Posts Tagged ‘Buzz Films’

The Super Massive Project

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Hold on to your hats, Buzz Films presents a brand new entertanment project that aims to build on some recent web based success. Robin Schmidt & Simon Wan have been developing a new format, featuring a raver, a ninja and a little bit of Diana Vickers, and are now looking to tap into the ‘people power’ of crowdsourcing to help grow the project.
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How can you get involved? Well for starters please check out the fundraising page here – We’ve set the donation amount at only $10 (About £6) and hope to build an army of closet ravers to not only help financially, but spread the news, share the links, and become part of the start of the crazy journey. Not only that, but you’ll also be donating to charity by just clicking the links. Check out more details on this here, and get involved!

You know you want to.

The 10th Lego Master – A Crowdsourced Caper

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

With the world now looking at niche groups as a potential source of revenue, and as a way to generate audiences at the start of a production, Buzz Films have decided to launch our own crowdsourced caper.

There are only 9 Lego professionals around the world… until now. This is a documentary film that will take you on a journey to explore the art of Lego, through the personal mission of ‘Brit Brick Builder’ Duncan Titmarsh to become…


We’ve structured a number of different donation levels to encourage your generosity, and would be extremely grateful to have you on board our journey with us. We aim to create a truly inclusive, crowdsourced adventure that celebrates people power, and offer you rewards and incentives along the way to get involved. If you could spare us anything at all, we’d be chuffed to bits.

Links to the project, a trailer, and a series of unfolding stories can all be seen here at

Homeless World Cup for Crossmedia development

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Jan is taking ‘The Road to Paris’ to the Pixel Lab – a development workshop in July, plus distance learning over the summer, to then be pitched at Power to the Pixel’s London Forum later this year. Following recent successes with our Homeless World Cup project in 2009, we’re developing an exciting web-based interface, that will both highlight the Homeless World Cup’s global presence and engage new audiences to their work, through the lead up to the 2011 event in Paris.


The lab is aimed at European media professionals with a strong track record in their sector, and has a particular focus on the creation, finance and distribution of cross-media properties to create sustainable European media businesses.

The Pixel Lab will enable producers and other media professionals to tap into the business knowledge-base of the film, advertising, online, broadcast, gaming and mobile industries.

Robin shortlisted for Cannes competition

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Robin’s on a roll… fresh from the recent successes in the 14 Islands Film Challenge, he’s now been shortlisted for the prestigious Framepool Fireflies Challenge from a pool of quality submissions from around the world.
Robin will be on La Plage Courage beach in Cannes next week when they announce the winner.
The Full version of Robin’s entry MONUMENT can be viewed here


+ Fabrice Agro (FRANCE)

+ Marcus Baier, Chad Ochs – Team Hamburg (GERMANY)

+ Mike Clear, Rob Hughes, Ben Harrex (UK)

+ Bianca Döring (GERMANY)

+ Daisuke Izumi (JAPAN)

+ Elwin Mok (INDONESIA)

+ Kazuhiro Morikiyo, Miyuki Saito, Ai Nakajima (JAPAN)

+ Robin Schmidt (UK)

+ Corlin Stubbs (USA)

+ Wakana Suzuki (JAPAN)

Bye Bye Buggy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

It was our last day together.

The empty pencil holder… the sticky steering wheel from her past relationships… the gunshot type misfire she did when I tried to make her go faster… She was one special golf cart. I’ll never forget the way she beeped when we we’re reversing, or that time I had to dig sand out from under her wheels with some coconut bark when we experimented with softer terrain. I couldn’t bear to think someone else would be touching her brake, or fiddling with her gearstick, so I burnt her.

RIP liddle buggy

If I can’t have her, nobody can. Farewell fast beige.

Captain BenjaminActually, she’s being collected in the morning, which meant one last jaunt to the top of the island for pretty shots, and another beachside scavenge. I met up with local fisherman Captain Benjamin for an interview, and we talked ‘big game’… well he did, and I nodded. The last time I went fishing I was a teenager. Bimini was once world famous for big game fishing, and much of that notoriety was thanks to ‘Papa Hemingway, as Capt. Benjamin put it. In the afternoon I interviewed Bimini resident Lambert Kemp, watched a man climb a coconut tree with bare feet, and interviewed Ashley B. Saunders at the Hemingway house – The latter I hope will form the spine of the film I’m putting together, along with Piccolo Pete’s anecdotes.
I say the spine of the film but actually I’ve still got three films on the go, and have bought myself the luxury of waiting til the edit stage to make the final decision, but I’ve managed to get so much content, that it’d be a shame to not make something out of it all. I’m now planning to collect the final pieces to the jigsaw, and have a few more tricks left up my sleeve – some of these ideas are quite new for me, so I’m excited about starting the edit process to see if it will all come together.

