Feeding everyone on a budget

Feeding everyone on a budget

Although it may seem easy to feed everyone on set, it is not as simple as you may think. Here is a list of some points to consider:

Consider dietary needs

Everyone has their likes and dislikes when it comes to finding food they will enjoy, but also consider personal dietary requirements like Gluten-free, diabetes, etc.
Getting this information early can save time and money when it comes to ordering large amounts of food for your team and ensure that everybody is happy.

Shop around

Different stores and suppliers have varied prices; consider starting a food warehouse account  (i.e. Booker) for your business as that may be cheaper option to feed your team. Supermarkets can be cheaper for some products so still bear that in mind when shopping around…

Utilise outside companies

This is a good option if you do not have the correct equipment and/or food hygiene certificates. Catering companies will generally do this for a fixed price per person per day so that you can keep control of your budget.

Ask friends and family

If you are lucky enough to know someone who can cook for large groups and has the relevant certification and experience, it may be a good idea to buy the required food and hire them to cook for the team for little to no charge. This will make things cheaper and ensure you can trust that the food will be to a appropriate standards.

BONUS TIP: Always feed your team with a hot meal. This is the absolute least you can do, especially if you’re not paying them! You may get away with buying everyone a sandwich on shorter shoots (generally up to 4 hours).

Foley: the hidden sounds of cinema

Foley: the hidden sounds of cinema

How often have you sat watching the credits crawl at the end of your favourite movies and wondered what some of the obscure job titles were? One of the roles you might be wondering about is a “Foley Artist” – some of the most unsung heroes of movie magic!

Foley artists work in post-production sound and are responsible for bringing all of the footsteps, rattles, punches and sound effects to life. Often the best foley is the interpretation of a sound rather than the literal sound itself and is a confluence of several different sounds. The single sound effect of the goblins’ shrill growl in The Hobbit is made of 16 different layers!

Below are some examples of how every day items were used to create some of the most crucial sound effects that you may recognise!

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)

The unique antagonist in this Science Fiction classic was a construction of mercury. So just how do you get the sound of liquid metal? Well, it turns out all you need is a bucket of water, flour, furniture cleaner and a condom.

The condom was wrapped over the microphone which was then submerged into a bucket filled with the above mixture. After some editing, it produces that slimy “glooping” sound that we’ve come to associate with the T-1000.

MEN IN BLACK (1997)

The film opens following a dragonfly cruising through the night. Now you would have a hard time capturing the sound of an actual dragonfly’s beating wings, so the actual effect was made using nothing more than an everyday handheld fan with a cloth and duct tape wrapped around the motor.

JURASSIC PARK (1993)

We all must have fallen in love with the baby dinosaurs when they emerged from their eggs. Of course, nobody knows exactly what a hatching dinosaur egg sounded like but it’s a safe bet that it wasn’t anything like a chicken egg.

The sound actually comes from crushing up an ice-cream cone and mixing it with the sound of massaging melon flesh whilst wearing soapy gloves.

THE MARTIAN (2015)

The red planet where Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded needed to be more than a landscape – it needed to be an antagonist. A monster. Amongst the tribulations which Watney endures is having to live in a habitation held together on one side by a sheet of tarpaulin and duct tape during a horrifying storm.

To create the ominous sound of being inside such an environment, low frequencies were played through subwoofers that had been installed inside metal filing cabinets. The result is that horrifying and somewhat alien crashing sound you hear.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)

Whilst on their journey to the Misty Mountain, Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits get into trouble with a subterranean city of Goblins. Seeing as Goblins don’t exist, the team had to think outside the box and imagine what they might sound like.

The sound of their scuttles was achieved by one of the foley artists donning banjo picks on each finger and scratching, dragging and tapping them against a variety of different surfaces.

In case you were wondering, the term “foley” is named after sound effects artist Jack Foley who in the 1920s pioneered sound design in Hollywood (and subsequently the rest of the industry) by recording the effects in sync with the picture.

BONUS FACT!

DOCTOR WHO

Whovian or not, EVERYBODY knows which sound heralds the arrival of the quirky Time Lord. But how does one work out what a time machine sounds like?

Well, the base for the iconic sound comes from a house key being run along the bass strings of a gutted piano!

Is cinema dying?

Is cinema dying?

With the success of online streaming platforms such as Netflix, HULU, Amazon Video, etc you have to wonder if these platforms are the way forward and are going to replace cinema entirely;

Here is a breakdown to what I believe are some of the pros and cons to both platforms:

CINEMA

Atmosphere

  • PRO: The atmosphere at a cinema is thrilling and you can share the excitement of going to see a film with others, be it your friends, family or people you meet whilst you are there.
  • CON: Being in a room for hours filled with people can sometimes get uncomfortable.

Going out

  • PRO: It is always nice to go out with a group of people or on your own and have a good time.
  • CON: Travel can be expensive whether that is by bus, train, taxi or car.

Big screen and experiences

  • PRO: When you go to watch a film in the cinema you get to see the film on a big screen and with new technology it can be viewed and evenfelt differently, with some cinemas offering a movie experience where the seatsmove, you also have the option of 3D and even screens which take up all yourvision so all you can see is the film which can make it seem you are in themovie itself.
  • CON: All of this new technology comes at a price for the cinemas so the ticket prices can become more expensive.

Food & drink

  • PRO: At the cinema you want to get the FULL experience and can purchase food, like popcorn and a drink to go with it to add to the magic.
  • CON: Some smaller cinemas cannot offer as many varieties of food and drink as the larger chains and it can become expensive.

Comfy seating

  • PRO: Cinema seating is almost always comfy to sit in with fabric and leather seats and some cinemas also offer booster seats for the kids.
  • CON: The seats can become uncomfortable the longer the film.

Online Streaming

Quality

  • PRO: Most streaming services play at the highest quality that you can receive via your internet connection given you have the correct screen to view it on.
  • CON: Internet speeds vary in different areas and with different data transfer types.

Controls

  • PRO: You can have the freedom to play, pause and even rewind a film you are currently viewing, allowing you to make a drink or even go for some needed toilet time.
  • CON: If you are watching in a group you may have to wait for them to come back before you can press play again.

Private viewing

  • PRO: With streaming service’s you can watch a film in your own home and can have the freedom to sit around in your PJ’s, or not…if you prefer.
  • CON: You do not get the same buzz you would get by going to a cinema with loads of people to all share the same enjoyment.

Access to all

  • PRO: everyone can view the same film at the same time of day if needed, depending on region restrictions.
  • CON: Someone who is underage may still be able to view the film by ticking a box and say they are old enough.