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Cosmopolitan Carnival Creativity

24 Aug

Hi Mediadreamz readers

What a day I have had, luckily not stuck on a checkout but something much more interesting. A few weeks back I was contacted by a company, through a recommendation, to help film an event happening in Leicester this weekend. The event is as you see above the Cosmopolitan Carnival and the purpose of the event is and was to Celebrate Leicester’s culturally diverse city through every imaginable art form. Everything from dancing of all forms to graffiti art, to music to singing and I along with a friend of mine, Raj, who I have worked with before on episodes of ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ were given the role of filming the setting up of the events, the reactions of people, the performances throughout the day and the closing aftermath of the events on the day.




Prior to the event starting all the people involved we all met at Red Hot World Buffet where everyone had a complimentary lunch before getting ready to work. After getting the cameras Raj and I started filming, though the first half hour the cameras died so whilst they were charging we improvised (I used a spare Flip camera that I bought with me, and Raj used his phone). When all cameras had died it was a case of taking shifts to monitor the charging and guarding the tripods in half hourly intervals, in order to get some incredible footage. The main stage was mainly musical acts and the high st was dedicated to a mixture of dancing everything from tribal to zumba that encouraged other people to get involved too. I also thought the people on stilts was very creative. I made a couple of trips to st. Martin’s sq to listen to the random musical acts too, as well as getting people’s reactions. Personally my favourite bit was the dancing Chinese dragon, it was certainly something the children who came to the event found really interesting).

Areas were designated for the following
– Jubilee Square MAIN STAGE- MUSIC
– High Street DANCE ZONE

and not forgetting the Silver Arcade ARTS HUB & WORKSHOP DISPLAYS

Soon time grew closer to the fact that the dancing had finished and that everything was to end at Jubilee Sq with a few final acts before it all ended with a film projection on the wall of BBC Radio Leicester, so of the members of staff I met during the days events, and the footage was very interesting and cleverly constructed. And as usual the day went by so fast, this one of the disadvantages I have when involved in media work, that when I am enjoying something so much time just goes by, that is why it is so precious to any and all productions.

I am also having fun working on the feature film I mentioned before, which I resume work on in the next few days.

A day to remember, in more ways than one

8 Mar

This will certainly be a day that I and most of the people of Leicester will certainly not forget quickly. This of course is all down to the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge paying a royal visit to the city, as the first part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour. Making my way into the city, I can honestly sat that there were enough metal barriers to fortify a castle, and police officers, my gosh there were enough to fill two football stadiums. I don’t think a ghost would have escaped there attention or even gotten through the barriers.

The other reason to make a note on the day, ladies, is because of it being International Women’s Day, so I can say that the Queen and Catherine chose the right day to come to the East Midlands. prior to me seeing the Queen, the Duke and the Duchess I spent the bring at the Apple store, getting more of my film planned and onto the timeline, only a few more shots needed and then the whole thing can come together.

In addition to all my activities of the day, I have now signed up to be a volunteer at the Little Theatre, so I am waiting on my membership card to come through, and I can start to help out and learn new skills, one of which is learning how to make wigs in the costume department.

The first stop for the royal party was DeMontfort University, to attend a fashion show, meet students and staff and chose a fashion student to be the one to design the Duchess a pair of shoes. Other individuals in Leicester were given the honour of presenting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh gifts of their talents and creativity. One in particular was a picture of a Corgi, by a talented 10 year old girl, and I must say it was a wonderful drawing.

I then legged it to St martin’s Square to get footage of the crowds at the cathedral, and after getting shots of the car, I made my way to the Clock Tower.

Once there, I and half of the city’s population, waited for hours and hours for the royal party to arrive. Though whilst we waited we were certainly entertained by two guys dressed as grandmas on really big motor powered trolley bags, men on bikes and dances at the Clock Tower. The day was great, the only down side was being stuck next to a guy who kept twitching and shouting uncontrollably.

Soon the waiting was over: The Queen descended on the crowds in the big royal car, that was brown. The final part of the day ended with the mayor of the city welcoming the royal family to Leicester, and the Queen veiling a plaque that renamed what is St Nicholas Circle, which will now be known as Jubilee square.

After standing for nearly three hours when it came to leave I am gonna be honest and say I could not walk probably. I had to walk with my toes curled in when heading back to my car, and I can say I will certainly not forget the day, not for a very longtime, and the same goes for everyone else.

On a final note to mark the end of a wonderful day, God save the Queen, the Duchess and Happy Women’s Day to you all.

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.

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