Stunning YouTube Videos (6): Christmas 2014 Edition

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Hey everyone! Jake here!

It’s back and it’s back for Christmas. For those of you who are unaware ‘Stunning YouTube Videos’ was a blog feature where I looked at some of the videos across the web that caught my attention over the last month. So I thought it was only fitting to give you some festive treats produced some excellent film makers.

Right, here is the selection for the 2014 Christmas Edition. Enjoy!

Video 1: ‘“The Night Before Christmas” Short Film’
Dead Set Films has produced a simply magical video called The Night Before Christmas. The cinematography and visuals produced here are simply professional. The real detail focused on the Christmas tree, decorations and presents is wonderful. There is a real Christmassy feel to the overall sense of this short film. Without spoiling it, the video set on the night before Christmas day where one man commits a desperate act. Through the atmospheric scenery and music DC Kasundra, along with their colleagues, has produced a stunning piece emphasising the importance of family during a festive season such as this.


Copyright © 2012- by Dead Set Films. All rights reserved. 

Video 2: ‘Decoration (Short Film)’
Decoration is a highly imaginative tale created by ThirdTakeProductions. Daniel Pursue has done an excellent job in producing both an atmospheric and a darkly rich tale about what could happen if one of your Christmas decorations came to life. Sam Cliff’s acting and Luke Neumann and Kevin Macleod’s music should be credited for their believability and the way they create both a warm and sinister atmosphere. I have watched this short film a number of times as it simply haunting. So take care when deciding which decorations you are going to hang on your Christmas tree.

Copyright © 2013- by ThirdTakeProductions. All rights reserved. 

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Thanks to everyone involved in producing such amazing work for all of us to enjoy this Christmas. If you liked them, subscribe to their pages for any future videos they may produce.

Right, that is everything from Stunning YouTube Videos this year. The blog feature may appear in 2015 with your videos being praised.

Until then I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Melody Delilah (Scene 4)

Melody Delilah (Scene 4)


Script Key
Name: The character who is talking
[italics]: The stage directions
---: The interruptions in speech

Cast List for Scene 4
The following is the cast list of the speaking parts in my script:
Melody Delilah
Brongo
Mother
Class Boy 1
Class Boy 2
Class Girl 1
Class Girl 2
Female Science Teacher
Female Zookeeper

                                                           Area Four ‘Facing Reality’

Part One: Home
At the Delilah household the phone rings. Mother runs into the hall and hurriedly picks it up.

Mother: Hello?

Female Science Teacher: Mrs Delilah?

Mother: Speaking. Who’s this?

Female Science Teacher: This is Melody’s science teacher. I’m glad I’ve managed to get hold of you but---

Mother (interrupting): ---What’s wrong?

Female Science Teacher: I have been informed by one of our students that Melody is planning on taking some of the class to see a talking---

Mother (to herself): Oh shit.

Female Science Teacher: ---gorilla at Bedfordshire Zoo. I thought you should know just in case there was any cause for---

Mother (unconvincingly, fakes laughter): Oh don’t worry about that. That’s just one of Melody’s pranks. She played it on me last year.

Female Science Teacher: Ah okay.

Mother: Thank you for telling me anyway, bye.

Female Scene Teacher: but---

The phone line cut off as Mother puts down the phone.

Mother (calling to Father): Melody has gone to see Brongo. I have to go after her.

Part Two: Bedfordshire Zoo
Back at Bedfordshire Zoo, Melody tries to talk to Brongo whilst the four members of her class watch and laugh behind her. She reads questions off her cards.

Melody: Brongo, where you were living before you came to Bedfordshire?

Brongo: -

Melody: Brongo?

Class Boy 1 (patronising): I don’t think he likes you Melody.

Melody: Perhaps a different question will work. Do you have any family Brongo?

No answered is heard from Brongo even after Melody repeats the question. She rattles the bar cage to get his attention.

Class Girl 1: Is he asleep?

Melody: Umm---

Class Girl 2: No his eyes seem to be open.

Melody: Perhaps another question will be better. Why did you choose to speak me a week ago?

Class Boy 2 (imitates an ape): I didn’t Melody, I didn’t.

