Once again it’s been a wild week at Blueprint HQ and we’ve really been making the most of our skill sets! Radio plays, events, video production, filmmaking workshops and website design, you name it, we’ve been busy with it! Grab a cuppa and read on to find out what’s new in the world of Blueprint.
Chris, our lead designer has been working furiously to create a website and design a marketing package. It’s been a hectic few weeks of deadlines, phone calls, mountains of emails and countless copy changes in the East London office but today we’re finally there! The website launched this afternoon and both us and the rest of the Festival800 team are really happy with the results.
We also got our hands on a copy of the brochure we’ve been designing after it went into it’s first print run last week. You can see the results below – it’s a cute little beast! If you’re in the Lincolnshire area (or you just fancy a weekend away), definitely check out the Festival800 website or Facebook and follow them on Twitter @Festival800 because it’s going to be a great week!
For a few years now, we have been working with The EBP on their annual NCS programme for young people. The work they do and the NCS team are fantastic and we always enjoy making their graduation films! This year, we’re collaborating on something a bit different to our standard films… This week Dave started filming NCS’ epic Lip Dup, featuring literally hundreds of young people from nine different NCS groups! It’s given the Lincoln office a chance to get their hands on our new Ronin-M stabiliser. We’ve got some awesome footage so far from the first 3 groups and we’re looking forward to more shooting next week! Updates and videos to follow!
Dave has also been busy at Lincoln University, running an editing workshop for students taking part in a filmmaking summer school. They’re being given an editing challenge to complete in 2 hours, and because Dave’s running it, the theme is ‘car chase’ – woo hoo!
Magna Carta Radio Plays
Starting last Sunday, Darren took Blueprint into production on our Radio Play series for Festival800 (remember that?!) Over the past month we have been working with a Lincolnshire Lithuanian community, hearing their stories, histories, and experiences in England; from that Darren has developed 3 radio plays tied into themes of the Magna Carta. The radio plays will feature the community group acting within the pieces. We’re very proud to say one of the group members was so inspired by it all they ended up writing their own play which we then also recorded. A great week for creativity.
The Mac Twins
Last week Chris and Dave met two lovely Scottish twins at Unity PR in London, as it turns out they’re an amazing DJ team getting ready to tour the world! The girls were lovely enough to ask us to create a pre-tour trailer for them and of course we were more than happy to oblige! Mikaela has been busy editing away on a super-cool Mortal Kombat style spoof trailer for the pair! Here’s a sneaky sneak peek.
What We’ve Watched
A perfectly formed little film. Funny, charming, a great setting, loved it!!
Flowers in the Attic (Darren)
Oh boy, I knew within 30 seconds how awful this wasn’t going to be, supposed to be research for my new script but it wasn’t much use, it was however, in moments, so bad it was funny!!! But only in moments…
X-Men Days of Future Past (Darren)
A solid super hero film with a very interesting premise. Not spectacular, but good fun and better than most blockbusters!
Man Of Steel (Darren)
I hate superman the character anyway, but this film is just embarrassing, the premise is actually quite interesting and it could’ve been a great take on it, but when you have Schnyder directing you let the film out to die!
Darren has been busy this week! Dave has also been busy, but as always, you can catch his reviews over on our sister website Blueprint Review:
X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut: The time-travelling super hero blockbuster gets X-tended..
Cemetery Without Crosses: I love a good spaghetti western, so I checked out this ‘baguette western’ to round off the meal
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension: This bizarre cult classic is a slice of hugely entertaining 80’s insanity