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Bend it like pros

17 May

Charity football

 

Hi Mediadreamzers

Glad I have the weekend to sit and type with going back and forth to MK, though for the next two weekends I am working and then the challenge I have been training for will be upon me; R4L. Though this weekend was certainly busy in Nottingham; There was a charity football event on a Meadow Lane ground which had been organised by a known artist. I will give you a clue- His first song was called Lightning Bolt, his music has featured in the film ‘The Fault in your Star’ and he has performed on the Jay Leno show. Answer is Jake Bugg. This was in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and the name for the event ‘Football Rocks’, something I believe the majority of the male population will agree with.

It was great that the weather held up for the day and that there were other local celebrities that attend, one being Vicky McClure who is in well known in programmes like Line of Duty, This is England, Broadchurch and a few more.

Normally I am not one to immediately watch football, but I always make sure I watch charity matches both local and well known, specifically soccer aid (can’t wait for the next one). I always wondered why do days that when your having fun the day goes by so fast. The more events like this the better and I am looking forward for other events her, there and all over the UK.

Nunquam Deditioneum

The outcome

31 Mar

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

Forgive the late response regarding what I said in my last post on my interviews, I did not want to jinx the outcome of either one, now I feel can share.

As promised I said I would let you know the outcome of my interviews.

The first interview for the assistant producers role was with Psychic Today and with it only taking me an hour and 10 mins to get my interview I used the extra 40mins I had to read my notes and ready myself for the type of question I could potentially be asked. I met my interviewer, Joanne, and the questions commenced; ranging from what makes a good producer, what did you think to the shows structure and style of Psychic Today, what could be done differently/ what are my thoughts on the shows I watched. I answered all questions with so much detail that I made poor Joanne use so much paper, I even added ideas and suggestions for the channel and the website. I was then told a little more about the role, my responsibilities, the hours and where that could lead to. Interview lasted 30mins and I was informed that I would hear something soon.

Result- I was offered one of the assistant producer roles, and a training date, but because of the position being freelance based and other factors coming to light I had to decline the opportunity.

 

The Second interview was with a non-production based company called SIS(not to get confused with the Secret Service), which stands for Satellite Information Services; the company has contracts with BBC, ITN and SKY NEWS & SPORTS. The interview was for a media assistant position, and is a permanent position. One thing I arrived 50mins early and read through the meticulous notes I had made about SIS as it had been advised that I do my research (planned to read up on the company anyway). I also looked at competencies/ situations and planned answers to potential questions I could be asked, so I am not surprised like a deer in the headlights. Once in the building I met Richard and Rory where I was taken to a conference room and the interview commenced. Rory asked the questions, there were four pages of questions and situations that I have demonstrated certain skills in, whilst Richard took notes of everything I said (I was asked other questions like what do I do in my spare time, what takes priority in my life, if I could do something spontaneous what would I do; I said have a party in the style of James Bond. I then asked my questions before being given a tour of the various buildings on site, where I met the sound mixers, graphics, producers, production managers, editors and all people in media. The total time I spent at SIS was an hour 35mins interview and the remaining time taking the tour.

Result- I received a phone call on Friday 13th of all days I hear you cry and the day I learned of the outcome. The conversation began with SIS thanking me for attending my interview and that they enjoyed meeting me, in the back my my mind I could hear the cliche sentence in my head and the word unsuccessful. However, it was not to be; because Richard and Rory enjoyed meeting me I have been invited back to Milton Keynes for a second interview.

At first I did not know the criteria for the second one, then I learned to read up more information on the company, and read up on my competencies as the interview is going to be mainly scenarios and situations I could be asked. So I spent two days before my interview reading and researching everything I could find. You may think me over-prepared but it meant that I didn’t forget anything. Well, I went for the interview this time with Richard and a lady from HR and it was roughly the same questions as before giving examples of my competencies and any questions I had. What I felt was 5 mins was in fact a 35 mins interview, and before I left I was informed that a decision would be made either tomorrow, or near to the end of the week.

Result- Tuesday I received the phone call saying that SIS wish to offer me the job. That certainly knocked me for 6 as it was an enormous surprise. As I mentioned it is a non-production job, but it gives the opportunity of using my degree, learning technical and broadcasting skills with the chance of career progression. Plus the bonus with the opportunity is it is stepping stone in the right directions and I am not too far away from the capital for future work as a researcher/ assistant director, and of course there is the potential to progress further, or work at Pinewood in the future. So I was immensely surprised and happy, and I have accepted the offer which I start on 8th April thinking it best to let Easter come and go.

The next step I am taking is to sort out accommodation in the area, researching the areas and what I am looking for, registering with estate agents and then going to viewings. If I am lucky enough to find a property before I start then that will be a bonus in my favour, but I guess its a case of wait and see.

As I mentioned this is a non-production role, but that will not stop me from continuing to work in productions if and when I can, certainly refusing to give up that dream. So most of what you see from now on will be what I am doing and learning from SIS and any upcoming opportunities.

In between all this I am planning and organising fundraising activities for Race For Life (R4L is what I call it). At least it gives me something to focus on. The good news with that is I have to quote Harry Potter ‘Exceeded Expectation’ on my fundraising target and will continue until the race, please feel free to checkout my just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/kathrynsmith7.

I will still share what I am doing and learning and progressing with SIS, and the future.

 

Nunquam Deditionem

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.

