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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!

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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Lumiere Festival Derry-Londonderry!

On Sunday the 1st of December we went to Derry-Londonderry which is just up the road from me, to see Lumiere Festivel. We parked up in an old army base and we walked over to St. Columb’s Park were the Fire Garden was and it was bloody amazing seeing all this fire and thinking how on earth is this safe! but it was amazing!

some of the stuff there was amazing and really strange looking but it was good opportunity to bring my cameras which i did! and it probably the best idea I’ve done in a long time! The photos and videos that i got were unreal.


This one of my favourite photos it is a close up of flame and didn’t expect it to come out as well as this!!

The shots i got on my video camera were pretty good but i found it hard to get the camera focused in the dark! but some of the shots came out really good so i decided to put a video together for youtube.

As i went round the park i took lots of photos of the different items on fire which are in the gallery below

As you can see i choose the best photos from that night! I got bored of being in that park! so wee crossed the peace bridge and went into the city and took some video of the videos that was projected on the buildings and it was amazing how they actually did it! hate to see the electric bill after those few days!!

To cut things short here is a video that i made of the festival

On Monday I sent to my teacher from the Film Academy and she loved it! I’ve never got a reaction on one my videos like that ever. Got something coming up this monday but i’m not going to say you are going to wait until then!

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 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!!



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