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I'm Oli White and this is Cinemaniacs - Cineminis.
Coming up -
custard pie capers...
Hold a handful of cream and... throw it in your face.
Oh, my goodness.
..action movie top tips...
You can have so much fun with close-ups.
He's mean, dangerous, he's in close-up.
...and can Michael Sheen - Super Actor - cry like a baby?
I'm starting to think sad.
I just don't think I can do it.
So tell me, Rupert, what's the best thing about being a movie star?
I get sent lots of pyjamas.
Well, that's pretty cool.
-People like to send me pyjamas.
Well, moving on with the show, it's time for DIY Blockbuster.
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.
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.
T is in, W is out.
Lilah, Kai, Ruby, Josh and Harvi are making a spy movie.
There's a spy and they have the code
to a safe that has these secret files...
Wait, what are we doing?
..and the boss is evil and wants to get the files back.
The team have started filming, but unfortunately
their back garden doesn't exactly look like a set from James Bond.
If you guys move a bit in that direction,
just so I can get the house in as well.
What the team don't know
is that they're in for a DIY Blockbuster surprise.
We've secured access to a top secret film location
that will be perfect for their spy movie.
It was just really, really exciting.
Blenheim Palace, we're going to Blenheim Palace.
Yes, the DIY Blockbuster surprise is Blenheim Palace -
with seven acres of gardens, fountains and an amazing maze.
It's been used as the backdrop for films like
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Gulliver's Travels.
It's really big, which is perfect.
I thought it was amazing.
It looks better for a spy movie, like, it's swanky and spyish,
instead of just a back garden.
And then get them there, they can talk there.
And after 30 minutes,
finally the group decide on their first location.
Against a brick wall?
Yes, of course, I put the enemy's top secret plans in the safe.
I think we could have probably got a better place than that
because it was against the wall and it looked a bit ugly.
And it's not only the location that's proving tricky.
-What's the code again?
-Oh, it's 1X23...
Guys, cut. You didn't show me properly, you just went like that.
'When you're holding the camera'
and walking around
'to look at a different thing,
'it's moving, it doesn't look very good.'
Keep it still, walk slowly.
With time ticking away, the group decide to skip ahead to shoot one
of their most important scenes
in one of the biggest mazes in the world.
-Give me the code.
-OK, it's 1X...
'Well, we thought it would be the best place'
cos it's one of the kind of places you can get cornered
'and there's no way out.'
Ah-ha-ha. A real spy would never have given me the code.
Scene complete. What's next?
Now we've got to get out of the maze.
Let's hope they can remember the way.
Harvi, are you sure it's not this way?
Yep, I'm sure. This is the short cut.
-Harvi gave us rubbish directions.
The team head back to the viewing platform to work out their route...
We've got to get to there.
..and finally agree on one thing...
Let's just go to the entrance because we can't find the exit.
..that the best way out is the way they came in.
But it's taken them so long
it's already home time for their youngest actress.
I've got to go, guys. Bye.
She just went.
We need someone to know the lines for the spy.
With the big chase scene still to film,
the team have to find a way to replace Lilah to finish their movie.
We thought we'd put Ruby in
-because she's a girl.
-Kind of like a stunt double.
So, will anyone notice?
Did you spot the stunt double?
Here it comes again.
I think we got away with it.
Go now, just run.
With the palace closing, the team rush to film their final scenes.
Come on, hurry, hurry.
Three, two, one. Action.
Filming finished. And that's a wrap.
We gave the team a blockbuster location to shoot
their spy movie, but their gadgets gave them grief...
When you're holding the camera, keep it still.
-..they got muddled in a maze...
..and even lost their lead.
I've got to go, guys. Bye.
But did the team feel it was mission accomplished?
It was hard, but I think it is quite good
how we all managed to work together and do it.
I don't think any of us could have made
something as good by ourselves.
And any final bits of advice from Harvi?
Don't film in a maze.
You can check out the team's finished movie on the CBBC website.
Now, let's head behind the scenes with Bugsy Malone.
Charlie, Yonkers, it's a double cross!
OK, yous guys, freeze.
I'm Bonnie Langford and I played Lena Marelli in Bugsy Malone
when I was ten years old.
# Show business It's in my veins... #
I'm Dexter Fletcher and I played Baby Face in Bugsy Malone
when I was nine years old.
-Get Baby Face.
-Get Baby Face.
-Get Baby Face.
I am Baby Face.
There were no grown-ups at all in the movie.
That was great for us because there were cars
and we got to drive the cars, even though they had pedals,
so they were designed as cars that kids could drive.
-They were fantastic.
-And then there were guns that shot cream.
They couldn't actually create a gun that fired cream, so they created
a gun that fired ping-pong balls,
and they would do a close up of you
like this, and you'd hold a handful of cream and throw it in your face.
Oh, my goodness.
So when you edit it together you've got the guy shooting
and then you do the edit and then... Yeah, exactly.
SAD TRUMPET WARBLE
So this is show business.
Introducing Mr Mike Tucker.
Here to show you how to create
special effects - Hollywood style - in...
Today we're going to show you how to make your very own time slice.
So grab 50 of your closest friends and let's get started.
That's right, I did say 50.
You're going to need 50 people, each with a mobile phone,
doesn't matter what kind, but for this effect, 50 is the magic number.
Right, the effect that we're going to demonstrate today is called
time slice. Do you have any idea what time slice might be?
Right, if you've seen films like Horrid Henry, where somebody
jumps into the air and then freezes, but the camera continues to move
all the way around them, that's called a time slice effect.
As well as your 50 friends, you'll need a tape measure,
or something to bounce on,
and a computer.
Oh, and make sure you number those phones.
-One, two, three...
-Number them 1 to 50 and you'll be able to
-keep track of what's going on.
Step one - get your cameras into place
and get ready to start measuring.
Hold one end of the tape measure at the centre of the trampette.
That's four metres, and everyone lines up so we're all
exactly the same distance away from the middle of the trampette.
I think you guys are going to need to move back a little bit.
Pull that tight again,
cos I think you guys are going to need to step backwards.
So now we need to get everyone lined up roughly the same distance apart.
Everyone needs to be holding their phones at roughly the same
height, but, bear in mind that they're going to be in midair.
Can everyone now turn on their phones so that they're recording video?
Step three - get jumping and make sure everyone
records at least 30 seconds of footage on their phones.
This means that the phones will be recording
the jumping from lots of different angles.
Step four - this one is going to take a bit of time
because now you need to load all the footage you've shot
from every phone on the computer, and make sure you do it in order.
Step five - now you're ready to make your time slice.
Using the video editing software on your computer, choose the same frame
from each recording and clip it,
then insert it on the timeline.
Make sure you keep each frame in the same order that it was shot.
And hey presto, one terrific time slice.
So, this is where I give you guys three top tips to help you
create an action movie.
You need a spin-round-the-head shot.
DEEP VOICE-OVER: One man has a camera spinning round his head
because he is serious.
You can have so much fun with
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 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.
-I mean, not cool.
-Dumbo made me weep uncontrollably.
And I think I sword-fought all the way home.
You know what I mean?
It doesn't get much more random than this.
And now the star of Alice In Wonderland, Tron
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 because, 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?
No, I don't think so.
I mean, I've tried before just out of curiosity if I could,
and I've never been able to do it before.
Often, when you're crying, you're sort of...
Bottom lip is going.
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.'
'Ah! 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 most of it, and I guess my eyes just
sort of dried up and 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.
If you enjoy watching Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,
you might want to know that all the giant lollipops on set were edible.
Oh, I so wish I was working on that movie.
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.
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.