Episode 4 CineMinis: A CINEMANIACS Short


Episode 4

A short dose of the irreverent show about films and film-making. A team of young film-makers get a supersized, palatial location to make their spy movie.


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# Want to ride your bike across the face of the moon?

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# Levitate your house with a bunch of balloons

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# Feel zero gravitation

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# A robot transformation

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# You're a cinemaniac

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# Do you love to hear the roar of an extinct dinosaur?

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# To explore the flora in your very own Pandora

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# Feel the urge to sing

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# Form a quest for the ring

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# To escape from a clone

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# Or to be home alone

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# Then roll out the red carpet

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# And turn down the lights

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# Grab yourself a seat and hold on tight

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# We're mad about movies

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# We're crazy for film

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# We're cinemaniacs

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# Cinemaniacs

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# Cinemaniacs. #

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Hello, everyone.

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I'm Oli White and this is Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.

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Coming up -

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custard pie capers...

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Hold a handful of cream and... throw it in your face.

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Oh, my goodness.

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..action movie top tips...

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You can have so much fun with close-ups.

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He's mean, dangerous, he's in close-up.

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...and can Michael Sheen - Super Actor - cry like a baby?

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I'm starting to think sad.

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I just don't think I can do it.

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So tell me, Rupert, what's the best thing about being a movie star?

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I get sent lots of pyjamas.

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Well, that's pretty cool.

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-People like to send me pyjamas.

-OK.

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Well, moving on with the show, it's time for DIY Blockbuster.

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Action.

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We're giving groups of film-makers the chance to make a short film,

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armed with just a camera, a script and some home-made props.

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Little do they know, they're in for a big surprise...

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You didn't know I was coming?

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..when we give them something spectacular...

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to turn their home movie into a DIY blockbuster.

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T is in, W is out.

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Lilah, Kai, Ruby, Josh and Harvi are making a spy movie.

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There's a spy and they have the code

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to a safe that has these secret files...

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Wait, what are we doing?

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..and the boss is evil and wants to get the files back.

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The team have started filming, but unfortunately

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their back garden doesn't exactly look like a set from James Bond.

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If you guys move a bit in that direction,

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just so I can get the house in as well.

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What the team don't know

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is that they're in for a DIY Blockbuster surprise.

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We've secured access to a top secret film location

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that will be perfect for their spy movie.

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It was just really, really exciting.

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Blenheim Palace.

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Blenheim Palace, we're going to Blenheim Palace.

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Yes, the DIY Blockbuster surprise is Blenheim Palace -

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with seven acres of gardens, fountains and an amazing maze.

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It's been used as the backdrop for films like

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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Gulliver's Travels.

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It's really big, which is perfect.

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Whoa.

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I thought it was amazing.

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It looks better for a spy movie, like, it's swanky and spyish,

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instead of just a back garden.

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And then get them there, they can talk there.

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And after 30 minutes,

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finally the group decide on their first location.

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Against a brick wall?

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Yes, of course, I put the enemy's top secret plans in the safe.

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I think we could have probably got a better place than that

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because it was against the wall and it looked a bit ugly.

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And it's not only the location that's proving tricky.

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-What's the code again?

-Oh, it's 1X23...

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Guys, cut. You didn't show me properly, you just went like that.

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Oh, OK.

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'When you're holding the camera'

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and walking around

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'to look at a different thing,

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'it's moving, it doesn't look very good.'

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Cut.

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Keep it still, walk slowly.

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With time ticking away, the group decide to skip ahead to shoot one

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of their most important scenes

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in one of the biggest mazes in the world.

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Action.

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-Give me the code.

-OK, it's 1X...

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'Well, we thought it would be the best place'

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cos it's one of the kind of places you can get cornered

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'and there's no way out.'

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Ah-ha-ha. A real spy would never have given me the code.

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Cut.

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Scene complete. What's next?

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Now we've got to get out of the maze.

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Let's hope they can remember the way.

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Harvi, are you sure it's not this way?

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Yep, I'm sure. This is the short cut.

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-Harvi gave us rubbish directions.

