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October/November 2009

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The Age of Stupid

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In the Frame

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Runner Relays

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W E B S I T E O F T H E M O N T H :

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The complete film portal for jobs, workshops, training and opportunities

Welcome to the Autumn edition tlethwaite’s latest film, The Age of Stupid. of The Runner - the definitive Stupid newsletter for anyone starting In The Frame this month, out in the film industry. Simon Walsh of Demon FM talks about the highs and lows There’s plenty in this month’s of radio. issue to keep you busy and beat those post-Summer Blues. Watch out for The Runner of the Year Awards, Awards hosted by Productionbase to celebrate the unsung heroes of the Industry. Find out about the latest addition to our team in Club News and look out for Alex’s top tips on becoming an A List Runner. For budding film exhibitors, there’s an unmissable opportunity to get some hands on experience with Pete Pos-

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Have a good look at our listings page - this is where you can start hunting for your next jobs. All these films and events are looking for runners now, so get on the phone quick. Aside from some great workshops don’t miss Breaking into the Film Industry - the new training audio disc from those nice people at Raindance.

The Age of Stupid comes to town

New in this issue are Runners’ Relays. Relays Tom Swainsbury and Runner of the Month Chloe Sweeney talk about their experiences out in the field.

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This Autumn there’s lots of opportunities out there to get your teeth into and I look forward to reporting your success stories in the next issue.

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‘Productionbase Productionbase are pleased to announce our inaugural Freelancer of the Year Awards.’ Nominations are closing soon for ‘The Runner of the Year’ - part of the first Freelancer of the Year Awards 2009. 2009 So if you’ve been a shining star to someone this year, make sure they know that the deadline for nominations is just around the corner. Or if you know a Freelancer that’s impressed you, nominate them for the ‘Beyond the Call of Duty’ Award. Closing date for entry is October 9th and the shortlist will be announced on the October 30th. Details can be found at http://productionbaseawards.questionpro.com


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The Runners’ Club would like to welcome the newest member of our team, web designer Charlie Knowles.

come to you - you can go online to find out which companies are going into production and get directly in touch for that next job.

Charlie has created a new-look website for The Runners’ Club, which includes a host of resources for finding employment as well as useful information for budding filmmakers. So now you no longer have to wait for companies to

The Runners’ Club Welcomes Charlie to the team.

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The Runners’ Club is now on Facebook. Join our group and stay up to date with job postings, advice, information and international networking.

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Alex Kennedy, Kennedy booking agent at The Runners’ Club, Club gives her top tips on how to be first in line for jobs and becoming an A List Runner.

Make your mobile phone your best friend

Respond quickly to job alerts - getting in touch with us even if you do not want the job. job This can be done by phone, text, or e-mail, so there is no excuse for not letting us know.

Stay in touch with The Runners’ Club. Club We’re here to answer any questions you have as well as to give advice.

Let us know in advance if you’re going away or are unavailable so we can keep your diary up to date.

Keep us informed of any training you have undertaken or any skills you have learnt so we can promote you to your best ability.

T h e Calling all budding film exhibitors! Now’s your chance to get a foot on the ladder with your first ever screening and make money while you’re at it.

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In addition to this great offer, Team Stupid will also supply any exhibitors with a From October 5th, anyone anywhere can useful guide to making your screening a buy a license to screen The Age of Stugreat success pid - the latest film from McLibel direcSo, if you fancy yourself as the future Mr tor Franny Armstrong. Odeon, start looking for town halls, Starring the inimitable Oscar winner churches and other suitable venues and Pete Postlethwaite, The Age of Stupid log on to www.ageofstupid.net tells the story of a man living alone in a

Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Age of Stupid


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In the Frame this month is Simon Walsh of Demon FM 107.5. 107.5 Simon has worked in the radio industry since 1997 when he started as a newsreader at Kiss in Yorkshire. He went on to present The Juice on Galaxy and launched Yoof Radio on BBC Asian Network. Simon is currently Acting Programme Director at Demon FM and is lecturing in radio production at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Job Description: Description Radio Programmer Age: Age 35 Place of Birth: Birth Worcester Simon keeping his ego in check