Rush hour

Tomorrow I’m off to explore South Bimini, and plan on revisiting the Fountain of Youth, as well as the Shark Lab, and seeing if I can catch a glimpse of the Bimini Boa. Feeling sad for the first wave of ’14 Islanders’ as they’re heading back to the UK now, but then hey…  i’ve still got 4 and a half days left! Yey for me! Janine the producer, who’s job it is to keep an eye on us all, will be visiting on Thursday so I’m working on how best to ‘look busy’. Joking aside, I’ve kept myself on the job every day, and haven’t even had a single lie in, which might go to explain why I’m now up to Tape 11 already – That’s 11 hours for 5 minute delivery… not the most efficient ratio I’ve ever worked to.

At the End of the World

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Another beautiful morning at the Dolphin House, so I headed out for more general shots. I’m here for another 6 days, but I’ve only got the buggy til wednesday, so I decided to cover as much of the far reaches of the island before I become a pedestrian. Amongst the goats, houses, boats, and sceneries, I continued to bump into friendly and familiar faces in my quest for pictures. P1000604Something not so friendly is the vast numbers of Portuguese Man’O’War jellyfish dying on the beaches – the rougher weather has sent hundreds to their death on the shoreline, creating a strange collection of blue bubbles (poison sacks?) littered amongst the golden sand. I hear the kids jump on them for fun when they’re laying there baking in the sun, as it’s a bit like popping crisp packets – An alternative  bubblewrap pleasure I suppose.

P1000636Back on the story trail, I visited the ‘End of the World’ bar, named after Hemingway’s quote, and then filmed interviews with Ashley and a local man called Eric… or ‘Hulk’ as he’s known on the island. Eric looks pretty tough, but he’s a nice guy and kindly shared an hour with me as I interviewed him about life on Bimini. We talked about the island’s inhabitants, and how many of them are descendents of Pirates and Shipwreckers dating back to the early settlements, and I learnt some interesting similarities between old and new in the culture of the Bimini people – some things still going on here, only the cargo has changed.

Topped the evening off with another yummy homecooked meal from Ashley B. Saunders, and experimented with more panoramic pictures – this time from the top of Dolphin House itself. If I did two more pictures, you’d see just how small the island is, as 30 degrees more to the left you’d see the Atlantic Ocean.

From the rooftop of Dolphin House

Lazy Sunday

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Bimini was like a ghost town today.

Ashley had organised three different churches to visit, so we set off for a morning of god related stuff. He wanted to show me some of the more animated services, and I admit I was worried that someone might touch my forehead and I’d have to react in the right way. I’d told myself that whatever happened, I wasn’t going to fall down and jiggle about in an epileptic type fit.

We visited the first church, and I think both of us were nervous of leaving, as the church only had a few visitors and it would be embarrassing to leave too early seeing as the Pastor was shouting at us. However, we left after a few hours… I’m sure they were staring at me for not saying “amen” twice a minute like the others, but I bit my lip – I hope they don’t think satan came to visit today, but I just can’t bring myself to say these things. We decided to skip the other two churches.

So having inched my way out with a polite wave, I headed back to Dolphin House. Ashley has a great archive of photos and artefacts I wanted to capture, so I set up a rostrum and drank coffee for a few hours. Reflecting on my religious experiences earlier in the day, I headed out to a quiet sunset spot, and started taking more pretty pictures. I experimented by taking three still images that I could comp together in Photoshop, to make a super widescreen panorama of seaside joy…

The Gulf Stream

…and then fired off another sunlapse. Here’s a little compilation of all my lazy lapse time so far…

Tomorrow I’ve got a few more interviews to do. Ashley has kindly typed up a list of things we’ve been talking about doing, so I’ll be ticking them off as my time in Bimini ticks away. I’ve been asked to do daily video logs for the ‘14islands‘ team back in London, which I’m a bit behind on, so I’m going to take a few T-Shirts out tomorrow and do them all in one hit… Ssssh.

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King Jesse & the Junkanoo

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I got wind.

I got wind real bad.

King JesseI guess I’ve been lucky the past 5 days, but my ‘one week’ anniversary was greeted by the gift of easterly winds rushing in off the Gulf Stream, so audio has been my main concern today. I met with ‘King Jesse’ to do an interview, and we talked about Bimini history, as well as his past as a boxer, and managed to find a sheltered spot in the local baseball ground.

