1 Year on.

It’s scary to think that just about a year ago I was handing in my final media project. Since that time my professional progression has had a slow start but there is a lot of good things hopefully coming up in the horizon.

This page has had a bit of a makeover (Including a new blog name) so let me know what you think and keep an eye out on this page for some updates in the future.

Oslo – NRK/Ulfah Arts

I was fortunate enough to take part in a work experience placement in Norway, this was orginised by Birmingham based charity Ulfah Arts and would see me working and receiving radio based training with NRK, more specifically Arne and Sigbourn from world music show Jungletelegrafen.

We flew into Norway on the 21st  of August and settled into our accommodation, we knew we were to start with NRK the next morning so prepared ourselves for an early night, although we made sure to get some food in and this should be a good point to emphisise that Oslo is an expensive city, fortuantly we were prepared for this due to some training Ulfah arts provided us before we set out, the training gave us an idea of what to expect and also some basic Norwegian.

We went into NRK on Wednesday and got the introduction to the building, radio show and presenters, as a recent Media Production graduate I was very excited and intrigued to see the in’s and outs of a major TV/Radio company and I particularly enjoyed seeing the massive room of TV cameras and lighting.  Over the course of the week we were given training in radio equipment and interviewing techniques, as a tester we went into the centre of Oslo to get some interviews to put into a ‘mock’ programme , this was helpful for those among us that had no radio experience as it allowed them to get first hand experience of getting the sound right, whereas I was happy to get some practice in conducting some interviews.

All of this was preparation for us to be conducting interviews live on air, We would be getting interviews at the ‘Mela’ festival as part of a special live edition of Jungletelegrafen. Me and Nicola were at the family stage while 2 other teams were situated at the main backstage area and the second stage. This was an interesting experience as everyone on our team had never done live radio before apart from myself (and even then only studio based and via telephone) so people were very nervous, I’m happy to say everything went well and if people were nervous on air then the presenter didn’t seem to notice.

Mela

We then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying what Oslo had to offer, Oslo really is a beautiful city and I could spend ages again talking about just the touristy aspect of it.  Our task for the weekend was to try and come up with an idea for a documentary that we would have to make ourselves, This took me a while but I eventually decided to do one based around Film, I then focused that into film scores but later changed to Norwegian film history. These documentaries were aimed to be quite short so I decided that I would make it a beginners guide to Norwegian film for a UK audience, All of our documentaries will be getting played on Radio Youthology.

NRK organised us some listening sessions and Q and A’s with some award winning radio documentary makers to help inspire and educate us before setting us off to make our documentaries, this was very helpful as it allowed me to build up my current knowledge and also made me reconsider my sound design as the sound design in these documentaries were stunning.

We also shadowed Arne and Sigbourn during the creation of the latest episode of Jungletelegrafen this was good to see as we went through every part of the show from the script to the recording.

Arne and Sigbourn also helped us build up our contacts, I interviewed a member of NRK’s film review show and also the producer of Oslo’s philharmonic orchestra, the latter I ended up not using as I didn’t feel it added to the piece. The time out from the group also allowed me to experience the city centre on my own and I spent the afternoon at the Nobel Peace museum (highly recommended if you find yourself in Oslo)

Once the interviews were finished I put them together to make my documentary. Arne also offered great help and feedback along the way to those who asked for it.

In conclusion I have to say I really enjoyed my time in Oslo, the people at NRK were very helpful and treated us well on this placement, there were no tea-making tasks here and although the people in our groups were all at different levels at the start of this experience, we were all given tips and techniques that we could use that we may not have considered before. I’m already missing Oslo and thanks again to all at Ulfah arts for allowing me to take part in this.

Update

Well, one day I may decide to blog again, I have considered it but in all honesty i’ve wanted a break from it after university, I find myself putting a lot of thoughts and updates on twitter so check that out if you haven’t before. @ShaunjacquesUK

Having said that, I will say that I have some freelance work prepared and also a month work experience placement in Norway starting at the end of august, there are lots of if’s and buts to my future at the moment, but this is only the beginning.

