Monday, 20 February 2017

New Ebook: Moving Forward

So I haven't posted in a while but I'm currently in the process of publishing a new short book on Amazon called: Moving Forward.

For a while,  I left it but the other day I realised the potential this short story has to help people. I hope to publish a variety of short books which I hope to translate into short films at a later date. So I finished the story and I'm finally getting it published.

The story is about a young teenage boy named Harry who has been effected by bullying most of his school life. His feelings and emotions are being bottled up inside of him and it gets to the point where he can't take it no more. Around Lunchtime,  he goes missing from school and is last seen absconding into his car.

Will he hold on much Longer? Will he find a more positive solution?

You'll have to buy the book to find out.

The book hopes to enlighten you, open your eyes and raise of awareness of the effect can have on young people.

The book will cost:
£1.99 Ebook
£3.99 paperback
Free with Kindle Unlimited

Luckily though,  for the first, 4 days I'll be giving the book away absolutely free.

Moving Forward:  Opening up and not looking back

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06WGVMXD7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ObcRybG4GQMKB

Enjoy :)

Friday, 6 May 2016

A Different Approach to YouTube Videos

So after wanting to do this for so long, I've finally decided to up my game and start making YouTube videos for budding film makers out there.

On Tuesday, I posted an introduction video to the YouTube channel to give everyone an idea of who I actually was and what my aim was.

Since the introduction was done, I have already been out, filmed and edited the video for next Tuesday which will be based around how to come up with the initial idea for a new short film.


I will focus on providing 3 main tips:

1. Keep a pen and notebook handy
2. Look at your own life and experiences
3. Take a word or quote and give it meaning



I don't want to give too much away but I filmed a few sketches to mix things up a bit and film in different locations outside rather than just being in my room talking to the camera.

Check out the first introduction video here: https://youtu.be/T2Ve6EbNq9w

The next video will be up on Tuesday  10th May so please be sure check that out as soon as it is up.

I'm currently working on a variety of different projects and I'm planning around 15 short films between now and Sptember so keep an eye on the YouTube channel.

The Swing will be released on the 20th May so check that out. Before the film is released, I'll be teasing everyone with some sneak previews, behind the scenes footage and an interview with the main character.

Currently, the YouTube channel is growing and since the introduction video, the channel has gained around 70 subscribers which I'm really great fun and have been getting many views on the videos as well as likes.

So please keep sharing around because it's aim to help budding film makers out there. I believe my approach to YouTube videos is very unique and different to most YouTubers out there (which you will see in next weeks video)

If you haven't already, make sure you check out the website:
www.bellyflopproductions.com

Twitter: twitter.com/bellyfloppro

Facebook: facebook.com/bellyflopproductions

YouTube: youtube.com/officialbellyflop

Personal Twitter: twitter.com/cameronharris_5

Friday, 29 April 2016

What is The Swing?

When I was younger and at school, when I didn't have many people I felt I could turn to, everyday my confidence was being stripped away from me. Always quiet in school because I was too afraid to speak, so lived in silence, standing in the shadows allowing people to walk all over me.
Everyday, I would feel this deep emotional pain inside of me and then when I went to school, there were always people more than happy to deepen that pain I was feeling. Always, these feelings and emotions would stay bottled up inside of me, becoming so angry with everyone and the world around me.


The Swing was a temporary solution to a long term problem. It Provided me with protection, safety and comfort. It was also a way of escaping from reality.

By sitting on The Swing, I was escaping from the Maze of confusion in my mind and away from my thoughts and feelings. To sit on The Swing and escape from reality was my way of dealing with my emotions and the pain I was experiencing.

My happy place was on The Swing, people could not hurt me. At a time when I was so confused, felt so unsafe and uncomfortable, I was able to break free of the torment and feel happy.

The Shot List is complete, two minor actors have been confirmed, just looking to secure our main character and we will be good to go. The film will be shot across 7 locations around Bedford.

I hope to be able to get this film out to as many people as possible so to be able to do that, I have set up a crowdfunding page to get funding so I can market this film to a larger audience.

So please if you can visit: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-swing/

There are small perks for the following amounts: £5/£10/£20

Will keep you updated on the project through this blog and throughout the social media pages:


The Swing Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/theswingofficial

Bellyflop Productions pages:

Twitter: twitter.com/bellyfloppro
Facebook: facebook.com/bellyflopproductions
YouTube: youtube.com/officialbellyflop





Thursday, 11 February 2016

I'm back

Well first of all, let me say sorry for not posting in such a long time. From now on, I'll be posting at least once a week to keep everyone updated on what's been happening.

