It’s Friday, and once again it’s a glorious one. The suns out and today marks the release Orange Is The New Black season 3. What could be better? Before you settle in for the evening binge watching everyone’s favourite lady-inmates, it’s time to grab a cuppa and find out all that’s new with Blueprint: Film this week.
Magna Carta Celebrations
Aside from celebrating a very important TV show, this week the UK is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you’ll know that we’ve been doing a lot of work in Lincoln recently to help out with their enormous celebration weekend. Lincoln holds one of only 4 original copies of the Magna Carta, and the only copy that you can see alongside it’s sister document the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Alongside the weekend celebration, the Radiating Signals project we were invited to work on will be displayed throughout Lincoln. Hung high across the city on the Barons trail and inside the Castle walls, you will be able to see flags we designed in collaboration with communities across Lincolnshire. Find out exactly where and when you can see the flags here.
Monday marked the opening event for the celebrations, with HRH Princess Anne visiting the city, and unveil a Plaque marking the re-opening of Lincoln Castle. Inside the castle, commissioned poems surrounding the themes of the Magna Carta were read by their writers; Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Welsh National Poet Gillian Clarke and Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry holder Imtiaz Dharker.
The poems are part of a wider project; radio plays, original songs, documentaries and a limited edition publication will be released in celebration of Lincoln’s Magna Carta. We at Blueprint: Film are delighted to have been given the opportunity to be so heavily involved in these important, historic celebrations. Our highlights video from Monday’s events is below, it’s just a taster though, we will have much more coming your way soon!
As always we have new updates with Japan Festival 2015. We’ve been beavering away with new plans, ideas and events to make this years week long festival truly spectacular. Last week we confirmed our Nintendo Gaming Event and The Drill Hall, and this week we are proud to announce we’ll be working with The Ritz Cinema to bring you some amazing Japanese films. We’ll be hosting one screening with a filmmaker Q&A on Friday 9th October, and two on Saturday 10th October; one a Studio Ghibli classic in a special ‘kids club’ event, and one an evening showing, followed by drinks and our Festival wrap party! As for what the films are, you’ll have to sit tight as all will be revealed!
We’re very excited to have the Ritz on board with our events, it’s a beautiful renovated cinema and the perfect venue to host our screenings.
Shooting Fish Radio Plays
Dave has been an incredibly busy bee this week; as well as two days of Live Streaming sports events across Lincoln and filming the Magna Carta celebrations at Lincoln Castle, he has been putting together the finishing touches on the Radio Plays we have made in collaboration with Shooting Fish. The final play, entitled ‘Frankie Foghorn’s Gold’ is an epic tale of ghosts and treasure, devised and recorded by young adults with special needs.
Our brothers and sisters over at Blueprint: Review also had a very busy weekend, but definitely the good kind of busy, as they spent their time watching the best of the worst Genre Movies. You can read reviews of everything they watched (so you don’t have to watch them) over on the Blueprint: Review blog: Weekend of Trash XVII.
What We’ve Watched
The Thing (Dave)
It’s one of my all time favourite films. Everyone knows about the amazing gore effects which still hold up well due to the wild no-holds-barred attitude and high ick-factor. It’s all done with practical effects, which may not always look realistic when taken at face value, but have that real ‘on set’ feel that gives them weight. What impresses me most about the film however is how tightly constructed it is. No frame is wasted in telling the story and scaring/freaking out the audience. There are no unnecessary back stories or tagged on side-plots. It does what it needs to do very efficiently and effectively to create a lean, mean masterpiece. It’s tense and bleak as hell too (particularly by the end) which is rare to see these days, even in many horror films.
The Thing (Mikaela)
Dave and I caught this playing at The Ritz cinema while checking it out for Japan Festival. I was startled by how terrifying it was. I assumed it would be good, but dated and where it is mildly dated (mostly by shaggy haircuts of the era) the effects, gore and scare factor held up stronger than many films that have seen releases in recent years. Something great can be said about filmmakers that pull out all the stops and run with their wild ideas.
True Detective (Darren)
This had a nice atmosphere, setting and great performances, but it was incredibly meandering; never building to anything and climaxing with a cliched, unthrilling end!!