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Winter 2010

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Welcome to the Winter 2010 edition of The Runner - the definitive newsletter for anyone starting out in the film industry.

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You’ll notice a lot of changes in this issue - most noticeably our new Featured Production section, where we’ll be looking at the people and processes that combine to make things happen. Our first Featured Production is Organ Hill Productions’ latest horror film Portrait of a Zombie. Zombie Hear from the cast and crew and read about challenges faced and how they were overcome. Interested in special effects make-up? Then don’t miss Terri Pinnell’s guide to creating

Every month until March 2010, award-winning college Point Blank are delivering free creative and media activities including Radio Broadcasting, Acting and Film, DJ Skills and Music Production. The workshops are being held in wellknown London venues and

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E d i t o r nobody. Dave Warren is featured in Runners’ Relays . He tells The Runner about his experiences working with Talkback Thames and the BBC. BBC Check out the special deals available to The Runners’ Club Members and be sure to read the work and training opportunities on our Listings page

Read about Portrait of a Zombie in our Featured Production

In the Frame this issue is musician and artist Bill Carter. Carter The ex-Screaming Screaming Blue Messiahs’ front man talks about legs, car keys and listening to

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And finally, congratulations to David Martin, Martin our new Runner of the Month, who will soon be returning home to Spain. David’s been a valued addition to the Club and we’ll all miss him. Hasta La Vista!

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each month's activities conclude with celebrity-led Masterclasses e.g. Acting with Blood Diamond’s David Harewood and Eastenders’ TracyAnn Oberman, Radio with Choice FM's Lucy Ambache, DJ Skills with Allister Whitehead (Pacha, Gatecrasher, Ministry

of Sound) and Music Production with Jony Rockstar (Sugababes, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen). London’s Learning is aimed at Londoners who are 19 and older. For more info please go to www.londonslearning.org


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The Runners’ Club is proud to announce the launch of two sister companies, ‘A.D.’s Only’ and ‘P.A.’s Only.’ So if you think you’re ready to move up the ladder phone The Runners’ Club on 01293 862 949 or 07598 641 922 for more information. Or watch our website for details.

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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.

Always be presentable - you never know where you’ll have to go or who you’ll have to see

Help us to help you - tell everyone you know about The Runners’ Club. Club

Keep your diary up to date - so we know when you’re available

Fill in the available locations section of your profile - if we don’t know, we can’t send you there.

Look out for training opportunities and workshops - check out our noticeboard on The Runners’ Club website

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In early January, The Runners’ Club braved the cold and snow to meet with Wendy Laybourn, Laybourn editor of Network Nine News, News, the Pinewood produced quarterly magazine for the Film Industry. Network Nine News is an invaluable resource to anyone interested in entering the world of film, with articles by the top names in the business. From tips of the trade, biographies and testimonials to expert advice on joining

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the industry, Network Nine News is one magazine no runner should be without. And if that isn’t good enough - it’s free! So e-mail info@networkinfo@network-nine.com or go to www.networkwww.network-nine.com now to order your personal copy. And look out for The Runners’ Club in the next edition as Nick Sherard talks about the ups and downs of life as a runner.


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In the Frame this month is Bill Carter, ex-front man and songwriter of 80’s ‘psychotic, off the rails rhythm and blues band’ Screaming Blue Messiahs. Messiahs After the 2009 release of Screaming Blue Messiahs Live at the BBC, BBC Bill is now free forming collaborations in the studio. An artist as well as musician, Bill is also currently exhibiting a series of Pop Art influenced digital prints at the Jenny Granger Gallery in Kent.

Job Description: Description Musician/Artist

Q. Where are you, what are you doing and are you enjoying it? A. UK. Music and Art. Yes. Q. How did you get started in the Music Industry? A. Luck. Q. What was your first big break? A. Finding a good drummer. Q. What’s the best piece of advice you were given when starting out? A. Don’t do it. Q. What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you? A. Losing my car keys. Q. What’s the high point of your career to date? A. Today. Q. What’s the low point of your career to date? A. Yesterday. Q. Who or what has been your biggest influence? A. Fortune Tellers. Q. What would you look for if you were hiring a runner? A. Good legs. Q. What advice would you give to anyone starting out in the Industry? A. Don’t listen to anyone’s advice.