So recently what has been happening?

Well there has been a lot going on recently so let me break it down for you:

Writing
As you may or may not know, I love to write, still remember writing a 300 page story about a spider when only about 5 years old. That just shows how long I have enjoyed writing for and why my mind is very a complicated little thing, its always thinking of new ideas, just never shuts down.

Over the past I would say 4-5 years, my passion for writing has crossed over into writing for TV and film. Since then, I haven't been writing as much fictional stories, focusing more on writing short scripts rather than writing stories. At first, it was quite difficult moving from creative writing to a very restrictive script where you can't go into too much detail.

Recently though, I have been edging to go back to creative writing again, Don't get me wrong, I do love to write short scripts for ideas that I am working on to be made into films. However, it can be very restrictive because you have to think of the practicalities of actually of making a film out of it with no budget most of the time. When writing fictional stories that don't have to be made into films, then you have much more freedom to write whatever you like and can go into much greater detail.

That is what I miss so I have decided that I am going to get back to work on a book that I started writing two years ago and have started planning out the rest of the chapters. The book is based on many personal experiences but with many fictional elements to it. The plan is to complete the book by the end of the year.

To help me with this, I have committed to writing every single day. By that, I don't mean write specifically for the book every day but just write about everything that comes into my head, how I'm feeling, what I have been doing. This way, it can help develop my imagination and provide some material for the book.

"The Swing Project"

Currently on the website and across our Facebook page, we have been talking about "The Swing Project". Well originally, I wanted to create a collage on a blank canvas of different pictures but I didn't just want any random pictures, I wanted it to mean something to me. I thought about it and remembered what "The Swing" meant to me a few years ago when I was alone and had no one talk to so I thought I would do a photography project based around that idea of seeing "The Swing" from different perspectives.

I am not going to tell you too much about "The Swing" because I don't want to give anything away. So throughout the next two months, every week, I will be posting a 1-2 minute film on our YouTube channel based around the hidden meaning of "The Swing". Each weeks clip will develop part of the story so you'll need to watch every one to understand and uncover the hidden meanings of "The Swing".


Experimentation with colour grading and sound design
Recently, I have been learning about the importance of colour and sound design within a film. Since learning how to colour grade and edit sound properly, I have realised just how much the sound and colour in a film can change the entire mood and atmosphere.

I was experimenting with some old hand held shaky footage from a day out with my family in Brighton. I knew that I wouldn't be able to make it look nice so I decided to go down the route of making something that was meant to look bad. So I set myself a challenge, just using the old footage, put together a short film. I put a camcorder interface overlay on the footage, made it all black and white and graded it, used Adobe Audition to design all the sound for it and it turned out alright. The colour and sound really made a massive difference, it helped me to turn simply home video style footage into a short horror film.



Also Recently, I was out in Northampton with my new camera, it was evening time and the lights were on so came up with the idea to film different objects and play around with the focusing. I got some footage off a tree, moving across to the tree branch, with the branch in focus and background blurred. Now I have started using that as my intro which I completed with sound and text.




My Advice to any budding film maker out there who is struggling to come up with ideas, just go out and experiment. The ideas will come to you while your capturing beautiful shots. Any idea you have, just go for it, there is no point sitting around waiting for things to happen, you have to make them happen.

That's all I have to tell you today but make sure to keep up to date with "The Swing Project" and look out for a new "Cyber Stalker" over the coming weeks as it has now been confirmed that it will be re filmed for a better look with the new equipment we now have.

Friday, 7 August 2015

NCS Summer

Over the past few weeks, I have been working as a Team Assistant on the National Citizen Service. It has been very exciting and also very demanding.

For those who don't know what the National Citizen Service is, it is a government funded programme to help young people build skills for work and life. If you've read my previous posts, you'll already know that I have done the programme myself and worked with UFA on NCS before.

For the first week, we travelled to PGL liddington, Swindon. It was a very long and tiring week. However, I did enjoy every single day of it because I seen my team grow, face their face, encourage and support each other (most of them didn't know each other).

I signed up to the programme because I know from doing the programme myself and how much it has helped me develop and grow as a person. They probably don't even realise the impact it has had yet but when they all graduate and reflect back on the programme, they will see and be amazed at how much they have all achieved.

The second week was one of my favourite weeks because it was where the staff really step in and lead and inspire the young people. It is the phase where the teams starts to bond even more, where they start being independent and having greater responsibility.

