Do you know a youngster aged 8-14 who has a passion for film, acting and special effects make-up? If so, this workshop is for them! Ravensbridge are running a Halloween themed day in Sittingbourne where children and teenagers can act and be involved in the production process of making a film.
The day will see professional actors giving tutorials, special effects make-up artists talking about their role in the film industry whilst transforming the actors into their characters and tutorials from camera crews, sound and lighting engineers, and the post-production team.
Tickets cost £75 and there is a 10% discount when booking 2 or more places.
Ravensbridge are a Kent based production company and photography studio who are passionate about supporting young people with an interest in film to get valuable experience and insight into the film industry.
Anifest is the only animation festival that takes place annually in the South East, showcasing well known animators and their creations to visitors, and allowing them to get involved themselves! This year is the biggest line up, so get your tickets now.
The festival offers screenings, talks, master classes and events that will appeal to people of all types and ages, whether you’re part of a family group with children, an aspiring filmmaker yourself or an industry expert.
Now in its sixth year, 2013 is the longest festival yet, running for 6 days from 30th September – 5th October.
The masterclasses are from Jim Parkyn at Aardman Animations about Making Shaun the Sheep, Double Negative’s Robin Konieczny (Man of Steel) about Matte Painting, Benedict Lewis (Horrid Henry) about Storyboarding For Animation.
This year, the organisers of Anifest, Animate and Create Studios, will also be hosting a free exhibition at Canterbury’s Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, where you can find out how animations are produced and even contribute to an animated film about The Beaney.
So book your tickets now to experience the magic of animation!
To find out more about Canterbury Anifest please visit: http://www.canterburyanifest.com/
Creative England is holding their first Crew and Facility Night in Kent, in partnership with the Kent Film Office. Don’t miss the event which will be a great chance to network and make new contacts, so what are you waiting for, book your freeticket here.
The event will be useful to production companies, film and TV crew, as well as those in the digital or gaming industries and those that offer facilities and services. Don’t miss your opportunity to:
Make new business leads, meet old friends and make new contacts
Find out about Creative England’s database, which lists crew and facilities in England and can help you find work or source crew
You’ll also get the chance to meet representatives from the following companies:
Even organisers Creative England who are the national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media across the English regions.
Event hosts The Maidstone Studioswhichis the largest independent TV studio facilities in the UK offering a brilliant television space, with five studios, including the country’s largest TV studio floor, and has state-of-the-art post-production suites.
Even partners Kent Film Office, who offer a first class Film Commissioning Service for all manner of productions and can help you source unique filming locations, obtain film permits for public areas, put you in touch with local contacts and even legally close roads for filming
Even sponsors Brookson who are an accountancy firm which provide services for media and creative freelancers and have been sponsoring Creative England’s Crew Nights since they first started.
Kent Locations: Whitstable, Whitstable Harbour and Whitstable Museum
Who Do You Think You Are? is the popular BBC show where celebrities explore their ancestry and discover the secrets hidden in their families past.
Now in its tenth series, the show follows another ten celebrities as they travel far and wide to explore their family history. Comedienne, Sarah Millican is the seventh celebrity in the series to do so and travels to Whitstable, visiting the harbour and Whitstable Museum to find out more about the lives of her ancestors.
Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterburyand is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.
Big Bad World is a new Comedy Central series about university graduate Ben Turnbell played by Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), who returns home to Great Yarmouth to find that not much has changed in the three years he has been away.
As well as Blake Harrison, the show has many familiar faces from the world of comedy includingSeann Walsh(Argumental),Rebecca Humphries(Come Fly with Me),Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly) and James Fleet(Vicar of Dibley).
The series is directed by Tristam Shapeero(Green Wing, Peep Show) and has a multitude of writing talent including Lloyd Woolf (Parents), Joe Tucker (Horrible Histories), Kevin Cecil (Come Fly With Me), Andy Riley (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Rose Heiney (Miranda)and Jon Purkis (Popatron).
The Big Bad World team was welcomed to Ramsgate in May 2012 to film the pilot episode at various locations including Kings Street, Queens Street, High Street, Harbour Street and the Port of Ramsgate. The Kent Film Office used its Filming on Highways Act 2010for the production to close the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate for a scene that sees main character Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) exit the beach soaking wet and getting into a car.
After the series was commissioned, the production came back to Kent in November 2012 and once again filmed in Ramsgateas well as the Port of Ramsgateand Herne Bayall doubling for Great Yarmouth in the series.
The scenes they shot in Herne Bay included Lucy at work trying to raise money for charity in the High Street as well as scenes by the seafront and bandstand.
