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The Big 3 Showdown

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6th August

 

Recently we were contacted by one of our supporters Steven Clark Hall, offering Films4life a life changing opportunity for 1 of our young filmmakers. We are delighted to announce that 3 of our students will be interviewed by Steven for a temporary role as his assistant on an upcoming project.

Here are our 3 candidates:

 

 Sam Milletti - ”I am very much looking forward to being interviewed for the chance to work with Steven Clark Hall. I have taken a pro-active approach to working in the film industry since I was fifteen and I now feel as if all of the hard work may pay off if I get this position. I feel ready to take on this role that I understand will require a lot from me and feel ready to do so through the experience of working with Films 4 Life … Read More »



Talent Circle -Script Writing Competition Winner.

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27th April

The winner of the Talent Circle script writing competition has been announced! Films4life awaits the go ahead from them to start the  production of the winning script. Head over to the TC website for the latest information.  Watch This Space!



Tony Jordan Donation, Press Release

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19th December

A few months ago we were lucky enough to receive an equipment donation from Tony Jordan of Red Planet.

Last week we finally got a press release done. Thanks again to Tony Jordan and Red Planet!



A winning charity: Films4Life triumphs at award ceremony for short film

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1st November

Mickey De Hara and Charlie Dolby composed a short film for the Lewisham Probation Trust for the viewing of service users at Lewisham. To their delight, their work received rave reviews.

Subsequently, Mickey was given an award for Films4Life and their work on the short film. The gong was presented to him at The Natural History Museum on the 17th of October.

The film can be seen on www.films4life.org shortly.

 



Setting The Scene – The Brand New Heavies

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25th October

The Brief … A music video for The Brand New Heavies new album “Forward”.

The Scene … South London

The Cast … Brand New Heavies / Audience

The Crew … James Edward Kilpatrick, Charlie Dolby, Georgia Luckhurst

Watch the video -

Films4Life is all about giving experience to young people who are passionate about a career in the film industry… we interviewed them after the shoot…

Fancy getting involved? Email your CV’s to info@films4life.org.

 

 Charlie Dolby (Camera/Editor)

How did the shoot go for you?

The shoot went really well because there was such a good vibe surrounding the show.

What will you take from this experience?

As we had to make the most of what we had, I had to learn how to deal with low light and how to capture the best shots using this.

James Edward Kilpatrick (Director/Camera)

How did … Read More »



Films 4 Life- In Conversation With David Mackenzie

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15th October

Films 4 Life are at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square this Thursday (9/10/13) to meet David Mackenzie, the director of Starred Up (a film about a violent teenager called Eric (Jack O’Connell) who is transferred to adult prison where his father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) is also an inmate) ahead of its British premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

As a charity, we’re focused on gaining inspiration from dedicated filmmakers by seeing what lengths the best go to achieve the results. In Mackenzie’s case, authenticity was paramount to creating a great prison drama. The major factor in achieving this was the location, which was an actual former prison in Belfast.

Whilst cameras are flashing at him from directions in the hustle and bustle of the red carpet MacKenzie was opening up about his experience of being in Northern Ireland filming. … Read More »



On Set With Guy Ritchie & Steven Clark Hall

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20th September

Last Thursday, we were all delighted to be kindly invited to wander around the set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. A film produced and directed by both Guy Ritchie and Steve Clark Hall, our very own supporters of Films4Life! It was such an overwhelming experience for all 0f us and there was so much to take in.

With Guy Ritchie’s vision alongside Steve Clark Hall’s support, Warner Brothers decided to re-create the 1960′s American TV series in to a feature film set for release next year. The story follows American Napoloean Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) a buddy duo who work for the United Network Command For Law and Enforcement (a.k.a. U.N.C.L.E.) organization, which strives to keep the world safe.

We had such a good day, thanks to Mickey (a close friend of both Guy and Steve) who arranged the trip … Read More »



David Coward Talk 04/09/13

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30th August

As Films4Life, we want to help and inspire anyone and everyone interested in the media buisness, on Wednesday 4th September we are inviting 10 to 15 of you to come to a mentoring session with David Coward.

If you wish to come, then all we ask is for your details and a paragraph about why you are interested in this area and why you wish to come!

Email: jam.luckhurst@pushstudios.com

David Coward’s into directing because he enjoys storytelling and communicating.  He loves the creative challenges every new story brings.  He believes in Films 4 Life because he wants people in the TV and Film industry to represent all the society they serve, not just an elite part of it.

David was born and bred in Eltham, South London and has been a TV Producer/Director for 10 years.

He’s been part of hit TV shows like … Read More »



Tony Jordan Interview & Shoot

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22nd August

Last week the founder of Films4Life; Mickey Dehara met with one of our fondest supporters; Tony Jordan for the  Films4Life spread in the next issue in CLASH magazine.

