I Can Do That.

I’ve just got back from the Sunshine State (Florida) where I relaxed by the pool in between visiting theme parks. It’s been 4 years since my last visit and the new (to me) attractions included:

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • Harry Potter at Universal Studios
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
    (Universal Studios)
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
    (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)

You can look these up online but I recommend them all! In addition, do go on the Men In Black Alien Invasion ride and, of course, Spiderman. Sadly, while I was in Florida, getting ready to visit the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee passed away.

Also, a Floridian friend suggested that I visit “England” at Epcot and look in the sports shop. See what I found there!


As regular readers will know, I’ve struggled to find a job since graduating. I’ve applied for jobs in the film industry and social media but there’s always someone with more experience – well, duh! Inspired by some of the actors, extras and crew at the theme parks, I have an interview lined up (in London, not Florida) as an information guide. Wish me luck – I’ll let you know if I get the job.

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Films & Live Events Round-up!

OK, so I mentioned RTX (Rooster Teeth) London but haven’t told you about some of the other events visited this year; a mixed variety:

  • Harry Hill (Hitchin, Mostly Comedy)
  • Sally Phillips (London, TV Pilot)
  • Bananas (London, Improv.)
  • Motown (London, Musical)

Last year I saw Jack Dee at Doggett & Ephgrave’s ‘Mostly Comedy’ Club and this year I went to see Harry Hill trying out new material for a forthcoming tour. It was moved to a larger venue and I think it lost something for that. Great to have the Comedy Club facility not far from home. though.

I’ve been to a couple of TV pilots that haven’t really been good enough to air and, despite Sally Phillips, this was one of them. They’re free so I can’t complain. It’s much better to go to recordings of established shows, though, such as HIGNFY and Not Going Out.

“Banana Bunch Presents Bananas On The Run – A Comedy Improvisation Show” at the Museum of Comedy was – erm – interesting. Three women performing improv with audience participation, therefore each show is different – could be funny sometimes and less so at other times. Sort-of like Whose Line Is It Anyway, which I saw at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

The Motown Musical was excellent! I never knew much about the record label, just thought it was a genre of music, and it was great to advance my education by watching this show. I was sitting on the end of a row near the front, so when ‘Diana Ross’ came into the audience, I was initially approached to sing with her. As possibly the only person in the whole audience who did not know the song “Reach out and Touch Somebody’s Hand”, I had to decline!

Films / DVDs

Before and after my trip to Bruges (or Brugge as it is called by the people who live in that part of Belgium and my friends in The Netherlands) I re-watched the Martin McDonagh film, In Bruges. If you haven’t watched it, I thoroughly recommend you do – and Seven Psychopaths – they are two of my favourite films. Warning: lots of violence, swearing and humour.

Bruges/Brugge is charming but not huge therefore it was easy to recognise places from the film. It transpired that the hotel I stayed in was about 30 paces from one of the scenes.

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More recently, I’ve been in a Superhero frame of mind and watched/re-watched films from both Marvel and DC, including Deadpool 2, Thor Ragnarok, Infinity War, Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman, Justice League (to name just a few).

London, Bruges & Sydney

How am I fitting all this in AND a second blog post inside a month?!! In this issue:

  • Spiderman – long-awaited PS4 game
  • First Job Interview – ever!
  • Application for 1 year internship in Australia
  • RTX London
  • In Bruges

Well… some other stuff has had to take a back seat (such as my training routine and cooking healthy food – yeah, I know, I know) but I’ll try to get back to them soon.

Tottenham Hotspur has just announced that I can play the FIFA 19 demo now! The full version is due for release on 28th September and will include all 20 Premier League home stadiums including the new stadium. Meanwhile, I’ve hardly had any time to soak up the new Spiderman game since it’s release but… so far, so good!

Last week, I had an interview for a job. Keep your fingers crossed for me! That said, I’m not sure how well it went from the company’s viewpoint but I hope I came across OK. They’ll let me know in a few days if they want to see me again. I don’t want to dwell on it as there is nothing I can do but wait.

Meanwhile, I entered a ‘competition’ to win a filmmaking internship in Australia. I really wasn’t satisfied with my entry – it could have been better, to be honest. Unfortunately, the video I submitted had to be about me and I’m not comfortable in front of a camera (that’s why I blog, not vlog). I’m better behind the scenes, which is what the internship is about. It’s a bit scary to go half-way round the world on your own, though, so could I have sub-consciously sabotaged my chances?

Hey, Rooster Teeth fans, did you go to RTX London? I did, with my ‘old school chum’ Sam, from primary school. I bumped into another couple of friends, Julian & Miles, from secondary school, plus Matt from the LFA (and Anna, his wife) and I made a brand new friend whilst just hangin’. Already looking forward to next year!

