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I'm Oli White and this is Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.
A super celebrity surprise.
As soon as he came through the door I was just like...
Movie sound effect secrets...
..and Michael Sheen - Super Actor - monkeys about.
What do you think of the show so far, Ben?
Oh, wow, that's a good question.
-Yeah, it's a good question, that's why I asked you.
Yeah, it is.
OK, now here's a question for you.
Are you ready for a DIY blockbusting surprise?
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.
On the shot list, the first one is the wide shot...
Libby, Harley, Connie, Maddie, Gus and Eva are making a thriller.
There's a grandad and he lives with his granddaughter.
I'm going away for a while.
He tells her that he's going to the Amazon
because he wants to be a spy again.
Here is where I'm going.
The team think they're going to be playing all of the parts
in their film themselves, but none of them
look exactly convincing as an elderly grandparent.
We still to need to figure out who's Grandad.
What they don't know is that they are in for
a DIY blockbuster surprise.
We've arranged for a world-famous actor to star in their film,
who will be perfect for the part of Grandad.
Quiet, please. Action.
There's some other shopping you need to do.
With no idea of what's about to happen,
the team are well into filming,
with Harley taking the role of Grandad,
when, suddenly, the doorbell rings.
-Hello, Ian McKellen, hello.
Yes, their DIY blockbuster surprise
really is Ian McKellen, star of The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit
and the X-Men films.
As soon as he came through the door I was just like...
It's Gandalf. I was like... It's Gandalf.
It was just so amazing.
Me and Harley looked at each other and we were like, "Yes."
-Angus, nice to meet you. I like your hat.
Properly, properly wound up.
-You didn't know I was coming?
I was a bit nervous coming in, as you can imagine.
-Is this is where I live?
-I'm your granddaughter.
Ian's keen to get straight into character.
Now, do you suppose it was your mother or your father
who was my child?
I asked Lucy...
..was she the daughter of my son or of my daughter,
and she hadn't thought about that.
It doesn't really matter.
-Well, it matters to me.
So I had a son and he was your father.
With a better understanding of Grandad's character, filming begins.
Lucy, there's something I need to tell you.
I'm going to go away for a while.
Ian's performance was, like, perfect.
It was really good, it was amazing.
But why, Grandad?
Because I'm old and I need something to do.
I was just looking at the thing and just going,
I'll miss you, Grandad.
He acted like he was actually her grandad.
In fact, Ian's acting is so convincing, it's causing confusion.
Don't move! Tell us where the USB stick is.
'I thought he was actually really scared.'
-Where have you hidden it?
-I have no idea what you're talking about.
'And I didn't mean to scare him or anything.
'He really convinced me that it was real.'
Lucy, don't forget the shopping list.
Ian may be a world-class actor, but he still needs direction,
and the team have forgotten to tell him
what he's meant to be doing in this scene.
-That was a shambles.
You've got to tell the actors what to do.
Maddie and I didn't know that we were in the shot.
We had to tell him, like, what to do, where to be.
So, where am I standing, roughly?
Just stand there and just go... Stuff everything in.
If I had any questions, they listened and gave me a clear answer,
so I felt they adopted me as part of the team and I relaxed.
Ian's impressed with the speed the team are working at.
I'll tell you what, I have never worked so fast in my life.
I always want you directing my films.
In fact, they're already on to their final scene.
What you need to do is film Maddie and then go on to them.
But I'm getting cold!
And they're using the wet weather to their advantage.
It was a rainforest, so it was good that it was rainy because it
kind of got that little effect and made it a little bit more realistic.
But we did get really wet though.
But is it a good idea to keep your star waiting around in the rain?
I was a bit cold and I was a bit damp,
but then so were they and they weren't complaining,
so I didn't think I should.
Just moments away from finishing their movie, there's a hitch.
Oh, the battery ran out!
But nothing a spare battery can't fix.
There's somebody here to see you.
I escaped. Oh!
They finally managed to get the last shot, so that's a wrap.
It was such a good day. I don't think I'm ever going to forget it.
ALL: Thank you.
Wow, thank you.
I just can't believe that he would take the time to work with us.
He's just an amazing man.
-Thank you very much and I'll see you at the premiere.
Right, thank you.
So what was the best bit of this magical day?
We met Ian and he was in our film.
You can check out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.
Time for some movie magic.
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 take sounds that are recorded that might be for a
completely different purpose,
and then they 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 with just 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, and 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...
LASER WHOOSHING SOUND
There's the laser sound from Star Wars.
So, this is where I give you guys three top tips
for you to make your own videos.
Get yourself a phone or a camera.
Now, this might be quite an obvious one, but believe me,
I've done it so many times -
I've pressed stop when I've actually meant to press start.
