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Productive with Pinewood & PROCAM

16 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

I now sit and write about the past couple of weeks, much of which has been filled with great excitement. The first is an event I had the privilege of attending at Pinewood Studios; a friend of mine put on a one man comedy show at Pinewood Studios last Friday and I and about 150 other people were blown away by the humour. I now make this my 6th visit to Pinewood and as I keep saying it is like my 2nd home, it is always nice to head down to the greatest place in the world. Once there I was directed to the John Barry Theatre and as soon as I entered I was greeting by an enormous room and suddenly one of my Facebook friends saw me and called me over, and it was great catching up with other people I know in the industry. The show was amazing, which was mirrored by the fact that it was a sell out! It was so funny that my cheeks were hurting at the end of the hour and half and my sides ached from pain of laughter. There was a scene that was re-enacted by my friend Terry and a SFX guy I know called Alex involved trick wire, a pair of glasses and a fake treadmill, and the was funny, especially the reaction from the other people in the gym. Soon the time went by and it was time for us to leave John Barry’s theatre, not before  One thing that did knock me for 6 was some of the people that attended came up to me after the show and said ‘Hi’ something I did not expect, but it made my day, or in this case evening. The rest of the night and the early hours of Saturday morning was spent at a restaurant called ‘Palm Suite’, not only was the food great (if your ever down at Pinewood go for the Piri Piri Chicken, it does not disappoint), but the company was bloody marvellous, especially when a friend I met and know on Facebook bought his dog in just as the restaurant were closing and there were all a handful of us left; Shelby, a very affectionate dog and very photogenic/ affectionate dog. Eventually it was time to leave as the owners of the suite needed to go home. Great event, wonderful night, brilliant people.

Following the event, I then packed my case again to travel to Manchester for 2 days working shadowing with a company that hires  camera and sound equipment. I traveled up the day before ready for the 2 days arranged, and after a 45mins walk I found the location, and after meeting the crew in the warehouse on the Tuesday I spent the 1st part of the day working with a guy called Jake who showed me how to set up a camera that is commonly used in the industry, checking equipment back in from production companies that were returning equipment from shoots. I was then rotated to another area of the warehouse with a guy called Rich. I learnt a lot from Rich and I learnt that there are no stupid questions as I had so many about camera, sound, their system checking in and out, usage of equipment and anything else that sprung to mind. First day a lot was covered and the first ended quickly, then 2nd day was just was fast and I surprised remembered a majority of what I had been taught and I was trusted enough to set up lighting panels for testing and how to check and set up a monitor. Sadly I had to leave to catch my train and during the 2hr 30mins train journey, I reflected on everything I had learned and hoping that everything I have learned helps me progress further forward and hoping to put what I have learned to good use. Maybe my next opportunity will let me show of my training and experience.


Nunquam Deditioneum

My day at Pinewood Studios

29 Nov

I’ve been up since 4.30am, and I’m still buzzing. You may ask why did I get up at stuid o’clock and the answer this of course in the title of the post. I have spent the entire down in Buckinghamshire, attending at workshop and tour of the infamous Pinewood Studios. When I first set off I got caught in the rain, and thought it was going to be one of those days, however, it didn’t rain all day. Managed to find Pinewood Studios, though I was worried as to get there its a case of going past lots of houses before turning a corner and it being in front of you, so spontaneously. Although I was given directions for parking, I’m going to be honest and say it was a nightmare parking on site, after spending twenty minutes trying to find somewhere to go it was a case of parking off site, with the Pinewood logo pass displayed in the car.

Surprisingly, I was able to find the Boardroom, which was where the First Light workshop was being held, and the whole building itself was and is very grand. After having an ice-breaker exercise and being introduced to everyone else, the event began. Yen, who was the project overseers for the day from First Light gave us a really useful and interesting breakdown of the day and a lot of information that is the equivalent to a tree stump, so I have a lot of material to read and make notes from.

Later we had numerous guest speakers, one of which was Kimberley Richards, a HR officer at Pinewood Studios, who gave us a lot of tips and advice over questions asked in an interview as well as how to sell yourself during an interview. Once Kim’s talk had finished we were given the honour of having a tour of the site, and there were a lot of things I did not know that Pinewood Studios did or what facilities it offered people. We went passed lots of studios that were putting sets together, shooting scenes and seeing people heading off to hair and make-up. Following the tour we were introduced to Liana Stewart from Step2TV, and the one main thing I remember Liana stressing was using networking events and encounters to your advantage, which I am certainly doing with my blog and other means at my disposal.

Folowing Liana we had Simon Honey, Group Head of TV Ops speak to us about how he got into the TV and Film industry, and Dominique Oliver, Managing Director at Resources Development. One thing that surprised me about Dominique was her telling us that she started working in TV when she was 13. I only wish my school would have been understanding with things I wanted to do when I was younger, oh well, things may change for others.

To wrap the day up some of us were selected by Kim, to have our CV’s and Cover Letter’s looked over, where we all got feedback and I was taken aback by Kim saying that my Cover Letter was impressive, and that I only have to make some minor changes to my CV’s layout on the first page. So I have answers to questions I had come armed with, and I also have a long list of tasks and goals to complete as soon as I can.

One crucial factor that I heard a lot about and that I am hell-bent on doing is lots and lots of volunteering and work experience in both filming, and editing as I am very weak in that skilled department, but I have a clear and concise method now. One thing that struck me was how quickly the day went, and it was a very long and exhausting journey back up to the East Midlands. I must say it was really nice of Pinewood Studios to give us a goodie bag to take away, that has got a hat and keyring in it. I am so keeping these for life, and as you can see the pics to prove this. I will have more to share soon, so for know I’m going to sleep, because I am so tired, talk to everyone soon.

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