Melody turns around and glares at Class Boy 2.

Melody: Shut up you idiot. (pauses) Sorry not you Brongo.

The class laugh and make funny noises.

Melody: Brongo? Are you okay? Please say something.

Melody shakes the bars of the enclosure.

Melody: Speak to me. Speak Brongo Speak.

Class Girl 1: As I said before Melody. Gorillas can’t---

Melody (angrily interrupts): ---Yes Brongo can. Perhaps he doesn’t like you. Just go away. Go on. Go away you twerps.

Class Boy 1 (laughing): Have we rattled your cage?

Class Girl 2: Brongo the talking monkey? More like delusion.

Melody (shouting at the group): I’m not insane. How dare you say that. If any of you came to me and said you discovered a talking ape I wouldn’t have laughed at you but would have been interested. Just leave me be will you?

Class Boy 2: Our pleasure, let’s go.

The class members depart laughing from the area.

Part 3: Facing Reality
I’m just glad I met you, my exceptional Melody Delilah...Copyright © 2006- BanyanTree.            All rights reserved.
Melody stands before Brongo crying. Her tears wet the floor beneath her feet.

Melody: Why didn’t you speak Brongo? Why?

Brongo: I’m sorry Melody. I really am but I’m not here to talk to others. I only want to talk to you. Call it the gift of Melody Delilah.

Melody jumps when Brongo speaks. She wipes away her tears and smiles.

Melody: I like that.

Brongo: Plus you’re the only one who can truly help us.

Melody: Help you?

Brongo: The other day one of the baby gorillas had an accident. He fell off the tire swing and damaged one of its legs. So we need you.

Melody: Oh that’s awful. What do you need me for?

Brongo: Well he needs some sort of aid. Could you bring us some and climb over the cage bars? Please Melody. It would mean everything to---

Melody (interrupting) ---I’m not too sure. What happens if I can’t? Can the zookeepers help at all?

Brongo: If the poor mite doesn’t get attention soon he might die. It has to be you.

Melody: That’s awful. I’ll try my best.

Brongo: Thanks Melody Delilah. I knew we could count on you.

Melody: I’ll be back soon.

Melody runs out of ‘The Ape and Monkey Habit’. She panics as she is uncertain where she can any sort of aid. She then remembers the question cards in her pocket. She takes them out and folds them in half. She then runs back to ‘The Ape and Monkey Habit’.

Melody: Right Brongo I’ve got something.

Brongo looks down at the question cards.

Brongo: Oh hopefully they should work. Please come over Melody.

After a deep breath, Melody starts climbing the gates bars into the gorilla enclosure. She struggles at first then finds her grip. She then leans over and jumps into the habitat. Brongo sits on the other side.

Melody: Where’s the baby?

Melody starts to walk towards the tire swing where Brongo points. She notices several gorillas surrounding her. She edges closer then stops at the sound of her Mother’s voice. Mother appears in ‘The Ape and Monkey Habitat’ and notices Melody in the gorilla enclosure.

Mother (shouting): Melody! What are you doing? Get out of there!

Mother runs to the gates of the gorilla habitat and shakes the bars.

Melody: What are you doing here Mum?...I’m helping an injured animal.

Mother continues to bang on the bars. The constant loud noise causes a Female Zookeeper and many others to appear.

Mother (pleading) Please let me in. For God sake! My daughter Melody is in her. Melody! Melody! Get out of there now! Please love, get out of there.
                                            
Melody: Why? I’m just helping the injured baby gorilla, which Brongo told me about.

Melody edges closer to the tire swing.

Mother: Melody, he didn’t tell you such a thing. The gorilla you’ve called Brongo doesn’t talk darling.

Female Zookeeper: Brongo? I’ve heard of that name before.

Mother (to Female Zookeeper): What? (to Melody): Get out Melody!

Melody: No! Not until I’ve helped this poor mite.

Female Zookeeper: Oh yes that’s it. A zookeeper that used to work here named one the gorillas Brongo. He thought it would make a good name, but frankly I’m not sure.

Mother: Its name is Brongo?

Mother pauses in shock then realises the situation again. She then starts shaking the Female Zookeeper.

