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Every so often, I think of great ideas for films that minutes later reveal themselves to either be terrible, weird or unfilmable. Rather than letting them disappear into the ether, I am committed to writing them down, so that future generations will remember my ponderous plots, senseless scenes and head hurting histories.

No. 2: Clubbed!

In Apartment 21b, the Easterbrook reading circle are hold their weekly meeting to discuss books and drink tea. When a member goes missing in mysterious circumstances, Detective Sam O’ Reilly goes undercover as an avid reader to discover the cause, and learns the book club’s great secret

Key Scenes:

Sam bluffs her way through a discussion concerning Tess of the d’Ubervilles by remembering watching half the movie late one night.

The Ending: Sam finds the entire life of missing person, Mr. Hazel Brook’s body written in book form. Turns out that the book club document Its members’ lives and when they run out of pages, they are killed to give the book an ending. Sam learns this too late…

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RIP Hitachi DZ-MV750E DVD camcorder 2005 – 2008

Not that it's broken or anything, I just refuse to buy more Mini-DVDs

Not that it's broken, it's just that I'm no longer going to buy Mini-DVDs for it

It’s like that scene from Old Yeller. I’ve never seen the film but I heard about what happens in the end, turns out Bruce Willis’s character was the ghost of Kaiser Sosay. But that has got nothing to do with the topic, despite what Cethan may suggest in the comments section. Anyway, after shooting the last few scenes for the second Milton film on Thursday night, I pretty much used the last blank mini-DVD that I’ve been able to find from a pile of computer accessories I intend on giving away for charity with an attached price tag. I’ve had this Hitachi DZ-MV750E DVD camcorder for 3 years now but it was only since last year that I started using it for making films. I used it the year before to film a Dramat play but that turned out to be a pointless endeavour, as I had too much college work to do & Dramat never bothered chasing after me to get the stuff edited. The play was quite shite. Anyway, my dad bought it for me when he was flying back from Australia in 2005, he picked it up from Singapore Airport for something like €250 so back then it was a pretty good price and as far as I can remember DVD cameras were a lot more popular back then, nowadays people just spend their money on flavoured condoms.
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Every so often, I think of great ideas for films that minutes later reveal themselves to either be terrible, weird or unfilmable. Rather than letting them disappear into the ether, I am committed to writing them down, so that future generations will remember my ponderous plots, senseless scenes and head hurting histories.

No. 1: ‘Loons

Everyone in the world wakes up to discover their heads have been replaced by balloons.  There is then a race against time to discover the cause before everyone’s noodle deflates.

Key scene: Upon meeting the villianous Dr. Helium, our hero decapitates him, cuasing his head to float gently into the sky.

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Since it’s been a week since the last post I thought I might as well take it upon myself to add another one for the sake adding more content to the site. So here is the link to the film we made a month prior to Bad Vibrations, called Trippers Through Time. It was written, shot and edited in a space of 48 hours as part of Bangor Film Festivals’ 2880 competition which, in comparison to our last attempt at shooting a film in a short amount of time, was a resounding success not only because we manage to complete it but the fact that it also got shown to an American audience much to our surprise. Apparently, Americans are very to please 😛

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Well this pretty much marks an important time in The Gifted Babies history, ‘Bad Vibrations’ is our first film since the group was formed. This version is heavily edited, emphasis on the heavily due to the fact that I was cutting down and trimming back scenes of a 3 minute film down to 50% of its length which is no mean feat. There will be an extended cut.

I play the male lead and if anyone asks me why I was willing to put myself through such rigorous torture, I will say the same thing I normally say about all my other idiopathic endeavours, I was young and I needed the money.

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First!

Always wanted to say that, I wish I had something more profound to write but I’m not under great pressure to do so. I’m just glad we finally have a site to post our thoughts and ideas about films 🙂

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