Disney Plus: Top 3 New Things to Watch

Hello! Hope everyone is staying well in this second lockdown and you’re not getting too bored, or ran out of shows to watch yet. I have to say, the last couple weeks have been very busy because of my new project Physique and a few other film projects I am working on, but that is not to say I don’t love my down time to catch up on a few Disney Plus.

So, if you are struggling to find something new to watch, let me share a few that I’ve been binging lately in my free time.

Disney Plus Recent Favourites Top 3

  • The Right Stuff – I got through this series SOOO fast and I am ready for more! It is a scripted drama surrounding the events of the space race and getting the first man up before the Soviet Union did. I use to live in Houston, TX, where the famous NASA is stationed, and have actually been there to tour around for a day. I have always been fascinated with space and have a love for TV and Films that surround the topic. If this is something you are interested in, I highly recommend starting. Although some events and situations are heightened for dramatic viewing, it may spark an interest to learn more about the subject and learn something you may have not known before!
  • Inside Pixar – Okay, I just recently started watching this one and I really like it. The series, The Making of Frozen 2 (also on Disney Plus), pulled me into another world of what really goes on behind the scenes to make these beautifully animated film we all love so much come to life, that has made me want to see more of that content. Lately, I have found that I have a hunger for knowledge and knowing how things get done – but I also think that is because I am becoming more and more emerged into the industry myself and am very interested.
  • Becoming – Have you ever wondered how your favourite celebrity got their start or what their journey was? This is a fascinating series about just that! With each episode highlighting someone different, you will see that no ones journey is the same and we all have that special moment where we come into the spotlight. As an actress myself, it can feel that everyone is booking this and that, so it is nice to see that every has their own way to whatever their success may be.

There you have it – my top 3 recent watches. What are yours? I’d like to know, so be sure to comment below.

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Lockdown 2.0 What To Do

Hello, I hope you are having a lovely Saturday!

So, second lockdown… I’ll be honest when I heard about it I was not the most thrilled in regards to not being able to see anyone and things getting shut down again, but I am here to make the best of a not so great situation.

How it Started

If you have not been working as a key worker or have been laid off (like me) most of the year will have felt the same, and you’re starting to stare at blank walls wondering “when will my life begin (again)”, like Rapunzel. The bright side is, maybe you have finally had time to read that book you have always wanted to, spent time with the kids at home, had more play time with the pup, maybe even some DIY around the house. BUT what happens when you have done all that and are stuck with what to do next?

That was me last week. I felt I had done everything I could to stay occupied and I was getting tired of finding things to do, I even have struggled with what new series to pick up after watching all mine (any suggestions, drop below). The majority of lockdown I have searched almost every job sight to find work and have been in and out of hope finding the right one for me. It can be very difficult, especially for creatives, because my inspiration draws from everywhere and when I have been mainly stuck in my room isolated by myself 90% of the year, it can be difficult to generate new ideas or inspiration.

How It’s Going

However, things have started to look up. Thankfully, the film industry has been able to continue on and I will now be producing two other projects along side my short film, that is currently crowdfunding (be sure to check it out in my last post if you are wanting to support). All these projects have given me something to occupy myself with, and I look forward to being a part of. I am hoping for a more consistent job so that I can continue to stay in London, but for right now these opportunities allow me to do what I love and gain more experience. My advice to you is to join Facebook groups, stay connected and maybe dabble with creating your own work and projects to keep you busy.

If you are struggling, rest assured that you are not alone. Remember, take time for yourself and do not be too hard on yourself. This is a strange time for everyone and if you don’t have any work coming in or have something to keep you busy, here are a few things you could start doing in a fun BINGO way (:

What should I do?

Hope this helps!

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Physique : 2 Weeks Left!

Welcome back to another Feature Friday. I am yet again going to sponsor my current film because we only have 2 weeks left to get this funded and we need your help!

Are you passionate about mental health and spreading awareness? Then this film is for you. Physique is about supporting mental health and the struggles young dancers have with body image and eating disorders. You can now check Physique out on IMDb. 

What you need to know

My recent credit was an associate producer on The Nightriders and we exceeded our crowdfunding goal. I have a short film in Aesthetica Film Festival 2020 and am an Award-Winning Dancer

Also, on my project is Clair Gleave who is an Award-Winning TV and Film actress, dancer and choreographer. Check out her Youtube video for more: https://www.youtube.com/user/Clairabellx

Adam, our producer, has IMDb credits from high-budget films and currently worked on Sikh Soldier. 

