Episode 7 CineMinis: A CINEMANIACS Short


Episode 7

A short dose of the irreverent show about films and film-making. A DIY Blockbuster team try to recreate a silent movie with some 100-year-old tech.


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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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# And feel the urge to sing

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# Form a quest for the ring

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# To escape from the 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. I'm Oli White and this is Cinemaniacs!

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CineMinis!

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On today's show...

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Create a vortex in your own living room...

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How's that looking?

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It looks really cool.

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..compose a soundtrack for your day...

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It's going to be a happy-go-lucky kind of day today.

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..and be the star of your own movie.

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Just be yourself and keep it normal.

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-What do you think about that, Mr Efron?

-Awesome.

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Definitely awesome.

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-It's kind of crazy and awesome.

-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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But 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 to turn their home movie

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into a DIY Blockbuster.

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Amariah, Joshua, Husnain, Nishant, Tashinga and Tyreik

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are making an action movie.

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Jet packs, parachutes.

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-Explosions.

-But it's an action movie with a difference.

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It's a silent movie.

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It's the first time we've made a movie without words, so it's hard.

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It's about two twins robbing a jewellery store.

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So when they fly away in the jet packs,

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one of them lands in the prison yard,

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the other one lands on the ship.

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And they end up in the same prison cell.

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Action.

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Our team are shooting their movie on their modern-day camera-phones.

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Or so they think.

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What the team don't know is

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that they're in for a DIY Blockbuster surprise.

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Hello, I'm David Cleveland.

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We're taking them back in time with a mystery piece of kit.

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Standby. Action.

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The team have started filming

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and have no idea what's about to happen when David turns up.

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They're going to be making their film using this 100-year-old

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motion-picture camera, complete with five minutes' worth of film.

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Five minutes? Good luck with that, then.

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Cameras like this would have been used for the very first movies,

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and this rare historical piece of kit is just what the

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team need to get their film the silent movie look.

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When they first saw me walk out,

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I think they were dumbfounded.

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I thought he was a magician, to be honest.

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I thought he was going to pull out a rabbit or something.

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Unlike most cameras we use now, this camera uses film.

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When you turn the handle, the film goes through like that.

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It takes a picture and then moves the film down, takes another picture,

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moves the film down, takes another picture, moves the film down. See?

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And it takes more than just pressing a button to start recording.

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You've got to turn it twice every second.

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As you start rotating the handle,

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it starts to take 16 photos per second.

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You have to go smoothly.

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If it, sort of, goes in jerks,

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the picture will be speeded up or slowed down,

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and it will go dark or light.

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This sounds complicated.

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I wonder if our challenge... I mean, surprise...

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will really help our team.

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Now, if you disappear under the cloth.

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OK, can you see the hole?

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Even lining up the shot is much trickier with an old camera.

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When you have to look in to see where the camera's pointing,

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that's the difficult part.

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Can you wave that white thing a minute?

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When you look through the hole,

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it's like this little, tiny square thing.

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And it shows upside down.

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It was dark and black and upside down.

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It is very confusing. You've just got to get used to it.

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I like your confidence.

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With the shot lined up, they're ready for their first take.

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Silent. Stand by, action.

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Cut.

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Stand by.

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-Cut.

-Happy?

-No.

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Cut. Your mask came off.

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It went a bit wrong a couple of times.

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We need to get this right, there's film going through the camera

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and we've only got so much.

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It's not like a normal camera that's got lots of gigabytes in it

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and all that.

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If the team aren't careful,

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-they could run out of film before they finish their movie.

-Cut.

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I can't get it on properly.

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Tashinga, he had difficulties putting his jet pack on.

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What we've got to do is to get all the rest of the scenes on that

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before that goes round.

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So we've got to make sure each shot works perfectly.

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The team rehearse to make sure

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everything's perfect

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before using up any more film.

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-Cut. Perfect.

-Now you've got to do exactly the same again.

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-Are you going to record this time?

-Yeah.

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-Definitely?

-Yeah, definitely.

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Cut. It was all right.

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Although Husnain isn't completely happy,

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with so much film already used up, he settles for the take.

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We did that part about over seven times.

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-I think we better move on to the next scene.

-OK.

-OK?

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Silence.

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Stand by. Action.

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Cut.

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The wind was blowing too hard and the models are plastic, so

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when you throw them, it would get carried away by the wind, easily.

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OK.

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-See anything?

-No.

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Uh-oh. That's more film wasted.

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The problem was, we didn't know where it was going to land.

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Now, it was very difficult to tell whether that worked.

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Do you think it worked?

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Parachute in shot. Just.

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With the trickiest scenes shot, the team are on a roll.

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Action.

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And they shoot their final scenes in the nick of time -

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just before the film runs out.

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Right, well, we call that the end. Or, "That's a wrap."

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-Sweet.

-Thank you very much.

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But was it worth all that effort?

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I thought it was good.

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It was ambitious, but we got there in the end.

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I prefer the digital cameras.

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I can delete if I make mistakes.

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

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CREEPY LAUGHTER

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Now, we decided to put two of our favourite writers to the

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Writer Roulette test.

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This is Laurence Rickard and this is Ben Willbond.

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They're the writers behind the Shakespeare movie, Bill.

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-You been before?

-No, first time.

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Oh, it's nice. Don't steal anything.

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We're challenging Laurence and Ben to come up with a top

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movie plot based on four completely random story ingredients.