Melody: My daughter’s in here so get her out instead of just standing there.

Female Zookeeper: I have already informed the zoo guards. They’ll get her out.

Melody reaches the tire swing. She notices a large gorilla and a hurt baby ape on the floor nearby the tire swing. Brongo gets very close to Melody.

Brongo: Thank you Melody. Have you got the aid?

Melody: It’s right here.

Melody uses the question card as a bandage around the baby gorilla’s frail leg.

Melody: You’ll be just fine.

As Melody says these words Zoo Guards appear in the corner of the enclosure carrying guns. They fire at Brongo who is standing close by to Melody. The loud shot is heard and Brongo falls onto the floor. Mother and Female Zookeeper witness this whilst Melody just hears the sound and then looks down at Brongo who is in agony upon the floor. She is extremely tearful.

Melody: (to Brongo): Brongo! What have they done to you? (to the Zoo Guards) How could you? How could you?

Melody tries to get closer to the now dying Brongo. She gets pulled back and is held by one of the Zoo Guard who tries to calm her down. The other Zoo Guards make sure the gorillas do not come any closer. Outside the cage the Female Zookeeper and Mother look on. Mother looks very upset and distressed. Melody then screams and kicks.

Melody: Why? Why? He wasn’t going to hurt me. Brongo wouldn’t do such a thing. He was only telling me about the injured baby gorilla over there.

Some of the guards try and find the injured baby gorilla.

Brongo (struggling): It’s okay Melody, it really is. I’m just glad I met you, my exceptional Melody Delilah. If anyone laughs at you just tell them you have the gift of Melody Delilah.

Brongo closes his waxed ruby eyes. Some of the Zoo Guards notice the injured baby gorilla close by.

Melody (weeping): That’s very kind Brongo. I won’t forget you…Did you what Brongo said Mum?

Mother: No love. I’m just glad you’re safe.

Melody (to herself): That’s the gift of Melody Delilah.

Melody Delilah (Scene 3)

Melody Delilah (Scene 3)


Script Key
Name: The character who is talking
[italics]: The stage directions
---: The interruptions in speech

Cast List for Scene 3
The following is the cast list of the speaking parts in my script:
Melody Delilah
Class Boy 1
Class Boy 2
Class Girl 1
Class Girl 2
Female Science Teacher

                                                            Area Three ‘School Trip’

Part One: Secondary School
In a secondary school classroom in Hitchin, one week later.
The class is decorated with photographs of animals, science posters and of students’ work on the periodic table. Books are stacked neatly near the teachers’ desk. The Female Science Teacher stands at the front of the class. Her pupils gather at the back of the class working on a science investigation. Melody Delilah talks to some of her fellow class members.

Melody (quietly) Guys do you want to know a secret?

Class Boy 1: What kind of secret?

Class Boy 2: Yeah of course. What is it Melody?

Melody: Well there is a gorilla at Bedfordshire Zoo that talks. He’s call---

The group which Melody is talking to laugh.

Class Girl 1: Don’t be ridiculous.

Class Boy 2 (laughing): Yeah sure there is Melody.

Melody: Why don’t you believe me?

Class Girl 1: Because everyone knows that gorillas can’t talk especially to us humans. See that poster on the wall there.

Class Girl points to the gorilla poster.

It states that---

Melody (interrupting): ---Oh shut up. You don’t know anything.

Class Girl 2: That’s harsh Mels. 

Class Boy 1: Okay Sherlock, prove it.

Melody: Okay I will.

Class Girl 1 (sarcastically): How are you going to do that? Are you going to wave your magic wand so he magically appears?

Melody: Now who’s being silly?

Girl Boy 2: You are.

Melody: Just listen up you twerps. I’ve hired a bus to take us to the zoo at 3:15. Then I’ll prove who’s ridiculous.

Class Boy 1: It’ll still be you.

Class Boy 2: I have to see this.

Class Girl 1: Right you’re on.

The Female Science Teacher noticing the chat at the back of the classroom.

Female Science Teacher: Melody and co, can you please get on with your work?

Melody (to Female Science Teacher): Sorry Miss. (to the group): 3:15, you’ll see.

