Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Film Review: Underworld:Awakening

Title: Underworld Awakening
Rating: 18
Principal Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, India Eisley, Michael Ealy.
Release Date: 20th January 2012


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Game Review: Pokemon Gold (Heartgold)

Title: Pokemon Gold/ Pokemon HeartGold
Release Date: 2000/2010
Developer: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Colour/Nintendo DS

Fantastic handheld graphics for the time.

Yeah, they actually made them better.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Film Review - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Title:  The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Release Date: 14th August 1975
Principal Cast: Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon
Rating: 15

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Film Review: Repo! The Genetic Opera

Title: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Release Date: 9th March 2009
Rating: 15
Principal Cast: Alexa Vega, Anthony Head, Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino

Friday, 19 October 2012

Thursday, 11 October 2012

#dwsr Beatty Avenue, Cardiff - 10th October

Doctor Who filming
Beatty Avenue, Cardiff
10th October 2012
WARNING: Spoilers in white text.  Highlight to read.

Matt on the laptop.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Friday, 5 October 2012

Film review: The Lion King

Title: The Lion King
Release Date: 7th October 1994
Rating: U
Principal Cast: James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Film Review: Underworld

Title: Underworld
Release Date: 19th September 2003
Rating: 15
Principal Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and Shane Brolly.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

T.V Review: Doctor Who - Pond Life

Title: Pond Life
Air date: 1st September 2012
Writer: Chris Chibnall

T.V Review- Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy

Title: A Town Called Mercy
Air Date: 15th September 2012
Writer: Toby Whithouse


Friday, 17 August 2012

Game Review - The Lion King (Sega Genesis)

Title:  The Lion King
Release Date: 1994
Developer: Virgin Interactive
Platform: Sega Genesis (US) Mega Drive (UK/Europe)
Genre: Platformer

Thursday, 9 August 2012

#dwsr - Fields Park Road, Newport

Doctor Who Filming
Fields Park Road, Newport

To most people, standing on the side of a road for more than seven hours probably isn't their idea of fun.  But to the set reporting crowd (those of us who were there) it was quite a fun experience.

Myself, @daniishep and @timelordinabox were there extremely early (about 10:30am.) We didn't expect to see much but got one hell of a surprise when we saw Matt Smith's car pull up alongside us and Matt coming towards us.  We all had our cameras out but none of us took photos despite him literally being next to us.  Doesn't matter though because as he passed us he waved a little and said "Hi guys!" to which we managed a quiet little "Hi." in return.

We figured they were breaking for lunch so we did the same and when we got back, @tlchimera, @gabundy and @BBC_Fangirl were there.

For the rest of the day, all we saw were people coming from and going to the set.  So not much to report on this one I'm afraid.  Well, other than a group of guest stars which makes this episode look pretty cool.
Jenna eating her lunch.
Vastra (Neve McIntosh)

Tom Ward

Liz White (Annie Cartwright from Life on Mars)

For more photos:

  @tlchimera's blog


Friday, 3 August 2012

#dwsr - Llantrisant. 6th July

Doctor Who filming
6th July 2012
Another stormy day.  They had started filming in the morning but due to several factors including problems with my car I didn’t arrive until the afternoon.

Close up of Jenna

About twenty minutes after I got there, Matt and Jenna returned after their lunch break.  By all accounts the morning filming had been the bulk of the shots and the afternoon was just the leftovers.  I couldn’t stay long but did manage to get some photos of Jenna in her costume.

Jenna in her Victorian dress

For a more in-depth report:                                                                                    

#dwsr - Bute Esplanade. 7th June

Doctor Who filming
Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay
7th June 2012
After the departure of Karen and Arthur, nobody really expected to hear that they were on set again.  It had been confirmed by both of them that they had finished filming for Doctor Who so it came as a shock to everybody to hear they had been spotted doing pickups for episode four (The Power of Three.)

Matt waiting for the take

 It was a very wet and cold day in the middle of period of stormy weather when I heard they would be at Bute Esplanade again.  I had recently moved home from university and saw this as a good opportunity to get out and see my friends again.

Matt in some rather fetching rainproofs
 The grass was slippery and it was very muddy but I stuck it out until it got far too wet to stay longer.  Matt ran through a scene of him knocking on the Pond’s front door before walking to the TARDIS a few times and from other accounts of the filming after the break, he was then phoning them while perched on top of the TARDIS.

