Oli White celebrates films and film-making. Apollo 13 director Ron Howard lends a hand when a group of young film-makers set out to make their own intergalactic adventure.
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Hello, everyone, I'm Oli White
and today's show is stuffed full of stuff...
Well, movie stuff to be exact and we've got so much stuff to show you,
we don't know where to begin
so let's just begin at the beginning. Ready?
Team, take it away!
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And here is that show that is stuffed full of movie stuff
so kick back, relax and enjoy this.
Coming up -
we head behind the scenes with the stars of Horrid Henry: The Movie...
They actually threw the water bomb at my head.
..find out why this lot are legging it around the cinema...
It's nothing like I've ever seen.
..and is Michael Sheen, Super Actor, ready to be a super crybaby?
'Think Super Actor sad.'
All that on... # Cinemaniacs. #
That was a good sound that you made.
Really, Nicole? You like the way I said,
# Cinemaniacs? #
I would do it again like that.
# Cinemaniacs, Cinemaniacs, Cinemaniacs! #
Now, it's time for DIY Blockbuster Part One.
We're giving six 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.
Charlie, can you move back to the back-right?
Nikhita, Parker, Moriah,
Charlie, Max and Stella
are making a space movie.
It's a film about the first commercial flight to space.
Each ticket costs a quarter of a million pounds...
It's called Galactic-astrophe: Ticket To Space.
..but is it safe?
It's 100% safe.
There's a pregnant lady and she gives birth on the rocket.
What the team don't know is they are in for
a DIY Blockbuster surprise. We've lined up an Academy Award-winning,
world-famous director for their movie.
The team are well into filming
and have no idea what's about to happen...
..when, suddenly, there's a knock at the door.
-Hello. Hi, I'm Ron Howard.
Yes, all the way from Hollywood,
it really is Ron Howard - director of smash hits
and space movie Apollo 13.
-Hi, guys. I'm Ron Howard.
I wasn't expecting that.
I found out that you were making a film.
I kind of wanted to come by and check it out.
Yeah, it was really cool meeting him, knowing that this was the guy
that actually created a blockbuster film.
Cos he's famous, he's well-known.
But even famous Hollywood directors have to start somewhere.
I started when I was around your age, making movies.
It came as, well, a big shock that he just walked in
and started saying, "Tell me what you're doing, we'll start filming."
First positions, action.
I'm a farmer.
I thought the storyboard was brilliant.
-And you've already done some shots?
'Half the work is done because they've got a good script'
and a good plan and have laid it out well.
Now, can I just say you're missing a really important and exciting part
of every shooting day when you have storyboards
because the most exciting thing is to cross out
-the shots that you've done.
-We were going to do that,
-we were going to do that.
-Boom - that one's done.
That's satisfying, isn't it?
Ron's usually the only director on his movies
but our team are doing things differently.
Is there a director?
-We take turns being the director.
-Oh, I see - you're trading off.
Oh, that's, well, that's a great exercise - a little chaotic...
My favourite moment was the moment when one director
had taken care of one shot and then it was time for the next shot
and then they... Everybody rotated, so effortlessly.
-So, you're directing this one, right?
So, is there anything you'd particularly like?
Well, maybe if you zoom in a bit more.
'And then whoever was directing,'
you can just feel that little bit of adrenaline that I really recognise,
"OK, now it's... OK, now the ball's in my court.
"OK, what are we going to do here? Oh, let's get started."
The team quickly put Ron to work as their camera operator.
Could we do that one more time
-because the camera operator sort of messed it up?
He wasn't very good at filming as much as directing.
-Oh, is it just this?
OK, where's the... Is this our zoom? Show me. Oh, here you go.
There are a lot of award-winning cinematographers
who are really going to enjoy just how bad I am
-at this particular aspect of the job.
Still to come on DIY Blockbuster Part Two -
the team get some Hollywood filmmaking secrets...
You may want to think about doing a trick here.
..they start to sweat...
