‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’ – A Peach of a Film

The usual Christmas TV season sees a sparse selection of films that never fails to include in its merry midst ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’ and now ‘Frozen’ (a film I have avoided due to its ridiculous hype and faintly sinister animated snowman). This lack of viewing choice led to my brother delving in to the dark depths of our DVD cupboard.

After much sifting and discarding, and a minor injury caused by a rogue ‘X-Men’ DVD, he unearthed ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’.

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‘Little Clips’ is a Big Hit!

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I recently caught up with Strode student Liam Gummer to ask him some questions about his popular film making company Little Clips.

Little Clips have made all sorts of films, starting off with short action videos before moving onto promotional videos for small businesses and charities.

When I asked him exactly how popular it was, he was able to give me the facts and figures off the top of his head.  “I checked the other day and it was around 12,000 channel views, 168 subscribers and 400 likes on Facebook.

That’s not bad for a project that started off fairly insubstantially. He says “It started off with me and Charlie (a friend) with a webcam making news videos.”

It quickly became a hobby that took up not only his time but also a lot of his money. When I asked him exactly how much he has spent he just smiled and said “Way too much”. But I eventually managed to persuade him to give me some figures and he reluctantly told me that it’s probably in excess of £1000.

“The camera body was £600, and I’ve spent around £300 on lenses. We find everything on ebay so we probably get it for about a third of the normal price” he says trying to justify the massive costs “But I had to spend three years sticking up skittle pins to pay for it”.

He’s happy to move swiftly on and we start talking about some of the best videos he’s filmed. “The most fun to do was probably a parkour video in Bristol, we got to meet some cool people” and when I ask him about Little Clip’s most popular video he says “The biggest video was a skate park video. We’ve done two and we might do another in a couple of years. They weren’t that good though”.

Liam is, predictably, taking Broadcast Media at Strode, but in terms of the future of Little Clips he seems less sure. “We want to keep out options wide open. We have some big projects coming up and we’ve just filmed a new Avon & Somerset police video which will have a premiere at Yeovil Cinema”. He’s almost as good at plugging as he is at filmmaking.

You can visit Little Clips’ YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/littleclipsmovies, or follow them on twitter here: www.twitter.com/LittleClips.

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