What inspired me to create this project was my own personal struggles with this matter, and also the urge to speak up.  Hopefully, it will inspire many other young dancers that they are more than their physique.

We have already generated interest from film festivals and production companies that wish to help us when we get it made, so if you are willing to help, any support you are able to give us is greatly appreciated. 

Donations

We cannot do this without your help. Your donation is put towards providing jobs to crew + cast, transportation, choreography and locations to film at. But remember, you get perks in return and will have the opportunity to join in on the journey.

Why your Donation matters

Perks:

Shoutout on Social Media

Feed a member of crew

Digital Download

Signed poster

Physique Exclusive Member

Associate or Executive Producer

If you are a company or organisation that would like to sponsor or donate a larger contribution you will have the opportunity to put your company logo in the credits , which may be beneficial when we make our film festival circuit all over the world for the 2021 circuit.

So, if you have just 5 minutes please read through our crowdfund page and consider donating. Alternatively, if you would like to donate via Paypal you can do so here. Time is limited, so don’t miss out on supporting today (:

Indiegogo Page –

https://igg.me/at/physiquefilm/x/23090417#/

Physique Short Film Donations

All donations will go towards making the short film Perk with this donation : Digital Download

25.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk Associated with this donation : Digital Download + Tshirt

50.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Associated with this donation : Signer poster, digital download, signed script

100.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk associated with this donation : Join the team and be apart of the journey every step of the way with perks such as a one of the kind member t-shirt, behind the scenes footage, signed copy of the script, a shoutout on media, first one to hear updates and a digital download when the film has made its film festival run.

175.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Assiciated with this perk – Executive Producer

2000.00 £

Physique : Why You Matter

Are you passionate about mental health and spreading awareness? Then this film is for you. Physique is about supporting mental health and the struggles young dancers have with body image and eating disorders.

Donations

We cannot do this without your help. Your donation is put towards providing jobs to crew + cast, transportation, choreography and locations to film at. But remember, you get perks in return and will have the opportunity to join in on the journey.

Perks:

Shoutout on Social Media

Feed a member of crew

Digital Download

Signed poster

Physique Exclusive Member

Associate or Executive Producer

If you are a company or organisation that would like to sponsor or donate a larger contribution you will have the opportunity to put your company logo in the credits , which may be beneficial when we make our film festival circuit all over the world.

We have an amazing crew and a producer who has credits recognisable on IMDB. So, if you have just 5 minutes please read through our crowdfund page and consider donating. Alternatively, if you would like to donate via Paypal you can do so here.

Indiegogo Page –

https://igg.me/at/physiquefilm/x/23090417#/

Physique Short Film Donations

All donations will go towards making the short film Perk with this donation : Digital Download

25.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk Associated with this donation : Digital Download + Tshirt

50.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Associated with this donation : Signer poster, digital download, signed script

100.00 £

Physique Short Film

Perk associated with this donation : Join the team and be apart of the journey every step of the way with perks such as a one of the kind member t-shirt, behind the scenes footage, signed copy of the script, a shoutout on media, first one to hear updates and a digital download when the film has made its film festival run.

175.00 £

Physique Short film

Perk Assiciated with this perk – Executive Producer

2000.00 £

Featured Friday : Elliot Grove

Welcome back to Featured Friday! I had a very exciting week filming for the Nightriders, some of you may be familiar with from a previous Featured Friday post. I just want to give a special thanks to all that helped out and made that wonderful project happen, I can’t wait to see it progress.

This week I am very excited to introduce Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival and BIFA, as this weeks feature. I feel very honoured to have had the pleasure to talk to him and get to share our interview here. As you may know, Raindance Film Festival will be mainly online this year but don’t miss out on streaming some amazing films from 28 Oct. – 7 Nov. and some other events going on worth checking out.

Interview with Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove

What gravitated you towards the film industry, and how did you get your start? 
I am a farm boy from southern Ontario, Canada. I became fascinated by movies when my stick Protestant Amish parents told me that the devil lived in the movie theatre. One day (I was 16) I snuck into the Devil’s house in the small village near where we lived. One only had to pay 99 cent back in those days.I had no idea what a movie was. I was just told never to go to the movie theatre. I paid my money and walked into a large room – a bit like church. Chairs where lined up, facing the front. The curtains opened and the first face of the devil I saw was Lassie Comes Home. I cried like a baby and at the end I rushed up to the screen to see if I could feel the bark or the fur and it was all gone in a twinkling of the eye and I was totally hooked.
I ended up in art school in Toronto where my sculpture teacher got me a short stint with Henry Moore. I am a qualified technician in cine Perdue – list wax bronze casting – the ancient art of the Greeks. After that I got a BBC job s a stage hand and worked on many iconic British TV shows like Monty Python and Dr Who. I then moved back to Toronto in the late 70’s and worked for 9 yers as a scenic artist on many truly horrible movies – ones with words like ’Slime’ Gore” or ‘Massacre’ in the title.
I moved back to London and at a moment of a total low started the festival.

