MKFN 48 Hour Film Challenge 2016

This challenge was introduced into Milton Keynes by the Milton Keynes Film Network MKFN) and held 15th-17th July with this year’s theme as Superheros. It’s designed to get young and amateur filmmakers to create a short film in a tight time frame. Each group was assigned a line and an object of which had to be introduced in the film.

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I worked with Cinebites, the group, with Carl Mason as the Producer. There were many others on this team including: Jack Shelbourn (Cinematographer), Paul Fairey (Sound Recordist), Isabella Larter (Makeup Artist), Sian Harding (Costume Designer), Alex Sutton (Screenwriter), Lewis Thompson (Camera Operator / 1st A.C) and me, Nicole Farmer (2nd Assistant Camera).

It was my job. in this role as 2nd A.C, to be the clapper; this was to ensure I kept track of every slate and take we were doing when in action. I then had to write on the clapperboard this information, stand in front of the camera, call out was written and clap the board. Doing this made it a lot easier to edit at the end as there are many clips that are shot.

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The idea is that it’s set in the ‘interior of a dark and dusky garage. There is a chair in the centre of the room. A man occupies the chair. He’s chained up and unable to escape. The man is renowned superhero, BLACK BULLET.‘ This is all focused on an interrogation scene between two characters; one being Black Bullet (played by Chris Hughes) and the other being Detective Glover (Rudy Barrow). It takes the idea that in classic superhero movies, the hero does all it takes to save one person- even if that means knocking down buildings and destroying everything around them to do so. We wanted to show a scene where the police’s voices were heard and what they would say about the superhero; Black Bullet is captive for about 4 days and this scene shows the final result.

Here’s the film that was created:

I had a lot of fun getting involved in this film, even with its challenges (as it was my first time being in a film set environment) and would love to work with all these people again in the future. I want to thank Carl Mason for the opportunity for me to get involved in this project and do hope they’ll be more projects coming up.

Coming soon….

Some behind the scenes, that was captured by Joe Thompson, from the making of this film

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Volunteering – St Francis’ Children Society

Through my school and the Get Involved (GIV) Project I was interviewed and chosen to take part and lead a project to transform a garden in a local children’s adoption centre. More on St Francis’ Children Society here: https://www.facebook.com/stfrancischildrenssociety/

BEFORE:

This garden was designed by myself and 4 other Sixth Form students; also with the help of Garden Designers from Cherrypip Garden Designers. This space was created to give, the community visiting, a place to both relax and play. The building is used for the children, adoption parents and adopting parents so a transformation like this can make a huge difference on the outlook from their time spent there. We were also lucky enough to be funded by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and were donated plants from Homebase too.

At the end of only 3 days it was being open to the public and to do so the Mayor, Steve Coventry, visited. I was honored to give a tour of the garden, the building and explain our aims and achievements to both the Mayor and Mayoress along with another student I was working with.  I was interviewed by the press and many photos were taken. Take a look at the article published about the whole scheme, including a video: http://www.onemk.co.uk/charity-garden-created-by-milton-keynes-students-opens-to-the-public/story-29491896-detail/story.html

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St Francis garden opening 2

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I’m so grateful I got to take part in this scheme; working and helping those of younger years in my school and learning new skills, both socially and physically. I have done some volunteering in the past but this seemed like a whole new experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as well. I would love to take part in more volunteering and schemes like this in the future.