28/04/2004 A prospective new lady member joined members to
watch and discuss several BMW films called The
Hire and some others to illustrate how the pace of the film can
help tell the story. The evening was closed with a film made by Volvo,
parts of which are an advert on TV. A certificate had been received
from Staines, for Geoff's winning film and it was also announced that
the IAC had requested a copy of We Fought The Law... for their
21/04/2004 The meeting room was temporarily turned into a
museum with Alan's collection of 9.5mm and 16mm projectors and cameras
as shown below. Alan is a founder member of the club and gave an fascinating
talk about the history of movie cameras etc. from 1900, covering pictures,
sound and colour. He showed a colour film he made in 1938. Don concluded
the evening with 4 films made only 39 years ago about Penang; Corfu;
an aircraft carrier; and Mapledurham, all in colour and with sound.
All points earned in the rest of this season will be credited to next
14/04/2004 Some of the Bourne cup entries were shown again
for the benefit for any member who missed them last week, and comments
were aired for each one after background explanations from the film
maker. An interesting discussion about the use of J-cuts arose at
one point. Summary stills are available
for the winning films. Neil also announced further recent successes
for RFVM members in the international arena - see the IAC
website. Phil invited interest in members joining him to do some
filming at the Andover
Falconry sometime in the summer.
The picture shows Geoff accepting the Staines Interclub
trophy on behalf of RFVM from Councillor Gerry Ceasar, Mayor of Spelthome
at a presentation on Friday 2nd. Geoff's film also scooped the Bournes
on the Tuesday evening in a close fought final competition
of the season. Seven excellent entries, several of which were fiction,
made interesting viewing for members. Two entries meritted nominations
for the Stan Olman award by judges Brian and Laurie:
- Phil for his technical excellence and innovation and seamless
special effects with THE PRODIGY
- Geoff for technical excellence and creativity with ELEGIA which
had been changed since its first viewing in the Burke Trophy competition.
The winner of the Stan Olman trophy will be decided at the next committee
meeting from all this seasons nominations
31/03/2004 Neil welcomed the vice chairman of the Chippenham
Movie & Video club as a visiting guest and announced some more
interclub competition successes, this time at the SoCo event at Gloucester
on Saturday 27th. RFVM won Best Club shield, Best use of Sound, and
Overall runners-up trophies. The members were then shown examples
of how to use cutaways and add commentaries to events where what happens
may be somewhat unexpected. Some problems of what can happen were
well illustrated in the clips The message was:- Plan for as much as
one can, and leave the camera running - it is surpisinmg what precious
moments do get captured amongst all the less interesting imagery.
24/03/2004 Neil announced that our club had won the Staines
Inter-Club competition on Friday 19th with Geoff's film. The picture
below shows Neil accepting the trophy on behalf of RFVM.
31st Staines Inter-Club competition
11 clubs entered and nearly 2 hours of video shown. Video
topics ranged form fiction to documentary. Many were very
humorous whilst others required extensive research.
The final result, judged by Graham Large and Laurie Miller
from Staines was:
1. Reading (Elegia)
2. Haywards Heath (The late Mr McKenna)
3. Orpington (The Green Room)
After a brief discussion about the other films in the competetition,
members split into two groups to start brainstorming/planning the
. Tony and Stan had ideas, and Mike and Neil controlled
the groups progress. Further suggestions were offered, with humorous
banter as various story lines were developed. It was very different
from the usual meeting, but certainly helped concentrate on aspects
of film-making. Hopefully more than two teams will evolve before the
17/03/2004 11 members had brought in a variety of camera accessories
which they talked about. A very hands-on evening with some useful
tips, and surprisingly little duplication of equipment which included
some ingenious home engineered parts. Devices shown included 3D beam
splitter attachments for stereo cine film; cam sling; steadycam, monopod
and tripods - one which could be adapted to become a rostrum camera;
lens hoods; radio mic holder for small camcorder; remote monitor;
sound boom and a minidisc sound recorder. Some short clips demonstrated
the effect of wide-angle lens and use of a suction clamp on the side
of a car. A very practical evening - see photo
10/03/2004 Members were shown examples of what can be achieved
with 3D animation software on a home PC and the evening was concluded
by a brilliant 3-minute film of a mix of animation and real footage
by Bruce Branit
and Jeremy Hunt together with 'the making of the film'.