You need to make sure you have a memory card
and that there's no embarrassing selfies on.
Oh, no, that's photoshopped, I swear.
There are so many different memory cards out there.
There's SD cards, there's CF card, LOL, WBU.
Actually, hold on a minute. No, they're not all memory cards.
You're going to need to get yourself some juice
and charge up the camera... Oh.
And that's it for today's top tips.
Who has taken out all the same books as Shizuku in the library?
Who runs the antique shop?
Who is Moon, or Muta?
Who is the first person to read Shizuku's story?
What American song is Shizuku translating?
Who was Nishi's first love?
Correct answer - Louise.
What does Angus feed the Water Horse after it hatches out of the egg?
He fed it potatoes.
Where did Kirstie first discover the Water Horse?
In the bath.
What phobia does Angus have?
He has a phobia of water, or aquaphobia.
What is Angus's last name?
What is the faked picture of the Loch Ness Monster called?
The Loch... The Loch Ness myth.
Correct answer - the Surgeon's Photo.
Which child held the world record for chewing gum?
What does Willy Wonka do with Mr Salt's business card?
Throws it over his shoulder.
What is Willy Wonka's dad's job?
What flavour soup was in the bubble-gum violet tasted?
-Correct answer - Tomato.
And the winner is...Moriah.
And now, the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron and Twilight.
He is Michael Sheen - Super Actor.
My challenge for today is just to monkey about.
Yep, that's right, I simply have to dress up in this monkey outfit
and try to convince this lot that I am the best monkey actor.
Except, I'm up against Aidan - a professional primate performer -
he's one of the best in the business.
And he'll be going head-to-head with me in...
But first I have to get covered in sticky stuff.
I am getting prepared for what's called a skull cap, and I wear
that inside the ape suit so that my head's not rattling around inside.
You might think this looks weird,
but wait till you see what else I'm wearing under my monkey suit.
Do my muscles look big in this?
I knew there was something I forgot to do.
I forgot to shave my legs.
-As you do the step, try and lead with the elbow.
There's just time for Aidan
to give me a quick masterclass in monkey movements.
What makes for a good ape actor?
The ability to put up with not being able to see very well,
not being able to breathe very well
and being able to put up with quite high levels of heat.
So, how's it looking?
'He's just trying to put me off!'
Whoa, steady with the eyeliner. Monkey contacts in.
Push now, push it in.
I'm starting to wonder if there's a bit more to this challenge than just
putting on a fancy dress costume and jumping around in the garden.
But I can't let Aidan know that.
I'm sure he'll be very good because he's an absolutely
first-class actor, but, at the same time, I think it will be quite hard.
The skin texture feels really amazing.
Right, head's on, let's get into character.
I remember when I first performed Shakespeare.
I was Henry V.
'OK, maybe not.
'Think bananas, think jungle.
'Think itchy armpits.
It's time for...
# Now I'm the king of the swingers, the jungle VIP... #
'Here I come. I'm starting casual.
'It's quite normal for me
'to be monkeying about in an English country garden.
'All I need to do is convince five out of the eight judges
'I'm the best ape.
'Whoa there. Oh, he's just showing off.
'Time to show them what I can do.
'Check this out, guys.
'Walking, turning a corner...
'and sitting down.
'Exhausting, but I think they like it.
'Oi, get off!
'Yeah, yeah, never mind the camera, Aidan.
'It's getting quite hot in here.
'Hopefully I've done enough to impress the judges, though.
You couldn't tell that there were people underneath them.
I found it interesting, but quite scary at the same time.
I thought they looked really realistic and quite scary.
It's time for...
'So, who's voting for me? Michael Sheen - Super Actor.
'AKA the orang-utan.
'What, one banana? I mean, one vote? Which means...
'..seven votes for Aidan as the most convincing primate!
I chose the gorilla because he's quite boisterous
and I think that's what they look like in the wild.
He, like, interacted with the judges,
like, running towards them and stuff.
I chose the orang-utan
cos it was more relaxed, whereas the gorilla was a bit too active.
Today's challenge started with me monkeying around, but it ended up
with my orang-utan playing second banana to Aidan's gorilla.
Which means that today, Michael Sheen - Super Actor...
Better luck next time, Michael.
And finally - sweet or salty?
I'm Oli White and you've been watching Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.
CineMinis are an even shorter, funnier and faster dose of the irreverent show about films and film-making, hosted by Oli White. It looks like CINEMANIACS, it smells like CINEMANIACS but this is the bite-size brilliance of CineMinis.
Actor Ian McKellen, aka Gandalf, comes to the aid of some young film-makers in DIY Blockbuster, we give you behind-the-scenes secrets to create awesome movie sound effects, and actor Michael Sheen is forced to become a monkey in the Ape Acting Challenge.