Film

Tale of a TV Screen

God. If the reflections bouncing off of this blank TV screen were an actual show, I would have changed channels long ago. Staring at my expressionless, painfully average features against the white wall behind me, tinted grey against the cold black glass – it makes me realise how much editing must go into a shot before it is worthy of the big screen.

But then again, I’ve had a very similar reaction when I‘ve watched episodes of Geordie Shore or Big Brother. For me, it was a struggle to watch for more than a minute. Watching people go about their day to day business with almost obsessive interest, picking at the very fabric of their being like a starving vulture. Not really my cup of tea to be honest – I’ve got better things to do than watch So-and-So off of that reality TV program go for their morning poo.

But having said all of this, maybe there is something beautiful in studying the mundane? The more I stare at this reflection in the TV screen, I start to notice minuscule and interesting details: The way the light radiates gently from the florescent lights above, the fact that the wires holding them to the ceiling are invisible in the reflection, the way that all of the hues and colours of everyday life are transformed into an array of monochromatic shadows through the black glass. With no airbrushed augmented reality to compare it to, it looks kind of pretty.

Maybe it’s all right to turn off the TV and be okay with the image that is still sitting on the screen? It’s kind of sad that my first thought was that the unedited version of my face wasn’t good enough to be there. I bet people all over the world feel exactly the same way. Taking a million snaps and only putting 1 of them on social media is daily practice, because nobody will love us if we put that one up where we look like we’re trying too hard.

Also reflected in the TV screen is the window to my right. It’s pouring with rain outside, tinting the scenery grey, just like the black glass of the TV. I remember walking through the sleet this morning, agitated at the fact that my hood wouldn’t cover my entire head. My mood worsened when I finally reached shelter and had to wipe mascara from my cheeks, which I had so carefully applied an hour earlier.

Having taken the time to stare at this TV screen, I’ve made a promise to myself. I will walk home today with my hood down. I will jump in every puddle I see and let the icy wind blow my hair back into its natural, chaotic state. I’ll get home, pour a cup of tea and settle down to some rubbish TV. Only this time, I’ll remember to see the bigger picture – in full colour.

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Interested in Film? Introducing ‘HANDMADE CINEMA’

Handmade Cinema is beginning to flourish! A brand new innovative and unique film club in Sheffield that aims to bring something different to our usual cinema experience – constructing immersive and memorable cinema events to show films in a new and more intriguing light.

Created by Ellie Ragdale and ran entirely by young people in the Sheffield area, Handmade Cinema works with the community to find film themes and cultures they would like to explore. The club then turns this into a project and works together to transform a space. The space is used to put on a screening that brings these themes and cultures to life and marks the completion of the project.  These creative screenings enable the audience to become completely involved with the film and experience it in a more intimate way than ever before.

Volunteers from in and around the Sheffield area help to create atmospheric cinema events in a variety of ways; crafts, film making, creative writing, photography, drawing and animation to name just a few! Or for people who would prefer to get involved on a more part time basis, they also team up with local performance groups, artists, musicians, culinary experts, entertainers and creative minds of all kinds to make each individual cinema event truly unique. It is a great way for students and other members of the community to get to know each other and make something for everybody to enjoy.

In the recent past, the club has produced unique screenings of a variety of films – Up, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Chicken Run, Moonrise Kingdom, The Lego Movie, The Jungle Book and many more. Handmade Cinema is always open to suggestions and ideas for new screenings, so anything is possible! Whatever your favourite genre or personal preference may be, the staff and volunteers will be able to cater to it.

Their latest collaboration was with the new Sheffield-based fashion brand The Creep Store. The brand’s summer line was launched 2nd May with a unique and captivating screening of Mean Girls. The screening took place at Picture House Social in Sheffield, between 5pm and 1am, with the film beginning at 7:30pm. The audience were fully immersed into the spirit of the movie with live performances from Manchester Theatre group Pull Your Finger Out, themed pizza and cocktails, a prom photo booth and after-party curated by The Creep Store featuring special guest DJs.

The two organisations have also teamed up with a range of local entrepreneurs and artists to run a selection of themed workshops, including Corsage Making with Frances & Rose. This unification of two creative talents marks the first in a series of collaborative events, workshops and parties under the name of ‘Girl Gang’ – so there are a whole host of future opportunities to get involved with.