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I feel it is my ‘Line of Duty’ to attend

16 May

Hi Mediadreamzers

I hope that if you are in the UK you have been making the most of the sunshine and hot weather; we’re actually getting a Summer. I certainly felt the Summer sun yesterday when I was heading to another Royal Television Society event, on as the title of my latest post was about the BBC Drama ‘Line of Duty’. Despite the trains being delayed, I made it to Millbank Tower out in Pimlico in plenty of time. Before heading the the venue I saw that MI6 was across the the water. Well, you can’t walk past MI6 and not take a picture; though I wonder if they got a picture of me over the bridge taking a photo, who knows.

 

           

 

 

Once inside Millbank Tower got chatting to a few people before the event started and the it was a very popular event, and luckily the air conditioning was on. The guests on the panel were the Creator, writer, director, Executive Producer Jed, the Executive Producer Simon, Script Executive Priscilla and one of the lead actors Adrian Dunbar. The cherry on the sundae was that the discussion was chaired by, wait for it, Anne Robinson. Yes THAT Anne Robinson; Watchdog and Weakest Link presenter, and I admit when I saw Anne I was very surprised. The event was a mixture of questions directed to each of the guests and in between this there were a series of clips played in between, chosen by each person who said that certain clips were their favourite scenes and shots and why that was the case. There were discussions on the next series and it hopefully being set for 3 more series.

        

 

 

For me it was interesting to hear that the series is filmed in Birmingham and not London; when you watch programs like this, it is a cliche that they are filmed in the capital, so it made a nice change. It was also interesting to hear about the time it takes to film so many minutes of scene and the process/ approach the actors use to their characters and that the rehearse of scenes and episodes would consist of anywhere to 8-12 hours that is some dedication. I confess I have yet to watch a whole series but I will eventually get there, looking forward to the story lines and issues explored.

After the sessions was opened up to the audience to ask questions it was time for everyone to head to the bar, as with all events like this they always end at the bar or a bar. Just as I wondered to one part of the room I ran into Anne Robinson and I thought you can’t end the day without a photo and I was glad that Anne was o.k with this. I apologise on the way I look in this photo; I look awful in photos, and this is why I very rarely posted pictures of me on my blog, saving everyone from the nightmares.

 I guess in this photo I’m the weakest link.

On my train journey home I thought was gonna have a boring journey back but it was a fun trip out of London as their was an enthusiastic train conductor named Marc getting the whole train to sing Happy Birthday to a passenger, whose Birthday was gonna be the next day, so today (Wednesday).

I have seen a few more upcoming events that I am hoping to go to provided I am not working so hopefully more to share in the next few weeks. Still keeping my skills and work as a Production Assistant sharp and up to date.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Christmas Cheering Round One

8 Dec

Hey Mediadreamzers

Festive season is soon to be upon us, of course and one thing, rather strike that two things that have shocked me so far, one is that I got my Christmas shopping done by the end of November, normally I get it done on second or third week. The second is that I have been invited to three media Christmas parties and my first one was last night in where other than the capital.

So after playing dress up and trying to make myself look pretty, heading to the station and getting to the Capital, specifically Farringdon to Dado54. I am surprised I found it without getting lost and once in it was free champagne and photo shoot A-list style. It was nice to meet one of my media producer contacts face to face; Jonathan. Soon more guests arrived and I admit it was not just people that work in media; lawyers, people who work with politicians, photographers, event organisers and lots more. One thing that gets me down is time is on overdrive when I am in the Capital or at a party and in my guess it was double the speed being in Capital.

I eventually drag my ass back home after midnight and all I can say is what an ace party definitely a 10/10, I just hope that my next party on the 15th is gonna be as awesome as this one. Back to the Capital again today to take Christmas treats to my other media friends and I don’t know how I did it but I got there without any of the stuff getting crushed or destroyed on the train. miracles do exist.

Next to come- Curry Nite.

I’ve been expected you Miss Smith, for Dinner

26 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

As promised I said I would tell you about my very exciting and wonderful news. My day wasn’t anything special, but the evening was worth the wait. Having gotten changed, it was a case of driving to the place I call my second home, well maybe an extension of that is the Pinewood Hotel.

 

 

 

Why? Answer to attend a dinner and music event in honor of the Bond franchise. The event was called Q the Music, a night listening to and appreciating the music composed and played for the James Bond films. Although I had to work in the morning, the event definitely got me through my shift, and I admit I nearly missed the dinner because of being stuck at three congestion points on the M1, 2 breakdowns and an accident, but I didn’t give up and I made it. Once I got in I was greeted by a group of other James Bond enthusiasts have the privilege of trying meals that have featured in the Bond films; it was a three course dinner. For me stater was Salmon, Watercress and creme Fraiche from Tomorrow Never Dies, Main Chicken Supreme, potato rosti and red wine jus from Casino Royale and Desert Chocolate Torte with Hazelnut cream (normally I don’t eat sweets, but it was amazing). It was great catching up with people I have met before and those I have worked with as it has been ages. One thing I also did that I have never done before was try a cigar and my initial thoughts were that it was not bad. Once dinner was over the room was transformed into a venue for enjoying the Q the Music team; there were two singers and I have to say that some of the theme songs they song were way better than what some of the artists have produced over the years (not wanting to name names but you can probably guess). In between the music there was Terry Bamber’s stand up comedy and commentary on the facts about the various Bond films, songs and his and his dad’s experience in the film industry. Both witty and interesting. I couldn’t believe how quickly the night had come to an end, and I had the honor of meeting so many great people and catching up with others I had met and have known for a longtime. It was so good that I got back at 2.15am and was still wide awake from all the excitement.

