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Sticky Icky

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Siddney Youngblood
Thomas Graham
Eithen Shipley (Son of John Shipley member of The Specials)
Bex Hannan
George Leon

 

BIOGRAPHY
BAMF Records is an up-and-coming record label based in the Midlands. Owned and directed by Siddney Youngblood it produces the freshest House, Pop and Chart music. The label is also proud to feature Sticky Icky – a musical collective from the heart of England – supporting many talented artists. The group’s producers handpick talented singers and musicians to perform on tracks they then create to suit their artists’ individual sounds.

 

AWARDS

 

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We are proud to have one of our official tracks ‘Promises’ featured on BBC West Midlands on the 5th December. You can check out the show here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038bc1p

 

BAMF Records is an up-and-coming record label based in the historical town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Owned and directed by Siddney Youngblood it deals in the freshest House, Pop and Chart music. The label is also proud to feature Sticky Icky – a musical collective from the heart of England – supporting many talented artists, something along the lines of Massive Attack. The group’s producers handpick talented singers and musicians to perform on tracks they then create to suit their artists’ individual sounds.

The official releases can be found on the BAMF Records Ltd YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BAMFRecordsLtd and the Facebook page holds a little description of each piece: https://www.facebook.com/bamfrecords.official

Being involved in the whole creative filmmaking process from pre-production (original concept idea, storyboards, shot lists, sourcing actors/locations), production (cinematography, directing, camerawork, Canon 5D Mark II/III) and post-production (editing, colour grading, release) gave me an invaluable amount of experience. Assisting in the label’s day to day operations allowed me to to learn a great deal about the music industry and the label’s management. I also helped run the social media pages and performed marketing of the label’s tracks and videos, proof reading all documents including contracts and all communications, as well as vocal recording and meeting and working with a variety of talented music producers and actors.

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1. Workers (Sci-Fi)

Pitch

What happens if all humans are replaced with the perfect workforce?

Plot

70 years in the future almost all working humans are replaced with robotic machines. The film focuses on a small resistance group that plans an uprising against the greedy corporations that care little about humanity and society.

Unique Selling Point

The film looks at the devolution of the human race in a future dystopian society if such a thing was to happen. It is based in a future dystopian world so the film would fall under the science fiction genre. The USP of this film is that it somewhat proposes answers a ‘what if’ question by proposing an alternate reality of what would happen in the next 70 or so years – which could be used to market the film by engaging potential audiences in this very question. What if people were not needed in the future – what would happen to them socially and what would happen to the society itself.

Inspirations

The Matrix (humanity controlled and taken advantage of by machines), iRobot (the impact of high-tech robots on society), Equilibrium (the dystopian society).

Distribution

Sci-Fi usually appeals to teens and adults equally. Due to the serious nature of this film, it would be more suited towards the older generation but can be screened at most sci-fi and drama film festivals.

 

2. Concrete (Drama/Thriller)

Pitch

The most dangerous people are the most inconspicuous.

Plot

Mike is a young and seemingly innocent young man who works a simple job and has recently started a university course. To most he is considered a timid individual, but little do they know he is a remorseless contract killer. Mike’s housemate discovers something strange about him and is eager to learn the full truth. The film looks at Mike’s dual identity and shows the seamless transition between his two occupations.

Unique Selling Point

The USP of this film could be directed to students by a tagline or question – what if their housemate was a killer, what if someone they studied with was someone beyond their imaginations, how much do they know about their peers. The film explores the issue of dual identities and the misjudgement of character. How can a person be able to control two completely different occupations (one completely illegal and immoral) and still live what appears to be a normal life?

Inspirations

Leon (Ordinary man, but a hitman), History of Violence (dual identity of main character, family man and ex-gangster), Training Day (viewer is unaware of what the characters are capable of doing – the rookie being the hero, and the cop being incredibly corrupt), The Roommate (the mysterious and evil roommate).

Distribution

The film would be very popular with older teens and students, especially when there are two student characters as the main protagonists. It could be screened at universities and many different film festivals.

 

3. Narcoleptic (Horror/Thriller)

Pitch

For most, sleeping is a pleasure. For Marco, sleep is a fear. A narcoleptic’s struggle between reality and nightmare.

Narcolepsy “a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.” – dictionary.com

Plot

A narcoleptic (perhaps revealed later in the film) falls asleep on the bus and wakes up in an abandoned warehouse in chains. He keeps falling asleep (from his random sleep attacks) and waking up in different horrific situations – he just doesn’t know what is reality and what is nightmare anymore. Eventually it turns out that his sadistic ex-girlfriend is stalking and kidnapping him to make him suffer – the big plot twist at the end of the film.

