Monday, 22 July 2013


I wrote last week about Eva-Jane's filming of a short film for the Virgin Media Shorts competition.  Well, the film is online, and it's now time to vote!!

If the video fails to load, click here to watch on the VMS website.(But scroll down first to continue reading..)

The guys and gals at PurpleCoat were wonderful; they really made Eva-Jane feel special, and she had a simply great day.  We've got absolutely no problems therefore in supporting them in the competition.  Should they not be picked immediately for the top 12 films, (well, there are over 840 other entries...) the 13th place is chosen by public vote. That's where you, dear reader, come in.

To vote, you need to use Twitter; simply tweet The Big Day #VMShortsVote and that's it.  You must say the name of the film followed by the hashtag.  You can also use the "Tweet" button below the video on the Virgin Media Shorts website which will do it for you. Feel free to add your comments! Don't use the "Share" option inside the video window, as that doesn't include the hashtag, so will not count!

That page also has share buttons for all the popular social media sites, so please share it all over, but it's only Tweets that count as votes, so if you don't have twitter, and don't want to sign up to it, at least find out which of your family and friends do have it, and encourage them to vote.  Please!

As an aside ... the film opens with her sat on a Sofa.  It's only a couple of miles from another sofa that she was filmed on 18 months ago. Maybe we should be looking for roles that feature only Mancunian sofas...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Virgin Media Shorts

What a rush!

Exactly a week ago, we received an email out of the blue from "a Liverpool based theatre and film company", offering Eva-Jane a "lead role" in a film they are entering in the Virgin Media Shorts competition.  It was unpaid, but filming locally, so next to no travel involved, and they seemed a little desperate, so we decided we'd go for it.  The agency seemed to think it was a good idea too. "No time to audition!" Gulp..

It was a bit touch-and-go getting the licence arranged, but thanks to the instantaneous nature of email, a supportive school, some presumably polite persuasion, and a dash up to Swinton with some original photos and paperwork, it was sorted out by Friday morning.  Many thanks to Sue @ City of Salford for being so accommodating.

So.. Today it was filming.

It was great fun.  The film follows the story of a little girl making her own mark on her big sister's Big Day.  We had some great feedback on her acting ability (modesty forces me to omit it, but it was good) and everybody seemed to love her.  Now we are desperately looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Many thanks to Karl, Tom, Dan, Sarah (Oh god, I hope that was her name; I'm dreadful with names...) and everybody else involved for making it a great experience, and we wish them best of luck in the competition.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Silence is broken..

It could be anywhere, but it's London, really!

After a few weeks of silence, we get a call from the agents asking if Eva-Jane was up for an audition in London, the next day!  A commercial, for insulation, of all things...   Well, we decided it was worth trying for.

The audition was at 6.20pm... so some mad timetable checking, and if we get the 3.15pm train down, we can make it.  School let me have her an little early, so we have time to change before dashing to the station.

See, Carnaby Street.
14.30 Collect dd from school early...

14.40 Quick change, wash and scrub..
14.50 Jump in car and head to Manchester
15.00 Park up and dash into station
15.05 Collect tickets and dive into train
15.15 Train leaves...
....two hours of chatter and eating of junk food...
17.25 Arrive London
17.30 Buy oyster card
17.35 get on tube train
17.40 get off tube train. and walk down Oxford St. Pay £13 for an "I love London" teddy bear.
17.55 arrive around corner from audition
Change shoes, remove coat, brush hair, practice lines...
18.12 Go in, 8 mins early...

It sounded like she did well, but who knows with commercials..

Boris Bikes! Now do you believe me?
18.30 Back outside again..
18.40 packed tube, have to wait for second train
18.55 arrive Euston
..decide no chance of finding a seat on the 19.01 train..
19.13 the 19.20 is announced as boarding; cue HUGE movement of people.
We manage to find a pair of seats, facing backwards with no window to speak of.
19.20 train leaves
... Tiddler falls asleep on my lap.
21.28 arrive Manchester
21.35 get in car
21.40 back home.


7 hours; she saw about 30 mins of crowded Soho streets! But we came back with a teddy. And broke my thermos flask

Oh and today she wasn't well; took her to the docs, and they suspect she has Scarlet Fever! As does a school friend we bumped into there.. That'll explain the falling asleep..

Update:  We heard nothing after this, so we presume she didn't get the part.  Shame...  And it wasn't Scarlet Fever, but an "uspecified" infection that behaves the same.  Riiiiiight..