A fairly short round up from us this week, as the majority of work has been admin, editing and research – not particularly glamorous, but essential to getting all kinds of new and exciting projects! We’ve also had Lorna’s birthday (with donuts) and we’ve started to rearrange our London office space – pictures coming soon once we have everything in order!
Down in London, Chris has been busy with this year’s Summer NCS promo. earlier this week he headed out to Staffordshire to meet up with some of the young people who were out camping and enjoying a week of activities involving high wires, rock climbing and raft building. The young people were having a great time out there, and we picked up some great footage and interviews from them.
Pictured above: The Ronin camera rig we use for the NCS film always gathers a lot of interest among the young people so we let them loose with it occasionally!
We’ve been creating the NCS films for over 3 years now and we’ve developed a great relationship with the team at the EBP in Lincoln who do such a great job of creating the range of fantastic opportunities for young people to learn new skills, make new friends and give something back to their community through voluntary action and fundraising.
Never let it be said that we don’t strive for the perfect shot – here’s Chris risking a large insurance claim in the name of art this week!
Meanwhile, the rest of the London and Lincoln teams have been hard at work bringing in funding and contracts for all of our various projects. There’s always lots to do, but it’s definitely worth it to get an exciting variety of work!
In Lincoln, Ben has been delving into the world of web design, starting work on reconstructing the Blueprint Foundation website. Hopefully he’ll come out of the depths of wordpress alive! Ben also went along for Flix In The Stix’s final screening of Some Like It Hot, which of course was a success as it’s a brilliant film! Corringham was in great sprits, and were delighted of being given a chance to experience this classic on the big screen.
What We’ve Watched
It’s been a busy week for films!
Star Trek Beyond (Dave)
This was everything you’d expect from the director of numerous Fast and Furious sequels (Justin Lin) taking over the Star Trek Franchise – sci-fi angles dumbed down and action levels ramped up. The narrative is bog standard, evil bad guy needs stopping kind of stuff, but the film has a great deal of energy so is enjoyable to watch. So as a bit of throwaway fun you can’t go wrong, but don’t expect anything too thought-provoking or particularly memorable for that matter.
Holy Motors (Mikaela)
I went into this with a vague idea of what it was but that did not prepare me in any way for what ensued. I actually really enjoyed the film, it’s a visual playground taking you through a plethora of different lives – there’s not really much of a cohesive plot, but it’s a fun ride nonetheless.
The BFG (Mikaela)
The CGI here was gorgeous, but this remake didn’t really offer anything new and sanded down the harsh edges of the original to make fairly average family fodder. Also I hated the child actress.
The Tribe (Mikaela)
This is easily one of toughest films I’ve ever watched. The plot follows a group of students in a deaf school, so all the dialogue is sign language – no subtitles. It forces you to navigate scenes with little understanding of what’s going on. It’s very unnerving, but an incredibly thoughtful way of putting you in the shoes of a deaf person. On top of this, the plot itself is particularly dark for such a young cast – gangs & prostitution – and contains one of the most unsettling acts of violence I’ve seen on screen. Definitely worth a watch but go into it mindfully.
This week I began my venture into the world of Lars Von Trier after being begged for ages by a few of my friends to give his work a go. Antichrist, was definitely the place to start, if you are wanting to know what Von Trier is all about, which is mood, minimalism and quite a handful of disturbing imagery. What struck me by surprise is how long the film takes to get to the so called ‘controversial’ stages, as the majority of the film focuses entirely on the relationship of the film’s sole two characters of Willem Da Foe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Antichrist tells the story in a somewhat chapter based format of a couple who have recently lost their son in a tragic accident. His wife goes into a mental breakdown and seeks haven in a cabin in the woods which she used to previous summers whilst writing a university thesis. Whilst her husband gives her therapy, events unfold and she becomes increasingly violent and with due course this is where Von Trier’s signature ‘controversial’ filmmaking styles begin. Overall i’d say the story is quite vague and doesn’t hit any emotional bars with me, which i think is what the film was going for. Plus in places it’s visually stunning, but I don’t think it is the so called ‘masterwork’ that a lot of my peers have stated that it is.