In Ramsgate, the production once again made the most of the Kent Film Office’s Filming on Highways Act 2010 where they used traffic management to film scenes at The Old Haine Road in Ramsgate where acar travels over a speed bump and comes to a a sharp stop after the bump, stops for a while and then continues on its way. At Ramsgate Harbour they shot scenes where the characters arrive at the harbour and watch oil rig workers boarding a vessel.
Herne Bay is part of the Canterbury district in South East Kent and has a popular shingle beach, beautiful coastline and seafront gardens. The town also has many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, a windmill and some interesting architecture including a Victorian bandstand. Productions that have chosen to film inHerne Bay includeGot To Dance (2012),Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).
The first episode of Big Bad World starts on Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 21:00 on Comedy Central.
Love Your Garden is the hit ITV show where Alan Titchmarsh and his team of experts transform gardens from unloved and unused spaces to gorgeous yet practical environments for all the family to enjoy.
The garden before the make over
Now in its third series, the Love Your Gardenteam visited Lou and Andy Webb in July 2013 at their home in Tonbridgewhich presented them with their biggest challenge to date – the smallest garden to ever be transformed for a family coping with two children with a very rare condition that restricts their eyesight.
Busy parents Lou and Andy had been unable to improve the garden which had uneven surfaces and a broken greenhouse, so their friends nominated them to receive a garden makeover. While the family went away on holiday, Alan and his team transformed the space into an area that both the adults and children can enjoy.
Kent Locations Used: The Who’d a Thought It, Grafty Green
The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi, returns to The Who’d a Thought It in Grafty Green to see the outcome of the changes she suggested a couple of years ago – will her advice have stuck?
As well as offering accommodation, The Who’d a Thought It has a champagne and oyster bar, pub and restaurant and when business was dwindling, the owners bought in The Hotel Inspector in 2011.
Alex learnt how self-styled showman Joe left his London casino job with the hope of bringing some city style to the Kent countryside. However, with the hotels decor including cowhide bedspreads, four-man hot tubs and erotic artwork, Alex was unimpressed and tried to convince Joe to make the hotel more ‘female friendly’, but when she returned in June 2013 had Joe embraced the changes?
Tunbridge Wells’ International Film Festival, The Electric Lantern Festival, has doubled the number of days it will run due to the volume and quality of submissions.
The festival was founded in 2011 by Tunbridge Wells resident Samuel Marlow who wanted to bring some of the best in independent film to his home town. It was originally three days long but this year the festival will run for a week from the 2-8 September at the Trinity Theatre.
Screenings of 63 films from 18 different countries including feature films, shorts, comedy, documentary, animation, music video and experimental film from local, national and international directors.
The line-up boasts 41 world and UK premieres, and closes with “Traveller” starring David Essex and newcomer Billy Cook in an adaptation of John F McDonald’s novel.
Samuel Marlow said: “Despite the extra days and the addition of a second screen, the Festival is still only able to screen about a quarter of what was submitted It was exceptionally difficult to make the selection, I had to whittle the films down favouring premieres, films with a strong voice or unusual angle.”
So what should people expect to see at the festival? Sam explains: “The Festival’s strap- line is See the World in a New Light, and I feel we really stayed true to that. Whether it’s a documentary about caring for elderly zoo animals or floating schools in Bangladesh, a film about a plastic toy diver having an existential crisis or a drama about which of two communities you belong to, every film is surprising, enlightening or inspirational.”
Directed by Frances Lea (Fugee Girl, Everyone’s Happy), Strawberry
Fields is a tale of sibling rivalry and playing of mind games set in the strawberry fields of Kent. Starring Anna Madeley (In Bruges) Christine Bottomley (The Arbor, Shameless) and Emun Elliott (Prometheus, Game of Thrones) the film tells of the sexual awakening of Gillian during a long, hot British summer picking strawberries, where she meets and falls in love with fellow picker Kevin. But her idyllic new life is jeopardised by the arrival of her sister Emily.
This ‘terrific British debut’, (Jason Solomons, The Observer) is released across the UK this week. There will be a special preview at BFI Southbank on 4 July. The film will also be shown at the London Film Festival in October this year.
Making the most of what Kent has to offer, Strawberry Fields features locations in the Kent countryside such as Foxbury Farm in Sevenoaks, Groombridge Railway Station and theIsle of Sheppey.
SuperScrimpers is the Channel 4 hit series in which journalist and entrepreneur Mrs Moneypenny and Daily Telegraph writer Harry Wallop show people how to save money in tough economic times.
For the SuperScrimpersSummer Savings Special, Mrs Moneypenny visited Whitstableto hold a cash clinic at The Beacon House for members of the public, advising them on getting the best deals for everything summer related from holiday insurance to last minute getaway deals.