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vInspired, Be Inspired

26 Mar

Afternoon everyone

One is being kept busy with a film project on the volunteering I and others do at a Radio station in my area, and I hope to have the film finished before the birthday date (25th April). I enjoy volunteering, as it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and it is immensely rewarding.

And speaking of rewarding, tonight at Camden RoundHouse is a terrific event, organised by an organisation I have found volunteering work from for quite a while; vInspired. In a nutshell for those of you who do not know, this is where 16-25 year olds can volunteer and be part of an activity, organisation or get the skills that are essential for going out into the working world, something that many employers look for and through this you get recognition. It is this recognition that many young people, as well as many groups have clocked up so many hours that they are being honoured for that tonight.

At the awards at 7.30pm tonight there will be many famous and well known artists, such as ‘The Saturdays’, Katie Piper (co-presenting) and many more. Although I helped out at last years awards asa Backstage Runner (refer to March 2012) and had so much fun, I thought I should try again, and although I was unsuccessful, I was considered for a role as a Digital Presenter. This role involved interviewing the winners and speaking to the celebrity guests and providing coverage about the event through Google Hangout, and sharing the nights festivities through the power of streaming. Due to technical problems at the venue, I won’t be able to co-present via the comfort of my home, however, I dod plan to watch the event and I hope you guys can too. You may ask the question how do I do this? Answer go onto Google hangout and search for vInspired, send request to join their circle, once accepted you can watch from your computer and if you like what you see share it with your friends and others and if you like what you see, then it may vInspire you to get involved with them, or with volunteering.

Again 7.30pm, tune in and see what you think.

One Night Only

23 Mar

Well it was a night that I and other people won’t forget. You may recall a few weeks ago I attended an Induction Day in London for the vInspired Awards, well that day was yesterday. And boy, what a night!

After heading to London and making in to the venue, which was the IMAX, one question sprung to mind; How on earth do I get into the building, as I was wondering round and round like a fool trying to find a way in. Only for a kind gentlemen who pointed out that the entrance to the IMAX meant having to go down the subway. Well, didn’t I feel like a fool. Once I made it and more people showed up, the debriefing began. Emma and I were introduced to the on-call staff who were in charge of the running of the event, and incase we had any questions or problems.

We all then took a tour of the IMAX, and as it was my first time inside I thought OMG this place is huge. We were all taken up to the auditorium and shown the stage and told the running order of the night. Emma and I were then shown the backstage area where the presenters and performers would be until needed. Well the presenter certainly got us talking, one question for you Do the names Emma Willis and Eddie Kadi mean anything to you. Answer they should!

Once we had all been given our uniforms, which consisted of a purple t-shirt with our roles highlighted on the back we then headed to the hotel to drop everything off and to change. In order for you to see the wonderfulness of the t-shirts you can see from Emma and me what they look like.

We all then headed back to the IMAX and as soon as we were there we got to work. Emma and I headed up to the backstage area and once we were there we saw the names of everyone attending; along with Emma Willis and Eddie Kadi we saw Tinchy Stryder, Angel/ Wretch 32 and the new and upcoming group Stooshe.

So the activities of the night for the both of us was helping answer the questions of the volunteers and the guests, providing refreshments to the presenters, handing out flyers about vInspired, escorting the volunteers who had won back to their seats when they had had their photos and interviews done and anything else that needed doing.

Oh, I should seriously hit myself, I haven’t even given the other guys a mention, the people who were acting as Event Support Staff, Photographers and a DJ for the night’s event. (you will see and hear more of them in the post).

Prior to the event Aimee, one of the wonderful people who chose us for the designated roles advised us (Emma and I) to get some food before everything kicked off. I must admit it was a good thing we did, my gosh the food was incredible. What I, Emma and Niall (our DJ man of the night) had first was a small bowl of malaysia chicken with noodles and carrots. This was followed by a bowl of something that was soft and tasted of cheese, which I later discovered was Gnocchi (Italian dumplings) served with Artichokes and broad beans. Another good reason for us to eat was one of the helpers of the night asked Emma and I to start running and being backstage. So we got our skates on!

Emma was the runner for upstairs and I was the runner for downstairs though this soon changed when we were both up and down at the same time.

Whilst the award ceremony kicked off, I decided to capture some of the show and the performances for all you lovely people to see.