Next week will be Accesorize as per the printed booklet, and members
are requested to bring along their useful gadgets which help them
use their cameras to good effect.
03/03/2004 The Gear Trophy was closely contested by 4 documentary
films and members were educated in the historical connections of Dickens,
blue tits, Reading town and replacement windows. None of the entries
were thought worthy of a Stan Olman nomination by Brian and Neil.
It was good to see such a good standard from a new member. Summary
stills are available.
25/02/2004 Mike introduced the two parts of a presentation
film by Albert Noble called Animation Animates Any Mate, which
explains the history of stop frame animation from early examples using
film, to use of digital cameras and to computer generated films without
any camera. Each part was 50 minutes long - longer than the typical
film members usually watch. It was however an interesting new angle
to film-making. Stop
Motion Pro was one software package mentioned. See Useful
Links for others.
18/02/2004 Unfortunately the original outside speakers could
not attend. We wish Mavis a speedy recovery. Instead Don was able
to show members a selection of films from the Wakefield
Movie Makers showreel which included a local newsreel from 1999
and an animation initially on 9.5 film format, with the images drawn
onto the actual film frames and sysnchronised to music. Wakefield
has an active club with about 50 members including a significant number
of ladies. Don closed the evening with two of his films, one of a
holiday in Havana, the other about tree surgery.
13/02/2004 On Thursday members of the church fellowship were
entertained with a very enjoyable film show by some RFVM members.
12 films were shown including a church bell tower clock renovation
documentary and the winner of this year's 1-minute competition I
JUST KNEW which was very appropriate so near St Valentines Day.
The event was well attended, with refreshments served in the interval
and numerous prizes were won in the raffle.
11/02/2004 Tutor Mark Chapman introduced several students
who explained what they had done with the various films that they
showed members. Films included a short chase sequence, lost memory
after an accident, a fashion promo, a ghost party documentary and
the homeless people in Reading. The college accept commisions for
clients and anyone interested should contact Mark.
It was interesting to see what youngsters are achieving these days.
Some members have visited or are visiting the Video Forum at Wembley
with its bewildering array of products from steady-cams to long-arm
jibs; lenses and the ultimate in editing systems.
Please note the recent programme changes
04/02/2004 Sickness meant the ever versatile Neil had to operate
the projector to show the 5 entries for the 4-minute Currie cup competition
which included an interesting commentary by a local Antiguan taxi
driver with a powerful message and a hastily composed skiing episode. Fairground Attraction got Peter a Stan Olman nomination for
a beautifully crafted images which he shot to fit the song, and Dave
also for his Visit to Nottingham in which he had made some
unexciting family holiday footage into an interesting movie by his
clever editing. Time allowed for lengthy feedback and comments on
each film, and Neil projected the winning 3 films again for the benefit
of the latecomers. Summary stills are
28/01/2004 Brian illustrated his impressive technical demonstration
of Imaginate (by Canopus UK) by creating a clip which traversed across
a map from Reading to High Wycombe. A demo version can be downloaded
free. Brian also demonstrated a few facilities in the more complex
Adobe package of After
Effects which offers various motion graphics and visual effects
including image stablisation which can produce interesting good quality
clips. These require infinite patience and lots of imagination, which
might put off some less PC skilled members. All in all, it was a very
technically intensive evening.
21/01/2004 Members were treated to an interesting step back
into history when Peter Smith of the Narrow Bandwidth Television Association
delivered a slide show about his personal involvement with mechanical
TV since 1983 and the life of John Logie Baird. Working replicas of
the original equipment were on show. Brian displayed the original
Soko puppet shown below, which was the first star transmitted on TV.
14/01/2004 For technical reasons, Mike could not deliver the
dissect-a-scene programme that had been planned, so members watched
some more IAC award winning films - a humourous one about an enterprising
gentleman who throws nothing away; an educational wildlife film; and
one about brewing beer. Other changes to the programme include a fund
raising film show for St Andrews Fellowship on Thursday 12th Feb.