Then for the first time on my trip, I scheduled in 30 mins of nothing. Seeing as the sun was occasionally peeking through the speeding clouds, I thought it’d be an idea to relax on the beach. As beautiful as it was, I just got sandblasted, so I headed back with grit in my eyes to organise myself for an afternoon jaunt to the remote North of the island.

Some clouds, and some sand, and some water, and an old treeI parked where the road ends, then carried my camera round to the top of the island. As far as the eye can see, there was empty beaches, and no sign of human activity – not that Bimini has a large population anyway, but this felt like I was the last man on earth. Whilst shooting a timelapse, I decide to scavenge through the flotsam and jetsam, and alongside some american detergent bottles and the odd shoe, I happened to notice a solitary ping-pong ball. All alone, I felt like a castaway… so I drew a face on him, and called him ‘Artengo 40’. Someone should make a film like that?

Artengo 40

In the evening I headed into town, as I’d been invited to a birthday celebration, and was promised junkanoo…. I had no idea what that was, but it sure sounded good. Whatever it was, I wanted some of that junkanoo. Before junkanoo (whoo… can’t wait!), I stood and watched a band… who were very good! Bob Marley covers, Black Eyed Peas… ‘I gotta feelin’… (whoo hooo)… that too-nytes gonna be a good night… Only to be ruined by a cover of the best ‘worst’ song ever… We are the World.

King's highway, BiminiEventually we got to Junkanoo… and although initially upset that it wasn’t the 40 foot tall pink cuddly dinosaur I was expecting, I’d soon forgotten about my disappointment, as I witnessed an amazing street drum and dance that shook the foundations. Thankfully I remembered to take my ‘top light’ with me as it was pitch black, and there were people in the street dancing, kids playing drums, rum flowing… amazing, amazing, amazing. No pictures to show you, sorry… I was hypnotised.

The Big Fight

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Wow… excellent day today.

Started slowly (as usual), so went down to the docks to see the goods ship unload, then we made our way to Piccolo’s house (first name terms now) and started to wrangle people into helping us build the boxing ring.

Piccolo and his rope skillsPiccolo and Ashley took the lead, along with some hired help, and before long there was an ‘old style’ ring right there in the yard. Just so you know… I’m not the type to make a 96 year old man do manual labour, but believe me he doesn’t let anyone do anything for him. The man is amazingly fit for his age.

Building the ringLuckily for me, Norbert H. Kox an American artist is staying at Ashley’s house with myself, so over the last few days I’d managed to persuade him to play Ernest Hemingway for me. The other three ‘fighters’ were locals up for a bit of fun, and one of them was legendary boxer ‘King Jesse’ – a real gent, and the subject for tomorrow’s interview. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure if they truly understood they weren’t supposed to be actually hitting each other, so my heart was in my mouth as I attempted to direct the actors, but they totally respected my ideas and did everything asked – including no actual punches thankfully.

King Jesse with Norbert & AshleyKing Jesse was the 3rd fighter, and the only ‘real’ boxer. I had trouble persuading him to hit the deck, as he assured me he was never knocked down, but I was grateful that he swallowed his pride and played the part, although his family were teasing him after… “beaten at last” they said.

I was jumping in and out of the ring… getting POV shots, handheld action of the bouts, lady holding ‘Round 1’ sign, with Piccolo being the announcer and referee. Can’t wait to start cutting it. Today has been such a great day… I feel energised by the action. There’s a chance this won’t actually make the submitted film of course, but I’ll definitely be making something out of it whatever happens. Happy days.

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Buggy Buzzin'

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Have you ever seen what’s inside a conch? Man… that is one ugly snail creature. Met a guy who bashed it over the head with a hammer, and out fell this bogey from hell… so we chopped him up and ate him with a salad.

Lady with bags of dead fishSpent lots of time near the docks today, watching the world go by. Interestingly, Ernest Hemingway called Bimini ‘The End of the World’ when he arrived here in the 1930s, and by that he meant he’d found his place at last. It’s easy to see why he’d think that… the place is stunningly beautiful, and is populated by the type of people he would have appreciated – lovable rogues and pirates are still here in strength. Many, many people here are direct descendants of the first settlers in the 19th Century, so you could say piracy runs in the blood.

Quite a slow day business wise, as we’re still prepping for that ‘dramatic reconstruction’ to shoot tomorrow, so I spent the day buzzing round the island grabbing more general shots, chewing over ideas and casting my actors and interviewees. I think i’ve got three doc stories to follow now, so time goes on, and I meet new people, I’m hoping I’ll be able to choose the strongest story for the competition.

Fast Beige