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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!

Cinemagic Awards Night!

After the Master Class that i had i went my back to my hotel to get ready for 630 which was the time the awards started at. We left the hotel at 615 and headed over to City Hall.

All Rights Reserved to Jonny Collins
All Rights Reserved to Jonny Collins

At the entrance i met some of the members from the Film Academy and these people are Lori,Siona, Tory and we walked in together and as we walked in there was a camera waiting for us, they told us to make funny faces which we found a bit awkward!  When we got in we had to register.

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We found shaun and she made us do a small photo shoot and the photos were going into a magazine called “In! magazine” which I’ve never heard off and now i want a copy of it to see my photo in it!

We stood about for a while until it was time to go into the main hall were the awards was going to be held! the set they had was amazing.  Over all the entertainment was brilliant and the amount of talent there is in this small country is unreal! the amount of awards that was given out reminds me of the BAFTA‘s

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The night was well worth dressing up for! The work that Cinemagic does for young people is amazing and i would love to do some voluntary work for them!

Week one of BFI FIlm camp

Early start for me, which was 6am, because I had  a 2 hour car journey to get to Belfast! When I got to the BBC in Belfast I went in the front doors to the reception desk where I got my visitor’s pass which allowed me to be in the building. After I got  my pass I went through a set of glass barriers which led me to a small seating area where some members of the group were already sitting waiting.

We were waiting  about in this area for a wee while until everyone turned up and then we went up to  the 5th floor where BBC Radio Ulster was on. We went  to the board room where we were for the day.

One of the first things that we did was a wee ice breaker game to get to know the person next to me. That was going well until she got my name wrong even tho i had a  name tag on me. After that session we talked about what we are going to do on this course and we talked about what the silver arts award consisted of.

Later after that talk we met one of our teachers called Michael Lennox who was a director, and he showed us some of his work and his videos were unreal and inspire me to make content like his! After his talk he took us through a bit of the history of film making which was really interesting, but i knew some already because i learned some of it in college last year.  I did learn some new information which will be with me for life.

At around 1130 the UTV film critic Brain Henry Martin came in to give us a big talk on film criticism which meant he taught us how to write film reviews which i might start doing if i get time because it’s very interesting. I learned a lot from this session with him. While he was in with us we learned a lot about different actors and people within the industy. After a while we went for our lunch and we went around the Continental Market for a while and then we went to Mc Donald’s for lunch. We had to be back at the BBC for 2pm for the next session.

Jonny Collins,Brain Henry Martin, Sophie, Tory and Michael Lennox
Jonny Collins,Brain Henry Martin, Sophie, Tory and Michael Lennox

When we got back to class we learned how to develop stories and along with character development which is very useful in course i’m studying in college. Later after we learned about that we watched some short films to help get the feel for short film making.

This is one my favourites that they showed us! made me laugh a lot!

I would love to make something like this!

Micheal split us up in to groups were we had to make up a story for a film that we would like to make, it was very interesting working with people who have the same sort of things in mind! I think our groups film was the best!! After we came up with our film idea to class and get the feed back on how good or bad it was and we got good enough feed back.

I had a brilliant first day and can’t wait to week two and i made some really cool new friends!!

Jonny!

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