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Happy New year everyone!

Big happy new year to everyone who helped make all my videos and projects happen I’m 2013 this includes riders,drivers and mostly importantly the people who make the events happen! Here to a better 2014. So enjoy this video

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Week 4 The last week!

Our last week has came!  Yet again we arrived at BBC Blackstaff Studios. As usual we got into our film making groups and Micheal taught us about Blocking the “Scene along with Directing Techniques” which was all very interesting and learned a lot and hopefully we will use when we are making our films in a few weeks time.

At around 11am we had an Q&A with the actress Suranne Jones and she told us a bit about how she got into to acting which was very interesting. Then she told us about  actors and actresses and how they do  there work along with how we should treat them when we are making our films and  I think we should use all that advice in our film when we are making it

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Then we went for lunch and we went to Burger King as normal because its never busy.

When we got back to class we got into our groups and then we had to act out one of the scenes from our films in front of the class and they gave us some feed back which was very helpful!

Once we got all the feed back. The best groups scene was chosen and it was acted out and we learned how to film it along with editing it in final cut. I learn a lot in that session because i am the camera man in our film! and hopefully will be able to apply that information in our production.

Just before we go home Shauna and Michael went through and helped us with finalising our scripts along with problems that could happen when we our filming, for example when we film our  we want to film around dusk because its sort of getting dark around 3pm and 5pm. So we had to sort out how we going to film all this.

Everything is now all sorted and our dates are set for the weekend starting the 20th december and ending on the 21st and those dates are coming very soon! and we can’t wait! we are now sorting our actresses out for the film and once we get that done we are all good for filming!

Its a shame its are last week of Film Academy classes met some really nice people who i am going to miss badly we split up for good!Our films will be screen on the 1st of February 2014! and i can’t wait to see everyones film!!

Even when the film Academy is over i will still use this blog to post about other film work that i have been doing!

Week 3!

An other brilliant week at the BFI film academy mainly because we got our script partly done.

To start the day of I handed the script to the group because I printed it of and put a cover page on it. When I printed the script of I took a wee read at it! it was really good and well done and now I can’t wait to start filming it later this month!

After a bit once we got settled into the class the famous writer which is called  Ryan Rowe and he wrote the Charlie’s Angels  films! He was there to give us feed back on each of our scripts and he really liked all of our scripts he said he was really ” tickled” with them, which is a good thing I would I guess! After we took his advice and we are going to apply it to our scripts to help make them better!we went for lunch and we ran into the flag protest in the city centre and there wasn’t very many people there but I think we missed half it!

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Back Row: Alex and Lee
Front Row: Jonny, Ryan Rowe(the writer), Georgia, Rachel and Ruth


When we got back from lunch we got settled in to class again and a man from the BFI came in to give us presentation about the BFI Film Academy residential, which looks amazing and I really want to go to it! only 66 people in the whole of the UK and get on to it and I want to make sure I’m one of them!!

After that talk we had the production manager  from Skyfall,Terry Bamber into give his opinion on our scripts! he gave us good feed back about health and safety which is very important in our film and told us if certain aspects can be filmed! This man is probably one of the funniest man I’ve met who works in the industry. Would love to get some form of work experience with him!

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From left: Alex, Georgia, Terry Bamber( production manager of Skyfall),Jonny, Rachel and Alex

That day absolutely brilliant and can’t believe we have one more week unit we break for Christmas and then there is only one more week after Christmas until the whole thing is over!! 😦

We start the filming our film on the weekend starting the 20th December and I will be putting posts up during our filming!

Film Production Master Class with Gareth Ellis-Unwin & Jessica Malik

Yet again another early start at 6am, as we needed to beat the traffic on the way to Belfast!

When I got to Belfast we parked up at the bus station, which is beside the Europa Hotel! I went in and got registered  and met the people from my group.  We went into the hall and waited until others arrived. When everyone arrived  Shauna started the day off.

The first event that was on was “Meet the Professionals”, which I was not expecting to go! This was worth staying for. UTV‘s Marc Mallett asked the questions to the Professional’s, these professionals were

Bronagh Waugh, Gerard McCarthy,

Niamh McGrady and Ben Peel

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and they were from BBC 2‘s The Fall which was filmed in Northern Ireland. Over all this event was very good and I found out a lot about acting that made it more interesting!

After that session Shauna ask me, Lee and Rachel to get a photograph with Gareth Ellis-Unwin which I hope gets put in the paper! . Then  we went up stairs to the business centre in the Europa which was a pretty cool place. We spent the day in there talking about the different roles of being film producer which was really interesting! and i would love to do this job because you have a lot of power when it comes to making the film.

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At 3pm we went back down to the main hall to have a Q&A with the producer Iain Smith. Two members from my group lead the questions and they did very well and didn’t look nervous at all! The questions they asked were very interesting! Iain seems to be very nice and i got a photo with him! After that i went home to get ready for the Cinemagic Awards at Belfast City Hall which i was looking forward to!

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Week 2

To start things off we had a change of location from the BBC Broadcasting House to their Blackstaff Studios which is near by, but we still managed to get lost!

Eventually I found and met Gareth and then Shauna took us in and we got our passes for the day. We went through the building and went to a big fancy boardroom and you know by the look of it the BBC has too much money to spend! I counted 10 computer/TV screens in the one room.


When everyone arrived we split into our film making groups to talk about how we are going to make our films.Throughout the morning we were developing  our stories and got feedback on each of them

Later on, at around 11, Terry Loane, who is the Director of the Northern  Irish film called MickyBo And Me,  more or less told us the whole story about film making and how the idea for this film came about which was developed from a stage play. Terry comes across as a really cool guy and I learned a lot from his workshop even tho i’m not that interested in the directing side of films!

After his workshop, we went for a bit of lunch! We could not decide where to go in Belfast! it was either between a noodle bar or Burger  King, we ended up in Burger King!

When we got back from lunch, Mr Lennox taught us about beat sheets  which is basically what happens in each scene of the film which I can use in the  course I’m doing in college. He also taught us about some screen writing in the software, called Celtx, which I already knew how to use! Then Mr Lennox taught us to make a film plot by following Blake Snyder‘s book called  Save The Cat which I now have! Once we planned out our beat sheets we had to get feed- back from the rest of the group and got really good and useful feed- back!

Then that brilliant day in the BBC came to an end! So Shauna closed that session by buying us some amazing pizzas!! Then even better she got us taxis over to The Odyssey to watch the film Stand By Me! which was sooo funny and would recommend anyone to watch it if they want a laugh!

Overall, it was a brilliant day and I learned a lot and can’t wait till the black tie event on Thursday! and to next week’s class!

I will put some post up from the black tie along with a film review on Stand By Me!