Age: Age 58 Place of Birth: Birth Redcar, UK

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A working class Irish family is caught up in a zombie invasion of Dublin. When their son Billy becomes a zombie, the family chooses to take care of him in their home - much to the chagrin of the neighbours and the local crime boss. Meanwhile, they've invited an American documentarian to film their situation and the film crew is caught up in the mayhem. Will the family prove that blood is thicker than water or will their love lead to their eventual doom? One thing is clear, for the zombies in Ireland, the famine is definitely over. was co-ordinating what was essentially an international production from another country using only the internet.

Portrait of a Zombie is the brain child of Irish-born director Bing Bailey and is fast becoming something of an internet phenomenon. Currently being promoted on over 4500 websites and with their teaser trailer being viewed over 20,000 times, the horror mockumentary had 2000 Facebook fans before they had even begun shooting.

But a dedicated cast and crew, including veteran Irish actor Gerry Shanahan (Cracks Cracks, Cracks Savage) Savage and American actor Todd Fletcher, Fletcher as well as loyal support from family, friends, and complete strangers who did everything from cook food to don scars and blood, meant that POAZ is now in post-production, with a view to completion in March of 2010.

However, Bing - now living in the US and his wife Laura Morand Bailey, Bailey screenwriter, producer and co-partner in Organ Hill Productions, Productions have faced their fair share of challenges in bringing their zombies to life. Not least of which

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Bing Bailey - Director/Writer

Laura Morand Bailey - Producer/Writer

Todd Fletcher - Actor

“I always knew I wanted to make a movie in Dublin and on the North Side, but I never imagined it would be about zombies." The idea came to Bing when he thought about how tough his people are. "I was going to shoot a straight horror film and I kept thinking, you know, North Siders would be so nonplussed by zombies - I mean they'd just deal with it along with everything else. So that's when the mockumentary idea came in."

Laura drew on the two years she lived in Dublin to bring the story to life. "What strikes you immediately about the Irish is how private they are. No matter what is going on, no one wants to talk about it. So we knew the idea of an Irish family in such a desperately odd situation, letting an American film crew into their house, would be great comic tension.”

“Bing asked me if I could play a jerk. We mutually agreed it wouldn't be too much of a stretch so I was in.” Todd was immediately attracted to Laura’s script. “To see the quality that she was churning out, not just the zombie stuff, but the way she taps into working class Dublin, really pushes everything against the grain of what is normally done within the genre.”


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Marie Caffrey, Caffrey 32, came into the Film Industry by chance in September 2009. Looking for a new challenge after owning her own restaurant, Marie applied as a volunteer to the Darklight Festival - Ireland’s premier film festival. They took her on as a Production Manager for a film making project called ‘Hotel Hotel Darklight’, and over the next couple of weeks Marie and her team brought together Darklight’ over 100 people in the Industry to participate in filming 10 shorts in six days.

Marie explains how she became involved with Portrait of a Zombie and that giving your phone number to strange men in pubs is not always a bad thing….

“I met David Harte (Our first AD) in a pub. We’d never met before but shared the same friends, and while moving to another bar we got talking. He told me he was involved in a feature called Portrait of a Zombie which was filming in the next week, so I gave him my number in case they needed a Production Manager. After I got home from the pub, I googled POAZ and wrote a letter to Bing, asking if I could get involved. He wrote back replying yes, if I could arrange casting, provide catering, secure lighting, find a sound department and get an ambulance before shooting next week! Easy! So we agreed to meet the next day. I’d always wanted to be involved in a Zombie feature film. I adored the script and upon meeting Bing liked him immediately. Throughout pre-production and filming we were in constant contact so I was aware of exactly what was happening at all times. Being a Production Manager on POAZ enabled me to work alongside different departments and to learn the needs and responsibilities of the rest of the team. The biggest challenge we were faced with was trying to fit all the cast in for times that they were available and to suit the schedule! With over 40 cast onboard this was a daily work in progress, but with a few phone calls and rearranging the scenes we got through everything. There was a fantastic upbeat atmosphere on set - like meeting your best friends every day - and this certainly made any waiting around bearable. All challenges were overcome by good communication and lots of team work! There were too many memorable moments to mention. Making blood in the back-garden; zombie talk on the mobile while out shopping and getting really strange stares; collecting cast and crew in the morning to bring them onto set and running out of petrol twice on a main road; filming the neighbours’ scene outside the Murphys’ house; always lots of laughter on set! And of course most notably, making my acting cameo as Female Co-Worker´- my first time acting in 10 years! It was extremely exciting and intense to experience the commitment and team work involved in a full blown feature. I have made a lot of friends with whom I am still in close contact. Being involved with Portrait of a Zombie was a fun adventure and I look forward to seeing it on the big screen for the audience to enjoy! Marie’s cameo appearance

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Terri Pinnell, make-up artist on Portrait of a Zombie, Zombie explains the techniques she used to create the zombies. Of her experiences on POAZ, POAZ Terri said: “I really enjoyed working on this production. The crew were amazing - we were like a big family for those 11 days and had so much fun doing this. The hardest part was the early mornings. Some days we would have to be on set at six in the morning and have the zombies done by seven, working in the film industry requires determination and motivation but if you love what you do it’s totally worth it.”