The interview was conducted by CLASH’s Film Editor, Ben Hopkins, and portraits were shot by Marc Sethi.

For over 20 years, Tony Jordan has been one of the UK’s most successful screenwriters. In 2005, he was ready for a new challenge, forming his own production company – Red Planet Pictures.

Red Planet has produced TV series such as: Hustle, Crash, History Cold Case & Death In Paradise.

Here is a link to the Red Planet Pictures website: http://www.redplanetpictures.co.uk/

We are all so priviliged have backing from such a successful screenwriter who believes in Films4Life and has supported us by donating us equipment which will help us develop and move forward!



Best Smartphone App & Equipment for Video

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22nd August

At Films4Life, we know that many of us cannot simply afford the luxurious camera equipment available so we are restricted to using our portable camera devises, our smartphones. 

But, this does not mean we are all restricting our video quality. We have found affordable apps and smartphone equipment for all iPhoneographers!

 

BEST VIDEO APP: FiLMiC Pro

 

For only £2.99 this app has won the following awards and has a ton of professional tools to allow you to create your own Hollywood movie.

Best Video Camera App 2012 – Best App Ever Awards

Best Video Camera App 2011 – TUAW, Editors Pick

FiLMiC Pro turns your mobile device into a broadcast worthy HD video camera. FiLMiC Pro gives you a real time, 4x zoom and full control over, focus and exposure, white balance and frame rates including a host … Read More »



MōVI: A revolutionary handheld stabilized system

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22nd August

Here at Films4Life, we like to help other film makers to improve their photographic skills and to provide you with all of the tips and equipment needed to step up to the next level of Photography.

With nearly 1 million video views in under two days, it’s no wonder why everybody is going mad for this stablizer.

The video’s shown on the link will give you a solid idea of just how smooth the MōVI is, and might make you look at handhelds with a new respect.

Take a look at their videos here: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2013/04/04/movi-a-revolutionary-handheld-stabilized-system-takes-flight/

 



Setting The Scene-Stephen Graham Shoot

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9th August

The Brief … To take a photo shoot of the founder of Films4Life; Mickey Dehara, alongside Steven Graham who is a supporter of Films4Life for the next issue in CLASH magazine.

The Scene … We managed to secure an empty theatre within London to ourselves. The Location had tremendous character and energy which is evident in the final product. 

The Crew  … The crew consisted of the well established photographer Susan Bingham, who was assisted by James Edward Kilpatrick who is part of Films4life.

Films4Life is all about giving experience to young people who are passionate about a career in the film industry… we interviewed them after the shoot…

Fancy getting involved? Email your CV’s to info@films4life.org.

 

James Edward Kilpatrick (Director/Camera)

How did the shoot go for you?

“I had a lot of fun whilst taking photos, I learnt a lot in such a short space of … Read More »



FILMS4LIFE AT WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

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8th August

Films4Life is excited to announce that we are collaborating with Friends of the Earth to create a film around Friends of the Earth at Wilderness. Friends of the Earth has a busking stage at the festival where headline acts come and perform intimate gigs in a more rustic setting than the main stages, getting up close and personal with the fans.

In this way they raise funds to help them continue their vital work, whilst showing everyone a great time. The charity commissioned Films4Life to create a short film for them, capturing the artists who perform on the stage as well as interviews with some key Friends of the Earth employees to help raise their profile and increase understanding of the issues that they are tackling.

Here’s a link to their website, check out our fellow charity: http://www.foe.co.uk/

WATCH THIS SPACE!



Stephen Graham Shoot

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2nd August

Last week we were asked to photograph founder of Films4Life; Mickey Dehara, alongside Steven Graham who is a supporter of Films4Life for the next issue in CLASH magazine. It was brilliant shooting Mickey and Stephen because they have a great relationship and they’re such aspiring characters!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN BINGHAM & JAMES EDWARD KILPATRICK

Films4Life is all about giving experience to young people who are passionate about a career in the film industry… we interviewed them after the shoot…

Fancy getting involved? Email your CV’s to info@films4life.org.



Jason Flemyng, Plotting A New Narrative

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2nd August

CLASH did a article for one of our most prominant supporters, Jason Flemyng, who has been described as the ‘Kevin Bacon of British Film’ due to his huge list of credits. We were asked to go along and photograph the ocassion.

“Jason is a great believer in helping people with talent and as we are friends and pass actors of “SNATCH the film,” by Guy Richie.
after telling him of my hope of helping  young people in the film industry his words were ” count me in”.
He spoke about his life growing up and how hard it was in the interview with myself and the CLASH MAGAZINE.
But, he made it clear he would mentor for Films4Life. which said it all, A top man…..”
Mickey De Hara. 

