Episode 1: The December Edition – Christmas Movie Magic

Over the past four months, we’ve been busily working away on creating a Film Focus’ brand new film Podcast and we’re delighted to announce the first episode! Each Episode can be found in video format on our Vimeo Channel and an audio version is housed on our Soundcloud channel

Episode 1: The December Edition – Christmas Movie Magic

Episode summary:
We review Black Mass, Spectre, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, The Lady in the Van and speak about the greatly anticipated Star Wars The Force Awakens. We reveal some awesome and surprising movie trivia, Emily and Sarah discuss what makes the perfect Christmas film and giving a run down of their top 5. We also hear from you, and discuss your favourites.

In our special guest interview Emily speaks to Director Dave Armstong about the Watchmaker’s Apprentice, and Sarah tells us what happened when she meet Zach Galligan, the lead actor from  Gremlins this week.

We also give you the latest installment of Sarah’s exciting 500  Film Challenge – she’s watching 500 films in a year!
Trivia, reviews, interviews and much more from the world of film!

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Exclusive Clip:
Interview with Director Dave Armstrong about the Watchmaker’s apprentice.

Coming soon! – Please check back for clips within the next few days!

For more episodes and exclusive clips, please check out our Vimeo Channel and  Soundcloud channel which will provide a home to all of our future episodes too. Please subscribe to both channels as well as this blog, to make sure you’re the first to hear about our next episodes.

We also have a specially created Christmas themed blog post, check out ‘Unwrapping the Magic of Christmas Movie Nostalgia’ on our blog post section.

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Sarah and friends meeting Zach Gilliagan (Gremlins )


Thanks to Dam Production Isle of Man for use of their studio for the special guest interview and ident recordings.

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Audio Channel: @filmfocus

Happy Movie Going


This post was written by Emily Cook

The Power of Home Page Video Embedding

Is there anything more annoying than video content that starts playing as soon as you arrive on a home page? Especially when you can’t find which tab the video is coming from!

On the other hand there is something ever so powerful about embedded video content that leaves the impetus of clicking play with the viewer.

By way of example:-
Over a year ago Reel Vision produced two videos for the Courthouse Bar and Restaurant / Nightclub in order to show the venue as both a day space and a night space.

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The viewer is presented with the content and a play button. It is their choice to click it. As humans we like having the feeling of choice.  With video content, we are far more likely to watch the film to the end if we have owned our viewing by deciding to click play.

The Courthouse’s London based web designers worked with us at the development stage and we spoke about how the video content would work with the rest of the site.

The aesthetic placement and the way the video works with the rest of the site seamlessly is a key bonus. The web designers considered the video’s placement as part of the over all site construction and layout. So many times one sees video embedding as an after thought.

Expandable information:- The amount of information available to the website’s visitor is also greatly increased by placing a video within the home page. Once they click play, the content opens up like a Russian doll, meaning they can access huge amounts of information without having to navigate away from the home page.

The Courthouse’s use of Video Marketing and home page embedding is some of the most effective we have been lucky enough to have our videos part of.

This blog is being written now as The Courthouse is  about to re brand as ‘Buddy Rocks Bar and Diner’ – we wish the management every ounce of luck with their new venture.
The Courthouse ‘Late Bar and Club’ Video
The Courthouse Bar and Restaurant Video

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A Reel Vision on Manx Radio

Reel Vision’s Emily Cook speaks to Ben Hartley at Manx Radio.

Throughout this week Emily Cook from Reel Vision Film Solutions will have a five minute interview each evening at 11.30pm


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Monday 5th March 2012 at 23.30

 Emily speaks to Ben Hartley about the origins of both Reel Vision and her passion for Film and moving image.

Listen to Manx Radio Live

Tuesday 6th March 2012 23.00

On tonight’s …Manx Radio’s Late Show, Ben will be chatting to Emily about her how her interest in film making first began. We’ll also hear about Emily’s work in London and what brought her back to the island to set up Reel Vision.

Wednesday 7th March 2012 23.00

Tonight on Manx Radio, Ben will be chatting to Emily about Mannin Shorts, a scheme on the island to give budding film makers real hands on experience. Emily will also be sharing what kind of movies she likes to watch when she’s not behind the camera.

Thursday 8th March 2012 23.00

Tonight on Manx Radio, Ben will be chatting to Emily about Unkept, a short film she made last year which has received huge critical acclaim. We’ll  also hear about her future plans for Reel Vision.