It’s Friday the 13th, and you know what that means… yep, it’s time for our weekly round-up blog! Luckily it looks like the weather didn’t get the spooky memo, as we’ve had glorious sunshine almost all week. As always, it’s been a busy week for everyone, and we have a lot of exciting news to share.
In the 26° sunshine of our office in Bethnal Green, we’re coming to the end of the two LEGO projects we’ve been working on for the last few months. Our Film for Kent Trading Standards is all finished and ready to go, and will be shared at their main launch. We’re really pleased with the results, and we couldn’t have asked for nicer clients. They’ve taken quite a brave step out their comfort zone creatively but it’s more than paid off for them!
And like the London buses, two films come along at once! Our LEGO film for NHBC is also due for a big launch very soon. Today, Chris and Darren spent the morning at the Voiceover Gallery in central London recording a celebrity voice over (sorry about the mystery – we’ll tell you who it is soon!). Very exciting stuff! Not to be too enigmatic, but we couldn’t wish for a nicer or more professional artist. Here’s a photo Chris took of the studio:
Meanwhile, Darren has been venturing up north for some exciting meetings regarding the future of Vigilante, as well as some other feature work. And speaking of Vigilante, the London and Lincoln premieres are now almost booked! More news on both of these is coming soon, so keep an eye on the blog for updates!
Our film workshops at Hoxton Hall are also going well; this week Laura worked with the young people on exploring ideas for their music video! Lorna also went along to film their progress, getting lots of behind-the-scenes footage of the workshop. The development of the music video is going well and the song, written and performed by a member of the group, is sounding great. Over the next week or so Laura will be developing the ideas and planning the shoot, with the music video being shot at the end of May.
Meanwhile in Lincoln, Mikaela has been just as busy with our community project Flix In The Stix preparing film screenings around rural Lincolnshire to start in June. This week she’s been writing press releases for all the village magazines and Lincolnshire publications. We’re also releasing the film programme & schedule for all the villages, with great titles including The Martian, The Lady In The Van, Some Like It Hot and The Adventures of Tintin showing in the first quarter! We also received confirmation that the project will be supported by the British Film Institute, so Mikaela’s been busy making arrangements with them.
As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also had a couple of meetings with Lincoln Business Improvement Group, as they have selected Blueprint to shoot their upcoming Fashion Week Finale show! This week Mikaela and Dave met the team in the venue to discuss the shoot and staging in preparation for the glamorous event next week.
What We’ve Watched:
High Rise (Mikaela)
This is the second time I have attempted to watch this and I’m still not entirely sure what it’s all about. I really enjoyed all the individual components of the film, it’s well cast and well acted, the cinematography is gorgeous and it’s more surreal imagery was right up my street. Unfortunately there’s so much chaos it’s hard to grasp what they’re really trying to say.
This was an eye-opening and (eventually) heartwarming take on female oppression within the family. Great acting by the young sisters too. It reminded me a lot of Dogtooth, but was shocking in it’s realism rather than absurdity.