A little bit of perspiration.
..and even Ron feels the pressure.
(I'm going to get sacked. If we don't get this right, I feel like I'm out.)
What's it really like to be a director?
Let's find out.
You learn the most when you actually do it, when you're active.
I could teach you about running
but you'll never know about running unless you run.
I think making a movie is all about just getting the people together
and saying, "OK, on Saturday, we're going to shoot the movie.
"Who wants to do the different parts?"
All you're limited by, really, is your imagination.
Part of my job is actually convincing other people
that my ideas are good ones.
That happens a lot with directors - you have to go out and sell.
Whatever it is, that's your way of telling it
and you just have to do it that way.
Random Red Carpet -
we ask the questions so you don't have to.
Hey, Bill, what's the saddest movie you've ever seen?
Bambi, they had to take me home and put me to bed.
Cool! I mean, not cool.
Dumbo made me weep uncontrollably
and I think I sword-fought all the way home. You know what I mean?
Random Red Carpet -
it doesn't get much more random than this.
Gaby. Specialist subject, My Neighbour Totoro.
What type of tree was the Big Totoro found in?
How does the family get rid of the dust bunnies?
By shouting and screaming and laughing.
Where is the mother of the sisters?
In the hospital.
What does Granny call the black fuzzy things?
What does Satsuki give to Totoro at the bus stop?
What does Granny find at the lake?
How many legs does the catbus have on each side?
-Correct answer, six.
Cian. Specialist subject, Bedtime Stories.
Where on his body does Skeeter get stung by a bee?
What does it start raining?
What do the women do when they get jealous?
They get so confused and they do the hokey cokey... Hokey pokey.
What are the names of Skeeter's sister's children?
I need an answer.
The answer is Bobby and Patrick.
Niamh and Aine. Specialist subject, Frozen.
How did Anna and Elsa's parent die?
-In a storm.
-In a storm on the sea.
Who is the famous Disney princess in attendance at Elsa's coronation?
What feature is the snowman, Olaf, initially missing?
How many brothers does Prince Hans say he has?
-Correct answer, twelve.
-And the winner is Gaby.
Right, we're talking old movies -
movies that your granny would have watched when she was a kid
and that was a very long time ago
but would you still be happy to watch them now?
Time for a Cinemaniacs Investigation.
I'm Eloushka and me and 100 Cinemaniacs are taking over
this multiplex cinema to find out if old movies can still make the cut.
We've got three movies to watch
but we're not going to be watching them one after the other - oh, no.
We're going to be watching them all at the same time,
so if someone doesn't like a movie,
then they can just get up and go and watch another one
and when all the movies are finished, we're going to count up who's left
in each screen to see which one is the winner.
I'm calling this my Retro Runaround and with Matthew Sweet
joining us as our all-round film boffin, this is our
So, everyone is off to watch their first movie.
In Screen 1, we have Jason And The Argonauts, made in 1963.
It's about Jason's quest to find a mythical fleece.
I think this one's going to be quite popular with the boys.
I liked the bit when the lady scared the man off the horse
and he fell into the water.
Next up, in Screen 2, is
Dougal And The Blue Cat, made in 1970.
It's about a magical garden invaded by a power-mad cat.
'Come back here, you.'
-Do you like this film?
-Yeah, it's really funny and...
Have you ever seen any of these characters before?
Yeah, my dad's mum used to watch it when she was little.
And finally, the third movie is
The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr T,
about a boy who has a magical dream during a music lesson.
It was made in 1953 - that is old.
I think people quite like this one
because it's colourful. What do you think of it?
It's nothing like I've ever seen.
APPLAUSE The films are coming to an end
so it's time to count how many Cinemaniacs are in each screen.
In third place, with a terrific 12,
was Dougal And The Blue Cat.
What made you stick with it?
I think I stayed because I really like animals
and it was kind of funny how he was always fighting.
That was your favourite, wasn't it?
It was creepy and funny at the same time.
Now, why do you think that they didn't like that?
