It’s the second week of September, which means we are now less than 1 month away from Japan Festival 2015! As you can probably guess it has been an absolutely wild week here at Blueprint HQ, so read on to get the full low-down on what this creative agency has been up to!

Japan Festival 2015!

We know we’ve been holding back with our announcements for Japan festival, but the time has finally come to share them with you! Chris and Mikaela have been busy beavering away with the official website this week, and we’re pleased to announce it has been launched! Mikaela has also linked all the events through our Yapsody ticketing website, so that people can buy tickets in advance! The first few have already started selling and we’re really excited to see the events coming together! We also have a Facebook event page courtesy of Visit Lincoln, and a Twitter account. Join & follow these to be the first to hear about any updates!

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We’ve got a huge range of amazing events going on, and we’re so pleased to be able to offer them all at a low cost, or completely free! We have workshops with some amazingly talented artists and practitioners going on throughout the festival week, including Sushi making, Calligraphy, Origami, Female Self Defence, Samurai Swords, Throwing Stars and more! All our workshops are priced at just £2.

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We’ve also got an incredible Nintendo Gaming Event, complete with all the classic consoles and games to please even the most old-school gamers! Casa Wabisabi Sushi Club will be in the Drill Hall with us on the day selling special Bento lunch boxes so you can keep those energy levels up while you play! We’ve also got live music in the Drill Hall cafe from 12-2, and if you think you’re up to the challenge you can enter one of our tournaments and win some fantastic prizes!

This is just a tiny taste of all the things we have happening across the city, other highlights will include Free Live Music from Cheiko Tezuka on the 25-string koto, a Traditional Tea Ceremony delivered by Buddha Maitreya of Pureland Japanese Garden and we’ve been lucky enough to get expert talks from Jasper Sharp and Helen McCarthy to accompany our film screenings! For the full schedule head over to our website!

Shooting Fish Short Film

Dave has been busy this week editing the short film Blueprint helped a group of children in care produce, alongside Shooting Fish Theatre Company.  The young people devised the story, acted out all the main roles and operated the camera and sound equipment, with assistance from Dave and the staff from Shooting Fish.  The film is about a fictional talent competition where the world’s most gifted youngsters battle it out to be the best of the best.  Unfortunately one of the group is sabotaging the events and one by one the contenders are put out of the picture.  Will anyone be able to stop the evil mastermind before it’s too late?

We’ve had a great time working with Shooting Fish and all of the children. It’s been a great project and we’ll be glad to show them all their final film!

What We’ve Watched

Straight Outta Compton (Mikaela)
I thought it was reasonably formulaic, as biopic’s can be, but it was entertaining and honest throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable flick (especially if you can rap-along) with solid performances from all. I have no idea how they cast Ice Cube, because he looked exactly like a young Ice Cube had just time travelled into the movie. It also raised a solid point for me, with brutal shots of the anti-police brutality riots, predeceasing a scene tagged as ‘1993’. 1993 was my year of birth and it is crazy to me that we are seeing these same riots for these same reasons, an entire lifetime onwards.

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (Darren)
A sweet film that is often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, regularly creative; but I wish it was a touch more of all three.


Obvious Child (Mikaela)
I was hesitant to watch this because I have found both Jenny Slate and Gaby Hoffman to be hellishly annoying in other things. Both of their performances here were comforting, honest, raw and funny. The two of them made this film what it was, which was highly enjoyable. It tackled some fairly serious issues in a way that was intelligent and light, without being dismissive. Good writing, great cast.


Medium Cool (Dave)
Cinematographer and documentary film maker Haskell Wexler directed this unique film from 1969 which blurs the lines between reality and fiction.  It was a wonderful technical and artistic achievement.  My full review can be read here:

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