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Hello, everyone! I'm Oli White and I'm so movie-mad
that yesterday I watched all the Star Wars films back-to-back.
And did you know there's one line that appears in every movie?
"I have a bad feeling about this."
But what I don't have a bad feeling about is
what's coming up next because this is Cinemaniacs. Team, take it away!
# Want to ride your bike across the face of the moon?
# Levitate your house with a bunch of balloons?
# Feel zero gravitation
# A robot transformation? You're a cinemaniac
# Can you tell a lie that is the length of your nose
# Or defrost a heart you accidentally froze?
# Want a bottomless case
# Or a squid for a face? You're a cinemaniac
# Do you long to hear the roar of an extinct dinosaur?
# To explore the flora in your very own Pandora
# Feel the urge to sing on a quest for the Ring
# To escape from a clone or to be home alone
# Then roll out the red carpet And turn down the lights
# Grab yourself a seat and hold on tight
# We're mad about movies We're crazy for film
# We're Cinemania... Cinemania...
# Cinemaniacs. #
Coming up, we meet Matt Lewis AKA Neville Longbottom,
star of all eight Harry Potter films.
I was flying around on this broomstick
doing all kinds of crazy stuff.
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... #
-AS FORREST GUMP:
-This show is like a box of chocolates -
you never know what you're going to get.
It's chocolate. My favourite thing.
All right, all right. Calm down, Andrew.
-The word for today is "share".
It's time for DIY Blockbuster part one.
Whoo! Ha-ha! Oi! Ha...
-We're giving groups of filmmakers
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.
Eleanor, William, Shiona, Charlie, Liam and Niamh
are making a sci-fi movie on their school playing field.
It's based on blue and orange aliens. Action!
They live happily together for years and years and then there's
a rumour that gets spread which turns them all against each other.
One day a massive meteor comes down to Earth.
It turns out to be a blue and orange baby.
The team have started filming
where the alien baby bursts out of the UFO.
But they're having problems with a cardboard box.
-Ah, I mean spaceship.
I can't push it open.
-I couldn't hear much outside.
You need to be quicker doing that.
It was really quiet and dark. I nearly fell asleep.
Let's do it again. Action.
-We had to do that bit many times.
-Eventually they get the shot.
The team have moved on to the next scene, an alien crowd scene.
Oh, no, you haven't got your mask on.
But operating the camera and acting at the same time is proving tricky.
You guys need to wait until I've got here.
HE SCREAMS You still need to wait for me,
Charlie. Just wait for me.
-Is the footage all right?
-I have no idea.
Watching it back it seems that something is missing.
When there's only six of you it's a bit hard making shots
look like there's a whole planet full of aliens.
What the team don't know is that they're in for a
DIY Blockbuster surprise. We're going to supply them
with just what they need to supersize their film.
Time for their surprise.
Yes, we've beamed in a blockbusting 100 extras
to star as the aliens in their movie.
This will definitely work now.
For big crowd scenes, every single extra on set needs
clear instructions so they know exactly what they're doing.
-So if we have...
-What are they doing?
-I don't know, this is crazy.
The team need to keep everyone's attention as it only takes
one person doing something wrong to mess up a shot.
Quite a lot of pressure.
You've got to explain it so they all understand.
So you need to go like that and just shoot at them, just like that.
And this side, we need you go like that
and just kind of like mind-waves, kind of, psyche-waves.
We weren't that great at explaining it.
All blues this side, all yellows this side.
There are blues on this side...
-Blue this side, orange this side.
-Orange is that side, yes.
-We were like, "Come on, we just want you to walk over."
And we were like, "Listen," cos we couldn't think of
any other way of explaining it.
-We need them to be on this side.
-Want me to be on this side?
No, there were blues on that side so they needed to...
Oh, so this side? OK.
We didn't want to be rude and be like, "Go over there,"
cos it was sort of like, "I know you're older than me."
But you're the directors.
-It's like trying to handle sheep that have had energy drinks.
With the extras causing chaos, time is running out fast.
Still to come on DIY Blockbuster...
