While we wait for the release of Bond#25: NO TIME TO DIE in November this year, we thought we'd take a look at some of the most recognisable and iconic imagery from the Bond Movie Posters. Most films have multiple poster designs, so I've tried to focus on some of the most recognisable. DOCTOR NO … Continue reading James Bond Movie Posters – The Connery and Lazenby Years
During lockdown, many of us are visiting classic movies for the first time. In this article I look at the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most celebrated and innovative film directors of all time and a filmmaker I’ve admired for many years. Born in London in 1899, Hitchcock started work as a title … Continue reading The Master of Suspense
A useful exercise when devising a drama or creating a character is to look at a topic from two different points of view. This exercise encourages students to consider two points of view on a subject, and to practice writing those perspectives. The exercise develops into Angels and Devils, where we imagine the angel and … Continue reading TWO SIDES (angels and devils)
The Drama Formula is an easy way to remember how to write about a performer's use of voice or movement in Drama. Many students fall into the trap of simply relaying part of the answer - but using this "formula" helps them to understand that greater detail is needed. This short video explains the Drama … Continue reading The Drama Formula
In 2006 I had the immense pleasure of seeing a play of mine produced. The play was THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS, which was a documentary drama looking at the 1888 killings attributed to "Jack the Ripper". The play centres around the 5 women most commonly identified as victims of the Ripper. These "canonical" women were Polly … Continue reading The Whitechapel Murders – Annie
This exercise is designed to blend a few techniques, mixed media and expand a range of skills. The starting point is for the students to understand what monologues are, and to watch two very informative YouTube clips on storyboards and shot composition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyML8xuKfoc Understanding Shot Types https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsvhq28sOI Introduction to Storyboarding The next section is an … Continue reading Monologue and Storyboard Challenge
It’s been a strange year for cinemas, and studios must be playing a bit of a guessing game when trying to figure out if and when to have their big budget movies released in cinemas. Bond 25, NO TIME TO DIE was the first to delay its release from April to November, and eventually some … Continue reading When are the BIG MOVIES coming out in 2020?