The Braves vs The Aces

11 Dec

It was the last match of the season for the Derby Braves today, and it was an away game against the Loughborough Aces. As Loughborough isn’t too far from where I live I drove straight there and I’m gonna be honest and say it took me forever to find where on the college campus where they were playing. Thankfully, I came across a group of guys who were filming the match for the Loughborough Ace’s, so I made it with 5 minutes to spare. My first impression when I got to the pitch was ‘this is a pitch?’ as it didn’t even look worthy to play on, and Loughborough is famous for its sports.

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This thought went out of my head, once the game started and it didn’t take Loughborough long to score, though as the 1st quarter really got started Derby came back fighting hard and in doing so scored. Altough Derby was making some headway, Loughborough seemed to be on Derby like glue throughout the entire match, and at one point the score was 21-14 to Loughborough. Before the match ended Loughborough managed to get a touchdown, even though the player 1 was off side as the whole of the Braves saw this the ref still let it go head. It was on that note of Loughborough getting 28 points that the match ended and Derby unfortunately lost. Once the hand shakes had taken place, and the cheers had started and ended you could see and feel the disappointment at the result of the match. Despite this Derby are an awesome team and no matter what they meet the challenge with aggression and determination to win. It is this that will get them through the next set of matches in Feb 2012.

Speaking of matches, the verdict for the Outlaws match was that Derby lost, and I think that thats wrong, as the Outlaws had a man down and they had to forfeit the match. It will be better if and when they get a re-match and when they do the Braves are gonna run the Outlaws out of town.
Also because this was the last match of the season I decided to do some baking for the Braves, as a early Christmas gift, and surprisingly, the guys thought they were nice. So when the match against Birmingham starts I have been asked to make Brownies, Carrot Cake and Cheesecake. So I will put my mind to it and see what culinary inspiration I get, and who knows I may surpise the Braves and myself. All I’ll say to end this post is that deep down everyone knows that Derby Braves are a winning team and no matter what is thrown at them they can take it and give it too. You’ll get them next year Derby.

Varsity Blues are so yesterday, here come the Derby Braves

28 Oct

Despite the fog and rain settling on Derby’s pitch, last nights training session was brilliant. I have to admit I didn’t think I’d get all of the two hours training on my flip, cuz I still had last weeks footage, and no-one at the time had a computer with them(thankfully someone had a apple where all footage was put after training). Though before training started everyone had to run up mounts and back down in four lines. My first thought was thank god thats not me, I’d probably fall on my ass if I was asked to do that.

Once training began I was walking, or rather russelling around the pitch wearing waterproofs, filming the various drills and the only question I had to ask myself was ‘where do I start’. As you can see on my latest post that I took a few pics showing the drills too, and while I’m talking about American footbal I have to say the games on SKY are so much better than Channel 4 showing. As well as filming I ended up playing football (English) during this time with one of the coaches sons, and I’m surprised I was able to score a few goals. Unfortunatley, I dont’ have any pics of these antics, though I really should add some pics of myself to my blogs, so people can put a name to a face.

The best part of the evening was at long last getting footage of a scrimmage. And I must say that they are seriously full on, and no-one holds back, never stand in the way of one, thats my advice.

So now its 9-10 days to go until the Derby Braves play Staffordshre Stallions, and I can’t wait to get it all on film. Its fun watching American football on TV, but its so much better seeing it live.

The Director/ Editor who came in from the cold

22 Oct

Note to self now that it is getting colder, stock up on Long Johns and all manner of thermals. Well, only on the Thursday nights when filming in Derby at the University. So far I’ve captured a lot footage of the Braves, and boy its some stuff. Thankfully, Steven had his computer with him, so I could put what I got from the previous 2 weeks onto a hard-drive, and then delete it from my flip. Along with getting heaps of footage of different training groups. Matt also said to me that he, and the other coaches, want me to create a promo video of the Derby Braves’ website, which I am so on-board for. I have an idea in my head for a beginning and end, just have to figure out the middle and then I’m good to go. Once in my car I thought thank god for heating systems, so I think next week I may stretch to 3 pairs of socks, and more layers, but apart from that I am having a blast, and can’t wait to get my hands on Final Cut Pro software. As I’ve said a lot in previous posts I seriously need final cut pro experience. So all I have to do now is find out who wants to be in the promo, how its got to be and start writing a treatment for it, and then all systems go.

Set, Hut

14 Oct

Well, this what was shouted a lot last night, obviously. Though before I went to the 3G Pitch, I decided to see if any of my lecturers were in the History department. Well, I certainly gave Ruth and Ian a surprise, as they didn’t expect to see me that night, so I explained why I was back at Derby uni, and that I would hopefully be seeing them when I’d be in either filming, or editing.

Made it to the pitch and was greeted by Adelie, someone on the sports committee, who came prepared for the cold weather, with a cup of coffee (and thats whose in this picture).

Managed to get some great footage of the practice session last night, though before practice everyone was warming up with stretches and one of the moves I’m gonna nickname is ‘the werewolf’. Reason for that is that everyone had their backs arched when stretching, and then the howling started, and on the night of a full moon too!

When I saw that my flip had a small amount of battery power, I thought I wouldn’t be getting anymore footage, thankfully flip cameras record when there is no battery life left, there is a god. One thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get in anyone’s way when they were training. One thing I discussed with Adelie was coming into the uni, to put the footage I have onto an apple mac. Thankfully, there are a lot of media people with the Derby Braves, and people on the sports committee who can help me out. A bonus is I also know the head of the media department, who maybe able to help me, so I just have to wait to hear what time on Thursday afternoon to go into the uni to add what I already have. So I am looking forward to getting to grips with Final cut pro, again. Stay tuned for next Thursdays tales, and howling.

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