Oli White celebrates films and film-making. Michael Sheen faces a movie make-up challenge to fool his own parents, while six young film-makers see their DIY Blockbuster take shape.
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I'm Oli White and, yep, you guessed it - I love movies.
I love them so much I want to pick them up,
give them a big hug and never put them down.
If you love movies too, then you're watching the right show,
because this is...
Cinemaniacs. Team, take it away.
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# Or defrost a heart you accidentally froze?
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# Do you long to hear the roar of an extinct dinosaur?
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Grab your popcorn and let's get ourselves some of that movie magic.
Two Cinemaniacs get an exclusive interview
with How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell...
Duhbrain is in the book but he's not in the film.
Why did you change that?
..and can Michael Sheen, super actor, get a prosthetic face
to fool his own mum and dad?
-I found it, thank you very much.
And get ready for some behind the scenes secrets
with Hobbit star Adam Brown.
Get me out of here - I can't stand it any more!
What do you think about that, Mr Black?
Those are the magical ingredients, I'd say.
Yeah, I'd probably say that, too. Pretty bodacious, right?
-Oh, yeah. Thanks, Jack.
Are you ready for what's coming next?
DIY Blockbuster - Part One. Sca-doosh!
We're giving groups of film-makers the chance to make a short film,
armed with just a camera,
a script and some home-made props.
But, little do they know, they're in for a big surprise...
You didn't know I was coming?
..when we give them something spectacular
to turn their home movie
into a DIY Blockbuster.
Yagmur, Stina, Misbah and Nada are making a monster movie.
A group of friends find a cursed leaf...
Look, I got the leaf!
..which changes one of the friends into a monster.
Filming has begun, with Stina playing the lead role...
..but what the team don't know is
we've arranged a DIY Blockbuster surprise
to make their movie a monster hit.
So, zoom in like that, then after Yagmur prods her,
You just zoom out slow.
And then you pan up.
The team are busy filming...
-Is she OK?
-I don't know.
..when we give them their DIY Blockbuster surprise.
Meet Jonathan Faulkner,
state-of-the-art visual effects expert on films like Harry Potter...
..and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Using computer graphics like these, Jonathan is going to help the team
create a scary monster to star in their movie.
Because only the monster will be animated,
the team set about filming the backgrounds...
Stina, can you just come and run past the camera, please?
..which isn't as simple as it sounds.
So, what do we have to have in the scene? Not Stina?
Nothing at all.
Because we're going to put the creature in later.
Let's go and measure this telephone box.
With the creature being added later,
each shot takes lots of planning and equipment,
so the next few hours are a steep learning curve for the team.
Macbeth boards and mirror balls
and 360 cameras.
Things I'd never even heard of.
To make things more difficult, the team have to film
and act with a monster that isn't there.
If a character was running away from a monster,
the character would have to run away, but it's being chased by nothing.
So you have to use your imagination.
You're being such a baby. Stop!
Jonathan decides to give them a helping hand.
-He goes and does that, like...
-Like jazz hands!
-..like jazz hands!
And he makes the face, as well!
Don't do the jazzy thing with your fingers!
It was working for a moment - you were sort of...
And Jonathan's got another idea to make the monster look more real.
The monster is going to...
knock the boxes over.
Cardboard boxes? Why? Why?
Not sure the team are convinced.
Those boxes...don't even get... Oh.
Why would there be a pile of cardboard boxes in a park?
-It's one of those cardboard box parks.
-No, it's not!
'He insisted that it was the right thing to do,'
-so we went with him because...
-He's the expert.
Yagmur, come on!
Here comes the monster.
We couldn't see you. That worked very well.
They have one more scene to shoot, with no monster.
That's a wrap in the park. What's next?
How do you think we are going to animate the character?
Computer generated imagery.
Who is going to make it move?
-Me? I've got a better idea.
Still to come on DIY Blockbuster Part Two -
there's monster moves from Misbah...
but can he terrify the team?
