Budapest

Amazing holiday, with amazing people!

Just a few clips to save the memories :))

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Young Film Academy

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I enrolled in The Young Film Academy summer school, where I learned how to handle full film equipment and use Final Cut Pro software to achieve multiple effects. I began to understand practicalities and challenges of making a film; different roles, and the value of a strong storyline with creative flare. The course culminated in the creation of a professional short, a team effort I’m proud of.

We learnt skills over a couple days and the rest of the week was used to create a storyline, setting, script, use the cameras to record the piece and edit it ready for the film showing on the Sunday.

I thouroughly enojyed myself in this learning experience, creating a film and also interacting with new people I met during my stay. Looking back, I can notice and evaluate many points and elements I would develop or altur but having only a few days to create this along with multiple opinons from the team, I believe this project is something we can all be very proud of.

Link to the final movie:

 

This is the making and behind the scenes of this film. This was also created by us within the time limit that we had:

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

Paris Short 2016

During my visit to Disneyland Paris with my sister this year, 2016, I tested out my GoPro for the first time to create a film. I started with a whole film of footage but then condensed it to make a short, lasting a couple minutes.
I loved making this, both the filming and editing; to edit, I used the software available for an Apple Mac computer called iMovie. It’s relatively easy to use once you know how to apply effects, cut clips and play with sound.
This is not my first time making movies/shorts but I want to publish this as I am proud and found that this has come out much better than my others; maybe due to the camera, software or experience.

Hope you enjoy watching!

Here’s the link to my Paris Short on YouTube:

Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour, London

I took a trip to the Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour in London a couple weeks ago. I was not only inspired by the great amount of sets and artifacts from the films but also amazed by the work and skill put into making the films and everything we see in the duration of them.

I was mostly inspired by the sketches and plans for the Hogwarts school and the scene boards for the characters in the film. I was so taken back because I got an insight on just how much work is put into films like this and how every detail is taken into account to meet very high standards. The style and presentation of these artworks were shown as sketches and carefully measured drawings done with pencils and ink pen, which I liked the look of.

I enjoyed viewing the illustration-take on the scene boards the most because they were simple yet detailed at the same time.

There are also some photos of the graphics work created for the props in the films. They are so creative and just like everything else, so detailed. I loved just looking at all the small artifacts and plans for the Harry Potter series and has definitely inspired my future work in illustration and graphics.

I have also inserted photographs of the building plans too. These are made from white card and incredibly detailed within the structure and form of the architecture. Looking at this, you can appreciate the detail and precision one needs to have an end result like these.