Aug 06

Second Blood Part 1

Do You See + FT2 comments • 693 views

Picture of Son Of Rambow, though the film is live action this would be a great animationAh, Hammer & Tongs. I like them. I always thought of the video making gang they managed to fix a nicely English sensibility to the cornucopia of promo making tricks. And whilst their vision of The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy was needlessly spoiled by Douglas Adams vision of the same, you could tell the best bits in the film was theirs. And their new project: Son Of Rambow sounds very promising.

 This Time Out interview runs the usual questions by them and tries not to call Hitch-Hikers a failure to their face (it wasn’t their problem). But luckily beyond the terrific picture to the left and the slightly worrying air of a big budget kids film/nostalgia fest – it does raise much more of a question. Those days as kids when we thought we could make blockbuster movies.

The usual Lucas/Spielberg influences are noted. The Goonies were just an American version of The Famous Five really, and our youthful imaginations often cast ourselves into movies. But unfortunately i never got my hands on any equipment. (My Dad did buy a shonky video camera from a “bloke in the pub”, but the battery never worked and “bloke in the pub” neither offered guarantee or money back. Or forwarding address beyond the bit we could guess: HMP). But like Chris Tilly who interviews H&T for Time Out above, I had my version of the ET sequel all prepped to go. Though my version was clearly Elliot sent to ET’s planet and had remarkable parallels to the original (with a clever twist when all the ET’s were shocked that Elliot rode his bike on the GROUND). But you get the gist, I think a lot of people had a Super 16 go.

Those cans of film are rotting in attics now, where the new generation go out and make films and slap ’em on YouTube. So lets use the YouTube of the mind, what were your schoolkid film projects, and did you ever get to make them?


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    katstevens on 9 Aug 2006 #

    I made my own camcorder tv station with spoofs of current tv programmes:

    – The Glass Labyrinth (involving locking Harpreet in the conservatory and her banging on the patio doors to let her out)
    – Fell Off A Lorry (home shopping channel)
    – an hynotic advert urging the viewer to buy teabags
    – Tele-spleens (involving Karina and Harpreet wearing swimming caps, taping coat hangers to their heads, shoving pillows up their jumpers and charging each other in the garden yelling at the tops of their voices “ARARRRRRRRRRRRGH!”)
    – Enchanted (through the magic of camera trickery, Kat picks her nose with accompanying sound effect and turns Karina into a packet of Hula Hoops)

    Great fun. Took ages to edit though cos we couldn’t stop laughing.

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    Pete on 9 Aug 2006 #

    Already booked in for the Freakytrigger Film Festival.

    I don’t have a copy of the short film I made called Long Grass – a Tales Of The Unexpected style chiller about a young girl asking a passing stranger to help her look for her brother, lost whilst playing Hide and Seek. Can you guess the twist???

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