I have been contacting several Professionals in the Media Industry to try and get information, tips and advice from them on the Media Industry and roles that I am interested in (such as: Floor Manager, Art Director and Script Writer).
Contacts That Responded
Rupan Bal is a Punjabi actor, director, producer and comedian, living in Canada. He became famous through his videos on YouTube and later in debuted in the Punjabi Film Industry with the film Haani (2013). I wrote to Rupan Bal because he successfully made it into the Film Industry via YouTube and I would also like to do this therefore I believed that he will have useful tips and advice for me.
I was proved right, he replied back to made explaining that “script writing is the most important tool” of filmmaking. I have found this very useful and now with his advice I will focus on expanding my script writing skill. I have also taken the responsibility to write the script for my FMP, Worthless Woman. I aim to continue talking to him so that I can get more advice and will aim to get work experience with him so that I can develop myself as a professional.
He later gro back in contact with me explaining that he will be in England shooting a music video and he has offered me the opportunity to work with him and shadow him while he is here.
Usefulness: 8/10, he has helped me to understand that script writing is the most important tool to filmmaking and has offered me to the experience to work with him and shadow him on a music video set.
Cardy O’Donnell is a full time script writer and has worked on Brookside, Grange Hill, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Doctors. He has been a part of a team that has won 2 BAFTA Awards. I have contacted him because I feel that he would be able to give me very useful advice on script writer due to his experience in script writing.
Usefulness: 8/10, he has given me some very useful information such as to always keep a notebook with me and make notes of things I may hear in my surroundings as they could be useful when scriptwriting. I feel that this will defiantly help me to make my scripts more realistic as the dialogue will be more real.
Sacha Séméria has experience as an Art Director for Film and TV, I have contacted him as he may has some useful advice for me based on the Film and TV industry as well as on the role of an Art Director.
His advice has been useful, I will try to get as much experience as possible on film sets and have order Fantastic Mr Fox to watch.
Usefulness: 6/10, he has given me some good advice in what I should do next (get as much experience as possible on film sets and watch the making of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Luca Gabriele Rossetti
Luca Gabriele Rossetti is an Art Director that specialised in film, TV series, commercials and Games. I have contacted him because I would also like to become an Art Director that specialised in film and TV; therefore I believe his advice would be very beneficial for me.
He has suggested that I attend his course in order to learn from a professional such as himself, I have started to look into the course and am gathering more details.
Usefulness: 4/10, his advice on joining his course and learning from a professional is useful however he has not given me any direct advice yet. I feel that he has yet only advertised his course.
Lalit Bhusal is a Director, Producer, DOP and Actor. He owns his own production company called CamBudda Films. I found out about him through an actress that I know, as she is also a member of CamBudda Films.
I had a 17 minute conversation with him in which he gave me some very useful advice about filmmaking, such as: always be truthful, plan for everything and pay a lot of attention to pre-prouction. He also offered to support me and help me in upcoming project if I need it. He has called me once again since our first conversation and has offered to provide me with feedback on my first edit for my FMP. I have found talking to him very useful as it has given me a better and more person insight to the filmmaking industry; therefore I would rate the usefulness of the conversation 8/10.
Contacts That Have Not Yet Responded
Aisling Murphy is a lady I met whist doing work experience as a Runner for MTV Crashes Coventry. At MTV she had an internship with the Production Development Team and had a big responsibility in MTV Crashes Coventry. I chose to contact Aisling because while on my work experience I had the opportunity to work with her and discus my plans for the future as well as get advice from her. I remembered that she had an internship with MTV but was not sure how she got it; therefore I thought by contacting her I could get some more information and possibly be able to develop my skills so that I can apply for an internship in the future. She has not yet replied to my email.
Dhoombros are group of Pakistani men, in New York, who make YouTube videos, short films, vlogs and have recently started making a series of a drama “Hum Kahan Chal Diye”. They Write, Produce, Direct, Shoot and Act in their own productions. I decided to contact Dhoombros because I find them inspirational, their Hum Kahan Chal Diye series is well written, consequently, I wanted them to give me advice on how to write a realistic script as I enjoy writing. They did not reply to my email therefore I decided to contact them directly through the website but they have not yet replied to my email or message on their website.
Haroon Rashid is an Entertainment Reporter for BBC Asian Network. He has a very broad network and has met a lot of inspirational media practitioner therefore I decided to contact him, for advice on how to start networking and approach directors and established media practitioners. He has not yet replied to my message.
Hussain Asif is one of the Dhoombros. He Directs and Acts in their videos and is the lead male protagonist of Hum Kahan Chal Diye. I contacted him because I felt that if I directly contact one of the Dhoombro members, I might get a more personal and informative response on how to get into the film industry through social media and YouTube, like they have done; as the Dhoombros did not reply to me. Nevertheless he has not yet replied to my message either.
Gurinder Chadha is a Director, well known for her films such as: Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010). I have contacted Gurinder Chadha because I would like my films to be like hers, reflecting the Indian Culture, therefore I felt that she would be the best person to get tips and advice from. Also if could get work experience with her, that would be a priceless experience. She has yet not replied to my message.
Mark Harrison is a very experienced Floor Manager, he has worked on shows such as: Robot Wars, Would I Lie To You?, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and National Television Awards. I have decided to contact him as I believed that due to his experience he will have very useful tips for me on how to get into the TV Industry and become a Floor Manager (as a Floor Manager is one of the roles I am interested in perusing). He has not yet replied to my email.
Jenna Wild has taken many roles in the TV industry, including a Floor Manager. She has worked several production companies and broadcasters including BBC. Due to her knowledge in the TV industry she would have a range of tips to share with me on TV and Floor Managing, therefore I contacted her. She has not yet replied to my message.
Michael Bodell is a Senior Floor Manger for Al Jazeera English, Arise News and London Live. He has previous worked for ITV and BBC. I have contacted him because he has a lot of experience in TV and the role of a Floor Manger, therefore he would have a lot of tips and advice to share with me on the roles (as Floor Manager is a role that I am very interested in). He has not yet replied to my message.
Cassandra Vance is a very experienced Art Director, Set Dress and Production Designer. I have contacted her because she has a lot of experience therefore would be able to share some very useful advice and tips with me. She has not yet replied to my message.
Giuseppe Paganin is a scriptwriter, with a lot of freelancing experience. I have contacted him as I believe he would have useful tips and advice to share with me about script writing. He has not yet replied to my message.
Erin Cipolletti & Ryan Michael
Erin Cipolletti is a Writer, Actress and Producer. She has written, produced and acted in Josephine Doe, she is also well known for Absentia and The Prestige. She came to Coventry University to speak to the Media Production student about Josephine Doe and filmmaking, with Ryan Michael. Ryan Michael is a Director and Producer. He has produced and directed Josephine Doe. I met them both when they came to Coventry as I attended their talk.
I contacted Erin because she mentioned a podcast which helps with scriptwriting and I wanted to find out more about it. I contacted Ryan to get some more advice on filmmaking. Neither of them have gotten back to me yet.