#dwsr- Margam Country Park. 31st May

Doctor Who Filming
Margam Country Park, Port Talbot
31st May 2012


They had been filming here the day before but due to time constraints I was unable to stay and watch. 

In a stark contrast to the 30th May which was sunny and warm.  The 31st was instead cold, wet and windy.  I knew it would be a late shoot so in addition to the bad weather it was also quite dark. 

When I arrived they were still setting up so I walked around the park, trying to see if there was anywhere I could stand that wouldn’t result in me getting soaked to the bone.  As it happens, there were a few trees that I found shelter under just before Matt turned up and they started shooting. 

 The rain made it hard to see what was going on but from what I could make out it was a short scene involving Matt and Jenna talking to some other women before leaving.

A farewell hug at the end of the episode?

Matt and Jenna mid-walk

As the night wore on, the rain got worse and I eventually had to leave as the park was about to close and I was too cold and wet to stick around.  They moved location up to the front of the manor house from what I could tell.

#dwsr - Bute Esplanade. 4th May

Doctor Who filming.
Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay.
4th May 2012
WARNING:  Spoilers in white text.  Highlight to read.


After a few weeks of little activity, this location was announced on the #dwsr tag.  It was late afternoon and Dani was in work when I found out, of course I waited for her and we went straight to the location (managing to avoid the bulk of rush hour traffic thankfully.)

  When we arrived, we saw Mark Williams (of Harry Potter fame) chatting to Arthur and Karen outside while the crew set up the shot. 

Arthur, Mark and Karen having a laugh

  There was already a crowd gathering so we, once again, stood near the wall.  From our position, I managed to get a few close ups as they recorded a scene that had Arthur and Karen in their dressing gowns while talking to Mark from the upstairs window.
Arthur and Karen rehearsing

  About halfway through my camera ran out of batteries and so I left to get some more.  When I came back, Mark and Karen were singing the first few lines of “Tomorrow” from ‘Annie’ as the crew adjusted the crane and the cameras.

  We moved to a different section of the wall and I took a few wide shots of the complete scene before Matt arrived on set.  We knew he would be there as the TARDIS was under a nearby tree and I got this gem of a video while he was messing around


Matt then climbed up into one of the trees (prompting a few mutters of “They’re seriously putting him in a tree?”  Come on, we all know how clumsy Matt Smith can be) and they filmed a few of his scenes.

Matt posing by the TARDIS

SPOILERS:  The Doctor: You lot! Can’t leave you alone can I?  (or something along those lines)

 Then it started to get quite cold so we headed back to the car and I managed to get a few last shots before we left.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

#dwsr: Glamorgan Building: 21st April 2012

Doctor Who filming
Glamorgan Building, Cardiff
21st April 2012
WARNING: Spoilers Sweetie.  Highlight the white text if you really want to know.

  My first night shoot (and something I wouldn’t do that often.)  Cardiff at night is beautiful, cold and ever so slightly weird.  There’s just something about a city at night that makes me wary, oh well, we were in the presence of Alex Kingston so it was all worth it.
Opposite the set

  Yes, after parking fifteen minutes away when I meant to park only five minutes away, walking to Cardiff Museum and then hesitating before finding more fans, we eventually made it to set where we could just about see Alex Kingston across the road.  Now, the previous week had been the filming in New York with the casting call for a double of Alex… yeah, the man in a curly blond wig apparently.

   From what we could see they were re-shooting that scene with the actual Alex and a Matt double (no idea why they couldn’t use the actual Matt.)  So anyway, they were shooting some scenes with extras at the start, right near us actually and using fake rain.  (Wales, Cardiff, had been raining during the day.  So they faked it.  Not even going to question it.)  And then while nobody was looking (sneaky BBC,) they moved the statues closer and closer, succeeding in freaking me out at least.

   About an hour after we got there, Karen and Arthur arrived.  It was quite fun to see Karen greeting her on-screen daughter with a loud “Hi!” and running over to Alex, Arthur was more quiet (can’t blame the guy, it was bedtime for most of us.)  Then they ran through a scene which had some interesting dialogue:
Alex and Karen rehearsing


SPOILERS:  Amy – “Why did you lie?”