You seem like a nice monster.
And find out what their monster looks like.
A potato, bear, mouse hybrid.
Oh, sorry about that, just channelling my inner monster.
So, popcorn - do we like it?
Yes, of course we do, but what flavour?
I'm thinking toffee, ketchup.
Hey, popcorn mashup.
What would be yours?
My dream popcorn flavour would be banana,
and that's really strange because I don't like bananas in real life.
Chocolate, or candyfloss,
or apple or strawberry.
Now I've got into it, all right? Um, what else?
Mint chocolate chip with extra, extra chocolate sauce.
I'd like to try that.
I'm not sure if they would taste nice, though.
Cola flavoured popcorn.
Chocolate ice cream popcorn.
-Oh, I was going to say mango!
A roast dinner flavoured popcorn.
-I've said that.
Curry? Liking that one!
Random Red Carpet!
We ask the questions so you don't have to.
Keira, Keira - over here!
Fancy a bit of curry popcorn, Keira?
Wow! Yep, yep!
-Oh, this is horrible!
Random Red Carpet!
It doesn't get much more random that this.
..the Rock Hard Quiz?
Stephanie. Specialist subject...
How many points does Moaning Myrtle say a person should get
if they throw something through her stomach?
What colour is the flying car?
What is the name of the medicine Madam Pomfrey uses
to regrow Harry's arm bones?
Correct answer - Skele-Gro.
Finley. Specialist subject...
What is the name of Hiccup's dragon training teacher?
What type of fish are most dragons afraid of?
How do Toothless and Hiccup get Red Death to fly?
Um, by shooting at it and aggravating it and flying in the air.
What is the name of the dragon they find in the nest?
Um, the Red Death.
In their first lesson with Gobber,
what does he say is their most important equipment?
What part of his body does Toothless hurt at the start of the movie?
The end of his tail.
How many different hand attachments does Gobber have?
Correct answer - 14.
Eleanor. Specialist subject...
What colour are Buzz Lightyear's eyes?
What is the name of Andy's toys' new owner?
What languages does Buzz Lightyear speak during the film?
Spanish and English.
How old is Andy in Toy Story 3?
Correct answer - 17.
And the winner is Finley.
Yep, dragons rule!
And for all you left-handers out there, you might want to know
that Hiccup from the How To Train Your Dragon movies
is also left-handed.
Letting you into a little Cinemaniac secret, there.
And if you're a dragon rider, then stay tuned
cos you're going to love what's coming up next.
These two Cinemaniacs, Oscar and Nikita, met up with
How To Train Your Dragon's author, Cressida Cowell,
and the film's producer, Bonnie Arnold, to ask...
On page 15, it says that it was quite heroic to train a dragon.
However, in the movie, Vikings were at war with the dragons.
I'll take care of this.
Why did you make those changes?
I think one of the challenges was
to try to make Hiccup the first of his tribe
to do something, rather than it just be already an accepted thing,
and we felt like that was a bigger, more exciting choice for the film,
so we made a few changes in order to make it more cinematic.
The book starts with Hiccup going to get a dragon.
The film starts with the dragons actually attacking the village.
Things that work in a book might not necessarily work in a movie,
and that is often why decisions are made.
A very obvious one is that Toothless, in the books,
is tiny and you can put him down your waistcoat
and he's really naughty.
And the decision to make Toothless bigger was taken because,
if you're making a movie in 3-D,
in which there are dragons, you kind of want your hero
to be able to get on top of the dragon and ride it.
Whereas, in a book, they're just a bunch of descriptions.
On page 19 it shows that Snotlout was like quite a big bully,
but in the movie he was just a minor annoyance.
I've never seen anyone mess up that badly. That helped.
Thank you, thank you. I was trying.
To be honest, you only have about 90 minutes to tell the story.
But could he be a bit more of a bully?
Well, I think the thing with Snotlout is you understand him
pretty quickly, so I don't think you need a lot of storytelling
to tell who he is.
