Thoughts from category: Television

a special film makers' workshop

Saturday 19th Feb, 2011.

For many, this will go down as the day when it rained a lot, or as the weekend where they had a particularly tasty croissant for breakfast.

But for me, Sat 19th Feb will be marked as my favourite day at work. Ever.

A few weeks ago, we blogged a post inviting people to come along to a special film makers' workshop here at Fruit Towers. 60 soaked, but surprisingly chirpy, budding film makers came through the doors of the Towers on Sat for a very special workshop with Ben Wheatley - film director, funny man, and chap who made our advert.


With beanbags and biscuits, and a Wizard of Oz style presentation from up on the balcony, Ben shared some of his top tips for film making, ranging from how to use storyboards effectively to the importance of time management in directing.

We'll let you into a secret...the number 1 rule of film directing?

Never, ever sit down.


In the afternoon, our budding film makers were set loose to create their own 30 second mini movie superhero movie, armed with Ben's tips and a no expenses spared* film makers' kit.

*this may not be strictly true

They looked up for the challenge, so we threw in additional angle of artistic opportunity/anguish and gave them each a genre or theme for their mini movie, ranging from slasher horror to circus chic.

They spent a bit of time brainstorming...


...and then the magic started to really happen as the gaffa tape came out, the fishwire was attached, and a selection of Fruit Towers' finest random props were put to excellent use.


The result? 9 truely excellent films watched with lashings of popcorn that had us in stitches.


Check out some of the results, and find out how you can get involved in our mini movies competition here.

Thanks so much to those of you who came down for the day. We'll be smiling about it for a while to come.

30 minutes with our Rich, on the telly


The other day our Rich had a chap called Matthew following him around along with a camera and sound crew. They let him know they were coming though so he didn't have to take out a restraining order. If you fancy watching 30 minutes of Rich's home life, him sharing a few business tips, telling a couple of old yarns and his monster table tennis smash then click here*. You can also get a first sneak peak of Fruit Towers 3 as an added extra.

*This link is only available on iPlayer until 3:59am Mon 16 Aug 2010, so be quick.

our Rich on Working Lunch

Rich was on the telly today, being interviewed for BBC2's Working Lunch.

He was talking to Declan Curry and Naga Munchetty about smoothies, veg pots and the time he tried to nick a bra advert from his dad's favourite shop.

You can watch the interview in full again above, or on BBC's fancy iplayer here for the next week or so (just fast forward to 15mins 45 secs to see Rich in action)

good TV times

News reaches us that some old school TV favourites may be reincarnated and brought back to our screens. They simply don't make programmes like Rentaghost and Worzel Gummidge anymore. Only trouble is, the latter used to scare the life out of me (you only need to look at the photo below and see why), so I guess I'll have another excuse to hide behind the sofa.


Worzel, my twin sister Charlotte and a very nervous me