Growing up the Sharp Electronics building has always been part of my local landscape. Travelling into Manchester on the train it was a recognisable landmark of my journey but more as a derelict unused building. These days the train no longer runs and has been regenerated into our new tram system connecting our city better than ever. This is also true in regards to the Sharp building as it has also been regenerated and evolved into the place I’m currently starting a work placement for SharpFutures, working for the Sharp Project. It really does feel that as my landscape is changing around me in local area, so are my opportunities. I will be writing a blog to give an insight into what it is like to undertake a placement with SharpFutures, what I learn through this experience and what opportunities it presents me. It will involve the typical day to day activities of the people around me, hopefully showing what an asset this space can bring for young people and Manchester as a community.
Earlier this year, DigitalTeapot14 attendees were fortunate enough to be part of an interactive panel with respected TV Producers Paul Frift and Hilary Bevan from Endor Productions. Together with Director and Actor Victoria Wood, they had recently completed filming Tubby and Enid at The Sharp Project.
Hilary has worked on numerous ground breaking and influential drama (“Cracker” for ITV and “Red Dwarf” and “State of Play” for BBC) and has won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film “The Girl in the Café”. In 2006, she was also made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its 60 year history to hold this position. Paul is best known for The Escape Artist, and Restless. He has also worked on such feature films as Aliens (1986), Empire of the Sun (1987) and Rob Roy (1995).
- PREPARATION at every stage is key – always do your homework!
- ANTICIPATE, anticipate, anticipate – The ability to anticipate is vital.
- ATTENTION to detail – You have to be able to see both the bigger picture and pay close attention to the tiniest detail.
- ASSUMPTION is the Mother of all ‘screw-ups’ – An oldie but goodie.
- NEVER assume that someone else has done something – Inevitably, they won’t have!
- You need STAMINA – so look after yourself, eat, sleep and exercise
- It’s a SERIOUS job, so make sure you are prepared for filming conditions – suitable footwear, wet weather clothing, sun cream, insect repellent etc.
- Be PERSISTENT – Never give up!
- It’s all about HARD WORK – There is NO substitute.
- RESPECT and learn from your colleagues especially those with experience.
- Aim HIGH and follow your dreams – But also be realistic, don’t try to run before you can walk!
All photos courtesy of Neilson Reeves Photography