I've hired a bus to take us to the zoo at 3:15...Copyright © 2009- O'Dea. All rights reserved.



Part Two: School Bus
Melody and co leave school at 3:00pm. Class Boy 1 however remains behind then re-joins them on the bus.

Melody: What kept you?

Class Boy 1: Oh nothing much. I forgot my iPhone.

Melody: Oh right….Right everyone, we’ll be taken to Bedfordshire Zoo to see the gorilla. Are we all ready?

Class Boy 2 (laughing): Of course. This is going to be sick.

Class Boy 1 (to Class Boy Two): Yeah…but not in a good way. Oh poor Melody is going nuts.

Part Three: Bedfordshire Zoo
Melody leads the group to The Ape and Monkey Habitat where Brongo is located. No one else seems to be around. Melody stands in front of the gorilla cage whilst the others stand behind her. Brongo faces the teenagers.

Melody (pointing at Brongo): Can you see this gorilla? This is Brongo.

Class Boy 1: Yes we can see him.

The four teenagers laugh. Brongo notices them laughing and Melody appears annoyed.

Melody: Just ignore them Brongo and focus on me. I have prepared some questions to ask you so I can get to know you better.

Class Girl 1 (to the others): This should be good.

Hats on for Christmas (Dyspraxia Foundation Christmas Appeal 2014)

Hats on for Christmas (Dyspraxia Foundation Christmas Appeal 2014)

Dyspraxia is a form of Developmental Coordination Disorder which affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It can also have an impact on speech. There is currently no cure. It can have a serious impact on the individual’s life and can cause great hardship for all those involved.

Please read this article, called ‘What is Dyspraxia? (The Basics)’, for further details:
http://jakeborrett.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/what-is-dyspraxia-basics.html

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This Christmas please get involved in the ‘Dyspraxia Foundation Christmas Appeal 2014’ named ‘Hats on for Christmas’. This appeal aims to raise as much awareness as possible for the learning condition. It hopes to do so by showing the faces of all those affected but also all the love and support they have received.

You can help get involved by following these three simple steps:

Step 1
Take a photograph of yourself wearing some sort of Christmas hat and holding up a piece of paper that says something about Dyspraxia.

Then either post your photograph onto the ‘Dyspraxia Foundation’ Facebook Page found here https://www.facebook.com/dyspraxiafoundation?fref=ts or by emailing it to fundraisingtrustee@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk and they will do it for you. They will also add all photographs to their Twitter Page.

Many people have got involved already, so why not join in.

Step 2
If you like you can make a voluntary donation to the brilliant Dyspraxia Foundation, who continues to help thousands of people affected by the condition.
To do so text ‘HATS02 £2’ to 70070

Step 3
You can change your profile pictures on social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to their Dyspraxia Foundation Christmas logo. This will help spread lots of awareness across many social media platforms.

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I have had Dyspraxia since I was a child, but was only diagnosed at the age of eighteen. Like many, I know the importance of getting the word out there so those impacted can get the support they need and ultimately deserve. So I have decided to get involved myself. Here is my photograph, hoping to send a good message out for Dyspraxia.

Thanks for the continual support everyone and have a great week.


Photograph Reference
Here is my poster to raise awareness for Dyspraxia.
The following is written on the page: 
Remember that people with Dyspraxia are not only Dyspraxic but they can also be fantastic 
Raising awareness for Dyspraxia at jakeborrett.blogspot.co.uk 
Diagnosed with Dyspraxia at age 18

Super Sheila

Super Sheila

By day she drinks her tea on the rocking chair. By night she performs her karate in the arena.

By day she allows Michael Bublé to float around her house. By night she stops the muggers from drifting away.

By day they think she attends the local bingo club. By night she actually hunts down criminals.

She’s ‘Super Sheila’. Yes, the crime fighting grandma.



Melody Delilah (Scene 2)

                                                            Melody Delilah (Scene 2)

Script Key
Name: The character who is talking
[italics]: The stage directions
---: The interruptions in speech

Cast List for Scene 2
The following is the cast list for my script:
Melody Delilah
Mother
Father

Scene Two ‘Home Time’

Hallway
At the Delilah household, Melody rushes upstairs to her bedroom and closes the door. Downstairs in the cluttered hallway, Mother stands beside the mirror, while Father sits on the bottom step.

