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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

Your presence is requested at the Royal Albert Hall

27 Oct

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Hi Mediadreamzers

In the space of two days I have only had a total of 5 hours sleep, but god it was worth it for the opportunities and fun I have had. Two sort of followed day one as I got back from the James Bond Dinner and Music night at 2.15am Monday morning, before getting the train to the capital and arriving at my hotel where I spent the next hour and half getting ready for, wait for it, The London Premiere of ‘Spectre’, at the Royal Albert Hall. That’s right I had had the honor and privilege of walking down the red carpet.

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Before that a group of us met up at my hotel, funny how many of us were staying there, and we had a drink or two before jumping into a people carrier to the Hall. Whilst we were heading down that way Mike was preping us on what will happen the second we step out of the carrier, talking about how we all knew one another, the James Bond dinner some of us had gone to, everyone got into the swing of saying ‘I can’t believe….’ XYZ about James Bond, London, then I decided to add to the mix ‘I can’t believe there’s a great big Sainsburys over there’. And the carrier erupted with laughter at the random comment before we all got out and headed up the cornered off area for V.I.Ps and guests. It was torture standing around in my sandals and then we got to step onto the red carpet and it was awesome. I saw a lot of famous faces and I my friend Damian pointed Adele out to me but I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of her as security and staff were steering us all in.

 

 

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Once inside and we made our way to our seats, something I owe my friend to a thank you for; he got us the BEST seats in the Royal Albert Hall at the very very back at the top. Once the Duke, Duchess and Harry had done their meet and greet, Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli came onto the stage and began introducing the actors and the lights dimmed down, and it began.

 

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The film was out of this world and I was still finding it hard to believe that I was seating in the Royal Albert Hall watching it on the big screen. We were going to go to the after party but because the venue was full to burst a group of us decided to have our own after party and in style, in a casino. And I can share you my Mediadreamzers darlings that in the early hours of this morning (00.24am and 01.23am) I was enjoying two Vesper Martinis. So in a way I was having a pre breakfast, whilst I got chatting to some Americans who had come over to see the film and other film enthusiasts. We were in the casino till 2.30am and after being dropped off by Mike and Pip, two amazing people, at my hotel at 3am I was too wide awake to go to sleep so I stayed up reading comments about my photos I had posted on Facebook about the night. I will not be forgetting this night for a very longtime and the best thing is I get to keep my ticket and holder that it came in, and I am certainly going to frame these and keep them for the rest of my life. So the next question I need to ask is, after the nights events does this make me a Bond Girl?

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It was such a shame that I had to leave London, it was a brilliant two days just gone, I look forward to my next event/ media related activity. Hopefully back soon. One thing I did laugh at during the nights footloose and fancy free moments was my JB nicknames being used.

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Nunquam Deditioneum

Near the end, ready for the next chapters

30 Nov

Hi Mediadreamerz

It has been a little quiet regarding media work with the fast approach to Christmas, I do have one more media job next week which I am looking forward to and then its a case of waiting for 2015 and starting planned projects, and see what the future holds too.

Although I had fun on Wednesday travelling in the rain for a chat with members of the BBC Drama Village production team and finding out what is happening in the realm of production next year. As soon as I walked through the door to the building to the reception area the security team saw me and I was greeted with ‘Hello Stranger, longtime no see’. Something I never bargained for, nor expected as the last time I saw them was in January/ February, it was nice that they remembered me.

Once in they asked me what I had been up to and I started talking about productions and how I’d applied for a role on one the the BBC Birmingham productions and how I was unsuccessful, and then I got a bit of a surprise; at that exact moment a member of the drama production team walked by heard what I’d said and asked what area of work I am in, with production and after I told him he said he would get my details from the production team ready for next year. Big surprise there and as they say its all word of mouth and not what you know, but who.

I then met Steve and his colleague Kate and after finding a free office chatted about productions, opportunities, current experiences and recent projects I have worked on, where I see myself in the near distant future, why media/ drama and what the status of production is currently at. Steve and Kate explained a bit about their backgrounds and how they/ BBC Birmingham functions with regard to crew and other projects individuals move to work on so they get additional experiences and progress forward. Although production has ended this year, production resumes second week on January and then they will be scouting crew for new productions and will be selecting people to help out, hopefully I will be one of those individuals.

Until then it is one more media job to complete and then final preparations for Christmas (strange I started in October, but at least I only have a few things left to sort then its all done).