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That’s the basics for making a zombie the fun thing about special effects make-up is that you can use your imagination and create almost anything.

Terri was assisted on Portrait of a Zombie by make-up artists Jacyln Cooper and Suzette Merashino


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Oct 7th – Director’s credit card skimmed – emergency calls to the States for replacement and wire transfers. Total nightmare. Oct 8th – Producers find out Silicone for Special Effects Make-up can’t ship legally from the U.S. – find U.K. source instead. Oct 9th – Hong Kong company won’t accept Paypal for white zombie contacts. Have to source from U.K. company. Oct 10th – Lead actress’s agent calls, says he wants his client to have 10% of the film’s Gross Profits. She is replaced immediately. Oct 11th – Shooting begins. Local kids shout that they want to be in the film. They don’t stop until we give them release forms to take home to their parents. They don’t come back. Production Assistant hits an extra’s car with her car. Oct 12th – Another actress calls because she has an issue with our standard contract – accuses us of ‘white slavery’. She is replaced immediately. Oct 13th – Butcher donates a bone for us to use in severed arm scene – stinks so bad we have to bleach it and put it in a microwave. Keeps stinking. Oct 14th - Ran out of light during a gun play sequence. Have to convince stunt coordinator to come back the next day. Local children pull down a small garden wall outside the house we are shooting in. (Hey, we gave them release forms!) Oct 15th – Herald Reporter stops by on his way to report on a real shooting – runs into our extras covered in blood. Has a brief heart attack until he realizes it’s a movie. He ends up doing a full-page article about the film. Oct 16th – American actor moves into the house we are shooting in to save pick-up time in the morning. Oct 17th – Our location manager charms hospital staff into lending us scrubs for a scene. Oct 18th – Neighbour complains about light shining into his house, threatens to call the police until Production Manager calms him down. Hooray for women! Oct 19th – Director goes off script to film a scene so gross that the cast and crew are sure they are going to hell. Producer in the U.S. rolls her eyes. Oct 20th – Pissed Rain. Crew and cast were admirable. Still made our day. Oct 21st – Shot in historic Glasnevin Cemetery – had to hide zombie character carefully since we did not tell the cemetery director we were making a horror film. Oct 22nd – Re-shot outside pub scene. Actor needs to lose a hand. Wrap party! More sex than we can talk about.

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Dave Warren is a 24-year-old runner from Maidenhead. Dave has worked for BBC World Service African Productions as well as with BBC Religion on Around the World in 80 Faiths. Faiths He has also worked on location with James May and Oz Clark for Plum Pictures. Pictures Dave tells The Runner about his experiences with Talkback Thames on Britain’s got Talent and his current work for BBC Entertainment. Entertainment

“Britain’s got Talent was great fun as I got to see how such a fantastic show was made. In Glasgow I filmed the auditions using a Sony DSR and the experience I gained from listening to the Producer decide who goes through to the live auditions was fantastic. During the Cardiff auditions I acted as a Caller for the Central Room, collecting and interacting with participants for the auditions. In London I acted as the technical runner. I really enjoyed the variation of the roles I was given, especially the filming of the contestants.

It was a great experience - Talkback Thames are an amazingly big company who make hundreds of programmes and it was great being with professionals and such fun people, though the hours are particularly tiring and it would be nice to be paid more than minimum wage! However, the hours worked meant that you ended up earning quite a bit.

Currently I am working for BBC Entertainment on the new Eastenders - Greatest Cliff Hangers documentaries on BBC Three in celebration of the 25th anniversary in Feb 2010. I am literally being paid to watch Eastenders episodes from 1999 to 2002 - very fun.

I would love to progress in working in development and researching for factual and entertainment shows. Ultimately I would like to go back to BBC Religion and continue working on shows that compliment my degree in Religious Studies.”

