31 May 2010

Home again

Now Cannes is over I'm left with a cold and lots of work to sort out!
Also my first day back my job gave me 6 weeks... So this is a shout out, if anyone knows or needs a production co-ordinator or producer assistant please let me know! I need paid work at this point, preferably full time but happy to take part time too!

Now is when the real cannes work begins, emailing all the contacts and as my friend says coming ou. Of the alternate reality that Cannes resides in, leaving the parties people celebs crazy money and amazing opportunities, the free booze the excuses to get into VIP sections behind and go back to my old life....
Platinum Chisel my film was very well recieved and although short distribution is few and far between I am hoping to hear back from the buyers I contacted.
I made a pact, over bellinis, to go back next year and somehow by hook or by robbing a bank or even (shock horror) going to promote a film I will get back. I will be back in Cannes for 2011. See you there.
Ps this blog like that titanic song will go on.....

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21 May 2010

Cannes wind down

Well Cannes is winding down most of our friends left this morning or yesterday and there is a definately feel of finishing. Which is sad but honestly I'm exhausted fromgetting 4-5hours sleep a nite!!
Recent news is I entered the flip camera competition mainly cos they give you a free flip camera worth 500US and you have to shoot a film. So I entered yesterday very late(blagged myself in really as I hadn't registered and registration was cut off last week). I had 24 hours to make a short
Which isn't so bad but I had to work both days and fit It in around that!!
But I did it, chck out the film at
You can watch it here:

Tickets Please!

"Made for the 2010 Flip Contest at Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets please is a short film about the non professionals who attend Cannes. Coming from around the world, standing for hours outside the Palais with handwritten signs hoping to see the films, or even walk the red carpet."

Directed by Jade Alexander.

Today is the day for the competition judgeing so fingers crossed!
Also as a side not today at the carlton hotel I saw a bugatti and a new concept mclaren. Wow.
Just about to head home to get changed for tonigts parties!
Beautiful weather and I can't wait to swim and sunbake tomorrow!
Me and alyssa being papped.

Beautiful weather


Concept mclaren see the wing door!

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20 May 2010


Hi everyone,
Sorry I have been a bit lax but when your average day begins at 7.30am and you arrive home at 3am, there is very little time to spend blogging!

But its still amazing.
Im sitting in the lobby of the Carlton hotel as I write this, regretting ordering my espresso, it is 7 Euros. Officially the most expensive coffee I have EVER had. And yet still not the best!

Today is a beautiful day and I was lucky enough to have to run errands and walk up and down the Croisette (which is the boardwalk alongside the beach. People are sunbaking and its real sunshine and warmth.
I have just recieved another text for an errand so I'd better go and fill you all in on the juicy goss after....

Paul Allen unfortunately did not invite me to either of his yacht parties, I am a little sore about that but its fine, I will not invite him to my house for dinner.
In case you're wondering Paul is one of the Microsoft founders and owns one of the largest private yachts in the world. In fact it has a submarine on board that seats 8 people!
Last night he had the Rolling Stones perform and on Sunday night it was Wyclef Jean and Bono. I think my invite was lost in the post...At the party, all of ICM and all the big guys in town, including talent like Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding junior, Jean Claude Van Dam, Xavier Bardem, Giarmo Del Toro etc etc...

Oh dear have to run an errand blog again soon!

xoxo jade

15 May 2010

Party Time!!

So the tough thing about Cannes is that in France I have no access to internet when and where I want it. Mainly because of global roaming costs.

Please excuse any rambling I do right now, I have had about 5 hours sleep for 4 days and cannot remember what day it is. Someone had to tell me!

Last night was a blast, half work half play. I got into the hot party which was Abu Dhabi film commission on the beach at Century Club! I did have to wait an hour outside as I had my bosses tickets but when he turned up it was all good.
So Hal Sodoff is 2nd in command at ICM and he turned up with Sam Gupta a financier man who - lets just say Im beginning to suspect might be a millionaire, but Sam is a great guy and buys me drinks : ), but I also had to give tickets to Suhail, the man who OWNS ICM. Suhail is a man with money, he just went to Monaco and partied on a private yacht. He brought 3 leggy blondes (one is his wife) and two young men with him.
I went to chat to them to see what they do, and the tall african american guy seemed really nice, we chatted while dancing and drinking and he told me he works for google. So I ask if he is a programmer. Honestly I must have just drunk too much.
He laughed at me.
We chatted about other things and I asked him what his actual title was as he seemed to be not a computer guy....he gave me his card
Vice President of Google.
Oh. Wow. He was with the 2 guys who started the company way back when.

