What else can I say except man, what a great day!
I was a bit worried at first about the first day (Finding the Hotel through Mr Tom Tom and it’s lack of knowledge of Durham didn’t help!) but I was relieved to say the least when I got there.
(Very Posh Hotel! >,<)
We all sat down in the -really really posh looking- hotel meeting room kinda thing and got to know each other before we started any work. I felt a bit shy at first but ended up being very comfortable and relaxed once I got to know everyone! Everyone looked a lot older than myself, I think I’m the youngest person there, but I’m very excited to be a part of the project! Everyone seemed very like minded – all were worried about missing the amazing 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Episode- and very friendly people! Though a bit daunting, I think since they’re all a bit older it’s a good thing! They all have quite a lot of experience in film making or being part of productions so I think this will be great! I personally don’t have much experience but I am hoping this is something I can gain through the BFI Academy
During the day, we were all introduced to one another and we were given a better explanation of what lies ahead of us – To make a 5-7 minute short movie in 8 weeks! Quite daunting but exciting!
We identified the roles of people within the industry and were given a clearer explanation on what those roles were by Ben, such as Writer, Director, Producer, DP, Editor, Sound, Make Up, Camera. It was all really exciting! The Director is in charge of every creative and Producer in charge of everything non-creative! The Editor edits the footage of the movie and the sound person records to audio or replaces audio like a door closing with a better sound.
After Lunch, Clive taught us about writing and how, although it can be hard to fight the procrastination, it’s very important when making a film. We were taught about the important things about writing – about how ideas were worthless since everybody has ideas and we were taught about the structure of a film and character arcs.
It was a surprise to know that pretty much every successful film had the same skeleton underneath it and that you can fit most films along the lines of:
Once Upon a Time
Because of that
Because of that
(We all took turns describing a movie like that and we had to guess, some were very obvious and some not so much!)
Clive then drew a diagram on the board to explain the set up of a story, beginning with the opening image or O.I – the thing that people see first. For example in Star Wars, you see basically the title of a movie – a war in space and then the closing image or C.I is the last thing that people see which should relate to the O.I and tell the story without the middle part. Such as Star wars, the O.I is was and the C.I is peace, so you know the conflict is resolved! (Simple really! :D)
Then of course, you have the in-between bits!
After the O.I you have the set up where we establish the theme of the movie, the genre of the movie, the universe that the movie is set in and give the viewer a usual day with the character so they understand them.
Using Scott Pilgrim vs The world as an example -(A really awesome movie f.y.i!)
The set up is just an average day with Scott and his girlfriend Knives, and an average day playing with his band.
The ACT 2 comes along! Act 2 has a catalyst, something that changes the course of the movie so that the character can never go back to where they were in the beginning. Such as in Scott Pilgrim, the catalyst would be Scott seeing the character of Ramona, the literal girl of his dreams and learning he has to defeat her 7 evil exes.
Then comes the midpoint of the movie, the big part! The most exciting part! Such as Scott ready to face the final boss and the evil ex or in the movie the Internship (extremely underrated and a great movie!!) when they are doing fantastic and facing another challenge, going at it with confidence and determination!
But then is Act 3, when the character thinks all is lost, there is no where for them to go, (In Scott Pilgrim, this is where Scott dies)
this is when the theme comes back in and the character learns a life lesson which helps them become stronger and better themselves which leads to the finale which is the big finish and they get the girl or they save the day and in most cases everybody goes home happy! Then the C.I is shown which should relate to the O.I and you have an awesome movie yay!! xD
We also learnt about character arcs, how the character should end up stronger than how they were at the beginning and we werre show a Cilit bang advert which showed us how even in adverts all these things occur!
We were shown a creepy short movie called Still Life (which you can see here )
and another short film which was award winning called Black Hole (which you can see here )
to give us an example of what type of things we could make.
We also saw a previous entry for the BFI called Been a Riot
Then we looked at Genre conventions – stuff that makes up a genre so with Sci Fi it would be space, technology, utopia and dystopia and with horror it’s about isolation and confinement, most often touching upon sin and religious aspects.
I think we really learnt a lot from that day!
We then went to go and watch Gravity! A link to my review of it can be seen here *Spoiler alert*
I’m very excited to learn more and to see what lies ahead!!
(Apologies for rambling about Scott Pilgrim – I just love the movie!! xD)