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Adrift in the Midlands

5 Nov

Hi Mediadreamzers

I have been all over the place this week and boy do I love it. I am working on three films at present; one called ‘Adrift in Soho’, which is on the IMDB website, feel free to check it out, and 2 in Derby with LightFilms; ‘RatCatcher’ and a film that has now been christened with a new name that many of you may remember was called ‘Meat’.

In between this I attend a lecture today delivered by a very good friend of mine; Terry Bamber, who always knows how to entertain and capture the attention of an audition.

Yesterday and Monday and until 20th Nov I am a camera assistant on ‘Adrift in Soho’, and I must say it is one of a few films to date where I have been focusing on one area of production and moved up the ladder of important roles. I have been working a mixture of 10-14 hours and although it is exhausting it is so worth it; learning skills about the camera, clapping and recording information on the scenes being shot and learning how to fill in continuity camera forms. One thing I am enjoying is learning new skills one of which is filling in continuity reports for the shots captured on camera using the clapper board notes for cameras used. Different but I think I got the hang of it, I am looking forward to the next few days doing more work.

In between that I am getting audition dates ready for ‘Meat’ and getting a few things in motion for ‘RatCatcher’ for next year. I have for the past couple of weeks emailing actors who fit the bill and inviting them to an audition and formulating ideas for other things to do. I am learning on the job for a general assistant/ Line Producer and gosh its fun.

I decided to have a day off and what better way to send it is going to a lecture in the East Midlands to attend the opening of the new Media School. Apart form being directed to the wrong building at first I managed to get to the Bede Island Building and the lecture was enjoyable from start to finish. It was good to have a catch up with Terry and also see his friend who was helping with the day, Paul Sacks. After the lecture I and a group of students who attended headed to the media school to see the new facilities, and then this was followed by a drink and chat at Trinity house which was not only refurbished but full of food and drink. I got to meet a lot of interesting people and it was good to catch up with my Terry and Paul and hopefully next year I will see them both and have lots more media work.

For now I am going to relax and catch up on some me time after long days of filming, more to follow.

Nunquam Deditioneum

What a Gem Stone

26 Aug

Well, mediadreamz readers

It is a week where I am not standing still, despite the weather being that of winter did not stop me from heading to my interview destination with GemsTV. In all honesty I had forgotten about the job vacancy I had applied for as it has been a lifetime ago that I applied for the role of junior producer. I made it to the studio well before my interview time and met my interviewer, Ben. After being given a tour of the studio and seeing the various studios broadcasting live, as well as the being show a very fine collection of gemstones and rocks that would the studios version of a museum one stone was so big and striking it was over 900 carats (try putting that on a ring). After the tour, the interview began and from what I remember it was four questions and it lasted, well it felt like it lasted 15mins one thing I noted was I asked more questions than I have ever asked in any interview, which is a first for me.

Now all I need do now is wait to see if I hear anything. Until then I am busy with other media work and I am still enjoying it and I am hoping to be taking a trip in October to the lovely place in Iver Heath (I won’t say anymore, not till nearer the time when things are in motion).

So I will sign off this post with the usual last line, Nunquam Deditioneum Never Surrender, Never Retreat

Production Progress

18 Aug

Hi guys

It was been a little quiet on my side having a day or two of boring days after filming the baton twirling event (will add another picture shortly), but for now I am involved in another production.

photo to end all shoots on Baton Twirling

The production is with a local company is working on a thriller film cannot say too much because things are still in motion, but I am loving the plot so far and I am immensely surprised by the fact that I have been given a role of huge responsibility- Line Producer. Never worked in this role, but I am gonna give it my all (hopefully I won’t mess up but if I do I will go down all guns blazing, but it won’t happen). So far I have had 2 meetings, location scouting, looking into hiring vehicles including a bus, booking venue(s) for auditions and all matters that require release forms.

The other film ‘RatCatcher’ that was scheduled for filming this year will commence in January and I am hoping to be involved with this film again too. So it appears things are going o.k at present and at the weekend I am working as a camera assistant on the Cosmopolitan Carnival so busy busy busy. Interested in knowing more then check out

https://kaleidoscopyarts.wordpress.com/cosmopolitan-carnival-the-high-street-dance-area/

 

Plus a really cool event in October that I am really, REALLY looking forward to

 

I am immensely surprised by the fact that on 15th Aug I had 175 views- so I want to say thank you guys for looking and reading my blog, means a lot x

 

Still use my motto Never Surrender, Never Retreat

Baton Twirling battle commences day 1- Thurs 7th

8 Aug

Well the first day of the championship got into well swing, and quite possibly spin today. Early met with the team and the Baton Biz representatives/ organisers prepping us on today’s events. Every event began with a warm of the Junior and Senior women first then the men before each group performed for their designated judges.

The events of today were compulsories for the Juniors and short programs for the Seniors in the morning, which lead to the performance of the Junior and Senior pairs in the afternoon. I must say it was a lot of skill and co-ordination in baton twirling, and it is a very creative sport. Soon the day came to an end and it was a case of us wrapping and reading the schedules for Friday.

Lets see what the day holds for everyone at Capital FM

Cyber Doctors go StreamUK

17 Jun

Hi Mediadreamz readers

I know things have been quiet for the past couple of weeks since my last posting but fear not I have been busy with a variety of productions, some of which I will share later with you. For now I will share with you what I did on Thursday. I had applied for the role of a runner with a company StreamUK, who are StreamUK, answer they are online video and webcasting specialists that provide individuals and companies with the means to stream events LIVE. Like to sound of what they do then check them out http://www.streamuk.com/what-we-offer/media-platform/

I applied and after a day or two I heard from a guy called Stephen who said he would like to add me to the list of other runners who where helping out in all the major cities across the UK, and after a Skype chat received all necessary info on the event, venue and my role on the day Thursday 12th June.

Now that day has arrived. After arriving at Leicester University and finding the building I needed to be in (though it took some time to find the room but I did, eventually). I then met Sally, my venue contact who provided me with the laptop for everything I needed to do tonight. After getting help getting onto the network from one of the guys at the university, I was up and running to perform the test links and staying in contact with everyone via ‘What’s App’, it is a great App if you don’t already have it, get it. A handy tool if you are involved in a group and you need to report to a main point of call.

Soon everyone attending arrived and the event; Doctors and Professors from the Royal Society of Medicine in the field of Oncology, began with each speaker talking and presenting slides at the same time on their topic in question and although I do not know a lot about medicine it was really interesting. As the webinar progressed I and the others assigned to the various cities were submitting questions, it was soon time for the event to end and it was a case of where has the time gone?

 

All in all it went well. I just hope that I did a good job and represented StreamUK in a professional manner. I was grateful to Stephen calling and saying thanks for my help. I enjoyed it.

 

Now onto the next media activity which will be in Derby next Thursday working on a film, which I will share more about soon. I am also working on a film that is being shot in the West Midlands called ‘Our Father’ that is listed on the IMBD website, feel free to check it out and of course the ‘RatCatcher’ film that is in pre-production and filming will commence with in Autumn, and leading into next year. In between all that going to more and more networking events and everything else in between too. So I will leave it there for now, don’t want to be rabbiting on too much and have nothing interesting to post next time I am blogging away.

Before I go I have one more thing to share; I also have a motto that I use in every situation even if it is not media related; Nunquam Deditionem- Never Surrender, Never retreat.

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