A volunteer’s take on Week 5 – Bringing the set to life

When people discuss the most important aspect of film, most people automatically think of the picture, but sound guys will say that sound is the most important part of film, and set designers will probably say their part is what brings it all together.

Today was all about playing with and mapping out a space, which will form the main set of Fortune Cookies. Having a model set to be on and move objects around on allowed everyone to put thought in about how the family would utilize the space for both their take-away business and home.

The workshop encouraged thinking about the merging of culture through having a traditional Chinese family living in a traditionally British terrace house, while showing the conflict of personalities through their props and movements.

Writer/Director Brenda Lee said the session was useful to generate creative ideas from the children, which previously weren’t thought of.

A volunteer’s perspective…

As a volunteer for Reelscape Community at The Movie Hub, I believe this community project to be a very exciting one that not only gives the young people an amazing opportunity to work on set of the Pre-Production of a cinema feature and work with film industry professionals, but also to gain life skills from experts in the film industry. This isn’t just cameras and lighting. Its also learning from Electricians, Production Managers, Costume Designers, Make up Artists, Set Designers and so much more. Something I wish I had when I was younger. I think this is just what the Northampton community needs, particularly for young people involved. It is a pleasure to be a part of it and help bring awareness to such an admirable and innovative community-based project – Robyn Hill

Reelscape Community volunteers blog from Week 1: Reelscape Family Workshop – the script

Reelscape Family Workshop – Week 1 (Saturday January 10th) Scripting

Scene 1

The shop, located opposite Nationwide in Weston Favell Shopping Centre, is buzzing with Reelscape Community members, awaiting the next workshop. The shop floor is complete with a Fortune Cookies set – dining table, chairs, TV and Chinese New Year signs.

Families with a mix age range of children arrive. Some children rush in, others run back for a quick kiss from mum. Children eye the table with squash and biscuits. The families form a circle, with the younger members filling in worksheets about themselves and their interests.

Scene 2

Becky introduces the workshop, and what Fortune Cookies is all about. She passes around scripts from the film. There are gasps from the group when Becky says £1 million is a low budget movie.

Scene 3

Family groups break off and read through sections of the Fortune Cookies script. The families understand the story line. There is excitement from some children as Becky produces a flipchart from behind the set, and the group circle reforms.

The group discuss elements of the story to get a feel for it.

Scene 4

The family groups focus on a particular scene. They do an animated read through before standing up and acting our their own scenes. Group one are on their feet first, involving the Mah Jong table in their scene. Group 2 are quick to follow, incorporating the fake TV into their scene.

Scene 5

It’s circle time again. Each group listens and watches intently as they perform their scenes to one another. Becky discusses the ‘crux’ of Fortune Cookies with the group and the elements of Chinese culture within it.

Scene 6

The group talk about the process of working together, and the conventions of working as a group. Jail was suggested as a punishment for misbehaviour but was disregarded!

The workshop winds down. Some of the children and parents do mini interviews about their time during their first workshop.

Next week will be cameras and lights. Exciting.

– Written by Zach Patel-Champion