Irish Indie Film Trampoline on Amazon Prime

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Trampoline - film poster - nessymonTrampoline is an Irish made indie film, currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Written and directed by Tom Ryan, it tells the story of Angie Corbett, who returns to Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, after a stint in London.

Why Trampoline? I guess it’s because Angie is bouncing around not knowing where her life is going. All her mates have left, her parents have divorced and there’s a lot of changes happening. She takes a job as an English sub teacher and she’s a little bit shite at the job.

There are some things I could poke at regarding the production but here’s the amazing thing about Trampoline. It was made for €1000. Yes, one thousand euro. Between first time director Tom Ryan and Producer Claire Gormley, they managed to wrangle local businesses in Nenagh into sponsoring the film. In return for a mention in the credits, they get the exterior of their business featured in the film. Stroke of genius.

Now, the pair have it streaming on Amazon Prime. Indie filmmakers across the land, what are you waiting for? The world is your oyster and there are new platforms to exploit and increase your audience. Whatever about the story and the production, this is the inspirational ending from Trampoline.

Since the making of Trampoline, Ryan has gone on to make Twice Shy, the story of an unplanned pregnancy, and has recently won Best Young Director at the Irish Film Festival Australia.

You can follow Tom Ryan on Twitter.

Check out the trailer for Trampoline.

Romeo + Juliet 20th Anniversary: Baz Luhrmann shares unpublished archive material

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RomeoandJuliet - Baz Luhrmann - nessymonNovember 1st 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Baz Luhrmann directed William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. I’ve written about R+J before in the shape of a college assignment which explored the opening sequence of Mr Luhrmann’s film.

You can find that here. This article is one of the most viewed pages on my little website. Thank you if you are one of over 45000 people who have read it.

I thought it important to add to that piece by bringing together what Baz Luhrmann had to say about the film.

The film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Clare Danes was, and still is, a feast for the senses. The visuals of modern Verona with juxtaposition Shakespearean language and a soundtrack only many could dream of compiling.

Baz Luhrmann shares Romeo + Juliet images on Instagram

Starting with the first post about Romeo and Juliet that Baz put on Instagram, I’ll add to this post each time he updates. Mr Luhrmann shares behund the scenes information and production mood boards which add to understanding how and why the film looks and sounds like it does.

He’s answering questions about the film that I only ever wished I could have asked.

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These are very precious boards. We tried to convey the idea of a mashup (back then we called it collage) of not only references to our world with images from such diverse locales as contemporary South America to the Vietnam war, but also different winks and nods to the world of the movie. You'll see in the corner Anton Monsted, who was my then assistant and whom I went on to produce music with, wearing that oh-so special Japanese-Hawaiian shirt that Kym Barrett had sourced in the backstreets of Sydney, approximately 18 months before the film. The Capulets were more influenced by South America and the Montagues more influenced by Americana (Hawaiian shirts, American Cargo Pants). We went on then to create Hawaiian fabrics that included all of the iconography and imagery from the film to produce all the shirts. Kym was particularly creative in this regard. #romeoandjuliet

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Again, thanks for reading my moving image analysis of the opening sequence of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

I’m a huge fan of Mr Luhrmann’s work and I’m currently looking at how The Get Down echoes The Red Curtain Trilogy.

Stay tuned!

#GhostbustersWaterloo // Marketing Genius

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Marketing for Ghostbusters Movie Remake at London Waterloo Station

There are some marketing or advertising campaigns that just make you think ‘Wow, that was really well done’. Walking through Waterloo Station, that’s exactly what I thought of the campaign for the Ghostbusters remake.

I haven’t seen the movie and before I was actually in Waterloo, my timeline was flooded with photographs of the Marshmallow man breaking through the floor.

Coming down the escalators from Waterloo East, the first thing you see is that the screens opposite have been completely taken by #GhostbustersWaterloo. The hashtag is everywhere. Also on one screen is a ‘Breaking News’ reel where NYC has been taken over and Ghostbusters are saving the day.

For me, the touch of genius came in the form of slime, which had been slobbered down the electrical cables to the CCTV cameras. Very cool.

It’s literally everywhere. Decals on the floor, give a number to call, well who are you gonna to call? Others are placed pointing in the direction of a Ghostbusters store, cleverly vamped up to look like the NYC Subway.

The Marshmallow Man does take centre stage. He’s impressive. Standing in the main concourse, over the space of 5 minutes, lots of people take photos in the Marshmallow Man. Guys with business suits, older people, parents with kids and there’s a ‘Ghostbuster’ there to help everyone get in the photos. This also helps keep the queue of photograph hunters moving along.

If I had one criticism it would be that on two separate days, I saw male Ghostbusters while the current film features an all female cast.

The movie is a Columbia Pictures production, they’ve got a budget to spend and despite having heard awful reviews before release, anyone I’ve spoken to who has seen the movie, has enjoyed it.

It’s also been given a summer release and it’s cute enough that parents can bring their older kids to it. If the kids like it, they’ll also want all the merch and slime toys that go with it. Here, all the kids want photos with the Marshmallow man.

Good job marketing team! Don’t take my word for it, check out this Twitter search of photos using the hasthag #GhostbustersWaterloo. Despite the long hashatag and add then adding an image, in Twitter, you’re left with just 95 characters for a tweet. That doesn’t seem to matter. Easy least way to get trending online. Plus it’s also has a snapchat filter that can be accessed when you’re in Waterloo.

Fantastic campaign.

Here’s a few photos from Waterloo Station:

Check out this video, keep an eye on the screen behind and at 0:57, the Ghostbuster helping the group get into formation for a photogrpah.

Movie Review // Get On Up – The James Brown Story

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Directed by Tate Taylor, Get On Up tells the non linear story of James Brown’s life. Throughout the film we are thrown to different times in James Brown’s life, from the height of his fame to the moment his mother left his family.

We all know James Brown’s funky music but Get On Up shows us parts of his life that many simply won’t have known about. From his poor background, his father abandoning him, his drug problem which seem to have to have attributed to self insecurities and perhaps depression but definitely anger. His control freak attributes cause his band to leave him. Sidenote: At one point, Brown gets extremely angry to learn that he has lost top billing to The Rolling Stones and it is mentioned in the film that they will never go anywhere. 50 years later, The Stones are still going and Mick Jagger is a producer of his film.

Chad Boseman plays Brown with Dan Aykyord playing Ben Bart, his manager, who at one point, on good ole music business fashion, straps a suitcase of money to a security man’s wrist to get it out of the venue. Who needs banks eh?

On several occasions throughout the film, this reviewer wondered if they screenplay has one eye on heading to the stage. A number of times the character of Brown removes himself from the environment he’s in, addressing the camera, or audience, directly. Something that says this has one eye on theatreland.

If you aren’t familiar with Brown or his music, this is a good introduction to his life and his music and but if you’re a hard core music fan, you’re going to want to hear a lot more about Brown’s music. This film tries to combine the two and while we do find out about his personal struggles, it needs a lot more his Brown’s music to keep the music aficionado. Good but not quite there yet.

Thanks to Damaris for the inviting me to a lovely screening event at NBC Universal in London. Damaris provide resources to community groups about films to help promote discussion about some of the themes in films. They work with all types of groups, Youth groups, Church groups, Rotary Clubs all across the UK.

To get your free resources on ‘Get On Up’ for your community group go to http://www.damaris.org/media/getonup.

You can find out more about setting up a Film Club here