Father: Is everything all right?

Mother: No. Everything is not all right. You’ll never believe what happened at the zoo---

Father (abruptly): You went to the zoo? She’s fourteen!

Mother: You know she’s wants to be a zoologist when she’s older. Never mind that. (pauses)
Melody told me that…one of the gorillas…talked to her---

Father I’m sorry but what? (long pause, then calling) Melody, Me---

Mother: Shh! Don’t call her.                                                            

Father Why not? What you just told me is totally ridiculous.

Mother: Because I’m scared.

Father comes over to Mother and embraces her. He tries to comfort her through hugs and kisses. Then he puts his hands to her face.

Father (reassuringly): Okay, okay. We will get through this.

Father kisses Mother on the lips.

Umm it may be just a phase she’s going through. You know what kids are like when get stressed at school.

Mother: Hopefully.

Father: Would you like me to speak to her?

Father stops embracing Mother.

Mother: I don’t think that will help.

Father: I’ll just see if she’s okay then.

Bedroom
Father climbs the stairs and then turns right to Melody’s room. He then knocks on the door and enters. Inside the room he instantly notices a drawing of a gorilla hanging upon the wall. He then looks down and sees Melody sitting on a chair sketching another picture of Brongo.

Father: Hey love. Did you have fun at the zoo?  

Father sits down on Melody’s bed. Melody turns around and looks at her Father.

Melody: Yes I did, thanks Dad.

Father stars at Melody’s gorilla picture on the wall.

Father: You must have done as you’ve drawn a picture of…a gorilla.
                                                                                                        
Melody: Oh that’s not any gorilla, that’s Brongo.

Father: I’m sorry love but but who's Brongo?

Melody: The gorilla who spoke to me at the zoo.

Melody pauses realising what she has just said does sounds a little strange.

Oh that’s not any gorilla, that’s Brongo,..Copyright © 2009- ScottForesman. All rights reserved.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Back in June 2014 I, along with a few others, became barristers for the day. No, we were not asked to stand in court and defend or prosecute a client against a criminal act. Now that would be scary. No, we were asked to act instead. We became extras for the day.

This opportunity was initially posted on the University of Hertfordshire website. It mentioned that a digital creative company known as Clearhead were going to create a promotional video for the School of Law. They needed students to volunteer for the day to take part in a film which showcased the ‘real experiences’, ‘real courses’ and ‘real futures’ which the university offers.

Clearhead needed to make the film seem as realistic as possible. Some of us were asked to dress smartly as if we were members of the court, while others like me also had wear barrister outfits. As you will see in the video, the barristers were split into two ‘teams’. The defendants were made up of Summer and I, while Shivam and another member of our group were on the prosecution side.

Of course when creating professional videos like this one, you do encounter some small problems. For me this happened to be the costumes. As you can see from the photograph below, the robes and the hair wig are very much real props. As you wore them all day they would often come out of place, and a member of the Clearhead team had to fix them in place again. Also, I had some problems with my acting. When it came to my close-up, it did take quite a few shots to get the impression that I was a winning barrister, but we got there in the end. These problems are all extremely forgivable as this was my first time acting, but hopefully not the last.

Call me Barrister Jake if you wish...
I have to commend Clearhead for doing such an excellent job. Each member of their team was extremely helpful, patient and hardworking in making such a professional video for the university. They also gave us a good insight into how to produce and edit such a challenging video as this one. Hopefully I will be able to channel some of their expertise in the future if I ever decide to create some videos of my own. You can see their other projects at http://weareclearhead.com/ They are definitely worth a watch.

I would thoroughly recommend ‘extra’ opportunities to you. They gave you a good insight into the world of producing and acting, while at the same time are extremely fun to take part in. You can watch the video titled ‘Mooting – real experiences in law’ below. See if you can spot me.

Copyright © 2014- by Clearhead and UNIofHERTFORDSHIRE. All rights reserved. 

Perhaps one day you will see me acting in a big blockbuster film…Or perhaps I should stick to writing. Thanks everyone and have a great weekend.