Could Arrse be a resource for film/TV makers.

BuggerAll

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#1
A film maker started a thread recently asking for some advice on a military issue so that he could get the details right on his film.

Although he was given the right advice he was also given some crap and of course he has no way of knowing which was which.

I wonder if there is any mileage in setting up some sort of resource where film makers can ask the questions and get sensible answers.

We all complain when film makers get it wrong - so lets see if we can help them to get it right.

If it's a reasonably simple question then I would suggest it be a free service. Call it good publicity. If the question is a bit more difficult then a small fee possibly split between ARRSE and who ever is supplying the technical info.

It could build up to Arrsers supplying technical experts to the industry for real money.

I'm not sure the best way to do it. Probably a film makers forum with rules like the current affairs forum stating no piss taking and reasonably robust moderator action to enforce that.

This is by no means a fully formed idea so I'd be interested to hear what others think.
 

TheIronDuke

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#3
This is by no means a fully formed idea so I'd be interested to hear what others think.
Good. Then I shall treat the subject with respect. Here is my view.

Many journalists, film makers and such come on the ARRSE, some saying they have contacted the grown-ups first, and ask questions. Maybe they make contact with people who can talk to them, maybe not. Mostly they get battered. And quite right in my view.

Because they are lazy bastards trying to use the ARRSE to do something they are too afraid to do. And that is, seek out the people who were there. Sit with them. Gain their trust then listen. You can setup a ARRSE Comes Clean Forum or a ******* intranet. But if one is writing, or making a film / TV thing about sensitive things, then the journo / producer should have the balls to seek out real people and talk to them. They will always repay that trust.

No offence. But you asked for my view and now you have it.
 
#5
can we have chairs made up with names on the back
 
#9
does this allow me to calim to be in media and be able to "help" the careers of pert 18 year olds
 
#11
Good. Then I shall treat the subject with respect. Here is my view.

Many journalists, film makers and such come on the ARRSE, some saying they have contacted the grown-ups first, and ask questions. Maybe they make contact with people who can talk to them, maybe not. Mostly they get battered. And quite right in my view.

Because they are lazy bastards trying to use the ARRSE to do something they are too afraid to do. And that is, seek out the people who were there. Sit with them. Gain their trust then listen. You can setup a ARRSE Comes Clean Forum or a ******* intranet. But if one is writing, or making a film / TV thing about sensitive things, then the journo / producer should have the balls to seek out real people and talk to them. They will always repay that trust.

No offence. But you asked for my view and now you have it.
Duke...Agree with much of what you said, but would add that that there is plenty of mileage in BA's idea. In that if the lazy, feckless journo's who haunt this site can't be bothered to do their own research, and aren't prepared to divi up for info, then they can be fucked off at the high port accordingly. However, if they are serious in their intent to portray soldiers properly, and wish to garner first hand info about certain (non sensitive) subjects, and are prepared to pay up for the privelage, then any proceeds could be split between the ARRSE and one of it's charities of choice. A win win all round i think...Because as most know on here they will invent and write the shit anyway, so why not make a few bob for a worthy cause?
 

jim24

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#12
I must admit I have helped out a couple of authors on military and technical terminology, recently I researched weather reports of both the Gallipoli and Somme battles for an author friend, some of these people I only came into contact with because of the ARRSE book club.

Doesn't PR Totty do the filmy things
 
#15
They may not want to get it too accuratly.
For example Saving Ryans privates was a very good film about the D-Day landings.
A three hour film about squaddies sitting around waiting for some thing to happen may not be so entertaining, and a film about squaddies sweeping up and painting tanks may well be a technical accurate dipioction of army life, but it wont put many bums on seats.
 
#16
I hope not. Some shit dits from a STAB about how his 'finest hour' was fitting into some borrowed No2's won't make for good media.
 
#17
I hope not. Some shit dits from a STAB about how his 'finest hour' was fitting into some borrowed No2's After putting on two corsets and with a team of horse to pull the string tight to fit in the ******* won't make for good media.

Thinking of a certain Staffy myself.
 
#18
They may not want to get it too accuratly.
For example Saving Ryans privates was a very good film about the D-Day landings.
A three hour film about squaddies sitting around waiting for some thing to happen may not be so entertaining, and a film about squaddies sweeping up and painting tanks may well be a technical accurate dipioction of army life, but it wont put many bums on seats.
Which film do you mean, the Original "Saving Private Ryan" or the Porno "Shaving Ryans Privates" ???
 
#19
can we have chairs made up with names on the back
Chairs? They just need one. With "TROPPER" on the back.

And writing "TheIronDuke" on the back of a chair would be a waste of a good Chesterfield.
 

udipur

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#20
Why on earth would they want to talk to us wot might 'ave been there when they already know that the Yanks found Enigma, the French queen shagged the hairy sweaty sock and that magazines never run out?

Even the alleged Yarpie from Blood Diamond, who appeared to have a modicum of reasonable drills, completely went to Hollyshit when he had to get across the diamond field at the end.
 

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