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‘Summer’ Holidays

It appears that at the moment I am on a kind of summer holiday at work. I still have deadlines I have to meet, but I’m not working my usualy 10 hours a day!

So blogs about filming and shoots won’t be coming as thick and fast until September time.

Saying that, I have been thinking about what I could do and I shall be editing together a short video this weekend.

I’m calling it, my initiation into London Town…the things a northern lass should know about that London.

Until then, enjoy this picture of a London beetle I found! My finger is there to help show the scale of it.

A beetle taking a stroll in London

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Daddy or Chips?

It’s a question that we ask ourselves at some point in our lives. Well maybe not. But it’s a question that we asked Josh, this years UK hopefully for Eurovision.

Today I have been editing together the clip.

Using keyframes and Photoshop, I’ve decided to scroll the either / or questions along the bottom and Josh answers them.

The problem I found at first was that you could clearly hear my voice, despite my position behind the directional mic. I think I’ve just got one of those travelling voices.

Anyway, you can relax as I simply went back to the location and filmed wild track. Usually I film wild track at every location, but with this one being right outside I didn’t think it was necessary. Typical that I would need it this time! Thankfully the weather hasn’t changed in London for three weeks.

Now, I am just about to mix the audio tracks together and hopefully the edit will be up on Monday morning!

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Prepping for my shoot

As part of the preparation for any shoot, I try to conduct a recce at least once.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, a recce is when you head to a possible location to have a look at its facilities. These include, plug sockets and electrical supplies, lighting already available, bathroom facilities, where would be the best place for any interviews or reconstructions, where food can be supplied from, the list is endless.

Gemma Fact: The word recce is actually a military term. It comes from the word reconnoitre, which is when you obtain information by visual observation.

It’s generally a chance for you to familiarise yourself with somewhere you may never have been.

It really helps when you have a contributor or crew present as well, as it means you are already one step ahead.

For the Eurovision website we will be going to different venues to see how they are preparing for an event that will be watched by around 250million people!

To be honest, I’m quite excited about the one coming up. I’ve never been on a recce that might end with an iced Margarita!

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There is a fantastic Scriptwriting class that I used to go to every Wednesday when I lived in Manchester. The course gave me a weekly deadline to work towards so that I kept my scriptwriting skills fresh.

Since I have moved down to London I have also tried to keep to a familiar schedule.

Finding a similar class in London would be great although I can only find night classes or one off seminars.

If anyone has any suggestions, it would be a great help.

On Monday afternoon I had a great time in Ealing LibraryIdeas Book writing the next episode of my drama series; a mix of Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos. (Not set in a family home though.)

Characters from Showroom

I also began the third draft of my Kasey West script;
(working title) House Plans

Kasey West is a character my best friend came up with at University after a dream! When I heard the name I instantly thought, that is someone you would NOT mess with and the Espionage Character came to life in my first drama, shot in 2006.

Kasey West Script

I began House Plans when I first went to script writing class and love how the characters are starting to really come alive.

I planned to make this film in September ’09 but with the move down to London, production had to be put on hold.

Now, in London, I’m starting to build up this film network again. I shall keep you up to date with suggestions and news about this quest…

Kasey West Journal

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