JOB OPPORTUNITY: Illustrator, Graphic Designer
We are looking for an Illustrator, Graphic Designer to work on the film 51 Degrees creating graphics that will appear in the movie.
One of the main tasks will be recreating the look of a futuristic YouTube website layout with customised content.
Please send an email with your latest CV and work samples to: Production@FilmsUnited.com or use the form below!
Grigorij Richters -Director
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51 Degrees featured in Astronomy.com
Sci-fi movie “51 Degrees” to premiere at Starmus Festival
I’ve kept you apprised of the many exciting activities planned for the Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands this September. We already have numerous astronauts, Nobel Prize winners, rock stars, and other notable speakers. And now we have the premiere of a fantastic science-fiction film as well!
The film is set in London and deals with an asteroid colliding with Earth. This is not your typical sci-fi treatment, however.
Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May contributed music to the film. Here is his take: “This is a very different kind of disaster movie. No Bruce Willis here to save life on Earth from extinction. This is a movie to change perspectives — and now that we realize the high probability of such a strike from space, it is a timely warning indeed.”
The film’s director/producer, Grigorij Richters, will introduce the film at Starmus along with May. The film is about Damon Miller, a filmmaker who is tasked to capture the last moments of life on Earth before it collides with an asteroid. It’s a cross genre film with factual elements and real experts throughout but dramatized to have more of an impact on the audience. It is narrated by Damon’s son, in the future, who has created the film as a tribute to his father.
The film stars Moritz von Zeddelmann, Steven Cree, Steve Nallon, Jamie Doyle, and Dolly-Ann Osterloh and will certainly make an incredible splash as part of Starmus.
You can watch a trailer and find more information on 51 Degrees here: www.51degreesmovie.com
For more information on the Starmus Festival, see: www.starmus.com
SOUND RECORDIST NEEDED JULY 11, LONDON
We are shooting a scene for our film 51 DEGREES tomorrow FRIDAY JULY 11 at Leake Street, the Graffiti Tunnel underneath Waterloo train station. We will be shooting the scene for 2 hours and are looking for a sound recordist with his own equipment. You will need to have a boom pole, shot gun mic and your own sound recorder.
In the scene the public has just found out that the Earth will get hit by an Asteroid. We will be recording 40 extras who are dealing with the situation.
If you are interested then please email PRODUCTION@FILMSUNITED.COM or use the form below:
51 DEGREES: URGENT CASTING CALL
We’re looking for 30-50 extras to shoot a large street scene in Central London (location TBC) to recreate an end of the world scenario on Friday 11th July 2014. Filming will take place in the evening (8pm). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Production title: 51 Degrees
Production Type: Feature Film
Director: Greg Richters
Producer: Alex Souabni
Filming Location: Central London, TBC
Shooting Starts: Friday 11th July, 8pm
Production Journal Part 4 - The Tunnel and the Knife
The location was Leake Street, close to Waterloo station with a tunnel of a few-hundred metres apparently known as the ‘Banksy Tunnel’ running through it. At the end of this tunnel was where a little bit more of 51 Degrees was going to be filmed.
The Banksy Tunnel is a graffiti tunnel; it was also the location of ‘Banksy’s Cans Festival’ back in 2008 which, ever since, has remained open to anyone wishing to contribute some graffiti art of their own. Looking around the tunnel, it’s pretty cool to realise that somewhere under all these paintings is a few Banksy originals.
When you walk through the tunnel, you hear the noise of the trains nearby rumbling through and the deeper you go the more isolated the tunnel makes you feel. This seclusion in such an urban location makes for a great place for (Director) Greg to get stabbed.
As well as the great location, the crew were also lucky enough to have Greg Powell (IMDB him, seriously) come down and act as stunt-coordinator for the scene, bringing with him three stuntmen to help out.
Asking around the set, it was agreed that this was one of the more serious shoots for 51 Degrees once you considered the size of the shoot’s set-up, the size of the crew and who we had been lucky enough to have help us out with the shoot.
The scene needed to be shot in the night-time and it was only about six in the afternoon. So the day was used for some rehearsals with the stuntmen. The scene being shot saw both (Director) Greg and Damon being attacked by two men which would end in them having their car stolen. One attacker would sneak up behind Greg and restrain him whilst the other approached with a knife. From the car Damon would see this happen and would rush to help Greg.
The first two rehearsals were only at half-speed as they were also being used as sound-takes to capture the sound of the scene. However, even at 50% the scene looked great; it was loud and violent and it did look as though somebody was genuinely in trouble in the Banksy Tunnel.
Once the daylight had faded, rehearsals moved on to real takes. The first few had the real (Director) Greg in the scene and the attackers descended on him screaming at him and pulling him to the floor. This was as far the scene went but each time Greg got pretty much hammered to the floor by the stuntmen. However, each time Greg was pulled down he would just bounce back to his feet and call for one more take. Soon though a double stepped in for Greg to allow the rest of the scene to be shot the way it was intended, which allowed a lot more violence and a lot more noise.
Considering the location of the scene and how close to midnight we had come, it was a wonder no one had come to try and find the trouble we had staged. Granted this is London but the scene sounded real and when you see it in the film, it will be hard to see what was faked.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Motion Graphics // Animation
We are currently looking for someone who is experienced with motion graphics and animation who can help us with touching up some of our blue screen shots and make them look brilliant! We will also be looking for someone with After Effects experience to help with some more complex animations.
The blue screens touch up is an ideal opportunity for someone who is trying to break in to the animation industry and is looking to build their CV and get a credit on a major feature film.
If you are interested then please email a sample of your work and your CV to Digna@filmsunited.com or use the form below.
VIDEO: Meteor fireball caught on camera
From ITV Central: “This is the moment a meteor was caught on camera by West Midlands Traffic Police. In-car footage released today shows the bright light soaring overhead. It was filmed at around 3am on Monday as officers were driving down the M42 at Junction 4 near Solihull.” Read more here: http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2014-07-02/meteor-fireball-caught-on-camera-by-traffic-police/
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WRITER // BLOGGER
51 Degrees is a labour of love. Thousands of people have dedicated their time to this project and have pushed guerrilla filmmaking to it’s limits. There are so many fascinating stories behind the making-of this film and now it’s time for us to share these stories with the world. But it’s not “just” an independent film, the movie also carries a very important message: We can get hit by an Asteroid any day and we wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.
Our marketing team is currently seeking a writer. This can range from writing copy, to interviewing key individuals behind the film, to supporting our social media team.
This could be the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to make a living as a writer.
Please submit your application with your latest CV and a sample of your work to Digna@FilmsUnited.com or use the form below.
Did you participate in the making of 51 DEGREES? We want your stories!
I’ve been working on 51 DEGREES for almost four years now. When I started writing the script with friend and actor Moritz von Zeddelmann (Damon Miller) our team consisted of three people. Four years later, June 2014, three thousand five hundred (and counting) people have give given their time, sweat and tears to this film!!
There are so many untold and interesting stories behind the making of this film (we captured over 100 hours of Behind-the-scenes). Therefore I ask you, fellow crew/cast members, to share some of your most interesting 51 DEGREES related stories with us.
Please email email@example.com or use the form below to send us your photos, videos and stories!! Please share this post with anyone you think was involved in the making of this film!
Thank you as always!!!
Yours Grigorij -Director, 51 DEGREES