the name Forshaw who take a dislike to Kris. I enjoyed seeing the finished piece on the big screen and thought that adding a narrative/ soliloquy effect of the main character Kris ass that personal touch too. Once the film finished, an auction was held to raise money for a worthy cause; there was one of the Borstal outfits, signed pictures, and posters, and other film-related merchandise.

            

 

I would have loved to have stayed longer for the after party but need to get my trains back to Buckinghamshire. It was a great night and I had so much fun and something out of the ordinary happened; on my way to Romford station, I saw a fox and as clear as daylight (ironic as it was night time) the fox walked past me as if it was a pedestrian on his way so where.
Journey back was o.k. and made it back in the early hours of this morning, it will catch up with me, but I’m not gonna let that stop me from going to my next media event today, well later this afternoon at the BAFTA House. One surprise for me but not people that live in cities is seeing a fox when I was heading to Romford station.

Nunquam Deditionem

We Cain, we saw, we after partied

22 Apr

Hey Mediadreamerz

What a day, and night it was yesterday, after a long worthwhile wait, after so much hard work, time and commitment by the Producer and Director the week and day had arrived for the premiere of Cain hill.
Of course, during this week some of the crew had specific/ set tasks to do, mine was collecting the running order schedule, the cinema seating plan, VIP tickets, spares and film promo leaflets. My instructions were ‘Guard this box with your life’

Friday morning was up early, pack my case with my outfit in, check that all the important items were with me and get to London to the Prince Charles Cinema without any hiccups; luckily there were no problems. Once there I met Gene, Tony and Adam for a verbal debriefing of the day’s running order. Once all was sorted and we knew what to do went hunting for the after party venue, which was found o.k. and after Adam did a recce of the place and as everything else had been done before everything started, it was time for me to get glammed up.

Things started to roll, well they did once the red carpet was rolled out and the Cain Hill film backdrop was set up inside the cinema, before getting leaflets and sweets added to the seats along with the Hello Gorgeous goody bags. Once that was sorted, with the help of Adam’s guests, it was then checking tickets and marking everyone who’d arrived and what a brilliant turnout it was, and even more of a surprise seeing people I know who I didn’t know were attending the premiere. It was also amazing meeting Alex Zane and other great people in the industry, before settling inside to watch the film. All I can say is what a film, you laughed at the right places, you jumped at the right places and the storyline flowed from start to finish. One surprise for everyone was the additional stuff at the end photos and comments and there was a video of me trying to show my self-defense moves against George the makeup artist; I seriously had no idea that it was being filmed! So that WAS a surprise. After saying hi to lots of the attendees it was informing everyone where the afterparty was and hanging around encase I was needed to help with anything.

Made it to the afterparty downstairs in Scarlett’s and it was an epic afterparty. Chatting to lots of people, mentioning parts of the film that were people’s favourite bits, what people do in the industry or what their careers are and much more. Spent part of the evening going round getting photos of everyone at the after party, and I’m hoping I have lots that look good. It was a shame that the day ended so fast, there should be a law that when things like this happen, time so go by really slowly.

          

                             

 

All that is left for me to say is thank you Gene and Tony for letting me be part of a brilliantly awesome film, even though it was only for a few days I had so much fun and wish we could do it all over again. I hope I get the chance to work with you and the rest of the production team in the future as you guys are fab to work with and everyone had a laugh on set.

I look forward to sharing with you my next outing, which will be Romford on Thursday; a premiere of another film I was involved in and then after that back to London to the BAFTA House. It’s all go and good so far.

Nunquam Deditioneum

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