So next week busy but exhausting,

Nunquam Deditioneum

Carry on Pinewood

12 Jun

Hi guys

Now my feet aren’t throbbing anymore I can at last blog about my visit to Pinewood Studios. I make this my 4-5th time being there, it may get to the stage that I can drive there with my eyes shut (for all conscious drivers I would advise not do this). It was great surprising the security men I know down there again as the last time I saw them was in April when I went to a networking event organised by Creative England. The purpose of my visit was to have a meeting with one of my media contacts, as I have been corresponding with him for the past couple of months and as he put it he ‘wanted to put my name to a face’. Although I had met him back in 2011 when I attended a workshop day organised by First Light. So we went into one of the studio viewing rooms and was asked why Pinewood, what my career aspirations were and to hear a bit about Pinewood its History and there processes of hiring people. I learned from what was said that because a lot of projects work would be in soon that I would be kept in mind for ad hoc opportunities and potentially future runner vacancies once those already acting as runners had progressed with there career paths. Hopefully when the UK gets some more sunshine and more productions come in I will hear something to the effect of ‘We need you’. Although you may say Pinewood is a long way to go, it is definitely worth it, believe me.

Next on the agenda is meeting my friend Tindy and working on a film project with her and then working on one about a friend of mine who trekked for charity. I may not win and awards but the ideas interest me, and I love a challenge. Happy Reading.

Paradise in the land of Pinewood Studios

18 Apr

I have just got back to the midlands, having spent the last two hours driving up the M25 having driven down it yesterday. Reason for this? Answer attending a networking event organised by an agency that I am registered with. The event was meant to be in January but as many of you know about the freaky weather we had at that time, it got cancelled. Now that was a bummer! However the sun shone the sky was clear and there were no accidents when I left at lunchtime.

Made it on site about two hours before the event kicked off, which worked in my favour; I decided to go and say ‘Hi’ to the security guys I met last year when working as an usher, and I must say they were very happy to see me. It was great having a catch up as they know everything that is going on on all the different sites. They also suggested I visit the mail room, which I did before heading to Heatherden Hall. I learned that that building was used as the Governors residency in the film ‘Carry On Up The Khyber’. Funny thought crossed my mind; we should all reenact the scene where they are all sitting down to dinner then we could all get ‘Plastered’.

When the event kicked off at 6pm, it was a case of doing what I’d done at previous events; walking up to people, talk and then give them a business card. It was really cool that I met up with some of the people I had seen at previous events and we had a great catch up, which made my day even better.

Though one woman who I met saw my CV and was excited at the fact that I had a degree in History, insisted on taking my business card and saying she wanted to hire me on a project that is currently in pre-production. One thing she said to me was that I should be looking for AD work and for Junior Researcher roles too as I have way too much experience as a runner now to still be one, so that’s a thought to consider.The person she was standing next to took my card too as she said she knows someone who is looking for runners.

Eventually we had to wrap up our conversations with everyone else and leave as 8.30pm came round so fast, all in all it was a great night. I hope I can go back to Pinewood for future events or for work fingers crossed. I hope the next posting I add to my site is one of interest and intriguing. Happy reading 🙂 x

Movies Moments Make Magic

31 Oct

Hi Everyone

Let me just say Happy Halloween, I would like to point out that this along with Christmas, that Halloween is my favourite holiday, and because my birthday is the next day.

The title of my post refers to my two amazing days in London, and the truly were amazing. I had recently seen a posting for a networking event on Facebook about a seminar Q & A session ‘Skyfall: Behind the Scenes’, and as I was free on tuesday I thought why not. So booked my ticket and traveled to London on the Monday for the evenings event, at the Rich Mix cafe/ cinema.

 

As I had some time to kill before the event, I ventured out to the Victoria and Albert Museum hoping to go round the Hollywood Costume exhibition, only to find that when I’d got there it had sold out. I guess thats what you get when it is half term for schools in london, oh well it is on till January 2013 so there is still time to go. Despite this setback, I did enjoy the rest of the museum, especially the theatre, performance, film and photograph sections. Here are some happy-snappy shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made it to Bethnal Green Rd it took a heck of a walk to get there, but I made it a.o.k. Once there I met others who were in the media industry, and it was soon time for the seminar to start. This was chaired by a really nice guy named Harvey, who is a Council Film Officer, and we were introduced to the Unit Production Manager, the Supervising Locations Manager and the Head of london underground Film Office. The talk was really interesting learning about how Skyfall was shot, the different locations used, a typical day on set and all the contracts, paperwork and red-tape to get permission to film on location.

After all of our questions were answered it was a drinks an nibbles moment were I got to talk more to all of the guest speakers about my career goals, ask more Qs about Skyfall and their careers, as well as handing out my business cards to most of the people there. I did surprise myself by finding my hotel in the dark from Bethnal Green.