-Lots of people were saying that it was a bit babyish.
In second place, with a thrilling 39 Cinemaniacs,
is Jason And The Argonauts
I'm surprised there weren't any laughs.
At certain times, it is quite a funny film.
You know what, I think that's a really good point
because one of the things we might have expected was that the kids
in this audience would find the special effects terrible
and they would laugh at them -
I didn't hear any of that at all today.
So the winner, with a fantastic 49 Cinemaniacs,
is The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr T.
It's quite a fun film to watch
and when you get in to it, it's more, "Wow, this film is great."
It was really pleasing to me to be standing in the cinemas
and watching kids enjoying these films.
They really got into it
and I think it just shows that actually, time -
it doesn't matter. A good film's a good film.
Just cos time changes doesn't mean films have to change.
I guess that proves that old movies can still be good ones.
Elementary, my dear Watson.
Still to come on Cinemaniacs -
there's behind-the-scenes gossip from the set of
Horrid Henry: The Movie...
-I had to eat that horrible sandwich, didn't I?
..find out how to make a movie cloud in the secrets of moviemaking...
-That's amazing, yeah.
-It really looks like cloud.
..and Michael Sheen, Super Actor, tries turning on the tears.
'One tear - it's tough but I'm a Super Actor.'
But first, it's Part Two of DIY Blockbuster.
Previously, six film-makers have been given
a DIY Blockbuster surprise -
top Hollywood director Ron Howard
has jetted in to help them shoot their space movie.
Really cool meeting him, knowing that this was the guy that actually
created a blockbuster film.
Filming is well under way...
Oh, look here.
..and Ron's giving them props for their props.
-Who made the prop?
Now, most of this kind of thing is done digitally
but a lot of great movie models from science fiction movies,
you know, going back to the '60s and '70s,
were made with materials pretty much like this.
I know in the scene when the rocket takes off
that that scene had to be shot about three or four times.
(I'm going to get sacked. If we don't get this right, I feel like I'm out.)
HE REVS LIKE AN ENGINE
-That was good.
-That was perfect.
I think I'll be back tomorrow.
I think he, kind of, liked how home-made it was, though.
We'd, you know, done our home-made background,
we made it ourselves, it was just really simple things.
You may want to think about doing a trick here where you...
This movie might be home-made
but Ron's got plenty of Hollywood techniques for the team to use
to give it a big-budget feel.
Can I make one suggestion?
He gave us lots of tips and ideas to make the film better.
..just move the camera in and don't do a zoom,
just do a tight shot of the knobs and let her hand come in and twist them.
When the captain and the co-pilot are taking off, "Oh, you can do
"a close-up on the buttons they're pressing."
..four, three, two, one.
He really helped with the... Some of the camera tricks that he used.
You know what helped us with Apollo 13 a lot?
When we were supposed to be doing the weightless feel, is we used...
The camera operators were hand-held.
If I do a little bit of movement, see?
We could do that. Something like that would...
-Does that give you an effect that you want?
He was, like, "It's OK to do free camera without a tripod,
"so it looks like it's floating...
"to really create a space atmosphere."
And now for some visual effects.
The pregnancy - you're having a baby?
He thought that I should be sweating cos I'm giving... I just gave birth,
so he got some water and splashed it which made it look a lot better.
A little bit of perspiration.
You've had a baby!
My experience is that the mother perspires just a little.
Don't worry, don't worry. I can deliver it.
you've given birth to the first-ever alien.
That's a wrap.
These young film-makers were a blast to be around.
He was a lot different than I expected.
I, kind of, expected that, you know,
-directors of these big Hollywood movies to be...
I think I've probably learned a thing or two, I think
I'm just going to go on to my next job just that much more inspired.
We surprised the team with top Hollywood director Ron Howard...
..he struggled with the technology...
Can we do that one more time
-because the camera operator sort of messed it up?
..but his film-making secrets wowed the team.
Just move the camera in and don't do a zoom.
