“The way the 72 Project is organized requires everyone to be flexible and open-minded to turning his or her attention to whatever areas require attention. Whilst we cannot confirm people in the exact roles on set yet, we can confirm that we’d like you to be on board and we’re looking to give you the best experience possible.”
Confirmation Email 19/02/2014
Confirmation email to take part in the 72 hour project as member of the crew although exact position is unconfirmed by actively applying for place through the website.
“The project exists as part of a research process and therefore the culture within the production will be professional whilst remaining approachable and supportive to participants. It is NOT a traditional hierarchical set; your creative contribution is as critical as your physical contribution.”
The project focuses on creating a feature film within 72hours. Previous projects include ‘Watching and Waiting’ shot in Ireland and ‘The Ballard of Des & Mo’ shot in Australia. The recent feature will be shot in Birmingham from Thursday 17th July 2014 and screen in Millennium Point Giant Screen Cinema, Birmingham, from 5pm onwards on Sunday 20th July 2014. A large team will be used which will be split into multiple units, identically organized, which will increase the opportunities available.
“Thank you for expressing an interest in being involved with the 72 Project in Birmingham this summer. We’ve had an incredible amount of interest for both sides of the camera and we’re doing our best to offer as much opportunity to as many people as possible.”
James Fair and the 72hr Team
Provides corporate video and animation services and was established in 2009.
03/02/2014: Met Martyn Lomax the managing director of Humanoid Productions at Staffordshire University after Business Lecture and received business card.
04/02/2014: Emailed Martyn requesting shadowing opportunity.
06/02/2014: Received reply email –
The email detailed that there maybe runner opportunities in the future which contact would be made via Humanoid’s freelance contacts list.
12/02/2014: Contacted about runner work for 13/02/2014 taking place at Staffordshire University, Stafford Campus.
The running order consisted of:
13/02/2014 – The Shoot:
Arrived at 9am to greet the crew and set up. The crew consisted of the four founding members of humanoid productions Martyn, Chris, Tom and Anthony. The day would consist of collecting student interviews and b-roll of the facilities. After introductions, equipment was moved and assembled in the mo-cap studio where Sarah Blackburn was interviewed and demonstrations of the mo-cap systems given. Unfortunately it was at the beginning of this when Chris fell ill and was taken to A&E. This however led to more opportunities for the runner who became the interviewer and asked the questions to those being interviewed and was a line of sight to direct their eyes away from the cameras. Five more interviews followed in various locations, meaning equipment was constantly moved and re-assembled according to location.
This was an amazing opportunity that allowed participation on the actual set of a corporate production in an environment that was still functioning at its normal capacity. It also showed the separation in roles but also how they interlinked.
The shoot ran over time and the runner finished an hour after scheduled at 5pm that day.
Therefore 8 hours of work experience were acquired by this opportunity which allowed further networking and an opportunity to work with Humanoid again.
Joined October 5, 2013
LinkedIn is a professional social media site used to connect people looking to connect and expand there career paths and networks. The site also allows large and small corporations to post jobs and allow applications through the site which may not be advertised else where or until a later date.
The site allows an expansion of a personal network which allows the user to be endorsed by connections or reviewed. It can also be used to build a portfolio of work and develop a professional CV.
To view Emma SImms’s profile click here: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emma-simms/82/645/4a0
To network successfully, collecting business cards and remain in contact with the company/person.
By building a large network allows a variety of contacts to gain work experience, work and research to achieve and maintain a successful film career. By remaining in contact allows a easy and comfortable relationship when approaching for help, assisting or gaining work. This also means that personal details may be passed on to other companies/persons due to the continuing communication and up keep of information.
Approach people such as business, companies or people and talk. Ask questions about there roles and how to be involved. Attend events to network or email directly, this is also a method used when attempting to gain a placement. Email back regularly.
Collected at Staffordshire University Feb 2014Collected at the Berlin Film Festival 2013 from James Fair
3rd February 2014
Tom Stansfield guest lectured to students studying Film and TV courses at Staffordshire University.
This was designed to give an insight into how it is possible to work in the Film Industry from a former Staffordshire University Graduate’s perspective. The skills and determination needed and the positives and negatives of working within the film industry.
Tom began by displaying a clip of the opening scene of ‘Batman: The Dark Night Rises’ (2012), when ‘Bane’ is taking control of the plane. Tom then explained his personal journey to leaving university and working on the latest Batman film. This was inspirational information, due to Tom leaving university with 2:2 and working incredibly hard, persevering and helping with a smile on his face which led to him finding an affinity with ‘griping’ and successfully implementing himself into the industry. He has created a large networking system within the UK and further. From this experience it is obvious that networking is a key part to working in the film industry and to take the little jobs, talk to everyone and be pleasant even in difficult situations. However the main thing to do is WORK HARD! And hold on to the determination to succeed in the industry with enthusiasm, no matter what the task is. To work up from the bottom and expect it to take time and money. Try all jobs until you know exactly what you want to do then pursue that element. Tom now has a number of credits in high box office films but is still determined to be top in his selected area.
The Video created 24th January 2014 at 4.30pm to 26th January 2014 at 7.00pm with Raj Satish, Ben Gray, Simon Picken, John Lines, Rowan Ashe, Rob Young, Adrian Pritgchard and Seyato Aremola. Project overseen by Tim Dunning.
The video needs re-editing and the sound.
See earlier blog post for details.