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Friday, February 12, 2016

IMDB number rockets up.... numbers count for actors

IMDB number rocket up.... numbers count for actors

Is web the new fringe theatre.... 

This week I am tweeting about numbers, not just because we went to Odette's restaurant in Primrose Hill. The reservation was made in an unknown name but they knew we were to arrive because our daughter Laura Aikman who has quite a few followers, had tweeted she was looking forward to it, so the reception they gave was just a touch more special ..... but because one of the actors in Jean's (Jean Heard) web TV series Shades Of Bad saw his IMDB numbers sky rocket.

Richard Beaumont hit numbers approaching 6,000 this week, and take it from me that is great. I know that you may not be able to see the numbers unless you subscribe to the 'pro' version but these numbers gauge the response to actors and their box office and social media numbers.

When I tell you that Ricky, as we know him, doesn't even know what a computer is and thinks tweeting is what the birds do in his garden, it make the arty little geniuss achievement even more special. It also makes it more special when I suggest that unless there were huge re-runs of Digby the Dog, the show he is on is Shades Of Bad, where he is brilliant. What also triggers numbers and notification was that he was singled out for nomination in Hollywood this week, as best Guest actor in a TV Web Series, SHADES OF BAD.

Let's ponder, as a fan of Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe where Jean has taken two productions we have funded, I can say that actors do that in the hope they will get a good review, possibly be seen and find a room to work. Yet, however hard they work that town they could not get nominated in tinsel town or see their IMDB numbers rise.

So is fringe the new web theatre. YES !!!!!!

Since July last year Shades Of Bad has enjoyed a place in the world web chart that Indie Series put's together, and the actors have spent less time than they have when touring a play and less money. Should any casting director wish to see them, they can send a link to any of the 40 episodes live and find one that is closest to the casting brief.

As we hit 2016 everyone is making web series and my guess is there will be a web series TV channel soon. They will be buying up (maybe on share deals) the best series. If I had the energy I would. Who will be the first, the guys at ZooliTv? Who knows, me thinks there will be many. As well as Makers we are on a number of channels.

So, I want to say, well done Jean and the team for competing against TV shows with huge crews when Shades OF Bad is made with two crew. One shooting, one post. It has stretched to five. (I am not including me and Luke who just put the money up and point a finger, that role is just credit worthy it is not real).

This week the show was also nominated at FINOW in Germany and it has been nominated in heralded in France and Italy. Isn't the web wonderful, and isn't it fantastic that you can get yourself out there?

So, Ricky, show them your stuff. (I didn't know which episode to put up so went for 31, but see 32 and on) some of the earlier ones are good too. He joined in Ep 31, then sadly, bites the dust at Doris's hand)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Filming by cruise ship, on P&O Azura in the Norwegian Fjords.


Let's be honest, what is not to love about cruising. 

On P&O Azura I have three favourite restaurants - this was in the Glass House. Spoilt again with excellent food, great wines and fantastic service.

And we were working ! Filming and Cruising.

On the P&O ship Azura, I cruise the Norwegian Fjords and it was a huge experiment to shoot episodes of the show Shades Of Bad before the first episodes had aired, the scripts for season three were not written and we had no plan. Just an idea. However, it has worked and season three starts in April. Here is the tale. Now we have a spin off travel show, but this is not one of my typical travel shows sharing and discussing what I find with you as a presentation to to camera, but I discovered that the footage shot for the TV show had more than enough great moments to construct a fantastic little travel show on the Norwegian Fjords. I hope you enjoy it.

Norway looks stunning, the ship is heralded in a separate film on my playlist, along with many Azura stops on the Carribean.

I sailed from Southampton and in no time docked in Stavanger, it was a Sunday and most things were closed in this very religious country.
We always hit two things when filming, postcards and tourist office. They know the best places and views.
The tourist office suggested we might like to walk to the 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral in town and join the service. We were there on a mission to film certain scenes in a film so we needed a map and orientation which I help you with on the above film and I hope it means you arrive with confidence.
With a very long day planned it was a shame it was cold wet and raining. You need to plan for all weathers when visiting Norway, it can change and change again all day. As I was shooting a continuity drama and it started cold and wet, and Doris was meant to be in 'cold war spy mode', I started in a large fake fur coat and hat. When it got warm and sunny at Skjolden, people in shorts and tee shirts looked at me as if I was mad.
Stavanger is the gateway to the spectacular mountain and lakes scenes of the fjords. It is the town known as the 'Cradle of the Vikings' and the town still has many 200 year old wooden houses that have withstood the weather. The little streets and cafes are what you must see and the prettiest one I found is well covered on the film.
Weather beaten and with time against us, I did not complete all the shooting in Stavanger a cheat was needed, as so often in TV drama, but the story was Doris was to collect a package.

The next stop was Skjolden and by then the footage had been roughly cut and the script re-written to fit what we had shot, but turning into a shop in the middle of Stavanger needed a cut in the town. Skjolden could not have been more of a contrast and nothing like Stavanger, but the cut was done walking away from a wooden cafe. Doris in her huge fur coat to match the previous day's filming,the rest of the tourists all in shorts and light shirts as the sun was out, it was warm and wonderful. The morning coast in and the evening sail out of Skjolden were fantastic as the town sits at the head of the longest navigable fjord in the world. It can be seen surrounded by the beautiful snow capped mountains on both the drama and our tourist cut. If organised you might have been able to whiz off and ski, or if ultra wise you might have taken a cycle and could have explored. The town itself is tiny and is a collection of pretty wooden houses.

Skjolden and Olden are both places to cycle and I know there was a cycle shot near the dock in Olden, I am sure the same can be found in Skjolden.

The peaceful village of Olden was our third stop, the lake had been made by rivers pouring down the
Briksdal Glacier for over a million years and the giant waterfalls were still visible on the spectacular journey. Doris had to fight the wind and her was hair blowing everywhere as we shot one side of a phone call from the deck looking out at a backdrop feature films afford. We didn't film in Olden nor take a tour as we are regular mountain lovers, as you will see from other films, we just relaxed in this peaceful town.

Our last stop was in Bergen, a former European City of Culture and here there was much to film.
Bergen has a long funicular which from filming Strike Back for HBO in Hungary, we knew would be spectacular. Here is a trick, we avoided the ticket queue by purchasing the ticket in an adjacent cake shop. Here we enjoyed a pastry coffee break in a cafe full of expats who live and work there.
Bergen sports many statues and great architecture. The actual fish market closed early morning so we were in the key sides shops that showed some of the catch.
We finished filming and went back to dump the cameras and the fake fur coat then came back out to relax. There was a cycle race finishing which reorganised the town, but of our stops in Norway it was the largest and has the most to offer for a walking tour.

Be prepared, Norway is expensive and the weather can change. In Olden I advise a tour to the glacier as there is little to see in the town.
As I visit the mountains each year to ski, see my film on Courchevel, Three Valley in the French Alps, I did not go to the glacier but enjoyed a a relaxing walk round Olden then the ship.

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Your numbers, clicks and likes are very important to me. I hope to see you on board a cruise ship very soon, but similarly (try) to stop me and say hi !!

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