How will they cope directing a crowd scene?
We had to shout to make everyone go to their places.
There was a lot of shouting.
Will they ever finish their movie?
Oh, the music in this movie makes me feel so sad.
-Oh, it gets me every time.
What's your favourite soundtrack?
Hakuna Matata from Lion King.
Happy from Despicable Me.
I love Consider Yourself from Oliver!
Under The Sea, Ariel.
I don't know the name of the song, it's from Sword In The Stone
and it's when Merlin the wizard is packing up all his stuff
and he's making all his stuff go into his bag and he's going,
"Higitus pigitus pigitus pog, ci-cras-ti-di-ti-to..." That one.
Random Red Carpet. We ask the questions so you don't have to
Matthew, tell us your most favourite song ever.
-What do you know good?
What do you know good?
-What do YOU know good?
-Yeah, OK, well...
No, no, no, not there. What do you know good?
-Well, you can hum it and I'll sing it.
-Tell me, what do you know good?
Random Red Carpet! It doesn't get much more random than this.
Who will survive the Rock Hard Quiz?
Matthew and James. Specialist subject - Fantastic Mr Fox.
What are the names of the three farmers who are after Mr Fox?
Boggis, Bunce and Bean.
According to Mr Fox, what do beagles love?
True or false? The farmer shot Mr Fox's tail off
while he was in the chicken house.
What kind of animal is Coach Skip?
BUZZER Correct answer - a ferret.
Stella. Specialist subject - Mary Poppins.
What is the name of the sweep?
What is the surname of the children Mary looks after?
What is the name of the film
released in 2013 about the making of Mary Poppins?
Saving Mr Banks.
It's a jolly WHAT with Mary?
What song do the sweeps dance to on the rooftops?
Jim Jiminy Jim Jiminy Jim Jim Jeroo.
BUZZER Correct answer - Step In Time.
Alisha. Specialist subject - Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
Who has trouble whistling in the group?
What does Mr Thompson plan to do in his spare time with his sons?
What type of creature attacks Antie?
Which family owns a cat?
What does Amy want to do with her friends?
Go to the shopping mall.
What sport does Ron enjoy playing?
What does Nick have for breakfast
after he refuses to eat the burnt toast Amy makes?
What was the reason the shrinking machine started working correctly?
Because Ron hit a baseball in it.
Alisha, you gave no incorrect answers.
You've conquered the Rock Hard Quiz. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
I must admit, I'm feeling a lot better now.
Maybe it's cos the music's got a lot happier. The music in movies
can really make a difference. If I look at you like this and you
-SEA SHANTY PLAYS
It creates a different feeling from when you hear this...
JOLLY TUNE PLAYS
Here's someone that knows all about music.
Hi, I'm David Arnold,
I'm a film composer.
Some of my credits are...
The purpose of music in film a lot of the time
is to hold the hand of the audience as they watch what's happening,
but it's always to try and say what is
difficult to say with dialogue or just with picture.
What we are doing is playing with the way the music can
change your perception about what's happening in front of you.
UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYS
It's going to be a happy-go-lucky kind of day today.
This is all about energy and all about movement and your blood
rushing and your heart beating so it feels much more casual.
In the classroom when learning is hard,
it's almost like the sound of what you've got inside your own body,
your blood rushing and your heart beating a little bit stronger.
Showing integrity but doing the right thing...
RHYTHMIC MUSIC PLAYS
CALM MUSIC PLAYS
He's the most popular kid in school
so we keep it nice and light and bright and breezy.
He's having fun with friends.
It's joyful, it's optimistic, it's relaxed.
PEACEFUL MUSIC PLAYS
By playing music that says, "We're OK," it feels comfortable
and it feels like there's no tension there.
And an easy way of making it feel worse, you could play exactly
the same music in a minor key and it immediately sounds darker.
MELANCHOLY MUSIC PLAYS
I think there's been a bit of a drama.
If you're going to bed, it's almost like the last chapter of a book.
The music, in a way, it's like the big finale.
A big, bright, nice major key and it's all warm and delicious.