O p p o r t u n i t i e s / O f f e r s The Runners’ Club is pleased to offer a special discount to its members. The first 10 runners to contact The Runners’ Club will have their showreels professionally put together for the reduced rate of £100. Don’t forget - our inin-house production facilities and equipment hire are also available to members at a special reduced rate. To find out more about these offers and other members’ deals, please contact The Runners’ Club on 01293 862 949 or 07598 641 922.

You can never have too many strings to your bow as a runner. So have a look at the wide range of training courses available across the country. As well those featured in this newsletter, there’s a host of courses to suit all budgets, timescales and interests listed on the Noticeboard of our website at www.therunnersclub.co.uk You can also use our Noticeboard to keep up to date with films going into production and events - all of which might need runners - as well as competition and submission deadlines. lines Let us know if you provide a service or skill and would like to be listed in our Useful Info web directory by dropping a line to the Editor on nicola@therunnersclub.co.uk


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Zounds - Detton Productions & 23 Films. Location Wales. Shooting now until May 2010 Hereafter - Warner Bros. Location UK, France and US. Shooting starts shortly. Born of War - Jewson Film Productions. Location various. Shooting starts shortly. Attack the Block - Big Talk Productions. Location London. Shooting starts February 2010 Wuthering Heights - Ecosse Films. Location Scotland. Shooting starts Spring 2010 Comedown - Serotonin Films. Location London. Shooting starts March 2010 Gunned Down - Point Blank Pictures. Location London. Shooting starts April 2010

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3 to 24 February - Media Information Roadshows @ various locations, Scotland 13 to 27 February - Flamenco Festival @ Sadler’s Wells, London 18 to 21 February - Banff Film Festival World Tour @ The Carriageworks, Leeds, West Yorkshire 22 February to 9 May - Paradjanov Festival @ BFI London & various locations Bristol 18 to 28 February - Glasgow Film Festival @ GFT and citywide, Glasgow, Scotland 4 March - Creative Investment Roadshow @ the Courtyard, Hereford 5 to 7 March - Swanage Blues Festival @ Swanage, Dorset 1 to 4 April - Gosport & Fareham Easter Festival @ Gosport, Hants 23 to 29 April - Sensoria ‘10 @ Sheffield, South Yorkshire 13 to 15 May - The Great Escape @ Brighton, East Sussex

T r a i n i n g / w o r k s h o p s 8 to 9 February - The Engine Room Pitch @ Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, E. Midlands 15 to 19 February - Judy Ducker’s Prop Buying @ Judy Ducker, London 20 February - Silicon SFX MakeMake-Up for HD @ Cheltenham Film Studio, Glos. 20 to 21 February - Upsetting the Balance @ The Jerwood Space, London 21 February - Kathak Stanzas @ The Clore Ballroom, London 2 to 30 March - Creative Cash @ Business Development Centre, London 6 to 7 March - Stop Motion Animation @ OFVM Film, Oxford, Oxon 9 to 30 March - Filmmaking Basics @ the QUAD, Derby, E. Midlands 13 to 14 March - Write and Sell the Hot Script @ Craven St Rehearsal Rooms, London 20 March - Theatre of the Oppressed @ National Youth Theatre, London 25 March - Photoshop Elements @ BBC White City, London

Kathak Stanzas workshops at the South Bank

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Replay Festival @ Library Theatre Co., Manchester & Salford. Salford Ends 6th February

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John Cale and the Heritage Orchestra perform Paris @ Royal Festival Hall, London. London 5th March

Dialogues: A Fake Romance? @ Elysium Gallery, Swansea. Swansea 19th 27th February Darren Banks / Oonagh Hegarty @ Sierra Metro, Edinburgh. Edinburgh Ends 28th February

Nikolai Demidenko @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. London 14th April

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1910 - In Old California, California the first Hollywood-made film, is released 1922 - Bert Williams, Williams singer, comedian and the first African American to play a lead role on Broadway, dies aged 46 1938 - The first full-length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dwarfs is released 1941 - Bette Davis becomes the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 1956 - The first major Rock ‘n’ Roll film, Rock around the Clock, Clock is released 1963 - Elizabeth Taylor becomes the first actress to earn a million dollars for her role in Cleopatra

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Congratulations to David Martin, Martin who has been awarded Runner of the Month. David, 28, living in London, is consistently praised for his reliable nature and enthusiastic attitude. David is shortly leaving us and returning to his home in Zaragoza, Spain, so all of us at The Runners’ Club would like to take this opportunity to wish David the very best in his future career.

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David has proved himself to be a credit to the club by being reliable, friendly, unflappable and dependable. He is hungry and keen and prepared to give that extra bit. He has the perfect attitude—Well Done David!

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