Below is my updated showreel, share to people if you like it or feel I’ll be of use.  If i do decide to blog more in the future i’ll probably set up a whole new blog but I will link it to this.

“Keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die.”

Finding Jobs.

http://www.medianation.co.uk/content/indiesdetail/Broadcast/Indies/362

The above is a website I was sent with a number of broadcast jobs available, this is a regularly updated list that will be very helpful to me as I try to get myself a long-term job or placement.

As mentioned before I have been updating my CV to fully show off my previous experience. I do not wish to add this online for privacy reasons.

A Farewell To Tyrants Session – Screenshots

a few low quality shots from a session i helped film earlier this week – written account to follow later.

 

Casting:

To post about:

Casting call and other such ads (thearte…)

Initial auditions (to add tape footage)

Scattered auditions and the problems it created (how would I do things differently?)

Choosing My final cast. Further problems at this stage. How did the casting affect my view of the story? Insert Pictures of actors?

FMP Scripting updates

I have left this post a little bit too late to clearly go through every update in scripting

Below is my 2nd draft of my script.

This version of the script received equal praise and criticism from my lecturers and fellow students. In positives I was told that the script felt more confident than the previous draft as the story seemed to be more clear with much higher stakes expressed in the story. however there were also criticisms based around the length of the script, the formatting of it (both of which I agreed with) Clifton set me a challenge to re-draft a version of the script ready for Friday so he could see it over the weekend. I agreed to this but then I had a discussion with Laura Meades. Laura has aspirations of getting involved in script writing and I asked her if she would be up for editing my next draft of the script to meet the requirements I needed (8 pages shorter, better formatted and more natural dialogue) Laura agreed and the next draft is ongoing at time of writing, I suggested coming up with my own draft as an alternative but Laura said that it would pretty much be a waste of time, which I agreed with and instead focused on casting yet again (more to come in future post)

So you can see the developmental stages of the script below is my 1st draft aswell as original character profiles and original outline. I hope that the changes this has gone through are clear, this story has changed dramatically from first draft and will likely change further in the new draft. the idea at this stage is to cut the unneeded dialouge and create a more visual story.

Outline

This is the outline of my edited FMP story, I decided to change the majority of the story but still keep a lot of the themes from my previous idea, as I found the character of Nate easier to write for, I aim to make him a not very likeable character who is blinded by his own ego and his lack of care or understanding for those around him.

  1. Band plays to packed club, they are doing well tonight, there is a large smile on the face of Nate (the lead singer) as the band finish off their set.
  2. Band meet backstage at the end of the show, Nate enthusiastically suggests getting some money together to finally record an album and then get some real money out of it all., The rest of the band aren’t quite as enthusiastic and asks him to think it over. Nate suggests paying for all of this himself and then later taking the majority of profits.
  3. The band meet as a practice session (or maybe pub instead) a few days later, Nate reveals that he has quit Uni to focus his efforts on the band and finally recording this album, The rest of the band are shocked that he was serious for once, but then immediately worry (for nate’s sake) If he has told his girlfriend. Nate reveals that he has not and heads off to tell her in person (before they told her maybe?)
  4. Nate returns to home to find an exhausted Jess that has just finished her day at work, He reluctantly reveals the news he has quit uni to focus solely on the band. Jess is not at all happy about this, She gets angry at his choice of words which suggests that it will finally bring some money into the house. Nate sleeps on the couch for the night.
  5. Some time has passed and we now see the band in a decent recording studio, the band question Nate’s business senses. Nate again refers to his ideal that an album has to be made, it needs to be sold in record shops to be big. Again the band questions him but carry on regardless because why not it’s not their money he’s wasting. A montage plays to show the progress of the last few days/weeks of recording and Nate and Jess’ detariating relationship.
  6. Nate tells the band that they have got an interview with a major record executive, he tells them all to dress smart as this could be it for them.
  7. The band arrives in a smart business meeting room, Nate is seen wearing a suit the others in smart casual clothes. They meet an executive from the major who essentially says he likes but he wants to market it differently, he wants to change the image and the style and to lose the self indulgent instrumentals in the middle, (he wants an album full of singles). Nate accepts but this causes an argument the rest of the band feel quite strongly against it, they argue with Nate until they decide to just quit. They leave Nate in the room with the executive. The executive is seen putting away the contract.
  8. Nate is seen making a call to Jess and invites her to dinner to make up for how he’s been acting recently, he promises to make up for everything.
  9. The couple meet up and although things start out awkward, they both seem to eventually enjoy themselves, until it comes to Nate paying the bill, he checks his wallet to see it is empty so he decides he’ll pay by card. The card is denied. Jess is seen to be angry at Nate as she reaches to her purse to pay for the meal, Nate realises he has nothing left.
  1. The Two return home and Nate apologies for what he has done, he realises he has messed up and wants to make things better, but Jess has other ideas. She packs his clothes says He can pick up the rest another time, but they are over and she wants him out of her house.
  2. The short ends with Nate outside the house with a defeated look on his face

