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Make a Movie on Your Phone and See it on the Big Screen

St Neots Film Festival is calling for submissions. And with the amazing technology in smartphones, and a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can shoot a great movie.

Film makers can be any age and do not need to be experts. Why not press record and have a go?

Once you have an idea, write out a script, assemble your cast and get filming. Practise makes perfect so don’t expect to film a BAFTA winner first time around. Experiment with your phone, try filming in different lights and test out the settings on your camera.

It’s possible to edit your film on your phone and there are many apps available. However, you may find it easier to edit on a PC using Windows Movie Maker or another programme. Again, there are plenty to choose from. Check out techradar’s article: Best free video editing software: 2016’s top movie making applications.

Submit your short film (up to 20 minutes) online here: http://stneotsfilmfestival.co.uk/ and you could see it on the big screen at St Neots Film Festival this Autumn.

Happy movie making.

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Favourite Books and Their Movie Adaptations

Insurgent is out in the cinemas and I can’t wait to see it. But will it live up to the fantastic book by Veronica Roth? I’m sure it will be good. I thought the first movie from the series, Divergent, was great.

As I’m getting excited to see it, I decided to re-post my blog on favourite books and their move adaptations. This post was first seen on the wonderful Sapphyria’s Book Reviews blog.

Favourite Books and Their Movie Adaptations

It’s amazing when you hear your favourite books are being made into films but can they always live up to your expectations? Here’s my verdict on some of my favourite books and their movie versions:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Plot summary: Naughty Max is sent to bed with no supper. He travels, in his wolf onesie, to a place where the wild things are and becomes king. But he misses his mum so travels back to find his supper is still warm.

Movie verdict: This was my favourite childhood book so when the movie came out in 2009 I couldn’t wait to see it. I really wanted to love this film. It was okay but a little bit dark and sad. The book is far better!

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Plot summary: Harry Potter discovers he is a famous wizard and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A dark wizard, Voldemort, tried to kill Harry when he was a baby but the curse backfired. Voldemort returns and tries to kill Harry resulting in many adventures and an epic battle of good versus evil.

Movie verdict: The movies really captured the magic and were so fantastically cast, not just with the youngsters who were shot to fame but with a whole array of great British icons, that the films had to be great.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Plot summary: Panem is separated into 12 districts. Each year, as retribution for a past rebellion, two young people from each district are randomly picked to participate in the deadly Hunger Games.

Movie verdict: I loved the books and couldn’t wait for the movies. The first three films have been great and I’m looking forward to the conclusion. However, for me, the books have the edge for the extra details.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Plot summary: Divergent is set in a world where society is divided into factions. As people enter adulthood they must choose and commit to one faction for life based on their own virtues. However, Tris’s aptitude tests reveal she is Divergent, meaning she will never fit into one faction, and she is and is warned to conceal her abilities.

Movie verdict: Another great movie but again I preferred the book for all the added details.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

Plot summary: The Grinch hates the Whos, who love Christmas. He tries to stop Christmas by stealing all their presents.

Movie verdict: One of those rare occasions when I prefer the movie over the book. I know most of the movie’s lines off by heart but Jim Carey’s delivery never fails to crack me up!