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Calling all Manchester Home Educators – I Need You!

I am a 12 year old filmmaker and I’m also home educated (always have been). I am going to be making a documentary showing what home education is really like. For this I really want to show a really diverse group of home educators – so however you “do it” please get in touch.

More info here.

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I’ve Won, I’ve Won, I’ve Won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holly Jacobson at the National Youth Film Festival Awards

Holly Jacobson at the National Youth Film Festival Awards

This is so exciting! This is epic!!! I’ve just won a major national film festival award – at the awesome National Youth Film Festival!!!!!

One to Watch trophy

One to Watch trophy

The award ceremony was on Friday and was a very exciting, glitzy and glamorous event, held at the big Vue Cinema in Leicester Square in London!!!!!!!!! The organisers very kindly arranged for me to have extra tickets so I was able to take along with me many of the cast and crew of my film “Moving On”. We all had such an phenomenal time!

Moving On cast & crew

Moving On cast & crew

Before the ceremony began there was a chance for us all to meet – and I met some brilliant young filmmakers as well as some very important industry professionals. The first person I spoke to was Jim Carter (Downton Abbey etc) who was so lovely – and later on it turned out to be him who presented me with my award!!!

Making my speech - with Jim Carter

Making my speech – with Jim Carter

The young filmmaker I was most excited to meet was Agi – we have a lot in common! We are both girls, we are both home educated, we both love making films – and we both won awards for filmmaking that day!!! I’ve looked at lots of the stuff she’s made and I think she is fantastically talented and I really hope we can maybe do something together!!! Check her out: http://www.agnieszkaproductions.me.uk

Holly Jacobson with Agnieszka Kolaczynska at the National Youth Film Festival Awards

With Agnieszka Kolaczynska

Okay, to the actual awards ceremony! It was very exciting and the atmosphere was electrical! The hosts were Ben Willbond & Laurence Rickard from Horrible Histories and they were fab! Different people came up to give out awards and as I’ve mentioned Jim Carter gave me mine. The presenters described him as “charm on toast” and I think that is about right!!!

A whole lot of exciting people were there presenting awards and I couldn’t believe it when one of them turned out to be Theo Stevenson who played my big brother in AllStars!!!! Small world hey!

My brother from All Stars - Theo Stevenson

My brother from All Stars – Theo Stevenson

Another person I met was Eric Fellner. At the time I didn’t really know who he was – just that he was somebody else interested in filmmaking. Later on though I was told that he is somebody very important and he actually produced one of my favourite films ever!!!! Les Miserables. I feel a bit star struck to have met him now!!!!!

Chatting to Eric Fellner!!

Chatting to Eric Fellner!!!


with Eric Fellner and Paul Reeve

with Eric Fellner and Paul Reeve

After I won my award I got to go up and make a little speech (anyone who knows me will know that i am always very happy to get up and talk!!! hehe). Then I was taken off for a press conference!!!!!!! It was all super incredible and I had an excellent time!!!

After it was all over, everyone (who was part of my group) went off for a fantastic meal in China town and we were all buzzing with excitement!!!!! It was a fantastic day and it has really made me want to make even better films now! Thank you Jon Campling (my friend the deatheater!!!!!) for nominating me and thank you everyone who organised the festival – I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holly Jacobson with Jon Campling at National Youth Film Festival Awards

With Jon Campling

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Very Exciting News

Moving On Banner

I’m so excited that I can now finally tell everyone my VERY VERY exciting news! The film that I wrote and directed (“Moving On”) has been shortlisted for the National Youth Film Festival …….. AND ……. it’s being shown in Leicester Square on Friday!!!!!!!

Just in case you missed that. It is my film…. a film that I wrote and directed…. that is being shown in Leicester Square in London!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully one day I’ll get to have a feature film that I’ve directed premiered at one of those big cinemas in Leicester Square, but I’ll never forget my first short film being shown there……..have I mentioned that I’m very very excited?!?!

It’s great that so many of my young cast get to come up with me to London for the day too…… It’s going to be phenomenal!!!!!!!