In addition to filming part of the show, I also got the chance to get some photos of the wonderful people attending and performing too. All I need to know is what you think?

Although the night in itself was awesome, the only downside for me was getting a bounding headache halfway through, all I can say is that a small amount of chocolate, Diet Coke and Fresh air certainly helps. Once this had slowly subsided I was able to enjoy the night.

During the evening I managed to get photos of the venue, the people and I also filmed the awards that was shown on the TV in the V.I.P area.

Though before the event ended, Emma and I got the chance to go into the IMAX and watch the show get ‘rapped’ up (if you’ll pardon the expression) by the one the only Tinchy Stryder. Though he certainly surprised me prior to the awards when he came in and looked at me and said hi! and he said that to me each time I saw him. Well feast your eyes on his performance here people.

The one thing I nearly forgot to mention was that when Tinchy arrived with about 4 people, which before going on the green room, and he just hi to me, which was an enormous surprise. Although I didn’t see them during the after party I managed to get a picture or two of Stooshe, and here is one of the photos.

Though the best bit for ending it was Emma and Eddie doing an African dance, and Eddie doing something that got everyone cheering and that was his Michael Jackson performance (which I have tweeted to him!). Once we done what we’d initially gone to do in the IMAX; retrieve someones scarf and hat.

Once we were out we got down to partying ourselves, and the best bit was meeting the guest, and the first one on the list for me was Jamal Edwards, who I not only got my picture taken with, but also got his autograph. This also happened with Emma Willis and Eddie Kadi, and I’ve got to be honest they are the nicest people who could ever hope to meet, they are all gems. The highlight for me with Eddie Kadi was handing him one of my business cards, writing my blog site on the back and him saying he wanted my video! Not bad for a night’s work.

Here are some of the awesome shots of us with the presenters and guests. They all rock! Once we had photos taken and had had a laugh with the cameras we all headed up to the dance floor to get some serious partying underway, and I have to admit I went a bit too far, and ended up falling on my butt. You may ask why this is, and the answer is because I decided to do a limbo move and went too far back, and of course I laughed at myself, as you do.

I can’t get over the fact that we had over two hours to party, and it went by so quickly, but as the video here shows the fun we and everyone else we having yesterday.

The night’s partying went on till after midnight and once back many of us were still hyper, and didn’t want to call it a day/ night/ day, so we headed to out for some drinks, bought them back to one of the rooms and spent the next three hours talking, having laugh and have a good old mess around, as you can see here. One of which was me suggesting that we do some mattress surfing, of course we couldn’t get the mattress through the door, so we all took it in turns of threes to surf.

In addition to this, we decided to saviour the night with many memories of the day and night was lots of snap shots over what we were all up to, and here are a handful of the fun we had;

One thing that surprised me and the rest of the group was Jamal disappeared at one point and came back with a pizza, and I thought at 2.45am you can get food still? Nice. What surprised me was the fact that I’d been up since 6.45am and I wasn’t even tired yet, I guess it was because I had a sugar fix to get rid of my headache.

It was roughly 4am when everyone decided to try and some sleep before having to get up and leave London in the few hours we had left. I have only had two hours sleep and I am not even shattered yet, though this will at some point catch up with me. But is was so worth it after everything we all did yesterday, and our little VIP after thereafter party was one of the best bits of the night, like I said One Night Only.

Before I forget, well done to the volunteers and everyone else, and this goes to the people at vInspired, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a runner. As this was the first time I had been a runner for an event like this, I can honestly say that I had a blast and if I could I would do this all over again I would do without a hesitation. So for anyone out there who is unsure about getting involved in events and volunteering like this, just go for it, you won’t be disappointed. All I want to know is where my next event or activity will take me, I can’t wait. Keep watching and reading.

Induction Day as a Backstage Runner

3 Mar

Although I had the day off work, I still had to get up early in order to get my train to London. Reason for this was a few weeks ago I applied to a volunteer event on the Vinspired website, as a Backstage Runner for an awards ceremony. I had had a phone interview a few days ago and surprisingly passed it, where I was told that there would be an Induction Day at the Vinspired offices on Saturday 3rd March. So now you know why I was up so early, for getting there on time. I made it to London in plenty of time, and then things took an unexpected turn; the Victoria Line I need to get from St Pancras to get to Pimlico was closed over the weekend, as engineers were working on the line. So after looking at the board I had to get Piccadily line to South Kensington, then to Victoria, get a bus to Pimlico and then walk to Dean House (Vinspired offices). Note to self, and to those of you if this ever happens, never ask a London tour guide where the bus stop you need is, because one guy I got decided to rudely blow me off. Although I wasn’t swearing rude, I did gave him a mouthful over asking him a simple question, and then walked off.