Then my friend Ange came over with her producer friend Andrea who I got into the party, and we chatted to the other guy. He seemed young, and then I found out, he started YouTube. Hmm ok. (I wasnt feeling at all out of place!).

Music was great, heaps of people were there and we all danced like crazy!
and I made sure I got people to go and see my film!
ICM is the most amazing company to intern with, they are awesome and take us 4 interns out to every party introduce people to us and even give us red carpet invitations.
So on Thursday night (had to think about that one), we went out to dinner at Le Pizza, a famous restuarant/institution here. ICM booked 35 tables and I am working by the way with Hal Sodoff (2nd in command of ICM). Hal invited us interns out to dinner with his friends, all of whom are bankers, financiers, sellers, producers, etc etc.
On my right I sat next to a man who works for a company called Technicolour. They do everything from making the film (actually creating film to shoot on) to colouring to all sorts of technical things I could not remember. Lots of distributing of film stock etc etc.
On my left was an older man who seemed a little cold. His name was Tony. I chatted to him and gradually wore down his aloofness and asked what he does "oh I work for a little company called Fox"
Me: "oh" (great reply huh!)
Him: "yes"
Me: "so what is your title there?"
Him: "Im chief executive officer of fox"

So Tony is the guy who buys and sells films. This is his 21st Cannes Film Festival and he is not a party guy. People are always trying to get him to buy or sell stuff and he doesnt even go to the Palais (where the film market and films are screened). Fox has offices in their hotel The Carlton Hotel.
Now in case I didnt let you know, the Carlton is the original of the Ritz Carlton, its grand and old and all the studios who can afford it set up their offices on the ground floor.
Its amazing, they fully redecorate the corridors for their offices so it doesnt even look like a hotel room!
We are based in the Carlton. But we are not so lavish, we do have a suite though and an amazing ocean view!

Tony was great, I invited him to party and he wanted to go home and read his book!!!!!! in CANNESS!!!!!
But I did manage to get him to take my film pack and he said he would go home and watch it! Yay!
I also managed to meet David Lancaster of Bold Films who met me Friday morning and took my film as well. David has productions in UK, USA and Australia coming up!

So Im doing pretty well, giving high level people my film and making friends and contacts. Gotta dash off to a meeting with a producer/director from London but love to all!
Try to post again soon!

PS we are trying to get into the Dolce and Gabbana party, and Vanity Fair soon, also Paul Allens Yacht party with Bono and Wyclef Jean will be sure to be the best!!!
jade xoxo

12 May 2010

Cannes this morning!

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Chillaxing at Carlton Hotel in Cannes!

Well I'm living it up in the nicest hotel on the Croisette! Our internship is with ICM. If you don't know them think of the most famous celeb and ICM represent them. They are Hollywoods oldest and biggest agency representing A List actors, writers, directors, and producers And they sell and buy films, set up financing and distribution.
So I'm helping out them sitting in the office on meetings with moneymen and overhearing what films are going on. It's great!
I even got to show my film platinum chisel to them
And they loved it!!! Yep!
James shepherd our Platinum made a real impact on them!
We are now trying to get tix to robin hood premiere tonight with all the starsopening Cannes!
So exciting!!!
Also were hoping to go to the after party eek!!
Bye for now


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9 May 2010

Off to Cannes

Despite the volcano Efflakjoutyx.... ( I cannot spell or pronoune it), I'm currently en route to marble arch station to catch another bus to get to Luton airport at an early hour. Therefore it is now some ungodly hour where tube is not on yet, and I share the beginning of my journey, rather ironically,with a load of tired drunks.

The weather is frozen and sky barely lightening and I'm hoping to be under 30 kgs or incur the wrath of easyjet. Financial wrath that is, for 45£ for each 3kg...,yes.
Slowly other travellers have boarded and I don't feel so dirty now.
; )
So very excited and worried I've forgotten or misplaced but- no I have everthing including my stuffed security blanket, Totoro.
He will be witnessing all my adventures and may even blog once.
Lots of love
See you in Cannes!
Jadie xoxo

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