What inspired you to create Raindance Film Festival? 
It was really a thought experiment – can you make a movie with no money? No training? No real film experience? And people I knew like Edgar Wright, like Chris Nolan were all making films for next to nothing, with no training or NY experience. The festival was starts to celebrate their work, and very nearly filed due to the fact that Raindance was considered to be a disruptor by the establishment – and in many way still is.

Besides Covid, what has been your biggest challenges over the years to bring Raindance to what it is today?
I am often asked this question – and the answer is always the same ‘How do you create public awareness and appetite for the independent films we have at Raidance?’ No audience, no box office, no sponsorship and no money. We would have failed years ago hd it not been for the generosity of our patrons, or members, our filmmaker, and most importantly our audience.

What makes a good short film?  Take me to  world I already know and show me something new that makes me a better person, or, take me to a world I do not know and teach me something that makes me a better person.

What do you believe to be the pros and cons of holding the festival this year primarily online? 
Creating a new distribution model in the COVID era is an exciting creative opportunity where artistry, innovation and commerces compete for my attention 24/7

Do you have any advice for aspiring filmmakers, especially while trying to navigate the current climate of the industry? 
Its a terrific time to be breaking into the industry because all the big players have been stopped stone cold. And everyone is screaming for content. The opportunity is really quite simple: Make a film/web series/podcast/VR Immersive piece that is so bold fresh and original that no one else has thought of before, and thy will send the limos!

Thank you so much Elliot for joining me on Double-j-creative. To learn more about Raindance visit: https://www.raindance.org/festival/ for more information and the line up for this years festival!

Also, as some of you may know I recently launched a short film project supporting mental health the struggles young dancers face with body image and eating disorders. If you are interested to learn more or would like to support us and the film please visit our funding page :

https://igg.me/at/physiquefilm/x/23090417#/

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Featured Friday : Physique Short Film

Welcome to Featured Friday!

I am excited to announce a new short film I am currently producing! I have got a great crew coming together and cannot wait to see where it takes us all.

A little bit about Physique

Our choreographer, Clair Gleave, is a beautifully talented soul. Please check out her Youtube Channel and Choreography “Body Love”, which alines perfectly with this project.

The crowdfund for this project will be launching next week, but please visit the pre-launch page to sign up for new updates and a chance to support the project!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/physique/coming_soon/x/23090417

That is all for today, lovelies! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I look forward to all those following the journey of Phsyique.

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Disney : Hidden Secrets at WDW

Cinderella Castle WDW

Welcome to Disney creative Monday’s! First off I would like to just say how much I am thinking of all those 28,000 people who have recently lost their jobs at the parks. It is so sad to hear, and I am wishing everyone well and hope one day they will have their chance to return to the magic. I know how important how each and everyone’s job at the park pays a special role in creating a memorable experience at Disney. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

For todays post, I thought I would like to share some of the clever Disney secrets hidden throughout the park you can keep your eye out for next time. The Imagineers at Disney are creative and love to leave a little something behind to either make their mark or giving it that detailed touch of magic. Here are a few I’ll point out for you:

Disney Hidden Secrets

  • Cinderella’s Castle, secret suite – I will admit, I have long wanted to stay here! Unfortunately it is only open to sweepstake winners and very special guests. It is beautifully decorated inside, and even has a jacuzzi. Fun Fact : It was originally made for Walt’s family to stay in, but he passed away before WDW was finished.
  • Secret Tunnels underneath Disney – Ever wonder how cast members and characters get from one place to another without being seen? Secret tunnels are located below the park to allow cast members to easily move throughout the parks. There are dressing rooms, cafeterias, prop storage and things guests would never think of seeing. The underground tunnels were originally thought of so that guests were undisturbed throughout their experience.
  • Forced Perspective – I talked about this in one of my earlier posts about Main Street U.S.A, but Disney uses this technique to make some buildings look bigger than they actually are. One example is Cinderella Castle. Ever notice how the bricks become increasingly smaller as you climb to the top?
  • Old-fashioned Telephone Secret Chat – At the end of Main Street their is a Hat Shop with a telephone. Next time you are there, pick it up and you may heat a conversation going on.
  • Hidden Mickey’s – Throughout the park there are MANY hidden Mickey’s. How many can you find?
  • EPCOT a Real Working Community – Did you know that Walt was designing EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) to be an actual community for people to live in and work on projects to help the future? I wouldn’t have mind living there.

