Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #86 - Bend it Like Beckham

Welcome everyone to our 86th Challenge, where this week - in honor of the World Cup as it approaches the Quarterfinals and onto the finals in week, we are featuring the 2002 movie: "Bend it like Beckham" which was an independent british film that surprised and exceeded everyone's expectations by the global fan based that it created after its release. It touches on so many universal themes even though its about a Sikh girl's love off soccer in Britain - and how she has to figure out how to live her dreams and live the life that her family has planned out for her. Here is a lovely plot summary from IMDb:

"A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti."

If you haven't seen this movie - its really a lovely sweet movie to watch. The director and crew created magic with their limited budget. This movie gave actors like: Keira Knightly and Jonathan Rhys-Meyer more exposure. Jerry Bruckheimer saw Keira in this movie and then cast her in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Paraminder Nagra the main character went on to play Dr. Neela Rasgotra on ER. In a lot of ways, this movie opened up the careers for these wonderful actors. There are so many themes for inspiration in this movie (aside from soccer of course :):

You can create something:
- inspired by Jess pursuing her dreams or having faith in her dreams
- inspired by the sweet friendship that Jess and Tony or that Jess & Juliette have in the movie
- inspired by the love and support that her father shows her in having faith in her dreams
- by the relationship that she and her sister have in the movie
- inspired by bending the rules to reach your goal! :)))

Our wonderful guest designer Priscilla, who created this gorgeous card for the movie challenge: Father of the Bride, joins us today as our guest designer with her beautiful card inspired by this movie!

project inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"

LOVE this movie.. I can't tell you how many times I have created project while watching this movie.. I love cross culture movies. We all live in such a new and exciting world with so many opportunities. What would you do if you were a young girl who would rather play soccer/football than learn how to cook a full Indian dinner or find a husband? How would you feel if your mother was always trying to get you to wear a skirt of wear stop playing the sport you love.. This is a heart warming movie that will take you on their journey to find out who they are and help their families to understand who they are as well.

I know you are thinking WHAT does this have to do with a soccer/football movie.. When let me tell you... Jess is a beautiful young girl who is just emerging into a young woman. She is discovering what she love and what she want to do with her life. What better than Butterflies to represent coming into a new life. When we are young we are protected from the world by our parents and when we emerge as young adults and start to make our own choices we find out who we really are. This book mark has a little secret you can check out on my blog that will tie it even more to the movie.. PLEASE stop by my blog and say hi. Leave me a message about your favorite part of the movie or one of your life goals/dreams...


SANKARI'S card inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"

I can't even tell you how in SOOOO many ways - this story is SO much like my life growing up!! I loved watching this when it came out!!! Growing up Indian in another culture that had so many different values was difficult during the teenage years (my mom can tell you all about it!!) I have played soccer since I was very little and when I was 11 - joined the school teams and played through the college years. I absolutely love soccer and have just loved watching it through this World Cup (and even though my favorite team Brasil is not advancing - I am enjoying watching every game :) I love seeing the main character: Jess and to see her love for soccer and how she realizes that she is good and wants to pursue this in a college across the ocean from her parents, who are conservative and have different values for her - and she still has faith in her dreams coming true, she also tries to balance honoring her family and her faith.

So my card is inspired by this quality of faith - in believing in your dreams, the "knowing" and holding on through the periods darkness in your life. I made this card a circle in honor of the soccer ball (hee :), I used rich colors to represent the Indian culture, the flower represents her blossoming into herself and the sentiment represents the faith that she has in her self and in the very end - how this is a faith that her father also has in her and supports her dreams.
I hope you have a chance to play along with this very sweet movie!!!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Guest Designer: PRISCILLA'S card inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"
"Bend it Like Beckham" is a heartwarming movie about a teenage girl who is struggling with her Indian traditions and her dream of becoming a world-class soccer player. In the movie, Jess, the main character (played by Parminder K. Nagra), is befriended by another girl, Jules (played by Keira Knightly), who recruits her to play on a real soccer team, gives her support and encouragement, and shares her love of the game. The relationship of these two girls is where I got the inspiration for my card. Even though Jess has a real sister in the movie, the ‘sisterhood’ bond that stood out and inspired me was the one between Jess and Jules. I don’t think you have to be blood sisters to feel the bond of sisterhood!