Q. Where are you now and are you having a good time? A. Leicester. I’m loving it. When you find what you were born for, work is a continuous joy. Q.. How did you get started in the Radio Industry? A. I called the Request Line at Kiss 105 Yorkshire and requested a job. A newsreader was leaving in days that hadn’t been replaced as yet. I called on the Monday, was interviewed on the Wednesday, offered the job on the Thursday and started the following Monday. So: luck, is the short answer. Q. What was your first big break? A. Being asked to present and produce the Galaxy Network’s daily entertainment news wrap played at prime-time. Q. What’s the best piece of advice you were given when starting out? A. Try and keep your ego in check. Sometimes you are wrong. Q. What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you? A. I can’t tell you, sorry. I’d be hunted down like a dog and buried in a shallow grave in some dense woodland. Q. What’s the high point of your career to date? A. I did an interview with Barry White whose brother was killed in gang violence. Barry didn’t much like talking about this in interviews. Knowing this, I prepared questions and asked them. Barry answered. Afterwards, Barry’s manager said: ‘Son, I’ve seen that man hit people who start asking about his brother…but the way you did it, you deserve that material. You’ll be a great reporter someday.’ And I produced Carl Cox for a summer at Space in Ibiza. That was…ahem…nuts. Q. What’s the low point of your career to date? A. I was working at the BBC Asian Network with an old colleague from Galaxy days. We turned a dead slot into one of the most listened to sections of the station’s output, doubling the figures in a year. When I finally got a crack at the Senior Broadcast Journalist position, it went to someone totally unpredicted. So I left. Q. Who or what has been your biggest influence? A. Journalistically speaking, Hunter S Thompson. Career-wise Nik Walshe (my old news editor) and Ande McPherson (my old programme director). Whenever I need it they are both very giving with their advice — great blokes. Q. What would you look for if you were hiring a runner? A. Hunger, knowledge, passion and desire. Q. What advice would you give to anyone starting out in the Industry A. Make sure you are borderline obsessed with what you are planning to do. Be dedicated. Go the extra mile. Be superorganised. Make and keep contacts easily. Keep records and diaries of thoughts and ideas. Keep on top of the project at all times. Forward plan. Be the best that you can be and if that’s not good enough work harder! Don’t expect a normal life or superstar pay packets – there’s only one Chris Moyles. And for that, perhaps we should be thankful. Demon FM is available on 107.5 FM in Leicester City, and online around the world on www.demonfm.co.uk

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Chloe Sweeney, Sweeney a 21-year-old runner living in Epping, took part in the I Wanna Party video shoot for Sleepercell Productions in Bucks. Chloe’s previous work includes three weeks working on a BBC3 sketch show. Her role at the shoot included looking after the artists and crew as well as assisting the camera department. Chloe plans to work in production. “I didn’t really know what to expect as I hadn’t worked on a music video shoot before, but I really enjoyed myself. There was a good vibe on the shoot, and there were a lot of different shots to get through which gave me the opportunity to get involved with setting up the shots and assisting the camera dept. Brendan Carr, who produced the video was really down to earth and knew exactly what he wanted. He was very open in letting us get involved and I was able to shadow the cameraman without feeling like I was getting in the way. I was really excited to see the steadycam being used professionally. Martin (the cameraman) explained that to get the movement to look smooth you had to dance rather than walk and he played back the shots in between takes to show me what he meant. I was grateful that he took the time to show me.

Chloe sheds some light on life as a runner

I learnt that every shoot is going to be different and that you have to adapt to the surroundings and what’s expected of you. Although it was a long day, there was always something interesting going on, and as it has been a while since I have been able to be on set, it reminded me how much I like it.” Well done to Chloe who is our latest Runner of the Month - see back page for more information.

Tom Swainsbury, a 24-year-old-runner living in London, worked on The Man Who Would be Bond documentary shoot for New Forest Pictures in Berks. This was Tom’s first shoot and his role included assisting the cameraman and working as a boom operator. Tom plans to work as a researcher or AP. “Starting out in an industry is tough and this was a great chance for me to gain hands on experience. Any experience is useful, providing opportunities to learn, impress and show your worth. The good thing about this shoot and the team was their willingness to help and assist my understanding – and it was a project that I found to be genuinely interesting. It is an industry that requires good people skills and an ability to form good relationships and understanding with others. I noticed the way members of the production team interacted - not only with each other but with the subjects - in order to create a positive and relaxed environment in which they felt comfortable enough to open up about subjects which were obviously quite personal to them. It taught me things not only relating to the technical side of production but also about the attitude necessary to succeed within the industry. If you are pro active, enthusiastic and have a smidgeon of talent too, there really are opportunities to do well. I was surprised at how physically draining the day was. Being active and playing lots of sports, I am used to being on the go but the day in itself was surprisingly demanding – and if someone gets the giggles beware, as they are highly contagious! Tom contemplates the little things...

Getting feedback from the day is a real benefit as this gives you an opportunity to gauge your strengths and weaknesses through an impartial point of view. The little things really do matter. It is vital to have a strong attention to detail, and superb organisational skills, which can always be improved upon.”