You think, "Right, you can go to sleep now, everything's all right."
As well as using music to change the mood of your movies,
you can also have some fun with sound effects.
Bet you didn't expect that.
Here's some more tips for making your own cool sound effects.
My name's Guy Rowland and I'm a sound designer.
A lot of the effects you can do at home with just stuff
that's around the house. It's sort of what the professionals do.
They just take sounds that are recorded that might be for a
completely different purpose, then put them over different pictures
and it fools the mind into thinking you've heard something you haven't.
A really unusual effect can be done just with a pillow
and if you get your hands and start beating the pillow fast
that can sound like the bird flapping its wings.
A fun trick to play is if you record someone just
putting their hand into an empty box, then of course you can have
all sorts of fun with the sound of what's in the box
and you can get something like a pumpkin or a tomato
and just make those horrible squishy sounds on there and then
if you put that over the picture of the hand going in the box, it makes
you think something really horrible is going on that you can't see.
If you've got one of these,
if it's a metal one, it should work really well.
All you need to do is you hold it out in front of you...
Get a cup, hold it at the bottom, like that, and let go and...
There's the laser sound from Star Wars.
Still to come on Cinemaniacs...
We get the behind the scenes low-down on Harry Potter
from Neville Longbottom himself.
A lot of fear and terror came over me.
We show you how to make your own movie, 3-D-style.
That is seeing both of those screens.
And Michael Sheen, Super Actor, is...
-# Let's dance under... #
-# The chain of stars... #
But first, it's part two of DIY Blockbuster...
We've given six film makers a blockbuster surprise
of 100 extras to star in their sci-fi film.
It was just like this never-ending line of people.
But can they cope with directing so many people?
-This is like the whole school.
The team need to take charge
if these extras are ever going to listen.
Anyone walking past would think we were a whole
lot of lunatics, in a field, marching round with blue and orange masks on.
All right, stop. Now cut.
Everybody was just, like, pelting around and having fun and
then Charlie just screamed over the top of his voice in the megaphones.
-Pass it here.
That's got their attention.
We had to shout to make everyone go to their places.
-There was a lot of shouting.
Basically what you have to do is walk into the middle,
say "hi" to each other and be friendly.
I think we've got everyone on the right sides.
You might know what you're trying to say
but they might not know what's in your head.
So trying to get what's in your head to them is also quite hard.
And having got the extras' attention, they waste little time
in telling them exactly what to do.
So exactly the same as last time, shocked and then laser fingers.
Just make sure you look at us when we wave.
Action! THEY HOWL
-It's good. It's what we want.
-Now I'm happy. I'm happy.
With everyone knowing what they are doing now,
they manage to reshoot the alien baby scene with no trouble.
OK, well done. Thanks for all coming.
It was great to be filming with you and that's a wrap.
Now I feel how it is to be a teacher. BOY LAUGHS
You can check out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.
DOOR CREAKS LAUGHTER
So this is where I give you guys three top tips to help you
create a suspense movie.
Tip number one. You need the scariest shot in film...
What lies behind the door?
Tip number two. You can have so much fun with scary music.
It's coming after him. It's all around.
Tip number three. You need a point of view shot.
This shows what the character's seeing
without revealing who that person is.
Follow that man.
There's my three top tips for making a great suspense movie.
We get the behind-the-scenes low-down on Harry Potter
from Matt Lewis, AKA Neville Longbottom himself.
I remember my first week filming really vividly, actually.
Chris Columbus took me aside and said, "Just so you're aware,
"this is pretty much all about you this week." I was like, "Oh, gosh."
Sort of a lot of fear and terror came over me.
WHISTLE BLOWS Ah!
Even at 11 years old, they let me do most of my own stunts.
They were sort of like, "Are you OK with this?" Said to my mum,
"Are you OK with this?" She was... I think she was more excited about it
than I was. So they strapped me in a harness and the next thing I knew I
was flying around on this broomstick, doing all kinds of crazy stuff.
-Come back down this instant.
On Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Neville gets pulled up
by his ears by the Cornish Pixies and hung from the chandelier.
I had to have special moulds made for my ears and so they had these
rubber ears that they glued over the top of mine and they attached them
to fishing rods so two guys from the creature effects department could
stretch these rubber ears to look like I was being pulled up by those.
Why is it always me?
I didn't realise that was how it worked. It was... That was good.
3-D or 2-D? I really can't make my mind up about 3-D. I mean, it costs
a lot more to see a 3-D movie
but there are some awesome movies in 3-D.
If 3-D is done well it can help tell any story
and help to enhance that.
For example, something like Gravity where you're out in space,
which is not something that we can directly experience.
Hmm... It's a pretty convincing argument but I still think
we need to find out more. It's time for a Cinemaniacs Investigation.
My name is Dr Rod Mitchell
and as part of our Cinemaniacs Investigation we're going to
use these monitors to find out whether watching in 3-D
can affect your heart rate, which could go up if you're excited.
So all we need now is to test this out on someone, 3-D, 2-D...
I know...we need twins. Identical twins.
And we need identical twins to make sure that this investigation
is as scientific as it can be.
What is it about 3-D that you like?
-Makes me jump.
You feel, like, stuff, like, getting really close to you.
I don't notice it. After five minutes I don't notice it.
I don't...I don't actually know it's 3-D.
We're going to show the twins clips from three different movies
and see how they react. The only thing that's different is that
one of them is watching it in 2-D and the other is watching it in 3-D.
The first clip we're going to show is from Madagascar 3.
-I am a sea lion.
And immediately we see a reaction from James.
And yes, his heart rate has gone up. LAUGHTER
The second clip is from "Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure" and here
we see two very different responses from James and Matthew, although
our monitors are not showing a reaction from the other twins.
The final clip is from Oz The Great And Powerful
but this time Spencer is responding very strongly to it in 3-D.
So what have we proved with this Cinemaniacs Investigation?
There are different reactions by different people to watching
a movie in 3-D. Whether it means that a 3-D movie
is generally more exciting than a 2-D movie,
I don't think we've proved, and what we would
need to do is a much bigger study with lots and lots more children.
Do you think I look like James Bond in these?
I reckon you're going to have to make your own mind up about that
but if you want to know how to make your own 3-D movie,
then stay tuned for this...
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 a 3-D camera,
so grab a friend and let's get started.
Have you seen any 3-D films? Have you seen a film like Hugo, for instance?
-Yeah, I have.
-The way those films work is that they have two cameras
pretending to be your left eye which gives you one view
and your right eye which gives you a slightly different view.
So for this effect, you're going to need three smartphones, a shoebox,
a couple of pairs of cheap strong reading glasses and some tape.
Step one. Stick a loop of tape to the back of each phone.
So the first thing we've got to do is fix our two smartphones.
Make sure the lens of both the phones can see
over the top of the box.
So it needs to be, yeah, right in the corner
and this one needs to be right up against it. There we go.
We now need to get our third smartphone set in the middle of the
box and get it to the right height so that it's filming the two screens.
Keep adding layers of card until the phone is the right height.
What we're going to do now is we're going to tape that triangle
to the back of this smartphone case.
Now you need to find a position where that is seeing both of those screens.
We now need to stop any unwanted reflections and light getting in, so
what we're going to do is we're going to put the lid back on. But obviously
the lid isn't going to fix, cos these two are sticking up above the edge.
So we need to cut right the way along.
We're going to take two pencils
and we're going to tape those into the corners, points down. Perfect.
Now, if you put the lid on... Can you see the camera, yeah?
To start filming, press record on the phone nearest to you.
Remember, you only need to press record on the third phone and
you should now see two images side by side
which means you're recording in 3-D.
Make sure you have something in the foreground and the background
and keep the camera moving.
To make a really good 3-D effect, make sure something is pointing
towards the camera. Movement works so well in 3-D.
You can make a simple pair of glasses to watch your 3-D film.
So what we're going to do is we're going to
tape two pairs of quite strong reading glasses together
and those are now going to be your 3-D glasses.