CHARACTERS

nate

jess

drummer

bassist

executive

waitress

extras…

LOCATIONS

Club/Pub .1 .2 (maybe repeat the place for .3 meetup scene)

Cafe/restaurant .9

House or Flat .4 .5 .10 .11

Recording Studio .5 .6

Meeting room .7.8 (outside shots will be needed aswell)

Character 1 – Nate? (temp name) 24 year old Music Production student, still living with his parents. In a rock band that he thinks is much better than it actually is. (dilution of grandeur) He thinks this due to better than average attendance and support at his local venue. This combined with his ‘partial’ musical education makes him think he is ready to leave university and promote his music… ‘his way’

He initially puts some of the bands music up online to download in an ‘anti-establishment way’, but secretly he harbours dreams of being signed by a major label, His plan of action is to invest the university money he’ll get from dropping out just after payment and using that to fund a ‘proper’ album, this will be the album ‘he’ feels will get the band ‘out there’ and ‘shake things up a bit.’ All of this is a major problem for his girlfriend ‘Jess’. His parents are very disappointed to discover his decision especially because he took a lot of persuading to get to there

(?? good enough grades at school but dissapointing to parents that expected better??? they have highly respected careers?Could they be doctors/nurse/scientists???)

Character 2 – Jess 25 year old. Been going out with Nate for three years Jess is less idealistic and much more mature than Nate, she supports him where she can but she does wish that he would just get a decent job and settle down, despite this she supported his decision to go to university as it meant him moving closer to her. She is not very happy to discover that he will soon be dropping out to pursue his ‘dream’ as she is already supporting him with some money and paying the bills despite him getting a full loan.

Charcters 3 & 4 – Bassist Mike 25 and Drummer Rob 24 both are quite well backed people in serious relationships (kids?) and have full-time jobs, but still find the time to occasionally perform. They are more than happy to go along with Nate’s attempts to take them to the big time but refuse to put any money behind it because of what they cite as ‘family reasons’ (but in reality they don’t see the same enthusiastic approach to it as Nate does) hence why Nate takes all his savings and the loans he can get from his education. Mike and Rob get along with each other really well as if they were brothers, Nate not so much, although they like him they don’t feel they would risk a lot for him due to his own inflated ego.

Character 5 RL executive. (34) This man is only interested in one thing and that is money, He does genuinely see some talent in Nate’s band but he thinks that it needs a major image rehaul for them to make ‘HIM’ any money, this is a character who is experienced in the business and knows what he wants, which is a major obstacle for the band to overcome if Nate wishes to see his dream come true.”