-Yeah.

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The team head back to the viewing platform to work out their route...

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We've got to get to there.

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..and finally agree on one thing...

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Let's just go to the entrance because we can't find the exit.

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..that the best way out is the way they came in.

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But it's taken them so long

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it's already home time for their youngest actress.

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I've got to go, guys. Bye.

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She just went.

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We need someone to know the lines for the spy.

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With the big chase scene still to film,

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the team have to find a way to replace Lilah to finish their movie.

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We thought we'd put Ruby in

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-because she's a girl.

-Kind of like a stunt double.

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So, will anyone notice?

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Did you spot the stunt double?

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Here it comes again.

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I think we got away with it.

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Go now, just run.

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With the palace closing, the team rush to film their final scenes.

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Come on, hurry, hurry.

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Three, two, one. Action.

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Cut.

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Filming finished. And that's a wrap.

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We gave the team a blockbuster location to shoot

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their spy movie, but their gadgets gave them grief...

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When you're holding the camera, keep it still.

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-..they got muddled in a maze...

-Wrong way.

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..and even lost their lead.

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I've got to go, guys. Bye.

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But did the team feel it was mission accomplished?

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What?

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It was hard, but I think it is quite good

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how we all managed to work together and do it.

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I don't think any of us could have made

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something as good by ourselves.

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And any final bits of advice from Harvi?

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Don't film in a maze.

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You can check out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.

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Now, let's head behind the scenes with Bugsy Malone.

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Charlie, Yonkers, it's a double cross!

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OK, yous guys, freeze.

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I'm Bonnie Langford and I played Lena Marelli in Bugsy Malone

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when I was ten years old.

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# Show business It's in my veins... #

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I'm Dexter Fletcher and I played Baby Face in Bugsy Malone

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when I was nine years old.

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-Get Baby Face.

-Get Baby Face.

-Get Baby Face.

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I am Baby Face.

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There were no grown-ups at all in the movie.

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That was great for us because there were cars

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and we got to drive the cars, even though they had pedals,

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so they were designed as cars that kids could drive.

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-They were fantastic.

-And then there were guns that shot cream.

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They couldn't actually create a gun that fired cream, so they created

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a gun that fired ping-pong balls,

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and they would do a close up of you

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like this, and you'd hold a handful of cream and throw it in your face.

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Oh, my goodness.

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So when you edit it together you've got the guy shooting

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and then you do the edit and then... Yeah, exactly.

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SAD TRUMPET WARBLE

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So this is show business.

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Introducing Mr Mike Tucker.

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Here to show you how to create

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special effects - Hollywood style - in...

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Today we're going to show you how to make your very own time slice.

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So grab 50 of your closest friends and let's get started.

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That's right, I did say 50.

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You're going to need 50 people, each with a mobile phone,

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doesn't matter what kind, but for this effect, 50 is the magic number.

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Right, the effect that we're going to demonstrate today is called

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time slice. Do you have any idea what time slice might be?

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-No.

-No.

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Right, if you've seen films like Horrid Henry, where somebody

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jumps into the air and then freezes, but the camera continues to move

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all the way around them, that's called a time slice effect.

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As well as your 50 friends, you'll need a tape measure,

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a trampette

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or something to bounce on,

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and a computer.

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Oh, and make sure you number those phones.

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-One, two, three...

-Number them 1 to 50 and you'll be able to

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-keep track of what's going on.

-50!

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Step one - get your cameras into place

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and get ready to start measuring.

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Hold one end of the tape measure at the centre of the trampette.

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Let's see.

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That's four metres, and everyone lines up so we're all

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exactly the same distance away from the middle of the trampette.

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I think you guys are going to need to move back a little bit.

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Pull that tight again,

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cos I think you guys are going to need to step backwards.

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Yeah, OK.

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So now we need to get everyone lined up roughly the same distance apart.

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Everyone needs to be holding their phones at roughly the same

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height, but, bear in mind that they're going to be in midair.

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Step two.

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Can everyone now turn on their phones so that they're recording video?