In Bruges is one of my favourite films and I’m going to be in Bruges (or Brugge) for a couple of days later this month. More next time…

 

 

Hunting & Shooting

No. Not that sort of hunting and shooting. If I went on safari, it would only be to shoot with a camera, not taking a life with a massive gun. I’m pretty good at archery and at shooting small clay discs but I have no desire to aim at a living creature. 

I’ve been hunting for a job that will involve shooting a film.

Although my experience is limited to a handful of films, the roles of casting, directing the crew and re-writing scripts come naturally to me. I’m a director who likes using a camera and collaborating on the final edit.

I’ve been keeping my hand in by creating low budget promotional videos for small businesses, which is great, but I would love to be part of a professional crew with access to decent quality equipment. I’d like to make another movie to be proud of.

Alternatives

Are there opportunities overseas? I’m applying for a one-year sponsored internship in Australia and I’m looking for similar opportunities in Canada.

Over two years since graduating, my self-confidence is wavering a little and I wonder whether a refresher course would be useful. However, that costs yet more money that I haven’t got. I’m registered with agencies that are taking about £20/pm to help me find a job yet, to date, not one single interview has emerged. It’s tough out there!

Breakthrough

I finally got my first interview*!!! It’s based locally, with an exciting company who have plans to grow. Whether or not I progress any further, I shall be eternally grateful to the company for their interest in me and, just for that, they get a plug!
*not via one of the paid agencies.

It’s a UK company that has an office in California. My cousin Gaz Williams was invited to an event they hosted there earlier this year and said that Aston Microphones is a great company with excellent products.

So… things might be looking up. Who knows where life will take me next?

 

Newly Edited Commercial Showreel

In addition to my showreel for cinematic filmmaking, I have now put together a showreel for some of my commercial work, including animation, for promoting business services.

The clips used in the commercial showreel are featured on websites and social media of the companies that commissioned them. The animation is for The BPc, a company that wanted an eye-catching video to let clients know that it can create eye-catching videos. The roller-shutters and mobility scooters are product demonstrations for the companies that supply them; the other clip is an information video featuring the company’s director responding to questions about their newly launched service.

To clarify my roles in chronological order:

  • The first of these clips was the roller-shutters and I was cinematographer and camera (I had previously been camera operator on another shoot for the same company).
  • Having edited an earlier video for Alpha Beta Partners, I was asked to direct and produce their next video, included in the showreel.
  • I was director of a small crew for the mobility company shoot.
  • For the animation, following a very brief brief, I was given free reign regarding the concept, filming and editing. The final clip was well received.

I hope you like what I’ve done! Why not add a comment? Thanks.

The First Rule of Write Club

I was asked to submit some blog posts for various businesses and this is one* which was published! It’s about investing in property in the EU, now or post-Brexit. You can read it on the Designer Villas’ site for really cool properties in Spain with private pool. These ultra modern homes could cost up to five times as much in England where there isn’t usually so much sunshine.

*The post isn’t attributed to me, though, so I’ve broken the second rule of ‘Write Club’. The first rule is to always produce original work – no stealing, no plagiarism – so I guess I’ve broken that rule a little bit, too, by using a popular title!

So I’m a rebel. Which is good! Writers shouldn’t follow ‘rules’ or all work will seem formulaic, like Hollywood rom-coms (just sayin’).

In other news, I went to see Harry Hill last week, test his new material that he’s written for his upcoming tour.

Oh, by the way, I do belong to a writing group. It has guidelines rather than rules. Here are some tips for setting up a ‘Write Club’. Do come back and add constructive comments on my many and varied posts, thanks!

Switching between Commerce and Film

It’s a well established cliché that actors are also waiters (oh, a double-entendre). It’s no surprise, then, that unemployed film crew are also part-time marketing assistants, right?

If you’ve read my recent posts, I’ve mostly been producing corporate videos (I was on another shoot a couple of days ago, footage to be edited next week) but a casting assistant opportunity was brought to my attention last night. It’s for a few weeks in London and I may not get the job* but applying for it made me realise that it’s another role I previously enjoyed. If this doesn’t work out, I could try searching for opportunities with other agencies.

This has a higher excitement rating than submitting endless unsuccessful applications for seo/social media positions or seeing ads for editors with several years’ Adobe experience (rather than FCP). The issue with being offered commercial work is that I have sporadic experience whereas I studied and put into practice all aspects of film making for four years – and have the filmography to prove it. This is why I offer my services as a videographer.

The positive side of not having a full time job is that I get to watch all the World Cup games! On that note, it’s time to go. Thanks for reading the update.

*I wasn’t invited for an interview but I did receive a polite reply.