 

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The night was one I will not be forgetting in a hurry and it is also a pre treat for me considering I will be where most of the world’s media will be tomorrow night, the capital for a mind-blowing event. I hope you have all guessed correctly. You will see anyway, especially me all dressed for the nights fun.

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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

Interview 1, Interview 2, Interview 3

3 Mar

Hey fellow mediadreamzers

First let me say thank you to the people and blogs that have started following mine. If I have not visited your blog site yet, I apologise and will try to do so very soon. Most of my time has been dedicated to training for R4L (Race For Life), I think it looks cool abbreviated like that. In addition, I have been making little short films and editing them on the progress of my training and ideas for raising money towards a cause close to my heart. I have made earrings, necklaces and metal bookmarks.

I know I am digressing a little, so I will get back on track. I have been applying for a variety of jobs, and heard back from a media company in Milton Keynes for a roles as an assistant producers role which I am going for an interview for tomorrow so I am reading up on the company. This role is permanent/ freelance so if I am successful I can fit the work round other media work that I am or could be working on. Another was an out of the blue opportunity with another company also based in Milton Keynes for next Monday that is permanent. Although this role isn’t production based it is with a media company with the potential of learning broadcasting and production technology. There are other interviews lined up but these are going to be upcoming.

There are other projects lined up hopefully for the Spring, which I am looking forward to hopefully getting involved in if I can. I am hoping to get something permanent or frequent media work, if I do end up moving to MK I won’t be too far from my media contacts near the capital. When I have heard back on these I will share.

Nunquam Deditionem

And the BAFTA goes to…. oh, I get so nervous at these things

8 Apr

Hi Fellow Mediadreamz readers

I have had the best weekend of my life to date, so far, and of course the title of my latest posting speaks volumes so loud I think life on another planet would hear it. Saturday marked the day where the cast and crew of ‘Jobseekers’ took a trip to the capital, to a really cool place, address 195 Piccadilly Circus. A group of us; Lee Dilley, Hayley Dilley, Paul Farrell, Sophie Elizabeth Black, Ciall Kennett, Tina Harris, Jason Parrish, Jade Hunter and a few other people got in a minibus and headed to the venue. And from the pictures at the beginning you can see what happened, and our pit stop and the really cool picture I took of Sophie’s Krespy Kreme doughnut.

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The Burger King Stop

 

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Whilst traveling down we all played a game similar to catchphrase say what you see and at times it was really hard, but it got us all laughing and in the mood for the event. Sooner than expected we were passing Brent Cross and heading round roundabouts and down routes that looked very familiar; we even headed down a really swanky street that got us all laughing and joking to the point where we were saying ‘this street is so posh, it has its own tress’, and from there we were finding new features to add to the sentence. And of course, it would not be London without going past London Zoo and down a few of the famous streets (ironically I  said I wonder whether we would be going down or past Savile Row, and of course we did and we saw a lot of people in London wearing really cool hats some of us counted 6 people).

 

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We got out and eventually we were outside the BAFTA House, and it surprised me a little, in that it reminded me of the Tardis; small on the outside and enormous inside. Whilst we waited outside other cast and crew for Jobseekers arrived, as did some of the cast and crew for the other production that was being showcased called ‘The Wolds’. The doors opened and once inside we took pictures of the BAFTA  head mounted on the walls, and then entered the theatre where the screening was to take place. I notice in the theatre that on some of the backs of the chairs are bestowed to famous actors and well known individuals/ companies. ‘Jobseekers’ was shown first, after Lee did a great introduction before it was shown on the great big screen, and it got all the laughs in all the right places and there was a lot of laughing from ‘The Wolds’  cast and crew. Before ‘The Wolds’ was shown Gary, Sean and another individual gave a few words about the programme and how it was made, the ideas and the cast too. The way I interpreted the layout was a cross between Benny Hill and Little Britain, one sketch made me laugh; a woman goes to knock on someones front door and it is answered by a goth with a tropical snake around the person neck, making the woman who had knocked on the door scream and pass out.

 

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The Wolds Introduction

After the screening, we all wondered round drinking and networking with people, one of the guys who helped out on ‘The Wolds’ production, mention that he has appeared in ‘The Mummy’ and various other films like ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. I gave him one of my business cards and made it my mission on Sunday to find him and add him as a contact (I later learned that he knows a good friend of mine Terry B). Before leaving there was an queue so long it could have been to Congo line, people waiting to have their picture taken against the enormous BAFTA statues and here is the fun that we all had, and soon it was time to leave as BAFTA was closing up, so we headed up to Hanover Street to one of the pubs where the majority of the party had a drink and chilled out. One thing I remember seeing was a Blush bus for hen parties or any party people would want to host, that along with a limo and hummer, never dull in London. We left at 10pm, stopped to stretch out legs at about 11.30am and made it back to Derby at 1am, I was gonna take a selfie of me being exhausted, but had not energy. All I could do in the build up to going to the capital was to get my Facebook friends and followers to see if they could guess as to where I and the rest of the group were going.

 

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It was a brilliant night and although I only got 4 hours sleep it was so worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My selfie

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