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Step three - get jumping and make sure everyone

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records at least 30 seconds of footage on their phones.

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CHEERING

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This means that the phones will be recording

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the jumping from lots of different angles.

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Step four - this one is going to take a bit of time

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because now you need to load all the footage you've shot

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from every phone on the computer, and make sure you do it in order.

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Step five - now you're ready to make your time slice.

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Using the video editing software on your computer, choose the same frame

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from each recording and clip it,

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then insert it on the timeline.

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Make sure you keep each frame in the same order that it was shot.

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And hey presto, one terrific time slice.

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So, this is where I give you guys three top tips to help you

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create an action movie.

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You need a spin-round-the-head shot.

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DEEP VOICE-OVER: One man has a camera spinning round his head

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because he is serious.

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You can have so much fun with

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close-ups.

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He's mean, dangerous.

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He's in close-up.

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He's going somewhere.

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You need the hero shot.

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This man is going to save the world.

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And that was three top tips to help you create an action movie.

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We ask the questions so you don't have to.

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Hey, Bill, what's the saddest movie you've ever seen?

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Bambi, they had to take me home and put me to bed.

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Cool.

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-I mean, not cool.

-Dumbo made me weep uncontrollably.

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And I think I sword-fought all the way home.

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You know what I mean?

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It doesn't get much more random than this.

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And now the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron

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and Twilight,

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Michael Sheen - Super Actor.

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Today's super acting challenge is a particularly tricky one.

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It entails me and six young acting

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trainees going head-to-head

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as to who can bring the tears forth the quickest.

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In the Crybaby Challenge.

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This is a really difficult challenge because, actually,

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you can't fake it.

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Now, as an actor, now and again I have to bring the tears.

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I find this very difficult.

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'Some actors think about sad things and actually make themselves upset.'

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Do you think you will be able to cry just by summoning

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up your own super acting powers?

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No, I don't think so.

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I mean, I've tried before just out of curiosity if I could,

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and I've never been able to do it before.

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Often, when you're crying, you're sort of...

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You're panting.

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Bottom lip is going.

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If you sort of keep that up for a minute or two,

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it really does get you crying.

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'Another way to make yourself cry is by chopping onions.

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'So we're going head-to-head with our random onion chopper Christina.'

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How long do you think it will take you to get the tears

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just by using the onions?

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-Two onions.

-Two onions?

-Yeah.

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That means the challenge is on.

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Cry Cam is in position.

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And let the crying begin.

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'The chopping begins and two onions is our time limit.

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'If I can be the first person to summon a tear

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'against all these actors and onion lady Christina, I win.

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'I'm starting to think sad.

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'I just don't think I can do it.

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'Two onions, one tear, it's tough,

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'but I'm a Super Actor.

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'Or am I?'

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-BUZZER

-'One onion chopped already.

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'That means there's only one onion left.

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'Come on, Michael, get a grip.

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'Don't get distracted by all that giggling behind you.

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'Think sad, think really sad.

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'Think Super Actor sad.'

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BUZZER

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'Ah! That's the second onion chopped, which means

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'it's the end of the challenge.

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'Well, it looks like I'm not the only one that's failed.'

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How did it go, Christina?

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Well, irritated eyes, but no tears.

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Irritated eyes but no tears.

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'Hang on a minute. Is that a tear?'

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There is a tear.

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A tear fell from this eye, so we have a winner.

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What was it that you used in order to bring about the tears?

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Well, I didn't blink for most of it, and I guess my eyes just

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sort of dried up and they wanted to water to get rid of the...

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I see, so it was purely biological.

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Yeah.

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'No tears. So it's a crying shame.'

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But at least for today, Michael Sheen - Super Actor has failed.

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If you enjoy watching Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,

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you might want to know that all the giant lollipops on set were edible.

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Sweet.

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Oh, I so wish I was working on that movie.

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I'm Oli White and you've been watching Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.

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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.

A team of young film-makers get a supersized, palatial location to make their spy movie in DIY Blockbuster, Michael Sheen takes the cry-baby challenge, and we reunite the stars of family classic Bugsy Malone.


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