Back in the 80's, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was the end all and be all for television documentaries. In many respects, that continues to hold up even in today's television landscape. This collector's item BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight gives a really cool inside look at how 'The Corporation' went about making the best television on television. That said, action scenes didn't have to be limited to just feature films.
Presented in a simple but comprehensive format, After Tea We'll Do the Fight... is a step-back-in-time look at a how-to approach to filming action scenes including working with stuntmen, filming with animals, duels & car chase sequences and the obvious, fire and smoke scenes. What are the roots of these $200 million dollar action budget films? Look no further than BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight.
Then Senior Instructor of BBC Television Training, Mike Crisp (see About the Author below), has compiled everything you need to know to film the perfect car chase, duel or shootout. When asked to create his first kung-fu scene for Steptoe and Son, Crisp was hooked on getting action sequences right.
The manual begins with the initial groundwork before production even begins with step-by-step instruction on Lens and Camera Height, Undercranking & Overcranking, Archival Footage and Model Shots. From there, we move on to the cool stuff of fire scenes, smoke and visual effects. Unfortunately, you can't go any further until that ever-important evil 'Budget' discussion comes in to play.
With today's technology, there are a limitless number of aspiring young television producers eager to, well, produce. BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight is a nostalgia look at the laying of the groundwork for even the most seasoned and confident documentary producers who will remember a time early in their career when 'they didn't know what they didn't know'.
BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight is an out-of-print must collectable for anyone that owns a television, watches television or produces for television.
Not since Upstairs Downstairs has a PBS television drama series caused so much water cooler conversation. In a word, "Americans can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey,'" said The Boston Globe.
The same can be said worldwide as fans eagerly await the next Dowager Countess classic comment. Leading up to season 3, the Great War has ended, but Downton is far from peaceful. Both the upstairs and downstairs inhabitants are waking up to a world forever changed by World War I.
Written by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis (see About the Authors below), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era, the official companion book to the first two seasons of Downton Abbey and perfect addition to your Downton Abbey library, includes a forward written by series creator/writer, Julian Fellowes (see About the Authors below) and focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them.
A combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama (one can only imagine a room complete with both Shirley MacLaine, who plays the mother of American-born, Cora Crawley, and the Dowager Countess herself, Dame Maggie Smith), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era gets right to the heart of the Crawley estate.
Containing numerous photos and incredibly detailed descriptions which explain how much work is involved in keeping the show authentic, this 320-page coffee table-sized book is an absolute must for any Downton Abbey fan. If you love Downton Abbey you will love this book!
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JESSICA FELLOWES, daughter of series creator, Julian Fellowes, is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey. Formerly the Deputy Editor of Country Life, she has also been a columnist for the London Paper. Jessica also writes for the Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Weekend, The Lady and Sunday Times Style, and lives with her family in London.
MATTHEW STURGIS is a writer and critic who has written for Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Independent on Sunday. He is the author of Passionate Attitudes: the English Decadence of the 1890s and the highly-praised Aubrey Beardsley. He lives in London.
JULIAN FELLOWES is the creator, writer, and executor producer of Downton Abbey, which won six Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for best mini-series. Previously, he won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for Gosford Park, and wrote the bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. A member of the House of Lords, he lives with his wife and son in London and Dorset, England.
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