Today I was immersed in filming ballet exams to send to The Royal Academy of Dance examiners. Covid has delayed so much for many young people. It’s been great to have this opportunity to be examined by film.
It reminded me that film is a very important medium to bring people together, to pass on information and most importantly to entertain. Cinemas continue to be one of the main ways to go on a date. Followed by a nice meal or a bag of chips on the way home. Or a simple way for the family to do something nice together at the weekend.
Max Blinkhorn, that intrepid sailor who enjoys messing about in boats and making short video blogs of his adventures, was one of the original group who got together to gave birth to “Portobello Central”. He had to drop out of the process temporarily when one of his boating projects started to take over his time. But he will be back when we open.
His idea was to have a giant screen that dropped down on the stage and to have regular film nights. A quick survey around parents and teens in my school suggested this would be most successful. Teenagers thought it would be cool to take pillows and watch films sprawled on the floor munching popcorn. Parents preferred using a chair. Ideas for types of film were varied. Parents of small children would be happy with any cartoons or Disney films that kept the children happy. Some adults wished to see more ‘arty’ type films. But all agreed it would be very popular.
So I think Max needs to get planning. The community has spoken. Come back Max.
So, as my eyes start to close, I must sleep. I have another long day filming tomorrow. Or I should say that ‘him indoors’ does the filming and I do the edit and uploading.
On my next blog I might have an update on what gets discussed at the meeting today with the City of Edinburgh Council. I can’t attend myself this time so I will rely on Damian and Geoff to fill us in.