Jump Scare Opens National Short Script Competition

See your short script brought to life!

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By Jay Hunter Ever had an incredible idea for a short horror movie but never knew how to get it to the big screen? We’re looking for you!

Our team is made up of a number of individuals all of whom have studied the silver screen, from the theory of cinema to the business of film. 2017 marks the year that we move into producing shorts and we want to help the talented writers out there make their dream become reality.

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If you’re a UK resident simply email your script to contact@jumpscareuk.com by July 31st and if chosen our team will help assemble a team to create your short whilst we personally deal with the project from pre-production all the way through to post.

To enquire about details or how to apply if you reside outside the UK feel free to email us and good luck!

WIN! Private Screening for ‘The Great Wall’ Ahead of it’s General UK Release

A chance for you and your mates to see a private screening of Chinas most expensive movie of all time.

From the director of Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, and starring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe, The Great Wall follows European mercenaries searching for black powder. When they become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. The wall is humanity’s last line of defence, and an elite group of warriors will give everything in the war for it.

Thanks to ODEON Cinemas you can join us in the battle to protect ‘The Great Wall’. To win, simply head over to our Twitter or Instagram page and retweet/like the images featuring The Great Wall competition!

The private screening for you and your friends will take place February 16th at Odeon Switch Island cinema, Liverpool.

Monster Charity Project 2017 Uses Horror for Good

From the UK’s top artists from the prop-making and movie Special FX make-up industries.

Frankenstein’s Monster as you have never seen him before, completely customised in unique designs by some of the UK’s top artists from the prop-making and movie Special FX make-up industries.

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25 of the UK’s top prop-making, sculpting and SPFX make-up artists have been brought together to take part in a unique charity project. Each artist has been given a bespoke Frankenstein-inspired monster bust, created and supplied by SVFX University of Bolton Special & Visual Effects team, with the simple instruction: Customise him into any design you like.

Once customised, the artists then donate the finished bust back to the Monster Charity Project organisers who will auction them off via an online auction site. 100% of the proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to Make-A-Wish UK. All the artists and the back room project crew donate their time and skills totally free of charge.

Last year the same project team raised a staggering £28,000 for Make-A-Wish at Star Wars Celebration London with a similar project featuring an iconic Star Wars Helmet. 30 artists took part creating such custom designs as Deadpool, Judge Dredd , Batman and a Studio Ghibli inspired design.

The busts will be going on a UK tour during 2017 taking in such conventions as Horror Con UK,  finishing the year at Creaturegeddon where many of the featured artists can be seen sharing their work and also available for a chat. The Monster Charity Project is also in talks to have the display featured at the very popular Grimmfest event in Manchester.

People will be able to start viewing the completed busts from May 2017 via various social media outlets and the above mentioned conventions, the project busts then go to auction on October 31st 2017, ending November 5th 2017

For further information and updates on this amazing cause, be sure to follow the project on Facebook and Twitter

We Made it to the UK Blog Awards Finals!

A special thank you letter to every person who voted

By Jay Hunter  As you may know, earlier this month we found out we made it to the finals of the UK Blog Awards 2017 due to public vote. We know this is a little late, such is the demands of full time work, full time blogging and a podcast! But better late than never. Myself, Beth and Coxy all grew up in Liverpool, which is now slowly building itself up as a film mainstay in the UK. Just recently, we’ve had Marvel, Harry Potter and The Dark Knight trilogy all filming in our beloved city. We started Jump Scare in April 2015 in order to exercise all the thoughts we had on cinema. You’ll often find us writing quick thoughts on our phones, setting reminders for daily tasks or business ideas, a blog just allows us to do it on a grander scale.

As you could guess from the name, Jump Scare UK started out solely as a horror movie blog (of which we are huge champions of, both from a personal and artistic level), however due to the popularity of the blog, we have now moved into other genres of film.

To be a finalist is a very humbling experience, it’s another step in the right direction for us. Many people would have you believe that writing a blog is self-indulgent and facile. However I can tell you that fitting in a successful site that engages with the online community around your full time job is far from placid! It’s tough, but fulfilling and we’re extremely grateful to every single person who voted for Jump Scare UK.

Your friends,
Jay, Beth, Coxy.

Goodfellas, Cape Fear & The Thing all Amongst Special Screenings at Odeon Cinemas in Coming Months

The cinema chain will host many one off screenings in the upcoming months

By Jay Hunter – Odeon Cinemas have been entertaining the nation since 1930, growing into the #1 cinema brand in the UK, Odeon always strives to push new cinema technologies such as iSense, IMAX and D-Box. But they never shy away from a classic or two! This year, Odeon is set to show some great old time favourites, below are just a few confirmed so far as well as other special screenings.

 

Best Short Films of the Year (17th January)

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Showing in sixteen screens around the country will host the National Film and Television School short films this January. The ‘Best Short Films of the Year’ Competition will screen a selection of seven NFTS students’ short films, all of which have never been shown to the general public.

Including live action, documentary and animation films, the public will be asked to judge and decide their favourite!

 

Goodfellas (24th January)

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As part of the national Scorsese season, Odeon will be showing the gangster magnum opus, Goodfellas. Often hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. Starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Nero and Joe Pesci, Goodfellas is an unflinching, hard-hitting classic. “Whats funny?” 

