We’ve got two whole weeks of projects to update you on this week, since last week we were all too busy swanning about in the Good Friday sun to write a blog! We’ve had lots going on over the past two weeks (even though we had to squeeze it all into 8 days), and we’ve had loads of spare time at home to watch films (our favourite activity), read on to catch up on all the happenings here at blueprint, and to read our bitesize film reviews!
Lego In London
Chris, Darren and Laura have all rallied together this fortnight on our LEGO film for the National House Building Council and it’s been full steam ahead for everyone! Last week, we headed up to Milton Keynes for the live-action shots that will introduce the film. This involved a cheeky cameo from Hugo the Blueprint baby, and some very swanky done footage (oooooooh).
This week, Chris received delivery of all the sets for the LEGO film, they’ve been built specifically to match up with our live-action locations for seamless transitions from the real world to the LEGO one! Chris’ week has since been the slow and steady process of stop-motion animating the rest of the film!
Make Your Own Screen Heritage
Last week we also brought our Make Your Own Screen Heritage project to a close! We partnered up with Film London and the London Screen Archives to create short film with young people inspired by archive footage from their local Boroughs. We worked with groups of young people in Bromley and Merton, each creating a short film that represented their group and their local area. Last week Mikaela and Louis got to editing the final shorts created by the young people, ready for them to be premiered last Thursday! The project has been one of those nice cockle-warming projects, the young people really got stuck in with the filmmaking and the documentaries that came were a great, honest representation of the people involved and their local area. We also got to look at some lovely archive footage of the area and share it with older local groups. We worked with pensioners clubs in both Boroughs to hear their stories of the local area and their ideas for the two films which was quite heartwarming, and we got some lovely response quotes including “I loved that. It was great to see Bromley, how I remembered it as a little girl.”!
Barton Heritage App
Up in the Lincoln office, Mikaela and Dave have been moving into pre-production on our Barton Hidden History app. We’ve been in touch with various organisations to dig up the most fascinating stories we can from the town’s rich heritage. Most illuminating to us film lovers is the fact that Ted Lewis lived there. He was a man who seemed to be good at everything from art, to jazz piano, to writing. He worked on artwork for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and wrote the novel that Get Carter was based on! The app will detail the most interesting historical tidbits from all over town, leading users of a historical walking tour of the city. At each location the app will unlock exciting content, including audio clips, film pieces and original photographs!
What We’ve Watched
Down Terrace (Mikaela)
Good old Ben Wheatley. Nobody really does that mix of realism and black comedy like the Brits do. I enjoyed this, the characterisations of the parents were spot-on (as were characterisations for the whole crime-community) and it was superbly acted. I would’ve liked a bit more intensity but that’s not really what Wheatley was going for.
Room was as good as everyone says, but not what I was expecting. I knew nothing about it, so the slow build and reveal was well executed, and (spoilers), the escape sequence was so unorthodox in structure, normally it was the ending but this was the mid point, it felt almost strange watching it. Although the second half teetered on cliche, it never fully moved over and was a fascinating insight into the aftermath of rape and abuse. Definitely grew stronger the days after the film.
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dave)
I’m not sure this quite lived up to the hype. Yes it’s tense and moves along at quite a pace (it felt like an 80 min film rather than a 100 min one), but I found it a bit too silly at times. I’m all for suspending disbelief when I go to the cinema, but I struggled to buy some of the crazy twists and coincidences on show. It’s an exciting watch though, so works effectively if you can switch off your brain and enjoy the ride.
What We Do In The Shadows (Mikaela)
I was skeptical going into this one, but I watched it on an Easter-weekend hangover and it was just what I needed. The flat humour won’t float everyone’s boat, and it’s slow pace – though fitting with the tone was possibly a little too droney. It won me over though, with it’s fun play on vampire cliches and quirky characters.
It Follows (Darren)
It Follows is a decent enough horror film, though I don’t quite get the hype around it. But it’s a decent concept executed well; and with only marginal logic flaws.
The Squid and The Whale (Mikaela)
My first venture into Noah Baumbach territory was a successful one. I thought this was a really honest portrayal of one family going through a divorce. It had just enough comedy to keep the mood light whilst not shying away from more difficult and heartfelt moments. It did make me wonder though; will Jesse Eisenberg ever play a likeable character?