Winter is quickly drawing in, but the cold weather can’t keep us out of the office! It’s been business as usual here at Blueprint HQ, read on to find out more about all the projects that have been keeping us busy up in Lincoln and down in London.


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Genesis
This week was the first week of our 14-week filmmaking course in collaboration with Genesis. We’re offering the young unemployed residents of Woodberry Down a free course in which they will gain an Arts Award qualification and have the opportunity to create their own short films! This week, we began learning about the equipment that we will be using throughout the course, and filmed our own set of film reviews! Head to the Blueprint: Film Academy website for more details!

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App Development
We are currently in the process of developing multiple apps with some great clients, and are looking for a confident developer and programmer to assist us on this project. This great opportunity is for a 3-month contract beginning in March! We are looking for someone to programme a mobile app for iOS and (possibly) Android. They must be competent, confident and will already have a working App in the app store. This role is full time and will pay above NMW. If you’d like to apply for the role, head over to Arts Jobs to apply!


What’s been happening in Lincolnshire?

NCS
NCS has been in full swing this week.  David has travelled around the East Midlands to capture NCS participants lip-dubbing to Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s ‘Something New’ (yes, that’s how they officially display their name for some reason).  We’re really impressed with the effort put in by some of the groups this week.  Just one more day’s filming to do and it’ll be ready to edit (after David gets back from his holidays).

Japan Video
Mikaela has been busy putting the final touches on our Japan Festival video this week! It’s been lovely to watch everything back and see they way our hark work came together! We’ll be releasing the video next week, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

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Film In A Day
David had a hugely enjoyable day running a workshop in a children’s home in Sleaford on Wednesday.  He worked with two incredibly enthusiastic youngsters to help them produce their very own Star Wars trailer!  Armed with lightsabers, blasters and a Darth Vader mask we put together a most impressive special effects-filled teaser.  Much fun was had by all and the work will go towards one of the children’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


What We’ve Watched

Sicario (Mikaela)
I wanted Villeneuve to hit the Hollywood-action-but-not-cliched mark in the same way he did with Prisoners, and this lived up to my expectations. It also surpassed them a little because I was expecting a Hollywood ending. I was expecting Emily Blunt to be the female underdog who rises up and I expected the good guys to win. What actually happened was Emily Blunt got repeatedly trodden on and the outlook of the film became bleaker and bleaker for everyone. Which I actually loved, because it took the plot to more interesting places.

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The Lobster (Darren)
Started off and thought I was really going to like it, Colin Farrel was very good, it was very funny and loved how surreal and bizarre it all was. The only concern was Rachel Weiz voice over was utterly terrible and grating. The film then very slowly became as grating as her voice over.

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London Road (Mikaela)
I’ve been waiting to see this for a while now, I’ll admit I was extremely tentative about it. I grew up in Ipswich and the events covered in the film are within my memory, with lots of people I went to school with having a direct link to London Road. A series of horrible prostitute killings is also not what I would call great plot material, and I was skeptical as to why they’d want to make such a film (and certainly why it should be a musical). But I was actually quite taken aback by how much I enjoyed the film. It captured the community in Ipswich very accurately, using dialogue from interviews of the real citizens to create the songs. The songs actually did a wonderful job of capturing the mood. I liked that the film didn’t put much focus on the murders and gave no screen time to the killer, instead focussing entirely on the community and giving an honest portrayal of how different people deal with a situation like that. It was quite moving. From a filmic point of view I also absolutely loved the way they kept true to the stage version of the musical, diverting away from realism but still keeping the mood and tone absolutely spot on.

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Spectre (Dave)
I’m a big Bond fan, so I was excited for this and wasn’t disappointed.  It doesn’t shake up the formula like Casino Royale did or up its game like Skyfall, but does deliver one of the most consistently good and solidly entertaining Bond films of recent years.  The tonal balance is improved from last time, with more jokes yet not so many you lose track of the drama.  Christoph Waltz is decent as the main bad guy and Dave Bautista makes a fearsome henchman.  Léa Seydoux gives one of the better Bond girl performances too (although the underused Monica Bellucci is a more appropriate age for Daniel Craig).  The action isn’t particularly mind-blowing and it doesn’t have any sequences that look as good as Skyfall’s skyscraper fight or finale, but it’s still as classily well made as its predecessor.  It’s business as usual really, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your opinion of the franchise.

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The Martian (Dave)
I liked this a lot more than I expected.  I’d lost faith in Ridley Scott these days, but I thoroughly enjoyed his latest sci-fi drama.  Also, where a lot of Scott’s films excel largely in their striking visuals and atmosphere, this gets its strength from a lot of warmth and humour.  Matt Damon is brilliant as the botanist stranded on Mars by himself.  He delivers his amusing quips and scientific explanations with equal aplomb and I’ll be disappointed if his name doesn’t come up during awards season.  The science is well handled here too.  It never gets too confusing and never seems far fetched either.  I believe the book’s author was a scientist himself, so that probably helped ground the film in reality.  The film as a whole is a real treat – Apollo 13 with more laughs is the best way to describe it.  Great stuff. (edited)

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