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Harry Potter Video Operator Dan Hartley Launches Kickstarter for Film Project
Posted by Megs

Dan Hartley, a former video assist operator for the Harry Potter films, has launched a Kickstarter to fund a film project he is working on. But it isn’t just any film project, he’s aiming to create the world’s first crowd-sourced feature film script. for foll information visit the Kickstarter campaign page.

BAFTA nominated – and Yorkshire bred – filmmaker Dan Hartley is following up on his critically acclaimed debut feature, Lad: A Yorkshire Story, with a brand new film – and is offering the people of Yorkshire the chance to get involved.

Dan is launching a KickStarter campaign, #WeAreTheFilm’, to raise part of the budget required to shoot the film. Going live on Tuesday 24th November and offering a range of perks, beginning at £1 and rising up to £2,000, the campaign enables members of the public to pledge their support and have a say on what film is made.

What makes the campaign unique is that contributors have the opportunity to become a virtual film crew, and are invited to a series of industry workshops that will give a unique insight into the filmmaking process and lead to continued involvement in the development of the film from script to screen.

Divided up into different roles, from editing to directing, the virtual film crew will be able to input their opinions and ideas which will influence the final film made. Other perks offer the opportunity for participants to get their hands on limited edition merchandise and to attend a number of gala events and screenings

Dan Hartley said: “We’re looking to turn the traditional filmmaking process on its head by involving the audience from the outset. As such we’re looking to enlist the input of cinemagoers to create a film that they are passionately engaged with and we’ll be using workshops to give our contributors the opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process.”

His previous film, ‘Lad: A Yorkshire Story’ was critically acclaimed, screened at international film festivals around the world and reached No.5 in the iTunes independent film chart. Dan has vast experience in the film industry having worked as a video co-ordinator on films including the Harry Potter series, Clash of the Titans 2The Bourne Ultimatum and Maleficent.

He’s currently working on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but he’s under strict instructions to give nothing away. In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, he discusses his time on the Potter films.

“It acted as a very long film school,” he says of the experience. “I never went to film school so I learned on the job. A series of guys kept getting fired, which meant that I went from a trainee to managing a department on a huge film not really knowing what I was doing.”
On the We Are The Film project he says:

“As an independent film maker, you haven’t got any money, backing or studios behind you,” says Hartley. “That could be incredibly negative, but if you turn it around it can be a huge positive.

“We will ask people which element they would like to get involved in – directing, camerawork, acting or editing – and then hold classes on each of them. We’re looking for somewhere between 500 and 2,000 contributors. Obviously we can’t have them all on set with us, but there will be consultation throughout.”

“I just like the idea that we are doing something new and something with technology that we couldn’t have done a few years ago,” he says. “It’s exciting, we want to be pioneers.”

Thanks to Multitude Media for sending over the information!

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
More News on ‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries’ Series
Posted by Megs

TV Wise is reporting that The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, a television show based on J.K. Rowling’s Robert Galbraith novels will most likely be airing on HBO in 2016.  We previously reported that BBC would be airing the show in the UK.  This news is not yet official, but it would make sense for BBC and HBO to partner again, as they did for Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy miniseries.

Additionally, it looks like the screenwriter for The Cuckoos Calling portion of the show, Sarah Phelps, has finished some, if not all, of her work for The Cormoran Strike Mysteries. Rowling tweeted the writer earlier this week to express her excitement over reading “a certain thing.” Ben Richards will adapt the second novel The Silkworm. It is unknown who will adapt Career of Evil.

Cormoran Strike Mysteries

According to the TV Wise article, a formal episode order for The Cormoran Strike Mysteries has not yet been set, with the BBC stating that it would be finalised once the scripts are completed.

Steeped in the atmosphere of contemporary London, Cormoran Strike’s city is far from the bright lights and frenetic bustle, immersed instead in its darker, murkier side. War veteran turned private detective, Strike investigates shocking crimes together with his female assistant Robin, whose forensic mind and fierce determination he cannot ignore. The murders take them from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the literary haunts of Fitzrovia, exposing the seedy reality lurking beneath seemingly innocent societies. With each crime, they discover a little more about each other and both learn that appearances can be deceptive.

We will of course keep you up to date on all news related to The Cormoran Strike Mysteries.

(Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the TV Wise tip)

Filed Under: JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries
Daniel Radcliffe Talks His Career with Buzzfeed
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In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Daniel Radcliffe talks about everything from Now You See Me 2 to Kill Your Darlings, What If and Frankenstein. Some highlights from the interview maybe read below.

How did you feel about how Kill Your Darlings, What If, and Horns ended up doing at the box office?

Daniel Radcliffe: It is what it is. Kill Your Darlings did exactly what I expected it to do. A gay murder movie is never going to be, like, breaking box office records. And you know, it was an indie movie that was made for nothing, so there was never a pressure for it to do anything.

