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I'm Oli White and this is Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.
On today's show, Cinemaniacs' secrets with Nanny McPhee.
Someone said, "Let's try putting some farting in."
From farty to arty with top tips on making a movie.
You can have so much fun with filters.
And Michael Sheen - Super Actor fools his own mum and dad.
-I found it, thank you very much.
All that on # Cinemaniacs! #
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You liked the way I said # Cinemaniacs # ?
-I would do it again like that.
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Right, OK. Now it's time for DIY Blockbuster.
-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.
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, 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 Galacticastrophe - 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're 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 The Grinch 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.
It was really cool meeting him,
knowing that this was a guy that actually created a blockbuster film.
He's famous, he's well known.
I thought the storyboard was brilliant.
-Have you already done some shots?
'Half the work is done because they've got a good script'
and a good plan and they've laid it out well.
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.
Boom, that one's done.
-That's satisfying, isn't it?
The team quickly put Ron to work as their camera operator.
(Can we do that one more time because the camera operator messed it up?)
-He's not very good at filming as much as directing.
-Is that just this?
Is this our zoom? Show me.
Oh, here we go.
There are a lot of award-winning cinematographers who are really
going to enjoy just how bad I am at this particular aspect.
I know in the scene where the rocket takes off,
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.)
RON IMITATES ROCKET
-Cut. 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 done a home-made background, we made it ourselves,
it's just really simple things.
You may want to think about doing a trick here, where...
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 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 you close-up on the buttons they're pressing."
Four. Three. Two. One.
He really helped with 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?
The camera operators were hand-held.
-If I do a little bit of movement, see?
We can do that.
-Something like that, 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 pregnant scene. You're having a baby?
He thought that I should be sweating because I just gave birth,
so he got some water and he splashed it, which made it look a lot better.
A little bit of perspiration.
You had a baby.
My experience is that the mother perspires just a little.
Don't worry, don't worry. I can deliver it.
Congratulations, 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 the directors of these big Hollywood movies to be...
I think I've probably learned a thing or two.
I'm just going to go on to my next job just that much more inspired.
So was their movie truly out of this world?
It was a fantastic little short film.
Witty and pretty imaginative.
-Bye-bye. So long.
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.
Now, let's head behind the scenes with Nanny McPhee.
I am Nanny McPhee.
I'm Susanna White. I'm a film director, and probably
the best known film I've made was Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang.
-It is rude to stare.
The finished film is actually somewhat
different from the screenplay I was sent.
For example, a pig dives into a pond, does front crawl
and comes out the other side.
I went and had my bath one night and I thought, what if the pig dives in
and then it pops up and then another pig pops up and another pig pops up
and another pig pops up,
and they all start doing incredible synchronised swimming.
I love that because it seems so silly that pigs would do something
I had a cow who was afraid of mud.
She didn't like getting her feet wet or dirty, so we had terrible trouble
in the morning getting her across the farmyard
to where she wanted to be.
The cow farting going upstairs happened
because people weren't giggling enough, so someone said,
"Let's try putting some farting in,"
and suddenly people were giggling a lot more.
So, this is where I give you guys three top tips
for creating an arty movie.
You need to create some arty shots.
DEEP VOICE: Arty shots don't need to make sense.
You need slow motion.
You can have so much fun with filters.
And that was three top tips for creating an arty movie.
Who do Harry and Ron accidentally lock in the bathroom
with the troll?
What flavour of Bertie Bott's Jelly Bean does Dumbledore end up with?
What does Voldemort drink in the Forbidden Forest to sustain himself?
-Correct answer - unicorn's blood.
In the final showdown between Thor and Malekith,
what London Underground station does Thor find himself at?
What does the collector remark when Volstagg and Sif
leave at the end of the film?
One down, five to go.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe,
what number instalment is Thor - The Dark World?
-Correct answer - eight.
Who pretends to capture Chewbacca?
Name the creatures that look like teddy bears?
What is the name of the moon that the Death Star orbits?
That was Endor.
Who kills Jabba the Hutt?
What is Princess Leia holding whilst pretending to be a bounty hunter?
Correct answer - a thermal detonator.
And the winner is...Nikhita.
We ask the questions so you don't have to.
What was it like to win an Oscar, Anne?
Half the time I was just standing on one leg, kind of like you do
when you're like, "Look at me, I'm flying!"
It doesn't get much more random than this.
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 like pretty famous round 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.'
The boy Sheen from... Batman and that.
-Michael Sheen as well.
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
because Michael's got these really nice little indents.
'And my character is going to be mostly...uh.
'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 round here as well.
'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...'
INTERVIEWER: 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...
'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.
Just down the bottom there is a bakery.
'Yay! Fooled them once.
'I'm 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.
'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?'
INTERVIEWER: 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.'
I don't know if it's the way he stands or walks or...
'Come on, Mum, this is ridiculous.'
INTERVIEWER: So you'd recognise him if he was stood right next to you?
Yeah, that's right.
I don't believe it! I don't believe it!
That's a good wig, that.
-Your own son.
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 Michael Sheen - Super Actor.'
How about this for a monster fact? Sulley, the extra-cuddly
and blue monster from,
you've guessed it, Monsters, Inc,
had over 2.3 million hairs.
That a lot of hairs.
I'm Oli White and you've been watching Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.
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Apollo 13 director Ron Howard helps a group of young film-makers create an intergalactic adventure in DIY Blockbuster. The team goes behind the scenes with the director of Nanny McPhee, and actor Michael Sheen tries to fool his own parents in a movie make-up challenge.