The BFI Film Academy | Week 3 & Becoming A Director!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Hi guys! So this week was a very exciting week at the BFI Film Academy! Not only did we have this super-amazing props man come in to talk to us today, but we also got our two scripts and our roles allocated to us! AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I WILL BE THE DIRECTOR! I am soooo happy! This will be my first time directing and I couldn't be happier to work with such a talented group of people! I know that we will produce something that will be incredible as I know everyone will put their heart and soul into this project, and I am so greatful!

So, we had this lovely man called Alan Jones come in to talk to us today, and he is the Props Master, Props Designer and Set Dresser for many films, including STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, SKYFALL, HARRY POTTER, CLASH OF THE TITANS, WORLD WAR Z, THE DARK KNIGHT and HEART OF THE SEA! He was so lovely and answered all of our questions! He also brought in a few props that he made from various films that he has been in they were so interesting. He went through the process of how he made the props and what the protocol was on set, and he was so lovely and funny. Here are some pictures of the props he bought in.

A prop from World War Z
A chain prop from Skyfall
The first prop shown is from the James Bond Skyfall film. This prop was used in a fight scene in the beginning of the film and was made so the actors would not get hurt.This prop is actually made from foam! IT LOOKS SO REAL! It was really strange to hold it because it looked so real and I expected it to be really heavy when I picked it up, but it was so light! The rust effect is so realistic I couldn't believe it was not real!

The second picture shown is from the film World War Z. It is used in a scene near the end of the film where Brad Pitt's character has to inject himself with a deadly poison so he can escape a small zombie hoard. It was really nice to see the detail that the Art Department put into the smallest of props, and it shows that they really care for their job and the passion that they have when making all of the different props.

A Mixer
A small Canon camera that we did and exercise on
Also, another little surprise today was that in February, we will be getting the chance to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tours AND TO GO ROUND THE ACTUAL LEAVESDEN STUDIOS AND GO ON SETS! I almost cried. Harry Potter AND actual film sets, yes please!

So as you can tell, I'm rather excited for the coming months! I will hopefully be able to keep you all updated as to what we are doing each week, but for the BFI we have now broken up for the Christmas holidays and won't return till January :(

Love, K :)

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