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Third Year! – Blog Post

Hello ūüôā

I’m back on the blog after an incredible Summer and am well and truly settled into my last year of university. The pressure’s high but I think I’m enjoying that really. There’s so much work but it’s modules I’ve chosen or a dissertation I’m choosing to write so I’m way more focused. And knowing it’s the last year helps a lot too.

My dissertation is about the impact of the 80’s Brat Pack teen movies and John’s Hughes on modern cinema. Handed in my proposal for it last week so should be getting feedback on that tomorrow. Hope that they think it’s a good idea.

The Breakfast Club

We’re also working on a film at the same time, which should be finished before Christmas. I’ve got the role of editor for this one, excited to try editing a fiction piece for the first time. I have had some success editing docs (Multiple Lives is up for an RTS student award, which is exciting!) but I’ve never been the main editor for fiction. We’re pretty early on in the process, but our film is about an old couple and how they deal with the wife having to be put into a home. The two of them used to bond over watching old romantic movies and this link allows them to feel like they are still together. If we get good actors for this, it’s gonna be emotional.

I’m in charge of the online support for the film so I’ll be making up a website for it as soon as we have a title sorted, so please look out for that soon. There’ll be a twitter and a facebook too, so follow and like away as soon as you can and help support us.

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The Hunger Games trailer hits!

Before you do anything else with your day, watch this if you haven’t seen it yet!

For anybody who doesn’t know, The Hunger Games is the movie directed by Gary Ross based on Suzanne Collins best-selling trilogy of novels. They focus on Katniss Everdeen in a dystopian future, where teenagers from all over the country are forced to battle to the death in a huge arena to entertain the rich folks, to repay for a past rebellion. The books are some of the most intense and interesting books I’ve ever read, which is surprising for Young Adult novels, really.

I’ve been excited about the film for a long time, and so have a lot of people as it has a huge following. The good news is it really looks like they’ve got it right. The cast looks incredible, and it looks like Jennifer Lawrence is going to deliver. It also looks like the reports about the production design side of things really being innovative and pushing the boundaries is going to be true. It really seems as though they care about pleasing the fans.

Hopefully we’ll all be hearing a lot more about the hunger games, and with news of the sequels writer (an oscar winner!) already been spread around the web, it looks as if lionsgate are very very confident about this franchise, and they should be. Can’t wait!

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One project ends, another begins…

Hey blog readers.

My directorial debut The House is completely finished and edited! Very exciting. I’m going to wait until we’ve had the university screening next week before I put it up online, and then it will be posted here straight away. I’m excited and nervous about having it playing up on the big lecture theatre screen. Any slight issues that seem so small before are suddenly loud and huge and glaring and it can be mortifying.

I’m proud of the project though, and believe it is as polished as it could be with the time we had. Of course there’s always things that I wish could have been different, but you have to just deal with it and move onto the next thing. I think I’m a slight perfectionist (aka control freak), but I think that’s good. Maybe..

I’m currently at home (Chesterfield, near Sheffield) and showed a couple of my best friends the film. They seemed to be impressed and went “awww” in the right places and seemed to actually feel something for the main character, which is the aim I guess! So that’s good. I definitely want to direct another fiction film in 2012, hopefully one where we get some more pre-production time.

I want to be involved in something much more upbeat, like a comedy or maybe even a romcom. I totally am not a typical film student, I love the mainstream stuff as well as the really amazing films. I guess I’m just sort of against any pretentious attitudes in regards to film. The number one aim should be to entertain and get the audience involved, however that may be. Sometimes I think certain things are scorned just BECAUSE they appeal to the masses, and that seems daft to me.

I slightly went off on a complete tangent. But yeah, I would like to do something more upbeat. I would actually love to be involved in a musical, but I’m not sure if that would be possible as I would need somebody who knows all about music to work with me throughout the project, which could be tricky. But if one came along I would snatch it up straight away. Or a thriller. I guess I just like a bit of excitement and extravagance with films. I like ‘The House’ but it is all very dreary and depressing, like something out of a soap. Not that I have anything against soaps, Coronation Street brought my family together every night it was on throughout my whole childhood, and I have a lot of respect for how much work they do to churn out episodes constantly.

So yes, I have my reading week where I have two assignments to be working on, ending on a short holiday in Butlins, before heading back to York and begin directing my documentary ‘Behind The Illusion.’ I’ve arranged a lot of it in my mind, which always makes me excited. If everything comes together it’s set to be a really great program that is likely to be a good showcase for all 5 of us involved. I’m at the point of the project that I hate however, when you have to wait for things to be confirmed and you’re still waiting to hear and the start date is edging closer… But I have faith that my producer will sort it out, I just need to relax a bit. ūüôā

I think I’m going to start blogging about other things going on in the film world, such as my thoughts on the new ‘Hunger Games’ trailer (a blockbuster based on my favourite book series, a young adult dystopian type of thing) and probably another one all about Christmas films as I’m feeling extremely festive.