F Word, if it had been allowed to be called The F Word… I actually think the title change makes a huge difference. I think F Word is a fantastic title. I think What If is, you know, not a fantastic title. It’s a title. It’s fine. It’s words. It’s funny that kind of thing can make a difference.

You’ve got to bear in mind, like, those films all came at a time when people were like, “Can he even act? Will he even do anything after Potter?” And so those films did what I needed [them] to do. I was good in them, and they showed different sides of me. I can’t control what happens at the box office. Frankenstein, I don’t know if it’s going to do anything. Who knows?

All I can do is do my best work in the movie that I can, and promote the hell out of it as much as I can. What people go and spend money to see is up to them. My friends have a great motto, which is, “I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing than 100 people’s ninth favorite thing.” I feel like that’s absolutely true.

You’re nominally attached to several independent films that don’t yet have financing — Brooklyn Bridge with Brie Larson, Young Americans with Dane DeHaan, a Yakuza thriller called Tokyo Vice.

Daniel Radcliffe: I’ve learned over the years that it is harder to get these films made, but they are the things that I love doing. I never want to become one of those actors who’s on set and hates their fucking job. So I’ve got to keep myself entertained.

Even among actors that I really like as people, and they’re good people, there’s a tendency en masse when they all get together to moan and complain. The worst day on a film set is still better than the best day on most jobs, in my opinion. I’m not saying actors aren’t entitled to have bad days. But, like, you never see one of the camera guys come in and be like, “Oh, I’m just having a terrible day. I’m not sure if I can do this today.” It’s like, fuck off. He’d be fired. And actors, because our job has an emotional bent to it, they take it as an excuse to sort of be like, This is all therapy. And it’s not. If you’re having a bad day, get on with your job, because you having a bad day can affect everyone around you.

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Eddie Redmayne Talks Fantastic Beasts While Promoting ‘The Danish Girl’
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In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal Eddie Redmayne discusses his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.

Is “Fantastic Beasts” easier to play, without all the physical changes?

I think it may just be my personality, but I always find a reason to worry. So with Stephen Hawking it was about letting down Stephen. With Lili’s story it’s about letting down the trans community. And with “Fantastic Beasts” it’s wanting to do justice to an extraordinary world that J.K. Rowling has created.

Do you have to deal with any live animals or just imaginary creatures?

There are some live animals. Dan Fogler [who plays Newt’s nonwizard friend] and I had to negotiate quite some epically-sized snakes the other day. We went, “Wait a second, can’t we CGI those in?”

Eddie’s newest film, The Danish Girl, will be released on November 27th.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films
Harry Potter Audiobooks Available on Audible
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Harry Potter Audiobooks


Some exciting news for Potter fans around the world today. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter audiobooks are now available for purchase at audible.com, audible.co.uk, audible.de and audible.com.au. The recordings showcase captivating performances by Stephen Fry (in the UK and the rest of the world), Jim Dale (in the North American version) and Felix von Manteuffel (in the German version). Audible is the sole subscription-based service to offer the Harry Potter series as digital audiobooks.

 “We are thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to enjoy the Harry Potter audio catalogue seamlessly through the Audible service,” said Andy Gaies, Audible Chief Content Officer.  “J. K. Rowling’s celebrated series is firmly entrenched in the literary pantheon, but when the first Harry Potter novel was released in 1997, smartphones were yet to become the ubiquitous listening devices they are today. Now fans of this bellwether series have an effortless and affordable way to enjoy them in audio.”

“The breathtaking performances of Stephen Fry, Jim Dale and Felix von Manteuffel transform Harry Potter’s adventures into immersive and truly transporting new experiences—even for those who have already read the novels,” added Gaies. “We look forward to bringing more listeners to this richly imagined universe.”

Pottermore, the digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company from J.K. Rowling, is the publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks. The Pottermore Shop, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.

Filed Under: Books
Universal Studios Hollywood Debuts All-New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Video Series
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood is launching a new series of virtual tour videos showcasing the Spring 2016 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, beginning with today’s insider’s look at the land hosted by the Hogwarts™ Express conductor.

Explore the village of Hogsmeade™ with the Hogwarts™ Express Conductor and visit some of the wizarding world’s best-known shops and eating establishments, from Three Broomsticks™ to Honeydukes™ to Ollivanders™ wand shop.

An opening date has not been specified for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as of yet, but many are speculating it will open in March.  We will of course keep you updated on any official announcements.

From the press release:

Universal Studios Hollywood debuts a series of virtual tour videos showcasing the Spring 2016 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, beginning with today’s insider’s look at the land hosted by the Hogwarts™ Express conductor.

The video, which can be viewed at Universal Studios Hollywood’s newly launched “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” interactive website and here, will highlight some of the land’s best-known shops and eating establishments, including Ollivanders™ wand shop, Three Broomsticks™ and Honeydukes™.

More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood.  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood

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