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Airfront Media Ltd website up and running!

It’s finally arrived! The website for Airfront Media Ltd by the very talented Front-end web developer and designer Paul Michael Smith (not biased at all!).

Airfront Media LtdThe website for the North-West based company has been live for a month already with tips on how to cancel ambient noise when those impossible deadlines seem to be creeping closer, and the reason behind those rainbow clouds on the homepage.

Why not have a look around and see what work Paul has been up to since leaving the BBC in 2008 and becoming a Freelance Front-end Developer and Web Designer from Manchester.

A few things that you should try out include, click on the bird on the homepage (nice Twitter touch), click on the basket ball and try to understand the link to the website (very witty), and finally if you refresh the homepage you can see a collection of different posters appear on the left (nice for a bit of change!).

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Twitter for Strictly

If you are wondering where the article about my premiere performance is, basically the shoot has been cancelled until November when we head to Blackpool.

Instead, here is a still of me! At least I have given you something even if it is just a still 😉

Gemma taking a picture of Goldie

This is taken from the first week when Goldie was still in Strictly Come Dancing.

Basically this is what I do on Saturday night while the main show is on.

I take pictures of the acts as they come off stage and publish it straight to Twitter.

I also add in a quote so that the reactio is more instant and exclusive.

The pictures are then used on the strictly blog and the backstage gallery.

I finish the night by recording some reactions to the results with the judges.

Fun-packed and never boring!
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Next Week: Filming with the Canon 5D camera

Digg.com

Well it appears that Digg has had quite the facelift whilst I have been away at Manchester Pride and I think that I have been introduced to their version of the ‘fail whale’ from Twitter.

What is this called though because ‘Fail horse and cart’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!!? What would you call it?

Fail horse and cart?

Manchester Pride 2010

Its just one more sleep before I head back to the North for Manchester Pride. I’m heading there with one of my best friends Andy Heald.

Manchester Pride 2010
The tickets have been picked up and I’m waiting for the Official Manchester Pride Twitter account to come alive with all the gossip and news about acts, performances and offers.

This year we have the delights of Kelis, Beverley Knight, 4 Poofs and a Piano and Adam Rickitt as well as getting ready to go out with the sound of Ultimate Big Brother playing in the background.

Last year the drama included loosing my chips, making BEST friends (but theb breaking friends) with randomers in one night, and of course more chips.

A bowl of chippies

This year I’m expecting more fun and frolics.

You can keep up to date with all the Pride gossip with their official twitter. Or you can always follow me for some very special tweets and pix! *wink*

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Peggy Mitchell leaves Eastenders

Exciting news!

On Monday evening as I sat there getting ready for Eastenders, a promo for the montage I edited popped up on television.  Prime time television!


I couldn’t believe it. Not only was my dream of Multiplatform and Linear coming together coming true (and Lord knows I’ve been piping on about it for long enough!), but I was actually part of it!

Why not watch it again!

There’s more exciting news on the horizon.

Looks like I’ll be doing a bit more editing that will be broadcast come September.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr and I’ll keep you up to date regarding the promos. I promise, I’ll try to refrain my excitement!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Eurovision; First Semi-Finals

It has finally arrived. The first of the Eurovision 2010 Semi-Finals takes place tonight at the Telenor Stadium in Oslo, Norway and is broadcast on BBC Three.

Josh Dubovie stands for his photograph

Tonight, I shall be in the office editing together a video diary that our man in the field, Paul Condon, has been filming. You can follow him on the official BBC Eurovision Twitter feed.

I shall also be updating the news pieces and the website itself for all those who aren’t on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s great getting to use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, iBroadcast and FTP again. I thought I would have forgotten a lot of the process but I think Last Man Standing drilled it into my subconscious.

And I promise, after this week is over I shall start to blog about the world of media, as opposed to just Eurovision. Honestly!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

It’s the time for competition…

I have recently been lucky enough to be sent information about a few competitions that are taking place.

The first is the Twitter Contest being ran by the Met Film School.

Basically, you have to follow MetFilmSchool on Twitter and pitch them your idea in one single tweet! Then one winner will be rewarded with a free place on their Introduction to Screenwriting course!

What a fantastic way to use Twitter for an online competition. It’s great to see the different ways in which people are using Social Networking to reach a larger audience.