Once the first day came to an end, then next one commenced. Prior to coming into London I made arrangements to find out if my friend Terry would be free to meet up for a chat, to which he said if I could get to Leavesden Studios then yes. Ordinarily I would have left London after I had done what I had gone to the capital to da, but on this occasion I thought why give myself a Halloween treat and go to the studio. Once at Walford Junction I caught one of the numerous tour coaches to the studio and although it took 15 mins to get there, it was so worth it. Pulling unto the car park I was greeted with the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and as much as I wanted to go on the tour after meeting Terry would have meant getting home really late (won’t be back in time for potential trick or treaters), so I will safe that for another day. After getting to security and being escorted to the right building I was soon in the presence of the great Terry B. Unfortunately, I arrived on a day where everything was all systems go on a film set, so only stayed on site for about 20-30mins, but it was enough time for us to catch up, and tell him how the seminar had gone last night along with everything else I have been up to.

 

I will admit it took a while to get home, and even longer when it started to rain, and I got completely drenched walking home. Next on the agenda is going to Manchester on the 13th then the 20th November. All that is left for today is to wait for potential trick or treaters, whilst counting down the hours till I turn 25.

Lets hope it doesn’t rain on the 13th and 20th Nov, keep reading.

Diary of an Usher

25 Jul

Greetings everyone

As I’d mentioned previously that I would be away for a while, working at Pinewood Studios, as an Audience Usher I can now share with my experience and how totally awesome it was being at Pinewood Studios. Went down to Iver Heath on the Thursday and after getting my details sorted at the gate I found where I needed to go and met Mickey Beese, the Studio Manager for numerous programmes and for the one I would be helping out on; ‘Love Machine’. I met her other colleague Emma Kelly, the lady who had originally contacted me about runner vacancies that I was unsuccessful with, and others in the office. I was then given a tour of where I and the other ushers would be taking the audience to during the five days filming would commence, and whilst in the studio I met Neil again (one of the camera crew guys who I’d worked with on Embarrassing Bodies). I then got to meet the rest of the ushers and I learnt that some were newbies to this type of work, like me, and others who had worked as ushers on previous shows. Down in Slough and anywhere South the weather was perfect, no clouds and the sun shone practically everyday. Though I did get an enormous shock during my time at Pinewood; I had heard from Mickey and another usher that a well-known actress was at Pinewood working on a film and I thought when I heard that that I wouldn’e see her. Well, on Friday I was so wrong; whilst I was at my dissignated spot for escorting people to the studio numerous buggies were going by and one in particular had tinted screens down and I saw the silhouette of the person mentioned. At first I wasn’t 100% sure it was her, second time I became 75%sure and on the third time the tinted plastic shades were up and it was confirmed. Unfortunately, like the official secrets act I cannot reveal the name, though if you want to leave me your guesses feel free to.

Although the role of an usher is escorting audience members to and from the car park to the studio, marquee and anywhere else, liasing with staff and security, ensuring there are no problems, observing everything and anything that happens I really did enjoy my time. In a way the role was like an immigration officer (and the role came with a neon jacket and walkie talkie head set) I will confess that I had never considered ushering as another way of gaining experience within TV and Films I will when offered more opportunities I will say yes without a hesitation.

I will also say that having a simple conversation with others who work at the studio can be immensely helpful. This I especially learned when talking to the security guards who parted some very sound advice, and I hope I have remembered their names of the guys I spoke to; Jon, Darren/ Louis, James and Alex. Watching the show was really interesting some of the people who featured in the upcoming series when it will be aired I do not know, though I, the rest of the crew and the different audiences did get a laugh out of Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon during the five days the were filming.

When my time came to an end with Pinewood I was sad becasue I had really enjoyed myself and I a great time working at the studio. Before leaving to head home to the East Midlands, I said my goodbyes to everyone I had worked with and seen during my time there and Mickey mentioned that if there are any future ushering opportunities that she will will let me know, as she would like to have me back. So that made my day, and I really hope that there are more ushering opportunites soon to come. Before I left, I sotred a few more things out and asked the very nice people in the reception to take my picture to show everyone my time being in Iver Heath.

Before I forget I need to say a thank you to Mickey, as one of the days I was working it was really hot, so I borrowed one of the Pinewood caps in the office and Mickey said to me that I could have it. I thought she met for the next day, oh no, have it to kep for good, which I thought was really kind off her. Another surprise was the guys at the reception saying I could keep my I.D and neck band. So I came away with a few souvenirs of my time and I really hope I get to go back really soon, hope you guys enjoy reading about my time at Pinewood. So I have now decided on other routes of getting into media, not solely as a runner, and with this keep my eyes peeled for other opportunities and will hopefully have more to share with you.

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