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1 Aug

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

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My latest media activity came round sooner than I expected and it was a great way to spend a Sunday evening. Normally I use Sundays to recover from combat training but decided to go and do something fun. As it was a dress to impress event I kept chopping and changing what I was gonna wear and eventually settle on something. Even though it didn’t start till 5pm, and because I was meeting a friend for coffee and catch up I left that house as I was.

Headed to London at what you’d call an early time, but needed to as I was heading to Elstree & Borehamwood; didn’t help that certain lines on the underground were closed off but found a way round on it. The welcome sign to E & B was showing all the programs filmed at BBC; Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, Children In Need and Holby City. When I got there I saw that Elstree & Borehamwood had its own Hollywood walk of fame and a wall that had film reels, director’s chair, clapper board, film count down timer, stars and awards. I also saw star display boards one of which was for Christopher Lee, Sidney James, Gregory Peck just to name a few.

It would have been cool to have had the event at BBC studios but it was across the street but it was nice to be 30 seconds from the studio. The event I went to was a networking event for actors and crew, well mostly for actors as it was a casting party for a production company called The Way Forward Productions. Met one of my friends who’d I’d met at a previous event and had a catch up before meeting other people that I am FB friends with and others who I was meeting for the first time. Whilst there people were filling in registration forms for people to be actors, supporting roles or extras; it was hard for people to add details but managed to get everything sorted. We all headed to the hall where DJ food, drink and other events were arranged, one of which was a magician. He did a load of really cool tricks one of which involved 6 of us and a pack of invisible cards. The deck ended up in my hands and after the color of the card and suit had been chosen by 2 other people I said that the number of the card was a 5 and told me to draw a cross on the back and to blow a kiss in the air. Magician pulled out a pack of cards and shuffled through to the last one and there was a card with an X on it and it was the 5 of Diamonds. There were other tricks that involved cards, guessing images from passages read from books and what people had read on word cards.

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Local singers performed and the DJ took over after Jason Cook; the founder of The Way Forward Productions showed a short video on the charity that the production company supports; Downs Syndrome. After some introductions from Jason and Mark Sears, everyone started to mingle, chat, catch up with those they ‘d met before and hand out business cards. Later people headed up to where the photographer to have head shots to be added to profile pages that were and are going to be added to the production pages website, which also lists the upcoming films that are in pre-production.  Had a laugh during hte night taking pictures with props used in films past and present; balaclavas, guns, night googles, hats and having a laugh in the build up to a raffle draw to raise money for Drowns Syndrome charity.

 

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Although the event ended at 11pm, I left at about 9ish because of trains getting out of London and it was a good thing that I did as the next 2 trains had been cancelled and then next one was scheduled for 22.47pm. One thing I find when travelling on trains is that people ended up having conversations with me; maybe I have one of those faces that invites conversations, not that I am complaining but interests conversations happen. Made it back just before midnight would have been back sooner despite booking my taxi for when I arrived back it was 20mins late and made it back the next day. I hope I am not too shattered today when daylight breaks because I am back in the broadcasting gallery shadowing again and focusing on specific roles; the mix control panel and Assistant Producers roles.

Thought round off the night with an attempt of a selfie

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The only thing I hate about events like this is they start and end so fast.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

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Media All About it, Media All About it

28 Nov

Hey Mediadreamzers

It feels like I have been sleeping under a rock as it has been a very long time since I posted anything. I am still buzzing and smiling at the memories of the night of the Spectre premiere, and enjoying the Vespers. As Christmas is fast approaching most of my time is going to be devoted to baking, decanting my alcohol and getting the last few bits of Christmas gifts done. In between all that I have a few media events to look forward to now and in the New Year. One I am hoping to go to is on 7th is a VFX event in Birmingham which is being delivered by Hasraf HaZ Dulull. This is a guy who has worked on The Dark Knight, Hellboy, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Poldark, The C word (I’d keep going but I would be hear to February, basically a lot of films and some TV programs). So this is something I am looking forward to, and there are more in the New Year, these can go nicely with my resolution of doing more work as an extra, specifically appearing in James Bond, then I could definitely call myself a Bond Girl.