So was their movie truly out of this world?
It was a fantastic little short film, witty and pretty imaginative.
-Bye-bye, so long.
You know, if Ron Howard said it was good so, you know,
it must be all right.
You can check out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.
So this is where I give you guys three top tips
to help you create an action movie.
You need the Spin Round The Head Shot.
One man has a camera spinning round his head
because he is serious.
You can have so much fun with Close-Ups.
He's mean, dangerous,
he's in close-up.
He's going somewhere.
You need the Hero Shot.
This man is going to save the world.
And that was three top tips to help you create an action movie.
We take you behind the scene with Horrid Henry: The Movie.
I'm Theo Stevenson and I played Henry in Horrid Henry: The Movie.
'I'm not going to that mouldy old brick house.'
I'd always hide away from the chaperones,
just because I was mischievous
and wanted to get into the role of Horrid Henry as much as possible.
I'd like to call it method acting.
It's not bad...
for a smelly-nappy baby!
..and triple detention.
Angelica Houston was definitely fun to work with.
She was lovely.
# Cinemaniacs. #
The first time I walked on to that set, I was so nervous.
Everything was so big and I hadn't been on something that scale before.
You're seeing so many cameras...
I didn't really know what to expect.
..but in a weird way, like, nervous excited. You know when you're really
excited for something but you just get that feeling and you're like...
'Together, we are the Purple Hand Gang.'
Every now and again, you would hear a little bit of an argument
but mainly, though, we did get on.
Yeah, I had to eat that horrible sandwich, didn't I?
That was the best thing.
It wasn't puke, obviously.
We wouldn't be that mean to Matt.
-It was baby food.
-That was it, it was baby food.
-Yeah, it was baby food
but, you know, I had to really go for it like I was ravenously hungry.
Talk about half-hearted attempt here,
cos it was just dropped on me on the day. I mean,
this one was going for it. Yeah, I mean, I was just not into it.
But that was the comedy element - the dad can't dance.
No, not in the film like that. You're supposed to be...
Supposed to be absolutely going for it but, yeah.
If you watch it, I'm two beats behind everyone.
Everyone else is there, like, dancing away and I'm, like,
looking around, like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where are we at?"
There's a scene where Horrid Henry has to throw a water bomb at me...
..and for the first take, they said, "Oh, no,
"it's just going to be a practice,"
and then they actually threw the water bomb at my head
and it was the most shocking thing ever.
I'll get you, Henry!
What do you think?
This is awesome - my very own movie cloud. If you guys want to know
how to make your very own movie cloud, then watch this.
Cloud, take me away.
Introducing Mr Mike Tucker,
here to show you how to create special effects, Hollywood-style
in the Secrets Of Moviemaking.
Today, we're going to show you how to make your very own movie clouds,
so grab a couple of friends and let's get started.
This week, we're going to do stormy skies and clouds.
This effect is a really impressive one and if you've ever seen
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, you'll know why.
You're going to need a fish tank, a jug, water and salt water,
milk, pegs and some black bin liners.
OK, Step 1 is to get our salt water in to the tank
and fill it up to a layer where we want our clouds to actually happen.
We need to make sure that the two types -
the salt water and the fresh water - don't mix, so we're going to use
a bit of bin liner to help separate the two.
Just clip it to the edge of the tank.
Carefully, start pouring the fresh water in on top of the plastic.
Right, we now need to do the tricky bit which is get the plastic out
without disturbing the two layers of liquid, so we need to try
and slide this plastic out over the top of the water.
That's what we call an inversion layer.
Now we've let that settle a little bit,
we need to get our milk in there.
pour it in from one end, quite slowly, in a stream
and then see what happens when it starts to hit.
-You'll now see the clouds are travelling
between the salt water and the fresh water.
-That is awesome, isn't it?
-Wow, it really looks like clouds
You can create a background by sticking a drawing or photo
behind the fish tank
or you could just make a background with one of your own bin liners...
