‘The Valleys’

 I’m not going to beat around the bush, MTV’s reality shows have really reached an all time low. The channel’s latest addition is ‘The Valleys’, the Welsh version of ‘Geordie Shore’. Now admittedly, the genre isn’t really targeted at an intellectual audience and nudity in similar shows is generally to be expected, however ‘The Valleys’ had people stripped down to their boxers in the first 5-10 minutes and a particularly classy lady was flashing within the first half an hour of the show. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was witnessing.

The MTV producers obviously realised sex was what made people want to watch their other UK show so much. So they took away every endearing quality of the show, brought it to Wales and found a fame hungry Welsh cast to create a dodgy doppelganger.

As a Broadcast Student, I am interested to see if MTV’s rehashed idea will be as successful as the UK original however I don’t think I will be able to subject myself to a whole season of this over the top rubbish. 

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‘Now is Good’

Ladies if you are going to watch this film, please remember to wear waterproof mascara because you are going to cry. There literally wasn’t a dry eye in the room, the film seemed to be punctuated with the loud sniffling noises of the man behind me tearing up throughout the film.  ‘Now is Good’ isn’t afraid to pull on your heartstrings and even if it was unashamedly cliche in parts, it managed to move every member of the audience in some way.

The film delves into the action straight away with Tessa, the film’s dying protagonist, and her best friend and partner in crime, Zoey, meeting some boys. We don’t know that Tessa is ill until the boy she is with pulls off her wig and her pixie short hair is exposed. After their encounter came one of my favourite parts of the film which was the title sequence. It was all hand-drawn and processed in 3d using after effects. It was visually stimulating and perfectly paired with an edgy remix of Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans, there was no way I wasn’t going to love it! A refreshing change from the typical dry credit sequences.

Dakota Fanning’s performance as Tessa was good, I was impressed that she was able to maintain a very convincing British accent throughout. The onscreen father and daughter relationship was heart wrenching as Paddy Considine’s character was constantly searching for a way to cure his daughter.

Although Tessa’s bucket list was toned down for the 12A audience we are still able to feel that Tessa is coming of age before it is too late. She gets arrested, takes drugs, goes skinny dipping and most importantly in the film, falls in love with her gorgeous next door neighbour Adam. Adam, is every girls dream; he’s cute, caring and completely head over heels for Tessa. Despite what Tessa’s father thinks, Adam is there for her in her last days,  making her his main priority. The couple go on an incredible journey together and the audience believe Tessa will die happy because she experienced such a great love.

There were a few things I didn’t like about the film however, the first being Zoey’s pregnancy. I felt it was unnecessary to the film’s storyline and it seemed to be more of a cheesy add on than a pivotal part of the film. The second thing is that although the film was very engaging it didn’t really veer away from the ideas similar films present. It would have been refreshing to see a new spin on the ‘bucket list’ film.

All in all, I would rate this film 7.5 out of 10.

‘Be the Day’…

During the summer I worked as a production assistant for Treacy and Hardy Productions. It was great to work with the team again but this video was very different to ‘Never get a Taxi’ because it was set in multiple locations and the story line was more complex.

It was the official launch for the music video on Thursday 20th September and it was great to see the video get such a good reception. So please check it out for yourself and share!

BOA TV in the Capital.

Yesterday BOA TV was offered the opportunity to go down to London to film the Minister of State for Trade & Investment’s Keynote speech for a conference happening next Friday in Coventry. The Team drove to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on King Charles Street to film Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint  followed by a tour of the gorgeous historic building located in the city centre! We are looking forward to filming the conference next Friday.

Update: On Friday 21st September the BOA TV crew went to Stoneleigh-Park to film the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business and Economic Conference. We set up three cameras in the main conference room, one at the back to get the wide shot and two on either side to get close ups and tracks of guest speakers. We also had a camera outside of the conference room which was used to conduct interviews with some of the day’s speakers such as Lord Digby Jones. The clip of Lord Green’s key note speech was shown and I was really proud of the high quality work the BOA TV produced.  It was a great opportunity for all of the BOA TV team and it taught us alot about multi-camera set ups.

 

An Update…

Over the summer I have been keeping myself busy with various new projects.

 

I have also been involved with the production of Poet Matt Windle’s second music video for his new track ‘Be The Day’ which will be launching later this month.  It was great working with Hayley, Rebecca, Matt and Felix again. Now I just cannot wait to see the final product.

The Telepresence team have also met to brainstorm about some minor changes we are going to make to the film. We have discussed using a voice over to lead the narrative through the film, it will give a deeper insight to the feelings and emotional change the protagonist experience throughout as well as reducing the number of scenes we need to rework.