A black and white film made in the 60's depicted memories of a travelling
gentleman with minimum dialogue, and a film about a Victorian family
which involved interesting techniques applied to still images brought
the evening to a close.
10/01/2004 Members and guests enjoyed plentiful food at the
annual dinner in the Reading Golf Club. The staff provided very good
value and excellent service which all helped to make a very pleasant
evening - see photo gallery
07/01/2004 The first meeting of the New Year was well attended.
The films for the planned showreel were not available so some winning
entries from the IAC were shown. The best overall winner film had
some commendable acting by children but was not a popular subject
for the start of the year. The gold seal award film was interesting
and was compared with a similar film members had seen earlier in the
season. The silver seal award was a short animation by a youth. Thanks
go to Dennis for the repair of the club's black box which made the
showing of the films possible. More summary stills are now available.
17/12/2003 The Christmas party was very well attended. Committee
members and partners provided a sumptious spread. After an unplanned
barbecue, entertainment started with an Odd Angles quiz, then Francis
recited poetry about the Law. Mike bemused us with some magic and
the evening was concluded by another quiz after a sketch by four 'oldies'
reminiscing about using ancient video equipment. See the photo
gallery. Our thanks to Bob Upham for the live music, and best
wishes to everyone for a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.
10/12/2003 Members enjoyed seeing some summer scenes in the
holiday competition for the Ward Trophy which included footage from
Florida, Bahamas, Italy and England. Neil was the Stan Olman judge
for the night, but decided none of the seven entries were innovative
enough to merit a nomination. Summary still are available,
also some for the Grosvenor Trophy.
03/12/2003 Some members have been busy entering films in the Surrey
Film-Video Festival on Sunday, and returned with four trophies
|The Leonard Robinson Festival Trophy
||For the best senior movie
||ELEGIA by Geoff
|The Woking Cup
||WE FOUGHT THE LAW by Phil
|The Derrick Seagrave Trophy
||WE FOUGHT THE LAW
|The Other Cup
||For a movie of special merit
||ESCAPADE by Phil
Phil started the Tuesday meeting with explanations and ilustrations
of how he did some of the special effects he used in WE FOUGHT THE
LAW and I JUST KNEW. He used the sort of effects anyone could achieve
with a computer, infinite patience and hours of time! Some sound effects
were found on the web - see Useful
Mike then outlined his ideas for next season's
summer project and illustrated them with two films: KICKER - an
animation about table soccer with no dialogue - and 14 minutes of
suspense with very little dialogue. Other ideas for the successor
to Caversham Remembered were also suggested.
Some changes to the committee were announced.
27/11/2003 Three of this years summer project films were
completed and shown. Varying interpretations were made of the theme
'Every picture tells a story'. Critique and discussion was interesting
with opinions on working with large and small teams. Because of the
group nature of the entires, award of points will be deferred until
discussed in committee. The speed camera topic was a very poinient
subject and generated several personal anectdotes about the unpopular
devices. Next week Phil will explain how he did some of the special
effects he used. A photo gallery of the making of the film is available. The image below shows
the winning team.
19/11/2003 Other outside speakers visited the club to explain
what the IAC does and about SoCo which is the largest of the 9 National
Regions in the UK. The Chairman of SoCo Alan explained a little about
the complex and grey area of copyright, and how the IAC can help members
with the use of music. He bemoaned the lack of entries to the annual
SoCo competitions from RFVM. He illustrated his talk with some short
winning films - While the cat's away and some images of Las
Vegas cut to music and another one about the Antarctic. Anne introduced
some footage of the annual kite festival in Weymouth and a film about
12/11/2003 Tuesday was a meeting with a difference. Mike showed
us how to make two variants of a tracking dolly using bits available
from a harware shop - see gallery
photos. Neil had brought his professional £400 dolly to
illustrate what money can buy. The audience was quick with cryptic
comments about dollies and the whole evening was highly entertaining,
with ample opportunity to discuss other aspects of cameras. One prospective
new member attended, and volunteered to be tea boy next week! The
only film clip shown was a demonstration of the difference between
a hand held traverse and one using the dolly Mike had constructed.