We can clip in place with our pegs. OK, so if you come down low
so you're looking up at it and try and avoid seeing your reflection...
..and start to get really fancy.
You could add food colouring in to the milk,
in which case you would get coloured clouds.
And if that isn't enough for you, try this.
By taking something like a torch,
you can start getting things like lighting effects...
-Like a thunderstorm.
And that's how you make your very own movie clouds
Next up, it's our very own Super Actor
with the Crybaby Challenge so, Asa,
kick us off with something sad to get us in the mood.
My wish for the world would be that no more kittens were abandoned
and that they weren't left alone
and they had a house to live in and someone to grow up with.
I'm actually pretty good at this. I'm actually really good -
maybe I could get a part in the...
Here's the Crybaby Challenge.
And now, the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron and Twilight,
Michael Sheen, Super Actor...
Today's super acting challenge is a particularly tricky one.
It entails me
and six young acting trainees
going head-to-head as to who can bring the tears forth the quickest.
..in the Crybaby Challenge.
This is a really difficult challenge
cos, actually, you can't fake it.
Now, as an actor now and again, I have to bring the tears.
I find this very difficult.
Some actors think about sad things and actually make themselves upset.
Do you think you will be able to cry
just by summoning up your own super acting powers?
Er, no, I don't think so. I mean, I've tried before, just out of,
like, curiosity if I could
and I've never been able to do it before.
Often when you're crying, you're, sort of, you're panting...
Bottom lip is going.
..and if you, sort of, keep that up for a minute or two,
it really does get you crying.
Another way to make yourself cry is by chopping onions
so we're going head-to-head with our random onion-chopper, Christina.
How long do you think it will take you to get the tears,
just by using the onions?
That means the challenge is on.
Cry Cam is in position
and let the crying begin.
'The chopping begins and two onions is our time limit.
'If I can be the first person to summon a tear
'against all these actors
'and onion-lady Christina, I win.
'I'm starting to think sad.
'I just don't think I can do it.
'Two onions, one tear - it's tough
'but I'm a Super Actor...
'or am I?
'One onion chopped already -
that means there's only one onion left!
'Come on, Michael. Get a grip.'
'Don't get distracted by all that giggling behind you.
'Think sad. Think REALLY sad.
'Think Super Actor sad.
-'Oh, that's the second onion chopped
'which means it's the end of the challenge.
'Well, it looks like I'm not the only one that's failed.'
How did it go, Christina?
Well, irritated eyes but no tears.
Irritated eyes but no tears.
Hang on a minute, is that a tear?
There is a tear,
a tear fell from this eye so we have a winner.
What was it that you used in order to bring about the tears?
Well, I didn't blink for, like, most of it and I guess
my eyes just, sort of, dried up and then they wanted
to water to get rid of the...
-I see, so it was purely biological?
'No tears, so it's a crying shame
'but at least for today,
'Michael Sheen, Super Actor, has failed.
Nice try, Michael.
Next time -
find out what this crowd of blue and orange people are doing
in a DIY Blockbuster...
Anyone walking past would think we were a whole lot of lunatics.
..top soundtrack composer David Arnold works some musical magic...
It's going to be a happy-go-lucky kind of day today.
# Let the party begin... #
..and can Michael Sheen - Super Actor make this lot laugh?
# Let's dance under the chain... #
This is my sad face again
because it's nearly time to go
but just before I do,
if you enjoy watching Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,
you might want to know that all the giant lollipops on set were edible.
MUSIC: Pure Imagination by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse
Oh, I so wish I was working on that movie.
I'm Oli White and you've been watching...
New release or classic movie?
-Classic movie. Nice one.
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.
Apollo 13 director Ron Howard lends a hand when a group of young film-makers set out to make their own intergalactic adventure in DIY Blockbuster, and we reveal the special effects secrets of making your own storm clouds. Top actor Michael Sheen takes the Cry Baby Challenge, while presenter Oli White goes behind the scenes on Horrid Henry: The Movie.