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Taking Pride by storm in Media

13 Jul

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

When Summer arrives, make the most of being out and about, and I did just that. Headed to London yesterday to attend the Royal Television Society event that addressed the issue of LBGT portrayed in TV soap storylines. Made it to London without any delays; it’s S’s-Law and I’m sure you will agree with me that when you are traveling to events, something usually happens; delays, cancellations, stormy weather the list goes on. Either way, made it to the Hospital Club and was early, so waited until the event was open to attendees. Found a seat in the gallery room and others started arriving and there was a group of 3 who sat next to me and we got chatting and I learned that they worked for ITV & BBC. So for me, that was a good surprise and we all chatted on what areas of media we work in, how we found out about the event and what our passions are.

 

Soon the speakers on the events panel arrived and took their seats on stage. The speakers were, wait for it, Oliver Kent- Head of Continuity in Drama series, BBC Studios, Pete Lawson Writer on EastEnders, Bryan Kirkwood- Executive Producer Hollyoaks, Iain MacLeod- Series Producer Emmerdale, and some of the actors from the soaps; Daniel Brocklebank- Corrie, Annie Wallace & Krupa Pattani -Hollyoaks. The panel was chaired by June Sarpong MBE- who is known for being a presenter on ‘Loose Women’, and also a panelist on Sky’s The Pledge program.

The topics discussed and questions asked, combined with a series of clips depicting LGBT storylines made the event as a whole really interesting and also a huge eye opener, with the actors, characters, and impact, they have on society as a whole. One story that was shared was Daniel mentioning an encounter he had with a lady in a supermarket saying very hurtful things, to which he gave a response that totally shut this woman up.  Other issues that were discussed were the Ofcom complaints, watershed time showings, relationships, cultural communities and the about individuals in the series and in real life coming out to their parents and loved ones and the psychological effect and the fear they have, especially with family traditions, religion, and social acceptance. Other areas that haven’t or have been touched on briefly were discussed and how there is still time in the future to create and develop those ideas for television audiences to see.

     

 

              

 

The floor was then open up to questions from the audience, followed by thank yous to the guest speakers, June and the CEO of the Royal Television Society Theresa Wise. Then, of course, the networking started and people started walking up to the guest speakers saying how much they enjoyed the discussion and topics/ opinions they felt about the series, storylines and their perceptions on certain issues. I admit for me it was really cool getting to speak to Annie, Krupa and Bryan and I asked him a question about one of the characters in Hollyoaks and his response was ‘I’m glad you didn’t ask that question on the mic’ as that character is still being developed. Also speaking the Emmerdale and EastEnders Producers was great too, meeting the people behind these soaps is one of those moments in life where you think ‘I never thought this would happen to me, meeting you’. I say that because although I work in this industry I sometimes think that there is a line or a barrier I am one side and those well known and established are on the other side and there is a ‘Do Not Cross this line’ sign in the middle. But every once in awhile it is nice to step over even if it is for a minute, an evening or a day to talk to individuals and say who you are.

Soon the numbers started to diminish as people left and I decided to head back out of London, had a fun evening and I learned a clever lesson when traveling to Euston station if you are going somewhere don’t get a tube train going the opposite direction. my trick getting on the wrong compass bound tube and ending up in Kensington. No matter, a simple walking over to the other side fixed everything.

 

I have also heard back from a director I worked with last year who mentioned a production that is being filmed in September, so I am hoping I am free to help out even if it is for a few days. He has also put in a requested for baked treats, moral booster for the cast and crew, well it helps when filming in the sticks and it’s cold and people have been working long days. September will soon be here.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

 

 

 

Indie- to the New Year

10 Jan

Hi fellow Mediadreamzers

What a fun New Year I have had; I worked both New Years Eve and Day, first time ever to work the Day part but I was doing something that I love, so no complaining from me. One thing I have done is set myself a series of goals/ challenges for the year ahead. I say goals/ challenges and not Resolutions because I find, if anyone else does too that people say this a lot and then by February/ March they break them. Plus I find goals/ challenges has more weight as a word, I digress.

Before I share these the afternoon was filled with fun and excitement as a writer that I worked with a TV Pilot called ‘Jobseekers’ has opened up a film studio in Derby called of course ‘Indie Studios’. This is a studio where creative individuals can hire out space for their numerous projects and productions and a chance for people in this industry to network and for old friends to catch up. The studio is 20×20 metre offering 24/7 hire, free internet access, motion capture, soundproof room, green-screen, crash mats, dressing room, stunt scaffolding, restroom and showers, free parking, onsite support and more… So if anyone is interested then hunt them down on the net or FB.