I want to see this:

Arthur Christmas

Stay excellent.

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War Of The Words Documentary

I’ve finally managed to find the youtube link for the documentary project that I worked on last year. One day I will probably go into detail about the experience but for now I’m just going to post the link, which you could also see in the My Projects page, where you can find info about the rest of my projects. (There’s also a cheeky cameo of me reading my favourite book ‘The Hunger Games.’)

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What do I do?

So I’m still settling into my blog ūüôā

I’m just setting out the main structure of my blog, as I’m planning on keeping this up! I really don’t want this to be something I start and then don’t finish.

So you have the main blog here, then you have a little section about me where you can get in touch with me and find out a bit more. Then I have my projects, which is sort of my online CV. It will have my past projects up in full as well as details of what I did on them, and tell you what projects I’m currently working on, which I’ll be talking about in much more detail here. So yeah, take a look at what I did last year. There’s not too much that I’m putting up at this point. I will probably make some posts featuring some of the other projects where I can talk about where it went completely wrong! But the two that are on there are two that I’m proud of. One because it was the first project I completed and liked, and the second because I am just genuinely proud of what we achieved.

As for upcoming projects, that is what I am very excited about! My main focus is the short film that I am directing called The House. We shoot in one months time, which in film terms is nothing! I am feeling very prepared in terms of how I imagine the complete picture of the film, I’ve completed the shot lists and prepared some storyboards, but that doesn’t mean we’re in any place to shoot yet. It has been very difficult as we¬†received¬†our groups for this project at the end of last year, and have had to try and work on this project throughout the summer, with everybody spread out throughout the country… It doesn’t work that well. But we’ve done what we can, and from the sounds of it more than what a lot of other groups have done. But when I return to¬†university¬†tomorrow, we’re going to have to crack on! We need to find actors and make sure the locations we are thinking of are suitable. Then we have the scheduling, which isn’t the most fun but it isn’t until that’s done that I feel like it is really happening. Finding actors is also scary, as up to this point we have acted in each others projects. But this year is going to be a lot more professional (I hope.) I sort of see last year as a tutorial on the basics of everything.

Other thing’s I’m working on:

  • We have to put forwards ideas for a new documentary. My main idea involves following the life of young illusionist Chris Rawlins. I filmed some work for him during the summer, when he played the York Opera House, and he has agreed to be in the doc if it gets green lit. If they like my idea I’ll have to pitch in front of the whole year.
  • I was approached on twitter recently by the Hamilton Panthers football club to help make a short film to represent them. I haven’t heard from them in a couple of days, but it pays to be patient. I find this project very exciting as they approached me to do it. It really does show how social networking and branding actually does work, and is definitely one of the driving forces for me to create this blog. I love the idea of just instead of just a boring CV list, I can send them here and hopefully in time this will look more and more professional and involving. I like how people can get straight to the information they need, but read more if they are interested. And hopefully they will see by my¬†commitment¬†to this just how determined I am in everything I do.
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Inspired to join a blog.


I’ve always liked the idea of having a blog, and now here I am.

As you may or may not know, my names Richard Joe James and I’m an aspiring young film-maker. I come from a fantastic town called Chesterfield but have been studying at university in York. I’m about to return to my second year, and I’m feeling more driven than ever, so I thought it was about time I set up some sort of online space that I can dedicate to my projects and can document my journey through the risky waters of film production. I also wanted to feel a little bit more professional than just my¬†twitter¬†and¬†facebook(although feel free to look me up on there or send me a personal message if you want to) as well as a place to set up an e-portfolio of my projects. I had been thinking of doing it for a while now, but after spending a day at a¬†Channel 4 4Talent¬†event I was¬†particularly¬†inspired to get this going and share my story. It’s never too early to get a bit of name branding going.

So what am I going to do here? I guess I don’t exactly know yet. I plan on keeping it updated with how my projects are going, share things that are inspiring me lately and share as much knowledge as I can, and just be honest about how challenging yet fulfilling some of this work can be. Hopefully I’ll have some fantastic stuff to share soon, I’m very excited about the projects that I have coming up, especially having my first go at directing a film with The House, but there’s plenty of time to tell you all about, so for now I’ll just say hello, and thanks for checking this out!

And always feel free to leave a comment.


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