Here is the interview and photo’s with Jason Flemyng for CLASH magazine: http://www.clashmusic.com/features/plotting-a-new-narrative#view-gallery-image-4



Films4Life Actors Workshop

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3rd July

 

We are holding a film actors workshop for anyone interested in acting in front of a camera for the practice of their craft or simply for the experience- a keen interest in acting is essential but relevant experience is not.The sessions will consist of:

Playing out film and TV scripted scenes to camera.

Learning acting on film through watching your scene on playback with constructive notes from session leaders, industry insiders and the views of your peers.

Guided improvisation scenes which will be filmed every month by our in house Films4Life Crew – eventually leading to regular members having the option of their scenes created into a showreel using our editors skills.

Throughout the year there will be visits, talks and masterclasses from the Films4Life Supporters- a very talented bunch I’m sure you will agree.

Films4Life founding father and award winning screenwriter Mickey Dehara will … Read More »



Setting The Scene-Scoot The Thames

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27th June

Scoot The Thames Ride Out

The Brief … Film the Scoot The Thames ride out

The Scene … London

The Crew  … Charlie D

Watch the video ….. video link here - 

Films4Life is all about giving experience to young people who are passionate about a career in the film industry… we interviewed them after the shoot…

Fancy getting involved? Email your CV’s to info@films4life.org.

 

Charlie Dolby (Camera/Editor)

How did the shoot go for you?

The day went really well, it was cool seeing all of the bikes in one place at the same time.

What will you take from this experience?

I realised that I have to give myself enough time to get all of the shoots I needed.



Scoot The Thames

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27th June

At Films4Life we like to try and create a short film wherever and whenever we can! For this shoot, Charlie Dolby and Mickey De Hara headed down to follow the scooters make their way through London.

Films4Life is all about giving experience to young people who are passionate about a career in the film industry… we interviewed them after the shoot…

Fancy getting involved? Email your CV’s to info@films4life.org.



May Sunday Wise

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27th June

As the founder of Films4Life, Mickey De Hara was invited to be a guest speaker at this event as “in honor of the world’s most prestigious film festival” May Sunday Wise “delve deep in to the cutthroat world of motion pictures”.

Here’s the link to their website: http://sundaywise.com/item/may-sunday-wise/

Mickey spoke about Films4Life and he spoke about his ambition which is to inspire and help the young to follow their dreams and to be given the chance to follow their career for the less privileged.

From left to right, Jon Ronson (journalist & film maker), Sirena Reynolds (poet), Mickey De Hara (Scriptwriter, Founder of Films4Life) & Hamish Jenkinson (Curator)

 

 



Lomography-Top 5 Film Cameras

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21st June

Here at Films4Life, we want to heighten your experience with Photography and Media as much as possible! So for this post, we’ve given you the top 5 must have cameras for all film lovers.

If you click on the Lomography website here, you are linked to the website to shop for cameras.

http://www.lomography.com/

 

1. FISHEYE CAMERA

See the world through 170⁰ of fabulous Fisheye distortion. Fisheye cameras use regular 35mm film. A built-in flash can be switched so you could have more coverage in underwater depths or even at night parties.

2.DIANA CAMERA

 Take timeless and dramatic photos on 120 film with at ease. Create stunning soft-focused images and customize it with sweet lenses or even an instant back for additional effects and flexibility.

3. INSTANT CAMERA

For spur-of-the-moment pictures that can’t wait to be seen, check out the Lomography … Read More »




The Big 3 Showdown

  Recently we were contacted by one of our supporters Steven Clark Hall, offering Films4life a life changing opportunity for 1 of our young filmmakers....

Read More »
Talent Circle -Script Writing Competition Winner.

The winner of the Talent Circle script writing competition has been announced! Films4life awaits the go ahead from them to start the  production of...

Read More »
Tony Jordan Donation, Press Release

A few months ago we were lucky enough to receive an equipment donation from Tony Jordan of Red Planet. Last week we finally got a...

Read More »
A winning charity: Films4Life triumphs at award ceremony for short film

Mickey De Hara and Charlie Dolby composed a short film for the Lewisham Probation Trust for the viewing of service users at Lewisham. To...

Read More »
Setting The Scene – The Brand New Heavies

The Brief … A music video for The Brand New Heavies new album “Forward”. The Scene … South London The Cast … Brand New Heavies / Audience The Crew …...

Read More »
Films 4 Life- In Conversation With David Mackenzie

Films 4 Life are at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square this Thursday (9/10/13) to meet David Mackenzie, the director of Starred Up...

Read More »
On Set With Guy Ritchie & Steven Clark Hall

Last Thursday, we were all delighted to be kindly invited to wander around the set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. A film produced and directed...

Read More »
David Coward Talk 04/09/13

As Films4Life, we want to help and inspire anyone and everyone interested in the media buisness, on Wednesday 4th September we are...

Read More »