Sometimes a project falls into place really easily – it doesn’t happen very often but this project was one of them. The hardest part was coming up with a title that would get funding.
This project very clearly owes a debt to Michel Gondry and his film Be Kind Rewind and what in that film they called ’Sweded Movies’. But how do you convert an idea in a film into a project for young people that keeps them interested for a week?
After a fair bit of research into scope, workflows, how best to handle subject matter and some tests of my own I ran a pilot session with my co-workers.
I chose a 15 second trailer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Using just odds and ends hanging around the Youth Centre we managed to copy the trailer, shot for shot, and be incredibly creative in the way we did this.
I don’t think I’ve ever run a pilot that so clearly just worked. I subsequently scaled up the approach and during one week in August 2013 we ran the project. Working with a group of young people we remade trailers for Thor 2 and Percy Jackson 2.
The week was incredibly hard work but very very fun. Extremely challenging and unforgettable. The films were shown to a large audience at Millfield Theatre who absolutely loved them.
Since that week we have Mashed-Up Gravity.
I then applied for funding for Summer 2014 so we could run another week – we got the funding and so we were able to Mash-Up Captain America 2 and X-Men – Days of Future Past.
Again there are incredibly ingenious responses to replicating big budget movie scenes. Look out for a Lego Chief Wigum in the Captain America 2 Trailer.
This is such a fun and creative way to learn film-making techniques!