An opportunity came up a couple years ago to work in Shine Network, the consultancy department of Shine Television, now one of biggest production companies in the world. The department’s role was to support other production companies / broadcasters in different territories around the world making Shine formats. I learnt in depth about world media, how commissioning worked, pitching, programme making, editing, filming. From Australia to Romania, part of my job was to visit sets around the world with the teams making a number of different show like: MasterChef, On Born Every Minute, Biggest Loser and Minute to Win it.
Today, I sit here four years on, as Eon’s Production Manager and apple certified editor, having worked on a multitude of diverse projects and having gained some fundamental experience. Many graduates may dismiss the idea of working in corporate production, but I couldn’t have hoped for a better start in the industry.
The phrase, ‘right place, right time’ has certainly rung true since I left the safe haven of University life. Continue reading
“It’s who you know, not what you know” well, that’s true to a degree. It definitely helps getting your foot in the door if you know someone in the industry, but once you’re in you’ve got to prove your worthy of staying.
I was lucky enough to get onto Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood in 2009, sitting out in the middle of the woods come rain or shine, stopping passers by from getting into the back of shot and making numerous cups of tea for camera crew on set.
But being able to stand next to Ridley Scott whilst he discusses with the DOP what their next shot will be, was something I will never forget. Continue reading
Lyriconnect London 1 is a collection of Lyrics, Poetry and Verse written in London between 2011 and 2012. Jack says this is the start of a “series of books chronicling my story as a songwriter. From the London riots to the daily grind of supporting a passion, this is a snapshot at the first year of living in London.”
You can find out more here.
Hello everyone! Well it has almost been a year since I left the United Kingdom to study at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After meeting Sarah Barrow who visited San Francisco for a conference and showing her around both the city and the Academy, it was suggested that I give an update blog…which I am happy to do of course!
Since my last blog back in September 2011, I have completed two semesters and seven courses. The classes have ranged from writing short scripts, filming short films, directing actors, editing film footage etc.
I just thought I would update you with something that’s in session this week. On monday 12th Dec 2011 19 musicians teamed up to release the Official Barnardos Christmas Album with all proceeds going to the charity. My contribution ‘Midnight’ by Jack Shaw (Written by Jack Shaw, Lincoln MA media production alumnus and produced by Luke Billing, Lincoln MA media production alumnus)
My journey from university to working life has not been easy, having spent 20 months living on sofas and busking to make money, however if you want to do something bad enough, then you’ve just got to do it.
I went to university with two aims, to be as creative as possible and meet loads of people on the same wavelength as me. At the time I had come from an art background with a small amount of experience in Video production. Throughout the first two years of the Media Production Bachelors Degree I began to develop as a creative thinker.
“You want to work in America? You want to go back into education? Why not study in America!?”
After I graduated in BA Hons Media Production back in 2008, I found myself in a bit of a standstill. Although I was still thinking of ideas and wanting to write screenplays, I ended up in an office job. During the height of the recession, I was grateful to have a job.