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Making the Film

Day 1! Saturday As usual its a 6am start for me on saturday. When  I got to Belfast me and dad took forever to find the Cinemagic offices! Once I got to the office, some of the crew was there and the rest of  them met Patrick. Once 9:30am came we had a production meeting until round about 10 then our actors came Lia and Tiffany, both the girls are very nice and match the characters perfectly! Once they arrive they joined us in our production meeting and we went through the script! At 10:30am went to film our first scene which was at the shop across the road. We had one problem we didn’t have a bottle of drink for the girls to steal. So we had to go and buy a bottle of VODKA AND EMPTIED IT DOWN THE DRAIN AND FILLED IT WITH WATER. This scene was very fun interesting to film because it was on a very public street but we got there in the end. I’m not going to lie the shoulder mount we were using actually kills the arms! When I was filming each scene i had Patrick over my back doing the focus nd supporting me while I was using the camera. In the shop scene when the girls are running away we filmed some of it in slow monition and it came out really well! When we were making this film we didn’t make it in order. So we headed over to Botanical Gardens to film the next scene. In this scene the girls went to this park to steal a football. I loved filming this part because they were walking down this covered walk way and the we filmed it looks amazing because of the movements and angels we used.  This scene took a while to film mainly because of the very complex movements involved. The shot In this scene was the girls stealing the football from to do boys and run of with it. I found this shot rather funny and it didn’t take that long to film it. The final part in this scene is when the girls start to play dares in this band stand that we found in the Botanical Gardens. This part of the scene turned out very will because of light we had in the background  and the sun was going down and made the video look very good. This part of film took a long time to film of the different angels that we included in it. The reason there is some many angels is because of the dialogue involved. My favourite part in that scene is the dares they played i found it really funny and can’t wait to see how it turns out in the final edit. On Day two of the film we filmed scene two first which was the tunnel and i really enjoyed filming this because of the different angles which were involved and i was thinking to myself this is going to be hard to edit together. It was coming to the end of the day and we had to film our last scene, we need dusk sort of light so we can edit it to make it look like night time. when we filmed this scene it was raining very badly and we need a lot of umbrella’s to keep all the equipment dry and in working order. In this scene, it contained a car crash bit and it was really hard to film because we had to take health and safety into mind, so nothing could go wrong! The amount of different angles we took for this scene was crazy and it was very hard to edit it together then! Once we filmed the editing we got the footage and sound of all the devices on to my laptop so i could start editing as soon as i got home! Next time i am working on a film i want an assiant editor which will help me sync up the audio because that was a long and painful process, but once i got that done putting the actual moving image together was   pretty easy because i’m used to editing. The editing  process for this film took about 3 weeks to complete, but once i got it done i sent it off to cinemagic which meant they could look at it and submit it to the BBC for our show case!

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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 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!

Welcome

My names Jonny Collins, i’m  young film maker that got on to the BFI Film  Academy which is run by Cinemagic in Northern Ireland. I have been working with cameras for about 7 years now and i have produced a lot of film/video content. i am currently study in the South West college in Omagh, the course that i am studying is a BTEC Level 3 in Creative Digital Media. within this course i will want to learn  more about producing and sound production in  the film industry and hopefully improve my Directing Skills and Camera skills by the end of it. I will be updating this blog for any new things that i do with this course or other film making projects that i have on in my life