The challenge requirement this week, along with inspiration from the movie, is to create a card in any shape other than A2!! These days I pretty much always do square cards so this was right up my alley!! :) I used another image from Mo's Digital Pencil: 'Sisters'. As soon as I saw this image, I knew it was the perfect one for this challenge! I usually like to start with my background paper and color to coordinate with that, but this time I just started coloring and then had to hunt to find some paper. :) I'm not very adept at Copics yet, but decided to give them a try for this challenge. It worked pretty well, but the color I used for the older girl's top just wasn't I fixed it by paper piecing with a coordinating paper - ooaallaa!! A little shading with my Prismacolor pencils and blending with OMS completed the coloring portion. The background paper was so 'busy' that I didn't want to add too much in the way of embellishment, so I just used some paper lace in one strip then scrunched some of that same paper lace to form a backing for my hand written sentiment: "My sister, my friend". I added a couple of Dew Drops to the bottom and some Star Dust Stickles (the best Stickles color in my opinion because it just adds sparkle, not color!) to the blue shoes, barrette & to the lace around the sentiment....there's just something I can't resist about adding some "sparkle"!!

I hope you like my card and that you'll be inspired to play along this week in the Cinema Saturday Challenge!! It's a lot of fun....and YOU could be the next winner of the "Audrey Award"!!

Thank you so much Priscilla for playing along - and for beautiful card and the inspiration behind it!!! Simply lovely! Please check out Pricilla's lovely blog for more details about her gorgeous card!

Who's going to be our next guest designer? It could be you! All you have to do is to create a card, layout, 3d creation (whatever you would like) that is inspired by the movie: Bend It Like Beckham and that uses the challenge requirement: create anything but an A2 card in your creation! Your creation can be inspried by anything in the movie, from the themes in the movie, to the dialogue, costumes, character, music, lyrics, quotes, events in the movie, furniture, time period - anything at all that inspires your creative "light bulb" to go on!!! Please share with us - where you got your inspiration from cause we love reading about your creative process!

You can post your challenge entry anytime from now till Thursday, July 8 at 8pm CST!
Can't wait to see your wonderful creations!
Big hugs,
the Cinema Sisters

PS- Just a quick head's up -we are 14 challenges away from our big 100th challenge!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the details of our 100th challenge celebration!!!!!


Radha said...

U made my week!!!!My year!!!!

Brooke S said...

Beautiful Sankari and Pricilla. Sankari I love the round soccer shape of your cards.. The colors make me shed a little tear for you... Sorry Girly they had a great ride. Maybe in 4 years you can go to Brazil to be there in person...

Pricilla I LOVE the coloring of the images.. Your coloring, shading and shadowing are done SO well.So glad you joined us this week. I love square cards as well. Thanks for bring in the sisterhood theme..


Unknown said...

Yess! I'd LOVE to do a soccer card! Especially after 'we' beat Brazil yesterday at the World Championship, lol! What a scrumptious cards you big three have made, love 'em! Hope to be back soon with my card, too!

Tethered2Home said...

Brilliant cards & such a funny movie. Thanks for the fun this week!

Maureen said...

oh, time to play this week and I just rented the movie...will watch it tonight :)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

BarbaraW said...

Again I have tried to add my link and nothing appears. Here is the link to my card.
I don't understand why I can't add my link. I have not problems anywhere else.

Nancy K said...

Yay -Great film ladies! After a busy start to summer, I'm ready to get back to challenges, and this is a great one to kick it off with (a little pun intended!).
The inspiration cards are amazing this week -so many great details!

Radha said...

Again I did it!!!
I'm so sad!
I just linked it and it said it is closed....

Radha said...

Dearest B and my CC!
This is the 2nd time I'm late!!
Can some one say to me :
"Radha hurry post on time"
Please look at
Love your both comment!!!