These are just a few to the MANY magical secrets at Disney. My sister gave me a book for my birthday one year called, ‘The Hidden Magic of Disney World‘. If you would like to read more, and prepare to point out some hidden secrets next time you are there, I highly recommend.

Hidden Magic of WDW – Susan Veness

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That is all for now, have a great week (:

Sources : Disney

Must-Have Books : Film Industry

Hello, and welcome back to Double-j-creative! Today I will be doing another “must-have books”, you can find my last one on helpful books for actors in a previous post.

So, if you don’t know, I went to university to study film and got to do a lot of practical work for film and tv production. Although I love being an actress, and hope to continue to pursue it when the right role comes along, I am very interested in becoming a production assistant. It has come to my attention that this is where my skillsets are strongest out of all the roles in production, and I am very passionate about pursuing it.

Over lockdown, and even now, has posed a significant challenge to do anything in the film industry. There are some productions starting up, but for those still trying to get their foot in the door it is a little harder to get work. However, I have been determined not to do nothing. I am one of those people that has to have something to do and be proactive about my career. It is a blessing and a curse because as times such as now, I am feeling that more and more I don’t know what more to do with myself. So if you are in the industry and have ways you have been staying proactive comment below, I would love to hear from you!

More to the point, one thing that has kept me occupied is reading! Lots and lots of it! There are so many great books out there if you are wanting to learn more about the industry and get some good tips. Here are some of the ones I’ve been reading and love:

Must-have Book List :

Producer to Producer – Thinking of becoming a producer one day, or are making your own films? This is a great manual to get you going! From pre-production, budgeting & finance and distribution – this book has got it all! You can even get free downloadable templates.

Action! – Now, there is an actress and a crew one of these books so make sure you get the right one. Or if you are like me, get both! This is a very helpful guide to navigating you career into the film industry. A breakdown of each role, CV tips, looking for jobs and what to expect when you are on set.

Making Your Own Movie – I refer to this quite a lot and could be very useful to aspiring filmmakers, especially during COVID. Take 39 steps to creating your first film, which could be completely on your phone! Also, there are some helpful templates in the back of the book to refer to, as well as film suggestions.

Poldark : The Complete Scripts : Recently I have been rewatching the Poldark series, and I am a sucker for period dramas. I was so excited when I saw they had a book with the complete scripts so that I could follow along as I watch the series to see the translation from script to screen. If Poldark isn’t your thing, I still highly recommending reading scripts. Whether that is from online download (check out Shore Scripts) or finding books like this one.

These are just a few I have, but I am sure there are plenty more!! I am constantly on the look our for more helpful books to add to my collection so if you have a suggestion drop it in the comments.

UPDATE

A little life update, I have been pretty busy lately and will soon be filming this month on a teaser. It’s all very exciting and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead. With that said, I will now be posting every other week. I hope you continue to follow my blog and let me know if there are things you want more or less of. Thank you(:

Stay safe, stay well!

Featured! Q&A with TV/Film Hair and Make-up artist Jenny Watson

Welcome to Featured Friday!

Today I am happy to share with you an interview I had with Jenny Watson, TV/Film hair and make-up artist. A little bit of a back story, in 2019 I was fortunate enough to get a small featured role on Peaky Blinders and is where I met the lovely Jenny who became my hair and make-up artist! It was an amazing two days and not only did she do a lovely job getting me ready to look the part, but she was so kind and really helped me out on set. So glad I had the chance to meet her and can still keep in touch today.

So, if you are interested in becoming a hair and make-up artist, or simply just interested in her career, keep reading for her exclusive interview!

(I was suppose to look like I had slept on my make-up all night after sleeping in a pub ahah)

Q&A with Jenny Watson

What inspired you to become a hair & make-up artist?

