Tag Archives: Presenting

I’m feeling filmy!!! …..

6 Sep

Well yesterday marked the start of the most exciting time of London’s film calendar…The London Film Festival. I was lucky enough to be at the event in the Odeon Leicester Square to capture all the reactions from the BFI Execs through to the film makers who are so over the moon to be a part of this fantastic festival! Well done all, it looks like an amazing line up!!!

For anyone who isn’t familiar, here are a few interviews to get you up to speed on all the wonderful films on offer this festival season….

 

Amanda Nevill CEO BFI

Sally El Hosaini – Director – My Brother the Devil

Sarah Gavron – Director – The Village at the End of the World

Charlie Paul – Director – For No Good Reason

Alice Lowe – Actress and Screenwriter – Sightseers

Mat Whitecross – Director Spike Island

He is the law…He is Judge Dredd…in 3D no less…

3 Sep

So not only was I lucky enough to catch Dredd 3D before it hits cinemas this week, I was also lucky enough to interview the man himself Karl Urban and Producer Allon Reich at the swanky Soho Hotel. Both were absolutely lovely and the film for me was a fantastic use of 3D and just all round fun! Fingers crossed for a sequel! Here are my thoughts in a little more detail and also the interviews themselves.

The Plot:

The future. America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC lies Mega City One, a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one. The epitome of these Judges is Dredd. The Chief Judge gives Dredd a mission. To road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. It is going to be a training day. The Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block – a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma Clan. When the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma’s chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the Judges down. Our two judges are now caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival.

The Good:

Well, welcome to the future ladies and gents, and boy is it bleak! It seems that any hope of clearing up the streets of America and living in harmony is well and truly out the window, instead we have a wasteland – oh Joy! But its not all bad folks, our brutal police has seemingly risen to the challenge of governing this dystopian future. Setting the scene for a distinctly fun filled action packed ride. An ultra-violent tale of a normal day in the office gone slightly askew for the legendary law dispensing  Dredd.

Unlike the infamous 90′s Sylvester Stallone version, this re-awakening of Judge Dredd, manages to avoid making this comic book adaptation unintentionally laughable. This time Dredd (Karl Urban) really does work his lower jaw at all the right times, and provides welcome light relief to some extensively violent scenes.  Urban’s Dredd, brings us the comic book character we’ve been waiting for.  Emotionless, driven and without any sob story context for how he came to be the toughest cop in Mega City One. Judge Dredd simply is exactly what he is. So if its action you’re after, then its action you are going to get.

The other characters in the film work well too without relying on huge Hollywood names.  Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) and Ma-Ma (Lena Heady)  are  engaging, understated disturbing and complex; as their characters joust with Dredd for your attention.

If you’re not a fan of comic book adaptations, then don’t be alarmed by yet another hitting your cinema screens. This is a far cry from The Avengers and doesn’t have the “this could actually happen” feel of Nolan’s Batman trilogy either. Dredd really isn’t for kids, and that 18 certificate is slapped all over it for a reason! To top it off, it really is in glorious 3D. Dredd is one of those films that uses the effect for a very good reason. There are some spectacular slo-mo “300” esq moments which really do engulf the audience; with the audio soundtrack pumping through your blood you feel almost as if you are a spectator in Peach Trees complex.

The Bad:

It’s difficult  to find to many faults with Dredd, but if you did watch recent Asian action effort The Raid, then you may find it hard to shake the suspicion you’ve seen key elements of this story somewhere before. It’s unfortunate that both films coincidentally built themselves around the same concept, but if you missed The Raid in cinemas, then prepare to be wowed this time. Equally, those wanting to find out more about Judge Dredd’s origins, may find the lack of backstory frustrating. This film picks a moment in time and concentrates on it, no more, no less.

Finally, be warned, Dredd does not hold back from its violence. Where you’d expect a jump cut to spare you from seeing the inevitable after a point blank shooting, it just isn’t there. Within the first five minutes be prepared to see a head implode in grisly 3D detail. Director Pete Travis (Endgame) clearly delights in making audiences squirm, his approach will either be exhilarating or nauseating depending on your constitution.

The Ugly Truth:

Dredd 3D is a gore-fest action flick which keeps your pulses racing from start to finish. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture of what the world could look like in a few years time, but whilst we speculate on whether or not that is the future spend a tenner in the cinema to check it out in all its 3D glory as its most definitely worth a watch.

*REVIEW WRITTEN FOR REDCARPETNEWSTV.COM

 

Men In Black 3 Premiere…

16 May

So one of the most enjoyable premiere’s I’ve covered recently, has to be tonights Men In Black 3 premiere. There are a few things I’ve learnt

1) The carpet doesn’t always need to be red

2) Jay-Z can rock up at any given moment

3) Will Smith deserves all his fame because he’s just so damn nice to all the fans! 

I also met and interviewed one of my favourite Goonies of all time, Josh Brolin and what a delight he was, so humble, so excited to be on the “blue carpet” and just generally amazing! 

So why was I there…well, its show 2 of Millie’s Cookies new TV show Freshly Baked and we’re so excited to bring you all the next episode. Myself included. The Men In Black 3 premiere is a great opportunity to speak to music, movie and reality stars, and boy did I manage to do that! From A-List to Z list they were all there, all charming and all so excited that after 10 years this great film franchise will be back on our silver screens. So here you go, some pics of me on the carpet and the main man, Will Smith himself, unfortunately I didn’t get to chat with him, but that’s because he spent so much time with all the fans, and really when you think about it, that’s the most important thing and he deserves every success for prioritising the people that really support him and camp out for him! Such a legend! 

