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Listen and watch parties have brought some much needed comfort these past few months, and since we can’t go physical for now, we’ve done the next best thing in going digital, maintaining relationships and conversations with people who share our interests. Heaton’s Star & Shadow Cinema have been part of this with their How Things Are Made distanced learning events. The very premise of this DIY cinema, which is inspiringly volunteer-run, is to include its community by discussing their ideas and opinions.

Every Sunday night at 7pm, Shoot First film productions have been inviting folk to discover and learn more about film techniques by exploring archives, utilising the online platform Metastream. Hosted by award-winning director Dan Wallder, he presents vintage clips and documentaries about film and filmmaking whilst you watch along. There’s even the opportunity for you to discuss your thoughts through a chat window. Topics coming up this month cover an array of different themes, including a discussion on influential Japanese director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa, who was inspired by westerns to make samurai films (5th July); delve into low budget, but commercial B-Movies (12th July), search for scientific accuracy in Hard Sci-Fi (19th July) and learn about how Star Wars films were made (26th July). In August, subject matter includes puppet films (2nd August) and digital films (9th August).

Shoot First’s How Things Are Made events are free to access, see the Star & Shadow Cinema for individual event links

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