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It's time for...

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-And go.

-Writer Roulette.

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OK, we're on a beach. It's a very, very rocky beach and...

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Hiding underneath one of the rocks on the beach is a spider. It's been

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contaminated in a nuclear accident and is growing at an incredible rate.

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It's now already the size of a man.

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It's tremendously hungry, but it can't find any bugs to eat,

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-so it's had to resort to...

-Eating pineapples.

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And the only thing that will stop it growing

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much bigger and threatening the city that it

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lives next to is feeding it pineapples.

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But there's a pineapple shortage.

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So they have to invent a hydroponic pineapple growing solution

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which is powered by the greatest source of electricity known to man.

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-Which is?

-BOTH: Lightning.

-Of course.

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Nice one, guys.

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So this is where I give you guys three top tips for being on camera.

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You've got to be relaxed.

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Just be really calm and act like you're speaking to a friend.

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No-one wants to see you being really nervous.

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Keep it simple, because people just want to see you.

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Don't try and get overambitious with loads of different

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props like...lizards? OK, lizards.

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Just keep it simple and don't waffle on.

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No-one wants to hear about what you did yesterday,

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the week before, where your favourite place on holiday is,

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your favourite food, where your favourite trainers are,

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where you go to the gym. Just be really simple and to the point.

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Don't go over the top.

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Whoa, this is awesome. Whoa. Ah!

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Just be yourself and keep it normal.

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And that's my three top tips for being on camera. Now this.

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Introducing Mr Mike Tucker.

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Here to show you how to create special effects Hollywood style

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in...

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Today, we're going to show you how to create a wormhole vortex.

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Well, you're not actually going to make a real wormhole vortex,

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but it's going to look like you have.

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So grab yourself a couple of friends and let's get started.

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We're going to create a mysterious wormhole vortex effect,

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similar to ones seen in a film called

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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen.

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You're going to need some really basic things for this -

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a pair of tights - ask if you can use them first -

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a can of beans, a coat hanger and a torch.

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Step one - cut one of the legs

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off the tights - carefully.

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Try and cut as neatly along that seam as we can.

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Brilliant.

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OK, so we can get rid of those.

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This is going to be the mouth of our vortex.

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Cool.

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Next up, step two.

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Bend the coat hanger into a circle or, better still,

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get someone strong to help you because it's quite hard, really.

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We're going to just try and pull that

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into a slightly rounder shape.

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The nice thing about it is that

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it gives us a handle to hold on to as well.

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Step three -

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tape the open end of a tight leg to the coat hanger.

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Get that strong person to help you with this too, if you want.

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Last bit.

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So that is going to form the mouth of our vortex.

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Step four - time to open up that wormhole.

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Next thing we need to do is make sure that the bottom of our vortex

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is stretched as long as it can be,

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so we need something heavy in there that will pull it down to the floor.

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-So what do you reckon?

-The beans.

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A can of beans, exactly.

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Stretch it so it comes all the way down to the bottom of the tights.

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Great.

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Step five - cue lighting effects.

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Now, if you start waving the torch beam up and down the length

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of the tights whilst you're filming straight down there.

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And make it look even better by switching off the lights

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and getting some colour into the action.

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-How's that looking?

-It looks really cool.

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And now for the really fun bit.

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Grab your little brother's favourite action figure and send him

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off into the wormhole vortex.

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Ah!

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Whoa, that made my head spin.

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Hi, I'm David Arnold. I'm a film composer.

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Some of my credits are

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Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla,

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The Chronicles Of Narnia, five James Bond films.

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The purpose of music in film a lot of the time is to hold

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the hand of the audience as they watch what's happening.

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But it's always to try

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and say what is difficult to say with dialogue or just with picture.

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What we are doing is just playing with the way that music can

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change your perception about what's happening in front of you.

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JOLLY MUSIC PLAYS

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I think it's going to be a happy-go-lucky kind of day today.

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This is all about energy and all about movement and blood rushing

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and your heartbeat, so it feels much more casual.

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In the classroom, when learning is hard,

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it's almost like the sound of what you've got inside your own body.

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Your blood rushing and your heartbeat is little bit stronger.

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UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYS

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GENTLE PIANO MUSIC PLAYS

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This is the most popular kid in school.

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So we keep it nice and light and bright and breezy.

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He's having fun with friends.

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It's joyful, it's optimistic, it's relaxed.

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By playing music that says, "We're OK," it feels comfortable

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and it feels like there's no tension there.

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And an easy way of making it feel worse, you could play exactly

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the same music in a minor key and immediately sounds darker.

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SAD MUSIC PLAYS

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I think there's been a bit of a drama.

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If you're going to bed, it's almost like the last chapter of a book.

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The music, in a way, it's like the big finale.

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A big, bright, nice major key and it's sort of warm and delicious,

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and you think you can go to sleep now, everything's all right.

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And finally. Black and white, or colour?

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-Colour.

-Black and white.

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-Colour.

-Colour.

-Black and white

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-Colour.

-Colour.

-Colour.

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-Black and white.

-Colour.

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-Colour.

-Colour.

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-Black and white.

-Black and white.

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-It's got to be.

-Whaa!

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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 DIY Blockbuster team try to recreate a silent movie with some 100-year-old tech and celebrated James Bond film composer David Arnold crafts a personal soundtrack to a fan's life.


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