Unique Selling Point

The film explores the medical condition of ‘narcolepsy’ (where a person suffers from sleep attacks) and a once close person taking advantage of the condition for her benefit. The film would show the main character in one scene, then after a sleep attack, waking up in chains and in a very serious situation, e.g. having to free himself and escape. This particular scene would be shot and edited in a suspenseful way giving the audience the impression that it is a horror. The next scene would then transition into his normal life and be shot and edited as a drama. The film will play with the audience’s head by transitioning between the codes and conventions of two genres. Plot twists are what make films good so having a major one at the end could mesmerise the viewer in a positive way.

Inspirations

Narcolepsy is not really covered in film. Rat Race (Rowan Atkinson’s character suffers from narcolepsy), Disturbia (the transition into a horror genre towards the end of the film).

Distribution

The film could be screened at horror and drama film festivals alike, but generally appeal to all people. The fact that it brings awareness to a somewhat unknown medical condition could satisfy the curiosity of some film-goers.

The pros of using DSLRs for video have led to their use by professional TV and movie studios. DSLRs make use of large and very good image sensors, record in high resolutions and give any user the ability to change and experiment with other lenses; therefore the image quality and visual look will naturally be of a very high standard, almost comparable to professional video cameras but costing much less. DSLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II offer a 35mm full frame sensor and 1080p quality video recording.

Due to their narrow depth of field the user has a huge advantage in creating stylistic pieces and cinematic effects by playing with shallow focus (which is regarded as a professional look by filmmakers in some scenes) wherein the subject is in focus and the background is blurred. Scenes like these are better suited for drama films, scenes with dialogue, beautiful shots (landscapes, animals, etc) or artistic pieces giving emphasis on a particular object or person. For example, one of the episodes of the TV show House was shot entirely on a 5D Mark II and Greg Yaitanes, the director of the show, said that DSLRs like the Canon are the future. Some parts of Marvel’s The Avengers and Drive were shot on a 5D Mark II too. The 5D is also capable of producing good shots in low-light situations. It boasts 24FPS (23.976) recording – due to this frame rate fast movements may appear to stagnate, giving the impression of an ‘artistic’ movie. This also gives it the compatibility with motion picture film cameras (the 5D can also record in 29.97 and 25.00FPS). Mobility is an important factor for film crews and a DSLR can be considered portable when compared to professional cameras, especially when trying to film in tight or hard to access spaces.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II was the first DSLR to offer 1080p video recording

 
The narrow depth of field can be a problem for shooting other scenarios, such as action or sports scenes, handheld sequences, crowded scenes or scenes with a lot of movement or fast panning. DSLRs have to work hard to continually auto focus, therefore the video quality will suffer in such instances and deteriorate greatly by not keeping the shot in focus. Manual focus would be required for such instances and even with that, the object may still go out of focus or may be lost entirely. The user has to be experienced to know when manual focus is required, for example, achieving a good shallow focus will require manual focus on the subject and a tripod.

The main problem with DSLRs is the audio quality as the built-in microphone is often only capable of recording mono sound which offers minimal quality. It will pick up noise, wind and other unwanted sounds. One can argue that this problem can be overcome if an external sound microphone is attached, but functionality will be limited. Furthermore, there are sometimes limitations in recording length. For example, movie clips shot on the 5D Mark II are limited to 4GB (which is approx. 12mins of 1080p footage), so using DSLRs for concerts or documentaries with long recording times would not be practical. The battery life may wear out quickly when using the video recording function as its intended use was to take photos, and not constantly record.

DSLRs also suffer from ‘rolling shutter’, when the image sensor takes time to record each frame when scanning from top to bottom, meaning that the image recorded at the bottom may be different to the one at the top. Whilst it can be reduced by adjusting the frame rate and shutter speed, it becomes less of a problem as newer DSLRs have better software and processing to minimise this (for example the 5D Mark III suffers much less than the 5D Mark II). The 5D is also known to get hot when shooting video (Page 13 of the USA users guide, dated January 2010, states the 5D Mark II can cause “slight skin burns.”) so it is advised to cool the camera between takes, making it impractical for long use.

Overall DSLRs offer superb video quality with professional looking effects (shallow depth of field) but have their limitations and cannot be used for all situations.