Once at Vinspired, I met the rest of the team who had signed up to be involved in the volunteer awards ceremony we were all part of. I also met another Backstage Runner, Emma, who would be doing the same things I would be, as well as 4 event supporters, 3 photographers and a DJ.

Vinspired doors

After meeting the Vinspired team behind the event, the session began with an interesting ice-breaker game that involved a piece of string. Now you may wonder why string, or are possibly thinking of many inventive things that could be done with said string, and the answer is this each person had to pick a piece and string and whilst wrapping it round your index finger you had to say as many interesting things about yourself to the whole group.

Once that was done we were briefed on what Vinspired stands for, what the organisation does, the awards ceremony and the running order of the day/ night. We were also told where the event would take place, however, I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I will share the venue with you on the 22nd/ 23rd March as the whole thing doesn’t end till 12am, then we will need to tidy up and sleep. The same rule is going to apply to thelist of celebrities, numerous artists and special guests attending, fear not I will not disappoint. Another thing we all saw was a video of last years event, and we saw people like Keith Lemon, Kevin Spacey and Natasha Beddingfield, and from what we saw it looked pretty awesome when it was held at the O2.

I got to learn a lot more about the people there over lunch and throughout the day, especially when we were given the task of using newspapers and cellotape, to make a Giraffe, and you can imagine the fun we had in the two teams we were in. I can say that the team I was in won the challenge, as you can see below, it was a very funny activity, and the Giraffe dosn’t look that bad either.

Yes thats me, and its not my best shot.

The team and our giraffe!

Finally we were given a quiz on everything we had learned today and said what we wanted to happen on the night, as personal goals, and what fears we have. After getting our packs, finding out what our roles and responsibilities on the night nad that we can have a great time at the after-party with everyone there we all headed out to get home. One thing I have to say before I forget is thank you Aimme, Gary and Craig for letting me interview for my film that I am currently working on, what you guys said was brilliant and I really appreciate it.

Funnily enough, I managed to retrace my steps and get to St Pancras, and after running up escalator steps and down platforms I made it on the train for getting out of London. I don’t know if this is me but I find time goes by so fast in London, I hope that this doesn’t happen on the 22nd March, I actually want to remember the night as much as I can.

One thing that stood out for me during the day was seeing in the Vinspired office that there is a green alien there in a purple t-shirt, something that we all will be wearing that night, with black trousers and any shoes within reason. So all that is left for me to say is, bring on the 22nd March, I can’t wait to start running.

Maybe the alien is related to 'Paul'

Oh, almost forgot, the office has its own green alien and it looks so cool!

To Be or Not To Be…

22 Feb

Well thats a question I and about 7 other people were asking ourselves last night, when at a Tuesday connections night at the Little Theatre. Before all this yesterday I spent my evening filming and interviewing a lady called Sasha for the film I am currently working on. I can happily say that it is coming together nicely, all I need is a few more cut away shots and some more male interviews then it will be ready to edit. If anyone has any ideas for the type of background music let me hear your suggestions.

Right well back to Tuesday night. I decided that although I have some TV and Film experience behind me, I am thinking about getting some theatre experience behind me. Although Stage Management/ crew is my main area of interest, during the tour, organised and given Karl, Bianca and Vincent, informed us us all that we couldget involved in any and every area. So I am won over by work shadowing in all areas as you get to learn so much. The tour started inside and from the stage itself we went roundthe whole are, even outside to where the costume hire shop is. We were given the chance to observe the actors rehearsing the plays ‘Carrie’s War’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and one a Shakespeare’s well-known pieces ‘Cymbeline’.

One thing I also learned was that when you join the Little theatre offers acting/ elocution lessons for free. So its now a case of deciding which area(s) I want to work in and which days/ nights I want to get involved in. So when I have decided I will let you all know. The only question I forgot to ask them is are they suspicious with Shakespeare’s play Macbeth in that they have to a ‘The Scottish Play’. That is something I can ask them later.