Dogsbreath the Duhbrain is in the book, but he's not in the film.
Why did you change that?
To be honest, it was just a decision we made about, again,
not having too many characters in the story,
because you just don't have time to tell all of that story.
And we really just tried to make it - keep it very simple.
There weren't enough girls in the group,
'so we gave Tuffnut a twin sister,
'because it was...it just made sense for us
'to have a mix of boys and girls.'
'So, Dogsbreath, was he a favourite character of yours?'
I suppose so.
I know it's annoying, sometimes, to people who want things
to be exactly the same as they saw it in a book,
but some of these things are less important
than the things that happened in the film,
that came out, that were right,
and that were true to the books.
Are you happy with the changes that have been made
from the book to the film?
The important point to get across is that what you want in a movie
is the things that you really care about in your books.
The things that I minded about my books
were about looking after the environment...
..about peace, about Hiccup being a leader who wants peace.
all of that is out there in the film,
and those are the things that I really cared about.
Great grilling by Oscar and Nikita. Good work, guys.
Cressida Cowell seemed pretty happy with what they did
with her books, so we thought it would be cool
to meet the writer of the very first How To Train Your Dragon movie.
And that's this guy. Meet Dean DeBlois,
co-writer and director of How To Train Your Dragon.
Yes, it works!
Now, Dean made such a great job of writing
How To Train Your Dragon
that I've decided to put his movie writing skills to the test,
by challenging him to come up with a top movie plot
based on four randomly selected story ingredients.
Yep, it's time for Writer Roulette.
Well, it's a story about an ant who has the very daunting challenge
of having to cross from one park to the other.
It's a cloudy day, he doesn't know if it's going to rain and he's going to
get swept away in the floods of rainwater that will gather
around in the park, and so he tries to use the buttons
on the mobile phone to call up the weather app,
to see whether or not he's in trouble,
or if he can make it across in the hour it will take him
to get across the park.
Nice one, Dean.
Still to come on Cinemaniacs -
we head behind the scenes of The Hobbit, with actor Adam Brown.
Now I have a huge phobia of fish.
Find out how to fly your own helicopter
in The Secret Of Movie Making.
And super actor Michael Sheen tries to prove he really is super
by disguising himself to fool his own mum and dad.
But, first, it's Part Two of DIY Blockbuster.
Four film makers have been given
the DIY Blockbuster surprise
of visual effects expert Jonathan Fawkner,
to create a monster for their movie.
After a crash course in filming things that aren't really there...
Why would there be a pile of cardboard boxes in a park?
..they're struggling to think outside the box.
Hello, guys. Welcome to our studio.
Now they've filmed all the real life footage,
Jonathan's brought them to a motion capture studio
to add the creature into the scenes...
Let's get you into the suit.
..and Misbah is going to play the creature.
Welcome to our monster. What do you think?
'It looked like a caterpillar suit, but it's not.'
But this isn't fancy dress - the spots on the suit
are what the computer recognises to give the monster movement...
That is you, there.
..and, at the flick of the switch,
the team get their first glimpse of their monster...
Misbah, you're moving. Oh, my gosh!
..and are impressed.
'It actually seemed like it was real and I really loved it.'
With everything set up, it's time for Misbah to get into character.
Motion capture rolling. Action.
Cut. You seem like a nice monster.
'I don't usually get really angry a lot,'
so it was kind of difficult for me to get into that rage.
Following his director's advice, Misbah throws himself into the part.
Cut. Yeah, I liked that last one.
He did really well. if I was in that position, I wouldn't do anything
-but, you know, you did very well.
The team's finished, but it takes several weeks
of intense special effects work
before they find out just how impressive their monster looks.
And here's the finished result!
Yep, that's pretty scary.
I liked the way it moved, the way it looked - especially the eyes,
because they were really realistic.
It looked like a potato, bear, mouse hybrid.
We gave the team a state-of-the-art CGI monster for their movie.
They've coped with the kit...
