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Monday, 18 April 2011

As-Live: Filming day 1

Had a sunny day filming the lads at The Fox today. with shot list in hand we managed to work on multiple GV and establishing shots of the exterior of the pub, gain excellent coverage and made sure we filmed plenty of footage. We experianced a few problems regarding the radio mic, but managed to rectify it.

Steve, our camera operator took some great shots around the pub whilst Troy took control of sound.
Cat came along to oversee the operation and gave great advice. As director, I felt I managed the crew sufficently, but I felt I lost a bit of confidence in my shots but really managed to pull off some great shots by the end whilst keeping the attention of our contributors!

It was tough challenge with the amount of people milling around the pub so I have let the teams know we I will be returning at a quiter time with my camera for pick-ups, if required. I will make sure I attend the second shoot at the very least to provide Casey with advice and maintain continuity.
Overall a good day...

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

As-Live: Contacts and Sponsorship

I went to The Fox again last night and met with team captain Greg Cheeseman, Matt Divers and Eddie (contact details to be compiled within Troy's contact list. I discovered they are all self-employed and happy to film VTs any time of the week and confirmed availabilty for May 19th.

On another note, I have contacted local brewer Nigel Welsh, who owns Flack Manor Brewery I feel a sponsor could lift the look and professionalism of the show. Here is a copy of the letter:

Subject: Message for Nigel Welsh

Dear Nigel,

My name is Will Tippett and my father is Jonathan Tippett and he has recommended I get in touch with you regarding an opportunity for your brewery to become involved in a 2nd year university project.

The Pub Game is a television game show that seeks to offer a 'pub experience' to the studio and viewing audience at home, encompassing traditional pub games 'with a twist', a quiz and light hearted banter with entertainment from the pub landlord host and his co-host.

Please find attached, the outline of our pilot show "The Pub Game" to be recorded in front of a live audience at Maidstone Television Studios on Thursday May 19th 2011.

Our course, Broadcast Media FdA/BA Hons - is a unique course delivered within the state of the art television studios in Maidstone ( As second year students we have responded to a brief to produce an As-Live pilot show which will be broadcast on our You Tube channel.

Teams from two real pubs (The Fox, The Dog and Gun) will compete in a series of challenges in this half hour late Friday night show.

It offers an excellent branding/sponsorship opportunity for Flack Manor to become involved in a show which has been devised with the 'Dave' channel in mind and, if successful, may be offered to the broadcaster for consideration.

Our production team, in conjunction with our set designers ( intend to design a unique pub environment which I feel could be encapsulated by Flack Manor. I envisage the Flack Manor name lifting the look of the set by potentially providing materials such as bar towels, beer mats, posters, team t-shirt sponsorship as well any other pub themed memorabilia. If our show could maintain the Flack Manor look, it maybe worth considering using the name in our title giving the show a unified feel. E.g The Flack Manor Pub Game

I feel this could be a unique opportunity to introduce your brewery to a new audience, bringing the name a new area in marketing.

It would be great to discuss your thoughts on this - please feel free to contact me to explore the potential which this show could offer. My contact details are at the foot of this email.

My father is also contactable on his office number: 01483 ******
Yours sincerely

Will Tippett

Friday, 8 April 2011

CAFT meets BM #3

Impressive work from the CAFTs.

Here are the minutes from our very productive meeting

Minutes from todays meeting with CAFT

Pub t-shirt - potential design for fox, and dog and gun... Get sizes

"Dizzy twister" now pool cue not rotating stool - remains in keeping
with the esthetic

We need to speak to Emma at the studios to know if we can paint studio floor.

Need to fill out risk assessment

Confirm Bar Maid character - costume ideas?

obtain measurements of talent - as presice as possible

We need to as studios weather we can get space in the Scene dock for
longer period for CAFT to finish decorating set ORGANISE TRANSPORT OF


Troy - can you start drawing up a contact list

Thursday, 7 April 2011

A summary of Talent responses from casting call pro and

Jenny Walters

Dear Broadcast Media,

I have previous on screen experience although not in studio. But I am a good improviser and have experience in comedy.

I have a showreel to view on my webpage.

> Not experienced in live or studio

Donna Gray

Experienced in: Commercials, Corporate, Film (Professional), Film (Student), Modelling, Music Videos, Panto, Radio, Rehearsed Readings, Theatre (Fringe), Theatre (Professional), Theatre (Touring), TV, Voice Over.
Passion for comedy and improvisation.
Passion for films.

➢ No presenter experience

Josephine Liptrott

I am very interested in this project and would like to apply for the role of the barmaid / co-host. I would be ideal for this position (not least because I used to be a barmaid!); I have worked in BBC radio and have experience of live broadcasting, I have performed live stand-up comedy and I have excellent improv / ad-lib skills. I do hope you will consider my application and hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,
Josephine Liptrott

➢ Lives in London, expenses?

Barry Woods

As I am currently seeking a strong comedic role in order to enhance my showreel, I am very interested in seeing your script with a view to auditioning for the above role in your short film.
I have the strong naturalistic acting skills and comedy timing required to make a success of such a role.

Barry Woods

Mark Savage

Gripper from grange Hill

No comedy/presenter/live experience!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Finished Visual Pitch

At the top of my blog are a set of tabs which used to link to the UlltraCulture website. Charlie Lyon's blog has become very commercial and just plugs allot so i have altered my prescription to The Good Doctor: and Mark Kermode's film blog - a more informative source of movie news and articles.

Excuse the lack of posts, essays are underway and i have my head down in the library for the next 4 days! I have also been thinking about VT for Pub Cribz and me and Cat considered starting filming this week...