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The Beautiful Outsiders - Prod Co. Masterplan Film Productions. Location Wales. Shooting starts beginning of October Brighton Rock - Prod Co. BBC Films. Location Brighton. Shooting TBC in the Autumn Devil’s Playground - Prod Co. Black and Blue Productions. Location London. Shooting starts October. Ironclad - Prod Co. Mythic Entertainment. Locations Wales. Shooting starts October Portrait of a Zombie - Prod Co. Organ Hill Films. Location Dublin. Shooting starts October Tamara Drewe - Prod Co. Ruby Films. Location Pinewood Studios. Shooting starts end of September.

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October 14th - 29th - The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival @ BFI, London www.bfi.org.uk/lff 16th - 1st Nov - Enchanted Forest @ Faskally Wood, nr Pitlochry www.enchantedforest.org.uk 20th - 24th - BBC Electric Proms 2009 @ The Roundhouse, London www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms 30th - 1st Nov - Fso4 London Freeze @ Battersea Power Station, London www.fso4.com 30th - 1st Nov - DV Mission 48 Hr Film Challenge @ Portsmouth http://dvmission.ning.com/ 31st - 1st Nov - Freestyle Festival @ Alexandra Palace, London www.freestyle-festival.co.uk

The Enchanted Forest Sound & Light Show comes to Scotland in October

November 4th - 8th - Sheffield International Documentary Festival @ Showroom Cinema, Sheffield www.sheffdocfestcom 4th - 25th - London Song Festival @ Church of St George, Hanover Sq, London www.londonsongfestival.org 6th - 8th - Hellfire II @ NEC, Birmingham www.hellfirefestival.com 10th - 14th - Bradford Animation Festival @ National Media Museum www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/baf 13th - 22nd - London Jazz Festival @ various locations, London www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk 16th - 28th - Svapnagata Festival @ Sadler’s Wells, London www.sadlerswells.com/show/Svapnagata

T r a i n i n g / w o r k s h o p s October 6th - Filmmaking Workshops on Discrimination @ BBC Voices Studio, Norwich www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk FREE 16th - 18th - An Introduction to Film Making @ The Invisible Dot, London www.filmdirecting4women.com 19th - Write, Camera, Action @ CCA, Glasgow www.g-mac.co.uk 22nd - Screening Artists' Moving Image @ Whitechapel Gallery, London www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk 31st - Red Production Masterclass @ Wired Screening Rooms, London www.cdacademy.co.uk November 4th - Hollywood Jumping the First Hurdle @ Craven House Rehearsal Rooms, London www.raindance.co.uk 9th - Filmmaking Workshops on Human Rights @ BBC Voices Studio, Norwich www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk FREE 14th - 15th - Introduction to Writing for TV @ Met Film School, London www.metfilmschool.co.uk

Raindance has produced a one hour audio CD that provides valuable insight and tools for any person thinking of starting out in the film industry. Breaking into the Film Industry with Elliot Grove is available from www.raindance.co.uk for £14.99


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DON’T MISS The Runners’ Club New Forest Studios 43 The Street Charlwood Horley Surrey RH6 0BY

The London/Spanish Film Festival @ London’s Cine Lumiere. Ends 4th October. The Otolith Groups @ London’s Showroom Gallery. Ends 24th October

Phone: 01293 862 949 Mobile: 07598 641 922 E-mail: info@therunnersclub.co.uk

Paper City: Urban Utopias @ London’s Royal Academy. Ends 27th October.

The dedicated agency for runners and the people who need them

Runners’ tip COMMUNICATION IS PARAMOUNT. THAT PHONE CALL COULD BE YOUR NEXT JOB!

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1895 - Jenkins & Armat project Kinetoscope films at the Cotton States Exposition using their Phantascope projector. 1910 - The first ever State Fair was held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts - The Berkshire Cattle Fair. Fair 1928 - Steamboat Willie (Mickey Mouse’s first sound cartoon) premiered in New York. 1956 - The Wizard of Oz became the first feature length film broadcast on television. 1962 - Brian Epstein signed The Beatles.

R u n n e r Congratulations to Chloe Sweeney, who has been awarded Runner of the Month. Chloe, 21 from Epping, is always the first to respond to job announcements and is constantly praised by her employees for her hard work and good attitude. Chloe is also featured in our Runners’ Relays this month and is currently on a work experience placement with Blue Peter. Good Luck Chloe!

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‘Chloe is brilliant to have on set - very professional, relaxed and willing to do what ever is needed. I will certainly be asking her to work for us again!’ Gena Dry A& Rand Entertainment Manager for Virtual London in Second Life


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