So that was it for the night shoot, we were only there for the one scene before we got too tired to stay any longer.  From other reports they had Alex in a gangster outfit for the next scene they did.  

#dwsr Mount Stuart Square/Coal Exchange: 6th April 2012

Doctor Who filming
Mount Stuart Square/Coal Exchange, Cardiff Bay
6th April 2012
WARNING: This post contains spoilers in white text.  If you wish to read them, highlight the section.


    Following on from the previous day, we worked on a hunch.  From my previous experience on a film set, I knew that they would likely use the same area all at once before moving onto a different place.  Bute Esplanade was clear when we arrived, no cones or any other markers that would indicate filming later on but, as we walked around the bay, we did spot cones outside the Coal Exchange.

    It didn’t look like much was going on so we decided to have a coffee (and in my case, check Twitter for clues.)  While we were in Starbucks, who did we bump into? Karen Gillan.  It was a surprise and Karen was lovely while Dani had a photo with her (I would have but Karen was with someone and had a coffee and I didn’t want to take up too much of her time.)  So after seeing Karen we figured out there might be filming soon.

   An hour later (soon-ish then) and we were watching as Arthur Darvill was filmed getting onto a London bus.
  SPOILERS:  Arthur was carrying an envelope which was later confirmed to be containing divorce papers for Rory and Amelia Williams.  We were all shocked, but it tied in with the storming out from the day before.
Arthur between takes
   That was done a few times and we were asked to move while they shot the scene from another angle.  Then they moved to the Coal Exchange where Matt and Karen arrived in style.  Matt waved to us all as he was quickly ushered to the interior of the building and we stuck around for another hour and a half before heading back to the car. 
Matt waving as he and Karen walked to the set

   From reports of the others that were there, filming continued until the early hours of the morning.

For more pictures from the day, click here:

Saturday, 7 July 2012

#dwsr: Bute Esplanade - 5th April 2012

Doctor Who filming
Bute Esplanade, Cardiff Bay
5th April 2012
WARNING: This post contains spoilers in white text.  If you wish to read them, highlight the section. 
  This was far from my first attempt at watching the filming of Doctor Who but it was my first successful attempt.  Before Bute Esplanade I had visited Southerndown, Penarth and Cardiff but due to a combination of a lack of confidence, bad weather and simple timing issues I didn’t stay and watch.  This is what led to me promising that the next time I got word of filming I would stay.

  Lo and behold, two days after I made that promise I found out on Twitter that there was filming at Bute Esplanade that day.  Good thing it was the Easter holidays for me and I had the entire day (turns out I didn’t need that long but whatever, it was a good day.)  The weather was good, bit cold but that’s to be expected, lucky for me and Dani there’s a cheap car park right next to the location. 

   So we park up and almost immediately see the TARDIS in the playground by the houses.  I paid up for twenty-four hours, overkill but at least that way I wasn’t going to just leave early. And we decided to take a walk around to see if there were any good spots with a clear view of the location itself.  After all of that we just decided to stick by the wall that separated the houses from the field and car park, mostly because we weren’t sure which way the cameras would be facing but also partly because we had a good view from where we were.
  It was another hour before things really started to get interesting, Dani nudged me while I was checking Twitter for information and pointed towards the house.  “It’s Karen, she’s just appeared.”  Of course me being me, I didn’t notice Karen at all (which, if you know what Karen Gillan looks like, is pretty hard to do) until Arthur turned up a few minutes later.

  We watched for a while but couldn’t see much so I suggested moving along the wall to a spot where we got a much better view.  From here we could make out dialogue and try and piece together the scene itself.  For the next hour we watched Karen and Arthur wave at the TARDIS then talk to each other before Karen went inside and Arthur did this funny little dance/jump before following her.
Karen and Arthur before a rehearsal

  Then they went off for break and I went to get more batteries from the car before they got back.  What we saw next caused a few wide-eyed looks and worried theorising in the car.

 SPOILERS: Arthur stormed out of the house with his coat in his hands as Karen followed him and yelled “I hate this!” as he walked down the street, then Karen started crying. 

   They repeated that for another half an hour before wrapping for the day.
  All in all, the first set reporting experience was something I thoroughly enjoyed and something I would (and do) continue to do. 

For more photos from the day, click here: