Let’s face it, our obsession with the big stars clouds our vision when it comes to noticing the hard working team of background artists. They are the ones who make it possible for the directors on a tight budget to pass off Minnesota as New York. They form the perfect backdrop, so that the viewers know how to interpret the scene. Wonder what it’s like to spend a day in their life? These confessions will give you a bird’s eye view of the film-making process.
We are all guilty of having our entire attention grabbed just by the lead characters of the movie. But the hardworking crew of background artists often aren’t credited enough. Take a look at these recurring stars and brace yourselves for a pang of déjà vu!
The exact extent of the refugee crisis isn’t lost on anyone, but if you’ve been looking to make a meaningful contribution to their lives, the Code Your Future initiative is offering a start. Started by Germán Bencci, the initiative is helping circumvent the job crisis for newcomers in the country. The six-month web development programme brings together a network of professional developers who lend their time and expertise to tutor students on the web technologies currently in demand — absolutely free of cost. The face-to- face, hands-on weekend classes are complemented by online support and several hours of weekly assignments and group projects.
The rocky road to the upper echelons of Hollywood may seem like a daunting task, but what if we told you that getting your big break didn’t require the services of a benevolent godmother? Life wasn’t always a bed of roses for some of the current bigwigs of showbiz either. Take notes from the few relentless ones, who didn’t consider background acting as a step down from their ambitions, and were in turn awarded with a direct route to stardom. These are some of best rags-to-riches stories of Hollywood:
We all dream of cruising down Rodeo Drive as we drive to the studio from our Beverly Hills Mansion, but with many cities now offering world class movie making facilities all around the world, the options for where to shoot your next project are on the increase. Locations Managers have the tough job of weighing up all the pros and cons for each city. For people who work in Film, there’s no need to be tied to one place. Here are 10 cities around the world with a vibrant film production scene that you should probably know more about.
With just over a week until the long awaited release of the first ever Wonder Woman film, women around the world are getting excited about seeing their role model gracing the silver screen. The character of Wonder Woman has been a popular feminist icon since she was created in 1941. Throughout her history, she has served as a symbol of female empowerment, strength and independence. Wonder Woman is never the damsel in distress and when she gets into trouble, she uses her intelligence and determination (as well as the odd superpower) to save herself and others.
The BAFTA TV Awards have come and gone for another year and once again, the cream of the crop in British Television have taken home the coveted awards and are already back in production offices and on sets around the UK to raise their game for next year. Standards and quality in British film and television productions are, undoubtedly, at an all-time high, but with a few surprises among Sunday night’s winners and losers, there are more questions than ever about the future of British film and television production.
On Wednesday 3rd May, the fifth Women Startup Challenge co-produced by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark, took place at London’s City Hall. The challenge was open to women-led, tech startups across all tech verticals in Europe.
London is one of the most iconic cities in the world known for being a melting pot of diversity, language, and culture. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that it is one of the top filming locations in the world. Not just for its studios, such as Pinewood: the home of some of the biggest movies of all time including the ‘James Bond’ franchise, it has also hosted legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and David Lean. A few of London’s other studios include: Leavesden Studios where ‘Harry Potter’ was filmed; Elstree studios which was home to ‘Paddington’ and ‘The Crown’ and 3 Mills Studios which is the Cities biggest studio set in a 10- acre historical and picturesque island site.
What is happiness? We wish we had a definitive answer for you, though if we did we would probably all be sitting on an island sipping a Pina-Colada from a coconut with a pink cocktail umbrella – alas we are still in London on a rather dreary Monday! But it isn’t just any Monday, it’s “International Day of Happiness”. So, naturally we started our day discussing firstly, how is it on a Monday?! Secondly, what makes our own working lives happy, and what can we do to increase contentment levels further. Considering people spend on average around 9 hours a day, 45 hours a week and 180 hours a month in the office, and if you are working on a film you are often looking at over 12 hours a day (minimum), without full weekends, for potentially weeks on end. It is safe to say with the large amount of time spent working, happiness at work, wherever that may be, is vital for success and wellbeing.