2016 I am hoping to be a promising year both media and personally. I have decided to get back into the groove of Zumba and try my hand at fencing, not the painting kind but the one with epee, sabers and all that jazz. To try to get onto the property ladder in say a year to 18 months (granted I can’t achieve this this year but I can focus on this). Visit the Capital more, take a holiday abroad as I haven’t left the UK’s sunny shores in, wait for it, 11 years. Crazy as it may sound but my reason was because I did not think or feel like a deserved a holiday as I did not achieve much in the past and now I have so time to take a break.

Media wise its work-shadowing with Assistant producers, Editors and going out into the field more with camera crew, learning the art of Script-reading, doing more work as an extra and becoming an extra in the next Bond film whether this will happen this year or next I can’t say but again another one to focus on. Going to more networking events and expanding my media circle of contacts.

These are just some of the things I have planned for 2016 and later down the line. How many chapters will I write and memories will I create, who knows. Before I sign off on this post; belated Happy New Year to you all and I wish you the best for the year to come.

Nunquam Deditioneum

All Fired up

7 Jun

Hey Mediadreamerz

It has been a while since I have sat in front of my mac to say what I have been up to in the great sphere of media. I am fast approaching my second month of my three month probation with SIS, and it was on Friday that was really busy for me.

Instead of spending the whole day in the office I had decided to sign up to the Fire Marshall training course. Why, for numerous reasons; wanting to learn something new, if and when I am in a work area in and outside of the office and there is a fire, so I know what to do if there is a fire in my home and is also something to add to my CV for future job applications. Tip; good for anyone to have as an extra skill and good for when you go for job interviews.
When I first got to the venue I thought it was only going to be women, then three men joined the group and I must say 5 hours do go by really fast. It was videos, discussions and then heading out into the carpark to use the different extinguishers. Word to the wise- When using the CO2 never touch the base or the funnel as your hand(s) will freeze to it and you’ll get frostbite.

So now I am qualified as a Fire Marshall, I just need to wait for my certificate to arrive, which lasts for three years. Next on the agenda is three day First Aid Course, which is probably gonna be in about 3-4 weeks. plus when the three months are officially completed I can work with the editors, camera-crew, AP, producers, sound mixers and anywhere else with the company.

Next thing is running/ jogging Race For life, or as I brand it R4L on Sunday, wish me luck and hope that I finish at a decent time.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Near the end, ready for the next chapters

30 Nov

Hi Mediadreamerz

It has been a little quiet regarding media work with the fast approach to Christmas, I do have one more media job next week which I am looking forward to and then its a case of waiting for 2015 and starting planned projects, and see what the future holds too.

Although I had fun on Wednesday travelling in the rain for a chat with members of the BBC Drama Village production team and finding out what is happening in the realm of production next year. As soon as I walked through the door to the building to the reception area the security team saw me and I was greeted with ‘Hello Stranger, longtime no see’. Something I never bargained for, nor expected as the last time I saw them was in January/ February, it was nice that they remembered me.

Once in they asked me what I had been up to and I started talking about productions and how I’d applied for a role on one the the BBC Birmingham productions and how I was unsuccessful, and then I got a bit of a surprise; at that exact moment a member of the drama production team walked by heard what I’d said and asked what area of work I am in, with production and after I told him he said he would get my details from the production team ready for next year. Big surprise there and as they say its all word of mouth and not what you know, but who.

I then met Steve and his colleague Kate and after finding a free office chatted about productions, opportunities, current experiences and recent projects I have worked on, where I see myself in the near distant future, why media/ drama and what the status of production is currently at. Steve and Kate explained a bit about their backgrounds and how they/ BBC Birmingham functions with regard to crew and other projects individuals move to work on so they get additional experiences and progress forward. Although production has ended this year, production resumes second week on January and then they will be scouting crew for new productions and will be selecting people to help out, hopefully I will be one of those individuals.

Until then it is one more media job to complete and then final preparations for Christmas (strange I started in October, but at least I only have a few things left to sort then its all done).

So next week busy but exhausting,

Nunquam Deditioneum

Premiere at the QUAD

17 Dec

Hi Mediadreamzers

It has been a week since I posted and these days I blink and the time goes within that action. Usually my Sundays are plain and quiet, however, Sunday 8th December was certainly an interesting one.