I’ve always been interested in hair and makeup but I chose to do my a levels instead, which led me to uni to do psychology and eventually a career in child care. I was room leader of a preschool for 5 years and I just thought to myself is this what I want to do forever? I always wanted to be more involved in hair and makeup so I did a few friends weddings to see how I felt and I realised what I really wanted to do and had done for a while was TV and film. I thought why not just go for it, so I left my job and researched courses for media hair and makeup and here I am. 

How long have you been a hair & make-up artist, and how did you get your start?

I started my course at The Iver Academy in 2016 and finished in July that year, so have been out in the industry for 4 years now. Iver is an incredible school, I learnt so much from them and still do. They have an agency for current students and graduates depending on the level of the job, so you can gain experience whilst on the course. My first opportunity on a major show was given to me by one of my tutors, Jane, as they are all currently working in the industry. She took me on to Harlots as work experience for the day and that turned into a paid trainee job in the crowd room for the duration of the series. My second job was also through my Iver tutors and through these jobs you make more and more contacts and get more jobs. 

What do you find your biggest challenge has been in your career?

Honestly my biggest challenge is now with Covid 19. I’ve been really lucky that I got off to such a good start straight out of Iver and although there has been quiet periods the work has always picked up. However these past 4 months have been the hardest by far with no work out there and even though some things are picking up there is not much out there at the moment. 

What is your favourite time period to recreate?

I absolutely love doing period work. I’m not sure I can pick a favourite. If I had to I would say the 20s and 30s as both hair and makeup for women was fabulous as was the hair and facial hair for the men. It was a very groomed and expressive period, I love it. I do love all the 18th century upper class hairdos as well with all the intricate up-dos. Although, I’m glad this isn’t the fashion now as I don’t think I’d have the time in the morning to do that to my hair! 

You worked on Peaky Blinders, what was your favourite thing about being on that production? And how does it feel to have worked on such a big production?

I loved everything about Peaky. It was my dream job!! I remember watching it before I trained thinking I would give anything to work on the show, and it happened! I love the whole cast, crew, the looks, watching these fantastic actors do their job but I think the best bit for me was the team! I love each and every one of them they are all super talented and amazing people and learning from Loz (Schiavo, the designer) is just a dream! She’s incredible and has taught me so much! We were set to reprise the team again but got shut down due to Corona, and I’m not sure if I can rejoin when they start up as I may be on maternity leave which is such a shame!! But having worked with the team on that show is something I will always treasure! 

How do you find jumping from one project to the next?

Jumping onto different projects can be hard but also refreshing. It’s always sad to leave a team but each new job means new experiences and new ways to be creative, whether it’s a different period or main team to crowd it’s a great chance to learn new skills and meet new people. 

What advice do you have for aspiring hair & make-up artists?

My advice for aspiring makeup artists is really research the course before you do it. Iver Academy and the tutors their are the reason I am here in my job today, so always make sure that the course is right for you while you’re on it, and once you have graduated. Also, nowadays it’s about having both hair and makeup skills, so make sure you invest time in learning both. Be prepared to work hard, realise you will never stop learning and persevere and you can get where you want to be!

And there you have it!

A big shout out to Jenny for being the first featured post on Double-J-Creative. You can find her on Instagram @jennywatson887 and follow what exciting productions she’ll be working on next. Hopefully work with you again one day(:

If you are interested in becoming featured be sure to submit!

I look forward to seeing your creative talent x

Disney Animation Timeline (1950-1980s)

Hello! Welcome back to another Disney animation timeline. Today I pick up where my last post ended, so if you have not yet read that one I will link it HERE.

Although I only highlight the animated release dates, there were many other exciting projects the Walt Disney company had going on. This included live-action film productions, opening Disney Land in California (opened on July 15, 1955) and the opening Disney World in Florida (Oct. 1 1977). Of course there was also the creation of Disney Enterprises, Disney contracts with ABC television (The Mickey Mouse Club was born) and land that Walt purchased to start planning EPCOT. Unfortunately, he never got to see it realised, but I’m sure he would be proud of what it has become.

Animated Release timeline.

  • 1951 – Alice and Wonderland released.

  • 1953 – Peter Pan released.

  • 1955 – Lady and the Tramp is released as the first animated feature released in wide- scope cinema technology.

  • 1959 – Sleeping Beauty released.

  • 1961 – 101 Dalmatians released.

  • 1963 – Sword in the Stone released.

  • 1966 – Walt Disney dies on December 15.

  • 1967 – Jungle Book released.

  • 1970 – The Aristocats

  • 1973 – Robin Hood Released.

  • 1977 – The Rescuers and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh released.

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