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New Filmmaking Group

I’ve wanted to join a filmmaking group for quite a while. Unfortunately the main Leicester group doesn’t want to know me until I’m 18 (and that is ridiculonkus!) So…….. and in light of film festivals wanting clear “made by children” / “made by adults” films…… I’ve decided to start my own filmmaking group!

We had our first meeting yesterday and I think it went really well. We all had a go at everything and I know I’ve got lots to learn about camera work and so on. Next week we’re going to try shooting something on green screen. I think when I’ve learned a bit more I would like to try shooting someone else’s short (maybe).

I’m trying to keep the group fairly small but if you are a young person and live closeish and are MAD about making films – give me a buzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

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TV improvising

It feels like ages since I last did any TV drama and yesterday I finally got to do some more! I don’t want to give too much about the show away but it is a brand new police drama called “Evidence” and will be out in the spring – It’s a series but I’m just in one episode. Filming it was so fun – it is all totally unscripted and we needed to improvise – and I love improvising! Everyone was really nice and I had so much fun! Check it out: http://about.channel5.com/node/1852

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For My Next Trick

I’m due to start filming on a really fantastic short soon called “For my next trick”. The producers of the film let me help out on their crowd funding campaign (I’m really interested in this kind of thing and have wanted to be involved in one for a while). The video is so cool – especially the ending!!!!

Please take a look and if you can support the film that would be amazing but it’s also just a great little video too I think – thank you everyone at Thorny Devils!

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Screen Stockport Film Festival

Screen Stockport Film Festival

Screen Stockport Film Festival

I am so proud! “Moving On” has just screened at Stockport Film Festival and won runner up!!! I was told that there were over 300 entries and the vast majority were all made by sixth form students – did I mention that I was very very pleased with this?!?!

As well as seeing “Moving On” on the big screen I met lots of amazing young filmmakers who I’m hopefully going to stay in touch with. I’ve also heard a talk by AND got to meet the amazing producer Mark Herbert (Warp Films) – he was really really nice! The talk he gave has really inspired me and so as soon as I got home I had to start making another short film – a character study and totally unscripted. Mark said that he thought that short films were a lot about finding the right people to work with and exploring characters in a very kind of unstructured (or less structured) way. I think he’s right and I’m going to make a lot more shorts and worry less about the details and just focus on character and story – after all I do have a lot to learn still.

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Moving On Premiere Screening!

Moving On Screening for cast & crew at Phoenix Square cinema

Moving On Screening for cast & crew at Phoenix Square cinema

Well I’m exhausted! Last night was the screening of my first ever “proper” short film “Moving On”. It was brilliant and I loved seeing it played on a big screen!!!!! It was also fantastic to meet up again with so many of the people who helped make it happen!

The Phoenix Square Cinema has supported me so much with making this film. First by letting me use their rooms to hold auditions. Then by letting me hold EXTRA auditions. And yesterday they pulled out all the stops to make my screening special – including laying out a red carpet!!!!

A big thank you to everyone involved with “Moving On” – you’re all absolutely awesome!

Back to the reason though why I’m so exhausted! One of my lead actors came all the way from Yorkshire for the screening – so of course we had to take advantage and have a sleepover – we were up until 4:30am (my bedtime is normally 8pm!) – but we had so much fun!!!!

I guess it’s about time to start thinking about the next one….

(You can watch my film here)

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Vote for my film!!!!

I’m about to go on BBC Radio Leicester to talk about the making of my film!!!!!!!!

Here it is!:

http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/4187/moving-on

To vote for it to make the shortlist and be screened in cinemas next year, please Tweet using the button below and to the right of the film on the link above. (Tweets must include “Moving On #VMShortsVote”)

Thanks for watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love Holly x

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Welcome to my blog

Holly checking playback on Moving OnMy head’s about to explode! I’m exhausted!!! I’ve just finished filming (as director) my first short film, called “Moving On”.
I had an amazing cast and crew and they were all perfect.
Now I’m entering editing mode, but before that sleep (lots of it!!!).

(Picture by the wonderful Jon Campling)

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