It has also been amazing journey for me because I have faced some challenges along the way. Two years ago, I would of never pictured myself leading and delivering a session to around 20-30 young people but that's exactly what I did. To see how far I have come from being on the programme myself, then volunteer twice and now as a Team Assistant.

Then the third week is where it all comes together. My team all ready had a solid idea of what they wanted to do for their social action project so for me and my team leader, it was about ensuring they had all the details, venues and everything in place for their project. I am so proud of my team, they have come so far in the last 3 weeks. When they planned their project, everyone was included and everyone had a role in the team, everything knew what they were doing and when pitching their project, they presented so clearly and everyone contributed, it was a real team effort.

Young people are always portrayed negatively in the media, its really sad that negative news always overshadows positive news. Young people can make a difference and its about time they got some positive media coverage!

Looking forward to working on NCS again soon.

Love you all.

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Learning to be Confident

Sorry for not posting in almost a year.
 
A couple of years ago, I would have said it would of been impossible for me to ever be a confident person.Looking back then, I was very shy, quiet, didn't really want to talk to anyone, was too afraid to speak in fear of being laughed at or teased.I never wanted to say this but I want to be honest; something was holding me back from being a confident person. Throughout my school life, I was teased and bullied every day, it is why I was the shy quiet boy who was afraid to speak. It took a long time before I started building up my confidence again.
 
I remember days even in upper school, where I could sit around a group of people and not say a single word because I didn't know what to say. It wasn't until college when everything started to change. I started college and everyone was very welcoming, always friendly and never excluded me. At first, I didn't know how to handle it because I just wasn't used to it, it was a strange feeling, not sure whether it was real or not.
 
Then in October of that year, I took part in the National Citizen Service and put into a team of people my age I didn't know. That was very challenging for me but through the activities we done, I really seemed to start connecting with people and slowly built up some confidence in myself.
I must admit, after doing the programme, although I had came out of my shell alot, the journey hadn't come to an end. There was still a long way to go.
 
Going back to college, team work was essential so using the skills I had learnt taking part in NCS, I worked effectively with a team. For all of our projects, we had to work in teams of up to 6 people most of the time, more often than not I had to take the lead and organise everything for the production. For many of the productions we worked on, I took on the producer role because no one else was confident in taking the lead role; organising and planning the production. For one of the films we made; Survival, we had to pitch our idea to a panel, this on its own helped me with my confidence.
 
It took me a long time to build up my confidence again. Anyone who works with me knows that I can still be quiet at work. However, the important thing is that when I'm doing what I love to do, what I enjoy, what I am really passionate about, my confidence shines through.
 
Recently, I have been working with the National Citizen Service (NCS) as a Team Assistant. During this time, my leadership skills have improved dramatically and this is because I have been provided with so many opportunities to lead sessions and activities. When at the University Campus, I lead my own skills session on marketing all day to groups of Young People. I now feel I have to the confidence to be a successful leader.
 
What I am saying here is that everyone has confidence, you just got to find out what you love and let your passion and enthusiasm shine through.
 
Love you all.
 
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Video editing, scriptwriting and my ncs journey video

Hi all, this is unusual for me but yes this is the second post of the week. I will be posting a lot more often now I have a bit of free time, I will make time.

Over the past week, I have been thinking a lot about my future and I've discovered some roles that I now feel confident I could go into, I just need some more experience. When I first started video editing when starting my college course, I found it a very frustrating and tedious task but now having got the grasp of editing, I now feel confident with my editing ability and feel I have also learnt to be much more patient.

So I have spent some time networking and reaching to organisations and individuals to see if they needed any help editing their videos.

However, most people edit their own videos so don't require any help which lead me to thinking that maybe I should be producing my own youtube content and should probably actually follow up my idea of becoming a youtuber as I would be editing videos weekly so I can master my editing skills.

Currently trying to think of the topics I am most passionate about so that I can be confident about what I'm talking about. 
But my next video that I will be doing will be me talking about my NCS Journey from start to finish and how it has helped me grow as a person, going from once a shy little boy inside a shell to a more confident person full of life and love.

NCS has taught me many key skills and feel that by creating a video about my journey with NCS will help others make the right decision take part in NCS because by leaving it too late they could miss out. not 100% as to when I will be posting that video but will keep you posted.

 if you've been reading this blog then you'll know that I've been working on a short film 'the Wrong Path'. I have an update for you, the project is now back on its feet and will be spending most of next week sorting everything out from costumes to locations to actors. Determined to have it up on my YouTube channel by the end of the year, passion motivates me to succeed.

As always, will keep you posted.