Business As Usual
We’ve had a solid week at Blueprint HQ beavering away with all the different projects we’ve been talking about this month.
Dave has been working alongside Shooting Fish to edit some News-bulletin style radio plays we created in a community workshop recently. Many fun and gruelling hours spent adding hilarious and often ridiculous sound effects to give them that little something extra.
Darren and Mikaela have both continued working hard on Lincoln’s Festival of Japanese Culture, finalising dates with venues and engaging with social media, plus more news on the festival below!
The Magna Carta celebratory publication that is being funded by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council is well on it’s way, with our interviews of people across Lincolnshire beginning to go ahead this week. Plus, we’ll be doing photo shoots with all of the wonderful contributors next month.
Blueprint: Film is looking for a new member of the team! If you’ve been following our Twitter, you may have seen us advertising a new job role that has become available at Blueprint!
The role is a 6-month internship and we’re looking for someone to work with us on a variety of projects we have coming up! Our ideal candidate will need to feel confident in App development and programming, primarily for iOS but Android would be a bonus. However we aren’t necessarily looking for an experienced candidate, it would be a great role for someone coming out of uni and it pays above minimum wage! Hooray!
You can find out more information & apply for the on the role over on Indeed.
Movements with Lincoln’s Festival of Japanese Culture 2015
As I mentioned we have more good news for our Japan Festival! With many events in place now, the schedule is looking incredibly exciting, but we want more! We’ve just put out an Open Call for Japanese artists and practitioners, to take a role in the festival. We have budgets for smaller acts as well as a few for larger events and would love to hear from anyone who would like to be featured with a slot in the festival. We’re looking for anything from Tea ceremonies, to Noh Theatre, Kabuki, Calligraphy, Traditional Costume so don’t be afraid to drop us an email! You can find more information about the open call over on WooLoo.
What We’ve Watched
Population 436 (Darren)
For research for our next feature film, I watched Population 436 this week. It was one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, but comically so!
This was hammier than I remembered, and it’s score seemed far too overbearing. Despite this, it’s still pretty fantastic.
2001: A Space Odyssey (Mikaela)
Last week I said I was trying to watch more of the ‘old classics’, those why-haven’t-you-seen-this-you’re-a-film-grad movies, and I am really trying. This was incredibly shot with masterfully created sets and a strong, intense undertone. I’m sad to say however that it went entirely over my head. I honestly couldn’t tell you what happened or why, as I have no idea. I don’t even know whether to be disappointed in the film, or myself.
Mad Max: Fury Road (Dave)
I frickin’ loved it. It feels like a big dumb 80’s action movie (in a good way) in terms of setting, plot and production design, but done using modern techniques to the highest of standards. Plot is minimal and fed through in short bursts in amongst the action a lot of the time, which worked for me. It maybe could have done with slightly stronger stakes perhaps and it’s strange (although not necessarily a problem) that Mad Max is practically a side character. He’s in it all the time and we’re always following him, but the ‘mission’ is all Charlize Theron’s.
Yes, maybe there could have been a bit more depth and there’s the occasional naff line or delivery (largely from the ‘breeders’) and I’m sure people could easily pick the film apart if they wanted to, but I’d be surprised if this didn’t end up high in my top ten at the end of the year because I had so much fun.
The action is brilliantly directed and edited. It’s breathtakingly exciting and looks stunning. A lot of the stunts were done for real which is effective and refreshing. CGI is used too, but largely only when truly necessary, such as in bodies flying around or getting chopped up, some of the explosions and the dust storm. By being fearless in its potentially silly production design aesthetic, it feels like nothing else around at the moment and it doesn’t shy away from some pretty grotesque elements either.
It’s utterly bonkers in the best possible way and adrenaline fuelled to a ridiculous degree. It’s one of the best action movies in a long time, particularly to come out of Hollywood.
They Came Together (Mikaela)
I love Amy Poehler so much, I think she is a comedy mastermind and an inspiration to females trying to make it in the industry. But this was bad. I can appreciate it’s style, it was poking fun at the cheesy rom-coms, employing their devices in a post-modern and comedic way… but is was still just a cheesy rom-com. It needed more; it needed to push further and make me laugh harder, but it didn’t. I still love Amy though.
Pitch Perfect (Mikaela)
I don’t know what happened to my film taste this week I’m sorry. This was highly recommended to me, everyone – critics and audience alike seemed to lap up this movie so I gave it a go. I found it somewhat funny in places, but less because of the script (the script was pretty terrible) and more because of fabulous performances from some truly talented comedic artists that held this film up. Mostly though, this was just boring and cliched and formulaic.