So hit play on that and now bring it as close to you as possible,
until you start to see that image in 3-D.
And that's how you make a 3-D camera.
Hey, I'm just testing out my laugh-o-meter over here.
So why did the chicken cross the playground?
Because he wanted to get to the other SLIDE.
-Well, it seems to be
working all right.
Over to you, Mr Super Actor.
And now the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron
and Twilight - all-round good guy
Michael Sheen, Super Actor.
Today I am going to go into that cinema screen there
in front of this audience. A film is going to be shown
and I've never set eyes on this film before.
It will be a foreign film but there will be no subtitles.
I will be sitting in a corner of the cinema with subtitles
and a microphone. I have to perform every single role in this film
and keep this audience entertained.
Welcome to the Make 'Em Laugh Challenge!
If I can keep the audience entertained and laughing
for most of the film, I win today's challenge.
Everyone sitting comfortably? Then let's begin...
With this microphone, I'm going to have to act every single part
in the film, never having seen the film before, so I have to see
if I can keep you entertained whilst you watch the film.
I just hope there are no songs because I really hate singing.
It's time for the challenge!
OK, will I be able to keep them
entertained for the full one hour and 25 minutes of the film?
We'll find out using my...
Right, so this film's called Rolli,
which translates into English as Rolli.
It's a Finnish film and it's evidently all about
a battle between elves and trolls. Wish me luck.
'Luckily I've got subtitles to help me out.'
Lackey and Cacophony! The map and the sextant.
On my way, just a moment. 'I'm off to a good start.'
Knobbly and Rolli, check the beach.
The beach? 'Who's this? Is that a troll?
'I think he's a small character. Maybe I should do a squeaky voice.'
'The laugh-o-meter is going in the right direction
'but then, less than five minutes in, my worst nightmare happens...
# A land where rivers of milk can be found
# Where treasure chests lie in the ground
# The trolls aren't afraid of wars
'If I can get through that, I can get through anything
'but there's still over an hour left.'
Such a new tent and all ablaze!
'Try as I might, this is a long movie.
'The audience are starting to flag a little.
'And they're not the only ones. So am I.
'I'm going to have to dig deep to keep them entertained through
'to the end. I never thought I'd say this but bring on another song.
'Come on, Michael. You can do this.
'You're a Super Actor. Let's go for it.'
# Let's dance under the chain of stars
# Let the party begin on a bright night... #
APPLAUSE 'Phew. Thank goodness that's over.'
-So did you enjoy the film?
You did? Good. Now, what was not such a good thing
about my performance? What could have been better?
The singing. The bad thing was...out of key.
Off-key? How dare you? Leave this cinema now
and never come back. Tell me a good thing about my performance.
You changed your voice for different characters. That was...
It made it a lot easier to follow.
So today's challenge started with me singing very badly
but in the end, that was what made them laugh.
Which means, for today at least...
# I am Michael Sheen, Super Actor. #
Way to go, Michael.
Next time on Cinemaniacs...
More Cinemaniacs get a DIY Blockbuster surprise
when their filming location gets supersized...
We show you how to stop time in The Secrets Of Movie Making...
My hands are in the air like I just do not care.
-Minutes of me just going...
Jim Parsons is here. Need I say more?
Show's nearly up, guys, but just before we go,
I want to tell you about piglet Babe,
that should really be called "the piglets" Babe,
because Babe was played by
over 48 different piglets because they kept growing up.
And each one had to wear a pig wig to make them look just like Babe.
What do you think? Looks pretty cool, right? I'm Oli White
and you've been watching Cinemaniacs.
And finally... 2-D or 3-D?
I don't know, I like them both.
-I'll go 3-D.
That is cheating.
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.
Celebrated composer of James Bond films, David Arnold crafts a personal soundtrack to the day of one cinemaniac. A group of young film-makers is given a cast of hundreds (literally) to work with in DIY Blockbuster. Michael Sheen is challenged to 'make 'em laugh!' and presenter Oli White asks the question: is 3D really worth it?