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This is 10 minutes of beauty that may help inspire you in your film-making quest. And whatever you do, watch it in high definition. It is a thing of great beauty. Srsly.

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How do you…? You just…!

Kermode & Mayo Live in Edinburgh 17/10/15
Kermode & Mayo Live in Edinburgh 17/10/15

There’s a brilliant meme on Kermode and Mayo’s show that goes like this:

Q: How do you use Snapchat? A: You just use snapchat.
Q: How do you solve world hunger? A: You just solve world hunger.

You get the idea. (Feel free to try it with any of your teachers as the answer to any question that begins “How do you…”. I dare you.) Anyway, the relevant question for you is “How do you make a film?”

Here are some people who have done just that. The 10 finalists have just been announced for second Kermode and Mayo “Well Done U” competition — Well Done U 2. The rules are simple. Your film has to be no more than 2 minutes long, and should be suitable to achieve a BBFC “U” certificate — and, indeed, that is what the First Prize in the competition is.

They are all worth watching, and you will get ideas from each of them. I know you are almost finished your scripts and pre-production, so you need to be thinking seriously about your cinematography… you can learn loads from watching each of these films, and I expect them to inspire you into seeing things with a more ‘filmic’ eye.

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Have a look at the films (it’ll only take you 20 minutes to watch all of them!) and feel free to write a comment saying which is your favourite. 🙂

Sullum

Just a wee pointer to this rather lovely filmpoem called Sullum by Roseanne Watt. It is beautifully filmed (consider why and how), and makes effective use of rack focus to create the narrative… and as an exercise, think about the following: What is the narrative? Does it actually have one? Does it matter? (And if not, why does this film exist?…)

Final thought: You could make something like this… couldn’t you? 😉