My memorable moments of the night are Karl (Stage Management Manager) asking me about my experience, and Bianca saying she thought my shoes were pretty cool and wanted a pair herself.

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.

When it rains, it certainly pours

10 Oct

Thats exactly what happened to me on Thursday night, in Derby. We were delayed by half an hour getting onto the pitch, because the footbal teams had their practice session extended to 7.30pm. So we ended up waiting in the pouring rain for the pitch and my god I was frozen. Eventually, when it stopped the wind started to blow and although my feet and fingers had turned to ice I was able to get some great footage to the Derby Braves training. I just have to find out about where the footage goes when I’ve got it?

So this has taught me a valuable lesson; pack waterproof clothing in the car, have hand-warmers at the ready and have extra socks and shoes for when you get drenched! I’ll also remember to check the weather forecast before I set off from now on.


Derby Braves ROCK!

30 Sep

Last night gave me a chance to go back to my uni, as I have been accepted on a filming and editing opportunity with the Derby Braves. I know I mentioned this in the previous post, but I can now say that this role began yesterday. I was invited to the first training sessions. After getting through all the traffic of people getting home I made it, where I met Matt, the guy who posted the role on the v-inspired website. Basically Matt gave me a breakdown of what they were after, when they’d be training and playing their matches and everything else to do with American football.

Though I felt like an idiot; I have a flip and didn’t think to bring it, thankfully one of the coaches had a camcorder, so I started filming drills and other training activities, which was awesome. Along with filming I’m also gonna being editing this, so I’ll being getting key experience there and it will be something else to go on the CV that BBC North can see.

So I head back to Derby uni next Thursday, armed with my flip and photo camera to get more footage and anything else the coaches want capturing. So lets see what happens

Hut or Hike, ‘the city of dreaming spires’ and shaken but not stirred

20 Sep

Well, these are and were some of the plans I had in the pipeline, but things have changed. Not by choice but because I spent the last two weeks trying to get rid of an illness.

The reference to dreaming spires is to do with Oxford; an opportunity for an internship with a production company for 8 weeks was one opportunity I missed out on because of being ill. However, I did ask if I missed out on the internship if I can still help out on the film, to which they said ‘Yes’. So I will need to chase up the production company up about when they will be starting production work.

The first part of the title is to do with a volunteering filming and editing opportunity with Derby Braves American Football team. The good thing about this is it is flexible so I can do as much as I wish on the project. I just need to get a few details about this volunteering opportunity, what I’m filming and all the usual questions that need answering.

The last part of the title shaken not stirred is to do with the next James Bond film, and boy did I get a surprise. I contact one of the cameraman who passed on some key advice and it was this key advise that led to me getting a letter from the production manager saying that they will contact me soon to let me know if and when they are looking for Floor Runners.

Despite three opportunities and some of them being missed because of illness, as I said before, I am still continuing to find filming and editng opportunities, now that I know that BBC North are not taking anymore applications for Manchester. I have more to say, but I think I’ve said enough for one post. So lets wait and see what happens.

An Audience with Adele?

1 Sep

Well, this is a hopefully. I was talking with Liz who I radio volunteer with at Leciester Royal Infirmary about Adele coming to the East Midlands, and between us we came up with an idea. That idea, you may ask, was to apporach the reps of Adele to see if we could get a quick interview with her, that would be broadcasted on Hospital radio for all to hear. So for the e-mail has been sent and I await to hear if Adele will let me and Liz interview her, before she has to perform. I only hope the reply I get from her PR will be a positive one.

One woman show

4 Jul

What I mean by that is because Liz, my radio mentor, had this Sunday off I was in charge of the two hour show we do together, Sunday Sounds. It was exhausting going round two wards and getting back in time for the show. Because we were on auto-pilot I managed to put everything on manual use, all except the presenters mic, so for the first few seconds there was silence. Thankfully I clocked on why and just got on with the requests and other music I’d decided to play. It is hard to talk about anything on the radio when your alone in the studio. So I came away unscaved, and was greeted by comments from messages I got from other presenters saying well done. Lets see what happens next Sunday when Liz comes back.

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