Location: PANDA Office, Manchester
I made my way to the PANDA offices, based in Dale House near Northern Quarter. Reaching the fourth floor and entering hr office. I waited for Anne-Marie to finish her meeting with a member of my Foot in The Door team. After her meeting was finished, we both greeted each other and she led me to one of the offices of the Panda facility and we began our discussion.
She asked me how my progress was with Dreamscope was going in which I replied that I had a meeting with Darren and had a better understanding of my role within the team and what equipment I would be using from the he told me in the interview. I was impressed that I had made contact with Dreamscope and got to Darren and the team.
Our second discussion focused on The Arts Awards, a specialized program designed for the members of Foot in the Door and was to showcase the works of each member of the group and their progress and the different methods they used to keep their information stored in order to be presented to a professional collective. Each member would gain an award for their presentation and vast showcase of their experiences and commitment to the festival and what they learned in the process.
The third discussion followed my process of development as a creative person, my path of wanting to be involved in media work and a better understanding of Videography. Working alongside Dreamscope would give me a better understanding of working alongside a film crew and how they approach each project. Anne-Marie suggested that I look at the business side of Videography, how does a film maker establish himself or gets involved with project and who do they do network with. If there were any programmes, websites or festivals in the Northwest that supported new or established filmmakers. She also suggested of creating another blog or website following my film making progress as a way of showcasing my work and show people my personality and creativity. One website she showed me was CineClub, a website where film makers could contact each other as well as teaching the basics of filming and showcasing each others work. Plus their offices were based in the Manchester.
Another website she suggested I search was Media Streets Arts. A company in the Manchester who run classes in marketing media, getting your name and work showcased online as well as understanding the business side and ethnics of the film making organisation and classes that were run by professionals and people who had experience within this field.
She also asked me about my writing as well. I informed her that every now and then I would write either a piece of a short play or ideas that I wanted to adapt to page and hope to develop to either stage or screen. one idea was a short play about a woman at a restaurant who goes on a dinner date with the Grim Reaper, both acting like a loving, arguing couple while he is truly there for a client who is about to die in the restaurant.
She suggested that I looked at a number of websites and a number of festivals that support new writing like the New Writing North festival which was an event that showcased new theatre writing in the North West.
The final note that Anne-Marie suggested was that I look further into my role for the Media Launch for the Festival and discuss with Darren what I would be doing and what would be required of me.
After the meeting, Anne Marie showed me the offices of PANDA and informed me that each member of the Foot in the Door Scheme get a free membership with PANDA and regular updates about jobs and events based in Manchester.
I was very pleased with the meeting as it gave me more insight in what I have to do and I had a number of resources I could look into for develop as both a director and a writer.