Also, the prize is fantastic and would really help anyone who took part in the Scriptwriting Frenzy!

Please note, the deadline is 18th May so get those thinking caps on!

The second challenge I have my eye on at the moment is the one ran by Framepool/LBBOnline/Fireflies. For this, you have to make a piece of work showing the meaning of the word ‘courage’. It can be from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length and the winner will be the first to win this annual award!

Please note, the deadline is 20th May for this challenge.

It certainly appears that with the summer coming soon, the competitions are certainly surfacing.

In other news, I am busy editing together the Hero VT for our UK Eurovision hopeful. The video will be published the week before the live final.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Blogging, Scripting, Filming and Birthdays!

It’s now very apparent that I can’t blog AND script at the same time!

Writing the Script... first draftI started out quite well with my Scriptwriting Frenzy, but then lost a few days because of filming and celebrating birthdays. This has meant that I am now writing around 4.5 pages a day in order to keep up with the schedule.Actual piece of script from a screengrab

It could be worse…it could be a case of writing something from scratch with just a week and a half to go!

I have also been filming with Josh Dubovie, our hopeful for Eurovision 2010.

I filmed behind the scenes on Wednesday and Thursday, following Josh during his rehearsals.

Then I planned an interview on the Friday morning so that he could talk about the rehearsals and the footage that I had already shot could be used as ‘paints’ to illustrate what Josh spoke about.

I then needed to edit the package together and comply it on Friday afternoon so it could be published.

(Needless to say that the interview was rescheduled for the Thursday afternoon instead. Great as it gave me more time to edit the package. But it meant I had less time to think about the questions.)

Shooting to edit is a very important technique when you have such a small time frame. For example, with this interview I threw some ideas around on the Wednesday afternoon after the first lot of filming to come up with two ‘safe’ options I could talk to Josh about.

These ‘safe’ options couldn’t give away anything that was taking place with the staging.

I chose to ask Josh about being in TVC and the simple dance routine he had been practising.

This consequently meant I knew exactly what to film during the behind the scenes.

A few more filming dates are coming up in the next few weeks which I will tell you about…

For up to the minute information about what I am doing, you can follow my Twitter account.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Sunshine and Pens

Temperatures are expected to reach 17C this weekend. With that in mind, it’s time to take the scriptwriting on the road!

Well, when I say on the road, I mean to the park.

I’m 13 pages in to my Scriptwriting Frenzy.  I should be writing about 3.3 pages per day in order to meet the 100 page quota for the deadline. Certainly won’t be doing the College trick and leaving it until the night before!

In other news, the recce went really well and I was able to make contact with the people running the Eurovision event.

Took a few stills and have worked out where to do any filming; the venue is a pub and so noise was instantly a real issue.

From my experience when I filmed in a Playgroup for Children in Need, I shall be using a clip mic on any contributors and make sure their backs are to the crowd. It worked really well for me with the Tess Daly video

One last thing. A huge thank you for the link on The Manchizzle website! Make sure you keep up to date with all the Manchester based blogs by visiting this site.

Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with my weekend adventures with my Twitter account.

The opinions and views expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Filming for Your Country Needs You

 Over the next couple of days I am lucky to be involved with the build up to Your Country Needs You which is on BBC 1, Friday 12th March at 20:30!

Shooting Schedule for TursdayToday we are going to grab the 6 finalists as they exit the studio, asking them about how they are getting on.

Back to the office and after a quick edit the clip published on the website later today.

Then tomorrow I am off to interview members of the public as they wait to enter the studio.

There’s quite a following on Twitter and it will be interesting to finally put screen names to faces.

As I edit the audience clips together to publish on the website I shall be sticking around to film an interview with the winner after the live show.

Once again, the winner’s interview will be edited and published before we go home.

Phew!

Let’s just recap my checklist…
Call Sheet…. Done
Filming Permit…. Done
Risk Assessment…. Done
Batteries charged…. Yep
Tape stock…. Plenty

It’ll be a great chance to work to such tight deadlines.Risk Assessment for filming

 There’s nothing quite like running round TVC with a film permit, a call sheet, a risk assessment, the equipment, and a song for the nation in your heart…

The views and opinions above are that of my own and not my employer