Channel 4 Talent Day

I applied for Channel 4 Talent Day in Coventry and I was successfully chosen to attend the event. Once there, there was three different workshops and I took the Documentary one run by Rad Miller.  Among the people that attended that workshop were people with film knowledge, some of them with already a career on film, but other with no idea of documentary at all. That is why Rad Miller explained documentary world superficially and starting from scratch.


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First session, we are all together in a big room and we put our hands up depending on what department we want to work. Then we star to stand up and talk about what we are professionally looking for. It is the time for answers and advices to get that:

The 90% of the people working in production work as a free-lance. Nowadays you do not have to wait to get work experience, you can create your own content and upload it on Internet.

You dont have to be afraid of big companies. Always keep an eye in BBC, ITV, Sky, Bafta… Think big and go for it. They have loads of trainees , work experiences, internships programmes. Go for them. But do not get depress by rejection and above all do not wait for a yes without doing anything.

Todays keys to success are social media, networking, build contacts, be proactive…

The use of Vimeo is a must. You create your own content, you show what you are passionate about, you do exactly what you want and then the whole world can see it.  Build up an online image, in which you are yourself and you are professional.

Also they point out the importance of the research, you have to do a huge research to know exactly where you want to work or who with. Then go deeper in knowing about that company and how to contribute to them.

Then we split up in workshops. I went to the Documentary Workshop run by Rud Miller.

He told us he works across the country making documentaries, he is not exaclty a channel 4 worker but channel 4 usually broadcasts his films and asks him to film specific things sometimes.

He told us to get focus on something that we love, to be passionate, and follow what you are interesting right now it will bring you to somewhere. Keep doing things non related to this world, you never know what is gonna be useful, but above all you must be different. You have to be professional but you have to be yourself, and do not be afraid of bignames.

Nowadays you have to have a portfolio.  A professional presentation on-line, relevant to your CV, with demonstrations, docuemtnas and videos. It must be your own space and be accesibility.

You also should have a busineess card and do not waste any opportunity to spread it out (like this).


This day has made me decided to start the professional experience as a free-lance. As they say, you do not have to wait for the opportuny to come, nowadyas you have tools enough to create your own opportunity.

Also, after this day I can apply for Channel 4 Work Experiences. The application is in May for summer work Experiences, I am not going to be here the whole summer but wouldn’t mind to stay a bit longer if Channel 4 says yes!.


Interviewing Aly Jeffery

This monday I have met in person, after many e-mails, Aly Jeffery. She is the General Administrator for Canalside, and the Education Project Coordinator. She has been involved in the project from the very beginning and has a really important roles in the community. I was specially interested in her for being in charge of the Educational Project because my project is as well focus on getting to young people.
Here it is the whole interview.

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Fermentation Workshop

Saturday 15th February half a dozen members met on site with Erica Moody, a veg member who loves making sauerkraut and other vegetable preserves that are made through lactic acid fermentation, to learn how it’s done. People went home with a range of preserves, including sauerkraut and mixed shredded veg. Those who attended are invited to bring their jars back during the collection on Saturday 15th March (at 11am) to try each other’s veg preserves. If you are collecting your veg while they are there, you can also have a taste if you like. If you missed the workshop, but would like some tips about making fermented veg, you might like to download these information sheets that Erica made:
A simple guide to making fermented vegetables Sauerkraut
However, they were intended as material to accompany the workshop, so there may be gaps that were covered verbally. If you’d like a fuller understanding of how to preserve with lactic acid fermentation, look out for details of a future workshop – Erica has already offered to run another one later in the year.




22nd March, collecting and start seeding spring cultivation

So, March is ending and you can notice it at Canalside Community Food!  You can feel more and more agriculture activity as time goes by. 

This saturday morning Will has been irrigating the polytunnels using hoses and sprinklers. He has been also helping two young volunteers to collect the carrots and stock them up. After finishing collecting, they are planting new cultivations. They are seeding the spring crops in the polytunnels, potatoes are gonna be planted as well, and they have already planted tomatoes inside a house (because they really need to be warm) and they will need to be replanted somewhere else.


Shooting trial, a worthy disaster.


I am really glad we had a shooting trial this week.

We had asked our future crew to come but any of them could make it so we two faced it and it was obviously a completely disaster.

We decided to take the whole equipment we would use if we were actually in our shoting day. But, obviously it was not a worthy effort as we cannot deal with all that just 2 people. But, appart from that, we really forgot about checking equipment! That’s something that we always do when we get the equipment, anybody does that, but the pressure and rushes… First fault!

Also we made a huge mistake in relation to sound, we pick up the microphone for ambient sound but not the audio recorder as we didn’t take into account  that that mic cannot be plug in a DSLR.

As a director I should have spoken with the actor before moving. To be honest, that was a misunderstood as I spoke to a guy that wasnt from systematics group -that was fun. In any case, I should have met my actor first and solved out everything before moving.


When we reached the location, we couldn’t control all the stuff we had with us. We couldn’t use the clipperboard or any other stuff as we needed someone else, so we tried to adapt at our conditions. We got closer to the character as we were only using the sound recorder of the camera.

The communication with the actor got better, I explained position, facial expression, attitude…He understood perfectly the purpose of the shot and the only thing is that he decided to be more dramatic using his hand, I didn’t like he covering his face so we did another take.

We mixed roles as a consequence of being just two but also as a consequence of a lack of skills. The camera operator didn’t know really how to manage the camera. Also the camera was not well positioned in the tripod. At that point I also did something really bad as a director, I spoke with my camera operator in low voice, we had like a whispering argument, and the actor did realized.

I should have said everything in loud voice and have made him to fix it before starting, but we didn’t and we dind’t seem to be profesional at all.

Picking up the set was a disaster also. This  was basically due to the fact that we are two people and there are loads of stuff to carry. I did realized about the clapperboard but I didn’t realice about the microphone!! 


To sum up, I am happy all that happen last thursday in class. Now, I am sure this is not gonna happen on the shooting day!




Photobooks session, really inspiring

We have taken many photobooks today in class and I found this really inspiring in order to start to think about our own photobook. How we reacted today with the photobooks in class gave me a lot to think about.
My first impressions about a photobook, how some of them invite you to open them much more than others do, how they show or hide what are they about… It is not only about how yourself react to the photobook, what do you think about them, but what other people react and think about them. I mean, you know what most of the people think about a particular book.
This is, at least for me, really worthy, because I always thought young people as my main audience, my main purpose has been always to get young people know about CSA’s and organic food.

All groups chose big books, no one chose Little pamphlets.
In particular in my group I was really surprised because I did like the Little one, but for the rest of the people was shit. I am talking about Anna Ryonssetasf photobook Killing time . My mates said that it shouldn’t even be a photobook. They did not like the photographies at all, but I thought the concept was brilliant. In fact when I discovered at the end of the book that was made by a girl of my same age when she was still in school. I have thought many times about those pictures that teenagers take themselves in order to kill their time. I think that the fact that my mates thought the photographies were shit is just a prove that Anna’s goal was achieved. She got exactly the type of shots that a teenage can take, she selected in fact the more controversial ones.

The last days of shisamaref, by Dana Lixenberg. Its cover was weird, but it makes you be curious about it. Clear structure and loads of information inside. I like also that it is part of a bigger project and the book can be complemented with the documentary, or the audience of the documentary get interested in the photobook.


Drowned by Seba Kurtis I liked the fact that the photographies have just the location specified but not more extra information. You can get the general topic about it but I guess you probably will google it to make sure what he is talking about. There is in fact more specific information on Internet.