Welcome to the VIEWFINDER PROJECT BLOG!

Viewfinder is a 3 year talent development initiative that will support filmmakers to take their skills and aspirations to the next level.

Project participants will attend a regular programme of Filmmaking Surgeries to develop talents in specific production areas. Then by taking part in our Film Factories they will showcase their abilities by making short films in partnership with charitable organisations through a series of professionally commissioned opportunities.


Session 3 (B6)

Session 3 saw editing begin on the slapstick film, with sounds being found and added to give it a real pow! Interviews asking about your favourite music were also continuing, while planning for a film about The Jam was started. Alongside this we also had Viewfinders very own WWE (or WBHW, World Beacon Hill Wrestling) parody being filmed, with people replicating wrestlers iconic entrances.  

Session 1 and 2 (B6)

The first two sessions of Block 6 has been jam-packed - we have scripts being written for sci-fi and historical zombie epics, alongside storyboards produced and filming started on a comedy short inspired by Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and, the Three Stooges. Another group was also working on an interview style film asking you what is your favourite music? while recording was being done for a voiceover in a feature length film. 

Session 8 (B5)

The last session of Block 5 was a sharing day where families and friends were invited to come and see what the group have created over the past 7 sessions; this included a remake of the Fantastic Beasts trailer, a re-imagining of a scene from Star Wars, a glimpse at scenes from an ongoing feature length film, a plush film, a experiment with colour and sound, and a reading of a script for a comedy.

It was also an opportunity for people to feedback upon the session in this block of Viewfinder - what they liked, what could be better and what they'd like more of - were among some of the topics discussed.

Session 7 (B5)

Today's session was a Masterclass with Magnus Dennison teaching us all about Steadicam. To quote one of the group: "I enjoyed learning all about it - it was well heavy!"

Session 6 (B5)

Everyone was continuing developing their films today with a focus on editing and adding in special effects. The session also the start of a short animation based on the film "Gravity".

Session 5 (B5)

It has been non-stop creativity with filming continuing of the remake of the Fantastic Beasts trailer and an action-epic feature-length film. Alongside these, new ideas were being developed in the form of a Zelda plushie short, a Sith Lord's battle, an experiment with colour and sound, as well as many other ideas. 

Session 4 (B5)

After watching "Life Animated" - a film about how someone with autism learnt language through Disney movies - the group took part in a Masterclass by Dogwoof, the UK's leading documentary distributor, giving the group some great tips on marketing and pitching films to film festivals.

Session 3 (B5)

Plenty of green screen happening tis session wit two films using the technique: one for an action packed epic and, the other to recreate scenes from the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 

Alongside all the SFX other films were developing: a Zelda themed plushie short; a film about a Sith Lords revene and; a vamp-werewolf mood reel.

Session 2 (B5)

Writing, editing, shooting, storyboarding and, mood reeling meant it was all in Session 2 of Block 5 – we even had some green screening for filming some scenes for an upcoming feature-length film.

 

Session 1 (B5)

Starting off Viewfinder Block 5 the group mapped out what they would like to do, see and learn over the course of the project.  They then started working on their ideas: from vampires and werewolves to a plush movie. A smaller group also created a short film about a Shakespearean actor turned clown.

 

Session 7 and 8 (B4)

In their final session of this Block of Viewfinder the group were immersed in a SFX Masterclass delivered by Laura Tallentire. Learning all about the techniques used to create wounds, cuts, bruises and other types of make-up needed in film and tv, you can see they had a terr(or)ific time!

 

Session 5 and 6 (B4)

Nearing the end of Viewfinder Block 4 the group have continued working through scriptwriting and storyboarding to eventually to bring their ideas to life on film.

In the last two sessions the participants have already begun filming some of their ideas: one group was working on a psychological horror called “Unworthy” and; another on an animation called “Street Dogz” inspired by the Masterclass in Session 2.

 

Session 1-4 (B4)

The film-makers of Viewfinder Block 4 have completed four sessions so far, with the group steaming ahead with developing their individual and collective ideas.

From sci-fi epics to dramatic soaps, the film-makers have been typing up scripts, sketching ideas and playing with animation – to name a few things! One particular project has drawn its inspiration from the Masterclass in Session 2 where Robin Webb took the group through the amazing and diverse world of animation.

In Session 4 a smaller group of the film-makers were also planning and filming a short advert for the Beacon Hill Arts Premiere night on Monday 17th October 2016. With pirates, wizards and everything in between it showcased the wonderful work so far of the film-makers involved in Viewfinder.

Session 7 (B3)

In Session 7 the filmmakers continued to work on their individual projects; ranging from a Donald Trump film, to a CV film. Some participants worked on developing characters whilst others filmed. Everyone worked together to help others reach their goals for that session. 

Session 6 (B3)

Session 6 was a Master Class, where director and script writer Bridget Deane visited the class to give insight into creating storylines that keep an audience enthralled. Bridget has written for shows such as Wife Swap, Emmerdale and Shameless. We watch a couple of her short films, including the ‘The Ball’; the filmmakers noticed how a simple storyline with complex emotions creates a captivating story.  The filmmakers then created their own short storylines, using three components: location, character and problem. The filmmakers shared their ideas with Bridget and the rest of the group. 

Session 5 (B3)

Session 5 saw the filmmakers working on individual projects; some working on a script for a werewolf film, others editing a CV film and footage about peoples favourite music. One filmmaker made masks ready for filming next session, while another started on initial planning for a soap opera episode. A larger group assisted a fellow filmmaker in capturing scenes for a film he has been working on for some time at home. 

Session 4 (B3)

Session 4 was a Master Class given by Magnus, a Cinematographer. Magnus demonstrated various methods of creating atmosphere using lights, lenses and shots. The filmmakers got a chance to experiment with the lights, creating both soft and harsh lighting. They also had a play with the differnet lenses and saw how this can alter the mood of a scene. The filmmakers watched a clip of Magnus's film, when it was paused they guessed what kind of shot was being used and why; for example, hand held to create a rawness. The filmmakers then got to see a tracking shot in action. 

Evaluation Session - 'Go Wild In Nature'

After putting out an open call for businesses interested in having a new video created, the group of  filmmakers were most excited by an offer from a company called 'Go Wild In Nature'. 'Go Wild in Nature' offer outdoor activity days to schools. 

During this week's session, the filmmakers and their parents evaluated the work that they had created in previous weeks.  Evaluation was split in to 3 catagories: pre-production, producation and post-production.  

Parents were able to see a rough cut of the final film for the first time, and a representative from 'Go Wild in Nature' spoke  in a interview with Will. 

 

Session 3 (B3)

Session 3 was a hive of activity with the filmmakers splitting off to work on many different projects. One group continued to edit the 'Go Wild In Nature' Film; others worked on filming and interviewing people about music. Another group worked on a new film about Donald Trump, gathering inspiration from Youtube clips; and another filmmaker continued to plan a film about vampires and werewolves.