Image

Me and the cameraman Alex getting ready on the carpet

Image

Will Smith making the most of the crowds! 

Image

Down to business…its presenting time for Freshly Baked! 

Image

Cant get me off of that carpet – Hey E! News, think you’ve got your new anchor right here! 

Image

And one little amateur paparazzi shot of the main man : ) 

So you can catch all of my interviews with the stars on the next Freshly Baked show coming out early June,  but in the mean time, check out Men In Black 3, in cinemas from the 25th May!

 

Thanks for reading!  

From Cinemas to Cookies!

21 Apr

Hello lovely followers – don’t worry I haven’t abandoned you but I have been so SO busy! Its all been really exciting and I’m so pleased to finally be able to let you know that what I’ve been beavering away at for the last few weeks is a very exciting new show for Millie’s Cookies.

So here it is:

You can also check it out on Millie’s Cookies Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/milliescookiesfanpage don’t forget to “like” the page – you’ll get lots of good cookie news – go on you know you want to!

Its been a huge labour of love -as well as a great learning experience and I’m so glad to finally be able to bring it to you all. The show is called “Freshly Baked” it was made by the wonderful production company Etio (www.etio.co.uk) and I was really fortunate to be a big part of bringing this all together. So as you can see its a presenter led show which focuses on music, entertainment, fashion and of course cookies : )

Millie’s is a fantastic brand with lots of fun, quirky aspects to it so its great to be so involved. Plus, its allowing me to do some more studio based presenting work – no shivering on the red carpet for the last month or so! We’ll be working on the next few up coming shows to make them even bigger and better, so please do let me know if you have thoughts for what you would like to see on it, particularly if you’re cookie fans!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for all your support – please share with your friends and anyone who you think would like to watch the show!

Rebecca x

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more updates @rebecca_perfect

How to get ahead in presenting…

28 Feb

Well its been a fantastic start to the year, and I’m really pleased to say that things have gone swimmingly. At the very start of 2012 I was lucky enough to do some live presenting work for the Visa International Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at the O2, in front of 6000 people (wow!), and I’ve also been part of the Olympics and Met Police’s Forward Defensive exercise which you may have seen on the news last week in preparation for the games ahead.

Well, I’m keeping my options open, exploring as many different types of opportunities as possible to make sure I find where my niche really is, and where I can make a difference as a presenter. Although I’ve had some great opportunities so far, these don’t mean anything unless I can showcase my talent to all the future producers and production companies who are looking for the next person to fill your daytime / entertainment slots.

Filming in the Everyman Cinema

So you may have seen on my previous post at the start of February I was very pro-active and decided to collect together my footage from 2011 and put in on show to the world. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the great people I’ve been lucky enough to interview thus far, I’ve had a blast and due to all the excitement of it, I’m pretty sure that with all the best intentions I was slightly trying to run before I could walk.

What do I mean by this? Well, my advice is although your instinct is good, having only been in the field of presenting for less than a year, my understanding of the need of the television industry is not as experienced as people who have worked in it for a good number of years and are top of their game.

The people I’m talking about here are my mentors of sorts, The Presenters Studio.

This company helps turn aspiring presenters into confident and working presenters, not by magic, but by invaluable and inspiring guidance. My very first presenting taster tape was created by The Presenters Studio and was my biggest asset last year. It allowed me to surpass all the other showreels sent to Leicester Square TV and get a phone call and a meeting the next day and ultimately land the job!

Throughout the year I’ve been lucky enough to stay in touch with Gareth and Leon, the founders of The Presenters Studio and they’ve been wonderful in supporting what I’ve been doing to date, but also in providing further guidance and recommendations.

So, this is where we are now, having sent my latest showreel to them, they were very straight down the line with what did and didn’t work. Yes, I have had a lot of work to showcase from the last year, but it wasn’t collated together in an engaging and stand out way.

One year on, my brand has evolved, my style in presenting has become much more confident and experienced and I need to get myself to the next level. Cue taster tape 2. Last week, I spent a gloriously sunny day re-shooting on location a brand new taster tape which will not only incorporate all my best work from the last year, but will hopefully help me to get to the next level by presenting it in a way which is engaging and once again will stand out from the rest of the pile.

Getting your ammunition right is the key to success and investing in yourself is the best investment you’ll ever make, so as you can

Presenting and driving isn't as easy as it looks...

see from some of these pictures attached, working with the best will, fingers crossed, give me a new taster tape to die for! As we all know, I love film, chatting about it, writing about it and gossiping about it, so what better setting than to be based in a cinema! With the help of the wonderful Everyman Cinema who sponsor my radio show http://www.facebook.com/filmfridayridgeradio we were able to invade the premises for one afternoon and provide a couple of presenting links that even Mark Kermode would be jealous of!

So there you have it, I’m sure when you see the finished product you’ll agree with me in saying that it was all worth it, and that you should never take criticism as a negative, but as a learning point, and you should most importantly work with the best if you want to be the best, and that’s what I’ve aimed to do.

Aspiring presenters, you should check out http://www.presenterstudio.com and get some valuable advice from the people who really know the industry inside out.

Thanks for reading.