If you scroll back through the archived posts for this Summer I worked on a pilot episode called ‘Jobseekers’ that was being produced by a company called YSP Media and I spent a week helping them film in Derby and all around (thought it feels like that it was yesterday that we were filming the first episode). Well, last night was the premiere of the episode in Derby, at the QUAD, and I must say it was nice to go back to the city. I arrived and was directed up to the Box where the YSP crew were. It was great catching up with Belinda Basson, the producer of the episode who gave me the list of attendees, whilst I saw other members of the crew. During the run round at QUAD, Chris Bevan the great director of the episode was running round making sure all went smoothly and it did. I’m guessing it felt surreal for everyone as it felt that we worked on the project yesterday and yet we were here. Once at the table set up for ‘Jobseekers’, it was a case of helping meet and greet guests, VIPs, sponsors and the cast who had featured in the episode. Once the bulk of guests had arrived, it was a case of travelling to the second floor and walking one the red carpet. I have never walked on a red carpet before, so I savored every moment of it too! (it felt like across between a night at the BAFTA and the Oscars).

I admit it was the first time I have been in the QUAD Cinema of all the time I was at University, well there is a first for everything. Before the screening there was an introduction by Chris who introduced Lee Dilley the writer of the ‘Jobseekers’ episode, and then the episode commenced. It was great watching the final piece on the big screen and seeing how it looked, we all laughed at the right moments and when it finished the screen room was engulfed in non-stop applause. During the rolling of the credits I saw some additional footage and smiled when I saw my name on the runners page, the episode was an ultimate highlight when there was a cameo appearance of Lee, as a tailor. There was a Q & A afterwards where a selection of the cast answered questions, some of which got a few laughs and cheers from.

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Before networking and catching up with a few people everyone was given the chance to have their pictures taken with the cast and crew, in the green room (the ironic thing about the room was that it was Yellow). Hopefully, the planned 5 episodes will be made in the New Year and we can all come back together to make a great series and see if BBC, ITV or C4 are tempted by the series as it is different and local.

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YSP Media are great to work with and if I was offered the chance to do it all again, too right I would do it.

A series of unexpected events

22 Oct

I had a surprise phone call last night inviting me to an interview at a production company in Leeds. My initial thought was to drive up to, but because there had been an accident on the route I was going to take I decided on the train. I had my route planned only to find out when I got to the ticket office that my tickets would not be valid. So I went via a different course, and had the greatest pleasure telling some guy who was smoking that this was a non-smoking station. ‘Oh, I didn’t know that’, to which I said ‘Well, there is a sign next to you saying no smoking’. I sometimes worry about the intellect of some people.

I have also come to the conclusion that CrossCountry are the worst rail line ever; there trains are irregular, the prices are ridiculous and whenever I and others travel on them you feel like a sardine. I think that these fat cats that hike the prices up on essentials should spent a day, or even better a month surviving on a minimum wage and see what others struggle.

Made it to Leeds o.k and found the studio without any problems, worked to my advantage as I arrived earlier than my scheduled time. Once I had been buzzed in I walked up the stairs and saw the whole of fame for programmes that have been made in the north of England. I met Dan and the other ADs working in the office, and after showing Dan my CV and answering and asking all the questions I could think of my interview was over (I have learned that if an interview last between 20-30 mins) then that is a good sign.

As I had finished earlier than expected, I caught a East Coast train and they are by far the best train service; the staff are friendly, the carriages are clean, bright, spacious and there is plenty of space to put your luggage.

All I can do is wait and see if I am successful.

The Good, the Bad and the unexpected News

19 Mar

Hi everyone

I know I have been away for a few days, but it is with good reason. For the past couple of days I have been inundated with calls all week about potential opportunities. One of which was from a company in Skipton, and although it is a company that mainly focuses on theatre and a little TV the lady I spoke to said she was mightily impressed with my CV, and if a suitable position arises in the future then she or the company will give me a call.

Following that, (on the same day) I got a call from EndemolUK about helping with an episode for a well-known show that they were filming in my area and would I be free. Thankfully, I had the day off work and leapt at the opportunity and despite the weather I had a great time working with the production team, and spoke to a very nice man who drives celebrities round as he works for Jaguar.

The bad was on Monday when I had agreed to meet a director of a company in Nottingham who I was to meet to to discuss the film project and after spending 20 minutes driving around trying to find the place I gave up as I wasn’t gonna waste an afternoon on a wild goose chase ( no offence to gooses). Despite this setback and sending an email of apology, this was masked by the surprise email I got. A few weeks ago I applied for a job and passed the application questions, this was followed by online assessment and I was wondering if I would hear from the company. And low and behold I did and the news was good; you have successfully passed the verbal reasoning test. Now I await till April to see what happens next as to when and whether I am invited to an assessment centre to have an interview and everything else.

One thing I am looking forward to next month is heading back to Pinewood Studios, to the networking night that was cancelled in January, and hopefully there will be natural disasters no hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes. It will be great going back to one of the best film studios that the UK has ever had, and will be great seeing all of my contacts/ friends too.

Whilst I wait it will seeing what opportunities I can apply for until next month and other activities. So my darlings stay tuned and hopefully I won’t leave it too late to report on whats going on.

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