161mc: Swingamajig


Stuck for something to do this Sunday? What about trying out something a little bit different? Pick out the most dapper outfit in your wardrobe and prepare to be wowed at Digbeth’s hottest new one day festival, Swingamajig.

1920’s swing meets dance as live bands and DJ’s takeover six stages from 14:15 in the afternoon till the early hours of Monday morning. There will be circus performers to entertain and astound you, professional dancers to teach you to lindy hop and jive,  a bar serving craft beer and exotic cocktails, burlesque acts, art and even a lecture on the history of alchemy!


Digbeth’s finest Street Food vendors will also be in attendance serving up the tastiest food Birmingham has to offer.

Check out this footage from last year’s festival to see what you missed in 2015 and get your tickets here:


161mc: Presenter’s Photoshoot


We are working on a Facebook and Twitter page for SIX@SIX alongside a website so decided we need some pictures of our presenters. Kai and I set out to photograph Farai and Lavinia in, first, a studio look set up and then out and about around Coventry.


We visited Lady Herbert’s Garden in the City Centre and managed to snap a few pictures while the sun was still shining.


We decided a Holly and Phil style photoshoot would work best.


We wanted pictures that had a sense of fun and mischief. That revealed the friendship and chemistry between our two presenters, and that made the audience want to tune in to see what they would be up to next. I hope that our photos do just that.





guide2campus: reflections


When we first met up to discuss Guide to Campus I had no real idea how much i would learn and how much fun we would have. Although I had worked on several short films as part of my Media Production degree I had not worked on anything for the university before and felt a real sense of pride producing something that would be shown abroad to encourage Chinese students to attend our university.

To start with I researched other Guide to Campus’s for international students from other universities around the UK. All took the form of short leaflets but they gave me some great ideas of the kind of things we should include. We discussed these ideas together at our second meeting and included some additional ideas of our own:

  • Reassurance, who will meet me when I arrive at the university?
  • Friends/societies/ideas on instant ways to make friends
  • Things that make you feel at home. Knowing you can get home comforts.
  • Help with translation/additional language courses you can take and how to find out about them
  • Doctors/ health centre/counselling
  • Gym facilities
  • Night life and things to do in cov
  • proximity to airport so easy for friends relatives to visit

We then divide the film up into four sections; The William Morris building, Singer Hall accommodation, The Hub and The Library. In groups we worked on a building each, making storyboards and writing scripts. The tours of each building would conclude with each of us telling the viewer a bit about our roles in making the film while posing outside the cathedral.

Filming was difficult on occasion, particularly with the usual rainy British weather, and trying to get everyone together when we had free time from lectures, but we all pulled together and I’m really pleased with what we have produced.

If I had to do things over and make any changes I would have liked to reshoot some of the footage at Singer Hall as the bedroom lighting is quite dark and makes the scene rather grainy. If we’d had more time we could have hired some LED lights from the media loan shop and this would have solved that problem. Also the sound in the launderette isn’t as clear as it could be because of the sound of the tumble dryers. I think we could have rectified this by using a personal mic rather than the boom which picks up more background noise. But overall I am really happy with the piece and can’t wait for the premiere this Friday. I particularly enjoyed the bloopers sequence of outtakes that I have made as an added extra to show after the screening, Esme’s idea. It shows just how much fun we all had working together as a team.

I have really enjoyed working on Guide to campus. I’ve made a great group of new friends, learnt a lot more about filming and have gained confidence in my own technical skills.



161mc: Amsterdam Risk Assessment

While in Amsterdam the crew would need to know exactly what local risks could be a problem for them, as well as keeping in mind the usual hazards found on any film set. As producer it was my job to research these risks to keep my crew as safe as possible and have back ups in place should any kind of emergency arrive.

Below is my completed Amsterdam Risk Assessment and a list of the research resources i used to complete it:







161mc: Amsterdam Filming



Four members of our team are travelling to Amsterdam. We have contacted SwingStreet, West Kemna Studios and plan to interview staff and students about their love of swing dance and the culture and community that has grown from it. We have arranged to arrive at the venue on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 19:15. Our contact there is Praveen Raghuraman. We hope to stay until approx. 23:00 so we can also capture some of the after hours freestyle dancing. We hope this will give us a chance to talk to the staff and students once they are a little more relaxed and feel more comfortable with us.

The crew will be taking two dslr’s and will capture footage from two different angles. One camera will have a 50mm lens, set up on a tripod, and will be used for close up, straight on talking head shots during interviews. The second camera will be used free hand for a side angle shot. After interviews the dancing will be filmed using a combination of both cameras from two separate angles at floor level to capture fast moving feet and twirling skirts and then some mounted camera full shots and some freehand waist, arm and head shots of the dancers movement.

This footage will then be edited together to make a one minute VT segment that will fit into our Six@Six television show.



1930’s drepression era research




Chewing tobacco:


In the 1930’s though, chewing tobacco began to fall out of favor due to the invention of the pre-rolled cigarette but was still popular in the south where the tobacco was grown.

so is oklahoma south or mid west. much discussion can be found on google about this matter. in order to allow bonnie’s dad to chew chewing tobacco i will need to place the family in the south of oklahoma.





violet mints or red hots (cinnamon imperials)


1930s clothing:



Children from disadvantaged homes only wore shoes when the weather was cold. Only had one pair of lace up school shoes wouldn’t have afforded the sneakers other children had as play shoes. Below the ankle shoes had been introduced but as these shoes are hand me downs they would be above the knee more like boots. Girls sandals.









1930’s Pal the Wonder Dog:

Pal, the Wonder Dog, and his Offspring Pete