I am also looking forward to my freelance work in the New Year as I can keep my CV fresh. Plus I am hoping to go to the Bond In Motion exhibition, I missed it last year so I am hoping to go to this one now that the new Aston Martin has been added (one I have been lucky enough to sit in, shame Aston Martin wouldn’t let me drive it out of the showroom), I can only dream for the future.

Nunquam Deditioneum

New Year Begins-BAFTA Birmingham

31 Jan

Hi fellow Mediadreamzers

Forgive the lack of posts for the first month of the year; not much happens in January with pre-production. Which could be interpreted as a good thing as individuals can plan to go on holiday and/ find out what is coming up. I do have productions lined up for the upcoming months to keep me busy, one of which was a meeting in Birmingham Drama Village I met last year. Some of the production team I saw mentioned upcoming opportunities which I am hoping and looking forward to getting involved in, in addition to upcoming features.

Until these begin, it is networking events. My first one started off with a BAFTA Masterclass with a well renowned Cinematographer- Haris Zambarloukos. From my research, the man has worked on a great number of films, the latest being ‘Cinderella’. I admit within the research I was not sure what Cinematography was all about, and now I understand the time consuming and enormous task on such individual must do.

It was a good thing we had a huge lecture theatre as so many people attend the lecture. It of course involved questions from a BAFTA speaker, with a series of case clips from films Haris had worked on; ‘Enduring Love’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Locke’ all great films. Soon the session ended and it was everyone networking and I was glad to meet Haris after the session and seeing some people I have worked with on productions from last year, so it was good to catch up.

I know we are well into the New Year, but I have made about 4 resolutions one of which is to get experience as an assistant director and researcher which I am determined to achieve. I maybe heading to another event about Script Supervising, will know more next week, until I have plans in motion and people to contact.

Until then….
Nunquam Deditioneum

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

Marks, Get Set, Drive and Film

25 Jan

Many people would be shocked about me getting up at 4am, something I did this Wednesday just gone why you may ask, to get to ready for filming. I had received a email a few weeks ago from a person called Guy, who is the owner and director of a company called ‘SecondSight’. The email mentioned about an opportunity helping film footage for various automobile companies, think ‘Top Gear’ style, which sounds and sounded pretty cool.

After hearing that Simon Cooper, a cameraman I’d worked with previously was helping out on the shoot too was awesome too. So the plan was for Simon and me to travel to Lutterworth, meet Guy, collect equipment and travel to the first location, as we were going to be visiting three. We made good time getting to Buckinghamshire to film a selection of interviews and cutaway footage for the project, and once filming was finished there it was onto the next location; Northamptonshire. It struck me how fast the morning had gone and this always happens when doing any media work that I enjoy, there should be a law that time cannot fly when your having fun!

Once everything had been completed in Northampton it was a small detour back to ‘SecondSight’ and then off to Derby. I admit each time I travel to Derby I always think I am going back to University, it was nice to pass my old stomping ground (even if it rained quite heavily). Most of the vehicles that were filmed and photographed were enormous, and I thought to myself I could really do with a people carrier especially going up and down the country for media work. Then Guy/ Simon uttered the words at the end of any shoot ‘That’s a wrap’, and it makes me sad as I really enjoy my work and wish it wouldn’t end. After packing everything up it was time for us all say bye, and for me to say to Guy how much I’d enjoyed the days work, and if he needed any help on future shots to give me a call, fingers crossed. Simon and I headed back to our destination and I eventually got home. Despite being up early I was not tired at all, though I laughed when I checked my emails; a lady who had got my details from someone I’d worked with on a studio job asked if I was free and interested in helping out in February on a shoot, so of course I said yes.

So word to the wise and those eager to get into the same game as me; its not what you know but who. I am going to be working on some low budget indie films in the next couple weeks too, so more experience on the CV and what not. Fingers crossed 2014 is the year for me to really go for it.

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