 

Swan Lake (5th February)

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The most famous ballet of all time, Swan Lake will come to selected screens next month. The story of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova gives a mesmerising performance, propelled by technical prowess.

 

The Thing (6th February)

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John Carpenter’s sci-fi masterpiece, The Thing will be showing at Manchester Printwork’s on February 6th. A movie of unparalleled practical effects is moved along with a terrifying undercurrent of paranoia. Arguably Carpenters best movie, it ranked #17 for the Chicago Film Critics Association Scariest Film’s Ever Made.

 

Cape Fear (13th March)

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Showing in Manchester Printwork’s on March 13th – Scorsese’s agile and chic, Cape Fear is a splendidly mainstream white knuckle picture with an unnerving performance from Robert De Niro. A  ferocious thriller telling the story of an ex-con who sets out to destroy the lawyer who sent him to jail years before. Keep an eye out to spot cameo appearances by a stars of the original movie!

 

For more details and to book tickets, you can visit Odeon – here

BFI National Archive Opens It’s Doors to Archivists Around the World with Specialist Training

The BFI opens its doors with specialist training

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The BFI National Archive, one of the world’s largest and most significant archives of film and television and at the forefront of latest techniques in preservation and digitisation, announces a new development programme Archive Futures. This unique programme gives archive professionals from around the world the opportunity to learn from the BFI’s internationally renowned technical experts and curators. The course runs from 22-24 February, 2017 at BFI Southbank and the BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted. Specialist film restoration and archival R3storeStudios.com are kindly sponsoring this unique 3-day training programme.

The public’s appetite for archive content is clear from the huge critical acclaim for BFI National Archive restorations such as The Great White Silence and The Epic of Everest and the recently released Napoleon. The BFI’s Britain on Film project with 7,000 newly digitised titles released online has already been enjoyed by over 20 million people across the UK. However, in order to ensure the continuing preservation and accessibility of our film and television heritage we must develop new skills and technologies so that our rich screen history can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The scale of the BFI National Archive’s collections have demanded radical solutions and clear models of practice which can be copied and adapted for use in any collection, large or small by other archive collections.

Archive Futures is aimed at archive and collections specialists and managers who want to share their own experiences and learn from professionals at the cutting edge of archive practice as we enter a new digital age. The BFI has been at the forefront in creating systems to bring archive working practices up to date and has pioneered data capture and cataloguing systems which have been adopted across the world.

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This course is unique in offering a wide range of experience and expertise from the working practitioners at one of the world’s most significant and busiest archives. The course is led by key staff from the BFI National Archive: Charles Fairall, Head of Conservation and Robin Baker, Head Curator. They will be joined by Ron Martin, Head of Collections Management; Helen Edmunds, Collections Manager; Kieron Webb, Film Conservation Manager; and Stephen McConnachie, Head of Date Collections & Information.

The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and was a founding partner of the Federation International des Archives du Film (FIAF). Recent developments in creating new standards for cataloguing and creating digital records for film and associated collections have been adopted by many other archives and libraries.

Archive Futures was successfully piloted in early 2016 and previous participants were welcomed from China Film Archive, Film Archives of Estonia, Museum of Film Argentina, Museum of Cinema Portugal, National Library Board Singapore, National Film Centre Tokyo, National Film Centre of Ukraine, Riofilme Brazil and Thai Film Archive. 81% of delegates rated the course Excellent and 94% rated the course relevance to their work as Excellent.

Charles Fairall, Head of Conservation, BFI National Archive said:

“The BFI is passionate about sharing our knowledge with archivists around the world and Archive Futures will provide essential learning and knowledge about the latest techniques and innovations in professional film and television archiving for the 21st century. These skills are vital if we are to continue preserving, restoring and making our film and television history accessible for generations to come.”

Jo Griffin, Chief Operating Officer, R3store Studios said of the sponsorship:

“We are very proud of our sponsorship of this valuable and important training programme provided by the BFI. Our involvement and support aims to encourage global content owners and nations to understand and leverage their own important film archive assets. Developing and growing skills and networks through world-leading archives and restoration specialists has so many possible benefits that it seems timely and important that we lend our specialist techniques and expertise to extend skills- sharing to preserve the world’s cultural and historical archive heritage. We’re all really looking forward to meeting the delegates in February.”

The course is limited to 20 participants and will take place in English over 3 days from 9am – 5.30pm, followed by evening social activity. The cost is £1,950. For bookings and all other information: archivefutures@bfi.org.uk

Carrie Fisher: October 21st 1956 – December 27th 2016

Jump Scare UK pays it’s respects to the peoples princess

By Jay Hunter Beloved actress Carrie Fisher passed away this week at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack just days prior on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The beloved script doctor and starred in The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, but will be best remembered as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars series.

Fisher, who was both a mother and daughter had recently finished filming for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII movie. Her cast and friends including Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) naturally shared their touching tributes via the internet.

“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you” – Mark Hamill

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original.  Funny and emotionally fearless.  She lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.” – Harrison Ford

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives.  She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.” – George Lucas

“I have always stood in awe of Carrie.  Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time.  She didn’t need The Force.  She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship.  I will miss her very much.” – Steven Spielberg

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Perhaps Yoda said it best “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”

Rest in peace, Princess. May the force be with you