'Macbeth boards and mirror balls.'
..and mastered the moves...
-You know, you did very well.
..but what was the best bit?
I hate to admit this - the thing that I liked most
was when the monster knocked over the boxes.
I can't believe I'm saying this.
You can find out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.
So this is where I give you guys three top tips
for framing your videos.
Tip number one - bad framing.
This is an example of bad framing. You can't even see my face.
Where's my head gone? Need to push it up.
We can only see one eye.
No-one wants to see up your nose.
Tip number two - good framing.
This is an example of good framing.
You can see my whole face
and we can also see where I am, as well.
Uh, there was a massive sign in the way. I'm going to do it again.
Tip number three - fun framing.
This is an example of fun framing.
Doesn't it look super-duper cool?
You can also turn your camera to the side
and this is also another fun framing.
It looks like we're in a superhero movie.
To infinity and beyond!
There are my three top tips for framing your videos.
Let's head behind the scenes with the Hobbit.
I'm Adam Brown. I play Ori in the Hobbit.
'Before we did any type of filming,'
we did what was called dwarf boot camp,
where 13 actors who were playing the dwarfs
'did horse riding lessons, stunt training, movement training.
'So, we learnt how to walk as dwarfs.'
This was prior to getting the costume on,
'and then, suddenly, as you put those boots on,
'there's no other way of just moving
'without walking heavily like a dwarf.'
What do we do now?
-Hold your breath.
-Hold my breath?
What do you mean?
'In The Desolation Of Smaug,'
there is a scene where the dwarfs hide in barrels,
'and we are covered by fish.'
Now, I have a huge phobia of fish,
'and the fish came down and they just covered the top of me.'
They just kept going and going and going and going,
to the point where they said, "Cut."
And I just shouted, "Get me out! Get me out of here!
"I can't stand it any more!
'And, at the end of the day,'
I absolutely stunk of fish!
All these Cinemaniacs secrets -
and here is one more.
Introducing Mike Tucker, special effects expert extraordinaire,
here to show you how to create special effects Hollywood-style in...
Today we're going to show you how to fly your very own helicopter.
Well, how to make it look like you're doing it, obviously.
So grab yourself a couple of friends and let's get started.
OK, the concept of this effect is called forced perspective,
and it's something that you may have seen in Lord Of The Rings
as a way of getting small people and big people
to be in frame at the same time.
To make this effect you really only need a model helicopter
and some books, big ones.
But if you want to make it look extra good then grab yourself
some black and yellow paint and a brush.
Cut a circle out of some old cardboard.
And, if you happen to have them hanging around the house,
a hi-vis vest, a couple of ping pong bats and some ear muffs.
Step one, get your helicopter into position
by putting it on a table in front of the camera.
It needs to be close to the lens so it looks big enough
when you look through the camera.
You might need some of your books for this to get it the right height.
Just a little bit higher. We're nearly there.
You have to do quite a bit of trial and error. How is that looking?
Yeah, that's pretty good.
Step two - this is the bit where you make it look extra good.
Paint your piece of cardboard so it looks like a helipad
and get someone to dress up in the costume.
-We have a safety vest.
Helicopters make a lot of noise,
so you're also going to need your ear defenders.
Don't think these are really table tennis bats.
Step three, get that someone to stand a distance
away from the camera so they look much smaller.
You can make any final adjustments at this stage.
Go back a bit. Stop.
Now, if she starts doing...
Turn as if you're looking that way.
And we have lift off.
Get someone to lift the helicopter off the table
then, hey, presto! You're flying your very own helicopter.
It's all right, it's only me. Just channelling my inner Gandalf.
Coming up next we've got some more movie trickery,
this time with our very own super actor - Hollywood's Mr Sheen.
And now the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron,
and Twilight, all round good guy
Michael Sheen, Super Actor!
'For today's super actor challenge I've come to Port Talbot in Wales,
'which is where I'm from so I'm kind of pretty famous around these parts.
'I've even got my own mural. Yeah, it's that one. I know!
'The crew have taken to the street to see who knows me.'
Michael Sheen from, um... Badlands, is it?
Michael Sheen, yes.
Excuse me, is there a Jersey bakery around here?
-Do you know Jersey Bakery?
'Hang on a second can we cut there? Who's this guy?
'He's been hanging around for ages.
'Actually, it's me. I'm in prosthetics and a costume
'and no-one's recognised me.
'But that's not the challenge, no. It's much more difficult.
'The crew are going to pretend to be from some random TV news show
'to interview my mum and dad.
'And I have to try and speak to them
'not once not twice but three times
'without them recognising me!
'Prosthetics aside, this will take all my acting skills.
'So how did I end up looking like this guy, anyway?
'With the help of a few pros in the film industry
'I've been transformed from this handsome fella
'to this one.
'All for this week's challenge.'
We applied the prosthetic nose and little cheek pieces to Michael
cos Michael's got these really nice little indents.
'And my character is going to be mostly, er...
'I'm going to warm up my act with some members of the public.'
I'll see you later.
'My disguise is still working well.
'In fact, I'm ready to get a bit braver.
'Let's ditch the hat and coat.'
Yeah, Michael Sheen. He does come down here quite a lot, actually.
I've seen him around and I think his father still lives around here.
'Still going strong. Now, where's my mum and dad?'
'Ah, they're still there,
'answering random questions about me
'from the TV interviewer.
'Which means it's time for...'
What do you like about living in Port Talbot?
I love the beach.
'To succeed I've got to make them believe that I'm just a random bloke
'and not their own son - three times!'
They perform it and they perform when...
'Dad's still droning on, so I'm going to dive straight in.'
Excuse me, is there a Jersey bakery around here?
I don't know. I think it may be down the bottom.
-Down the bottom?
-There is a bakery.
'Yay! Fooled them once.
'Going to interrupt their interview again.
'I wonder if they'll smell a rat.'
I can see you're in the middle of something but I'm much obliged,
-I found it, thank you very much.
'Woohoo! Fooled them twice!
'Let's see if I can go
'for the hat-trick.
'I'll just stand right here in front of them.
'Surely they'll recognise me now.'
I didn't recognise him...
So if Michael changed his nose and his hair
do you think you'd recognise him?
-I don't know!
-I don't know.
'And, yes! Fooled them three times!
'Come on, Mum, this is ridiculous!'
So you'd recognise him if he was stood right next to you?
Yeah, that's right.
That... I don't believe it!
I don't believe it!
It's a good wig, that, isn't it?
Your own son.
-Yeah. And your teeth.
'Today's challenge started with a wig,
'a false nose,
'and some very good make-up,
'and ended up with me fooling my mum and dad
'not once, not twice, but three times!'
And so the verdict is undeniable! I am truly...
Next time on Cinemaniacs...
this group of movie makers step back in time
when they get a DIY blockbuster surprise.
The film goes through like that.
-I am not fast.
-Yeah, no kidding!
We hear all about brand-new movie Big Hero 6.
Here's the best part...
And super actor Michal Sheen struggles to hit his mark.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!
And how about this for a monster fact?
Sully, the extra cuddly and blue monster from -
you've guessed it - Monsters Inc had over 2.3 million hairs.
That's a lot of hairs.
I'm Oli White and you've been watching Cinemaniacs.
-And finally, sweet or salty?
A fast-moving, funny, irreverent and inspiring show about films and film-making. Presented by Oli White, this programme celebrates movie culture with strands such as Michael Sheen, Super Actor and DIY Blockbuster.
Michael Sheen faces a movie make-up challenge to fool his own parents, while six young film-makers see their DIY blockbuster take shape with monstrous results. How to Train Your Dragon creator Cressida Cowell is put to the test in Why Did You Change It? Also, actor Adam Brown lets us in on the behind-the-scenes secrets of being a hobbit.