Instructions for making similar dollies can be found on several web pages.
05/11/2003 The 1-minute competition had 10 entries showing
a wide variety of ideas - including comedy, tongue-in-cheek, horticultural
education, and romance, It was good to see several entries from new
members. Brian and Laurie were the Stan Olman judges and they nominated
two for the award (Phil and Dave). Tony's original idea merited comment,
but lack of technical excellence meant no nomination. Summary stills
are in the award gallery. The evening
was closed with two more SoCo films which the audience found much
to comment on.
At the recent committee meeting it was proposed that Dennis and Margaret
Burke be made lifetime honorary members for their past services to
the club and they have accepted, so we look forward to seeing them
both on occasions when they find they can attend.
30/10/2003 Several members enjoyed the hospitality of the
Bourne End Video Camera club who hosted the annual Gateway Triangle competition. Some good quality films were shown and Reading emerged the eventual winner as shown in the results below.
||10 to 4
||It's Your Call
||A Tale of Two Bridges
||Time for No Man Stays
The picture shows Mike and Francis receiving the Gateway Trophy
from Derek Miller.
At this week's Tuesday meeting members (including one potential new
member) had a chance to see some historical footage made by members
who used film to create their masterpieces. The films shown included
a black and white record of an archeological dig of a Roman villa
near Maidenhead from aeriel survey in 1958 to the eventual burial
under a housing estate. Alan Lott also showed a colourful 16mm film
of Lisbon in 1964 which included a bullfight. Bruce showed his award
winning documentary Lifeboat from 1995. Another showing had
footage made by the club in the Abbey Gateway which was the venue
for early club meetings.
There are at least four entries for next week's competition. Some
programme dates have had to be changed around, and the programme page
has been updated.
22/10/2003 Club members enjoyed the first outside speaker
to visit the club this season. Jolyon Bainbridge talked about his
career in radio controlled model making for the film industry. He
gave us an amusing and fascinating insight into how certain special
effects in some of the Bond films were done and animatronics in other
films. He specialises in flying model helicopters and his latest venture
involves aerial photography. See www.flyingcamerasystems.co.uk for more details. The pictures below show Jolyon and Andrew answering
questions, and the model helicopter used for aerial photography.
15/10/2003 The first competition of the season was for novice
members who have not won any previous competition and attracted four
entries. It was encouraging to see two entries from a new member who
showed considerable talent with his Paraglide video which also won
him a nomination from Don and Neil for the Stan
Olman Trophy for the innovative editing effects he achieved. The
winning entry was about making a double bass but without any commentary
- the imagery alone telling the story. Summary stills are in the award
gallery. The evening was closed with another SoCo film about a
Cornish drama about events in 1800.
Committee members selected the following three films to represent
the club at the Gateway interclub competition at the end of the month:
Horological Renovations; Escapade; Pendragon.
08/10/2003 Mike presented three of his previously shown 1-minute
films for the audience to judge, working in pairs and the results
analysed. He handled the lively discussion well and took a lot of
very harsh criticism with very good humour. At the end it was hoped
everyone had learnt something about what can be involved in film making
and perhaps in future competitions, judging will be done with credit
being attributed to technical excellence even when the subject of
a film does not appeal. There are at least 4 entries expected at the
novice competition next week.
The points award tally table is
growing, having started with some tea makers from the tail end of
01/10/2003 Tony's inexperience of story-telling and inappropriate
use of music meant he achieved the desired audience interaction and
had numerous suggestions for improving the Oscars film he had produced
using Francis's footage. Ideas included using it as a web advert in
the style of a short news report. The next step will be decided by
the committee. Neil then showed the results of his labour of love
researching his family history with a moving film of the1914 war time
events of a Welsh regiment. Discussions about the special effects
he had used brought the evening to an interesting close.
24/09/2003 A rather smaller audience than usual at this week's
meeting, but it did include three potential new members. Several more
films from the SoCo Roadshow were shown and discussed, covering dancing,
pigeons, icons (religeous images), Tower Bridge and a superb travelogue
about a boat trip in India.
The points tally table is now available, and includes tea makers from
the last two meetings of last season.
A change of programme for 20th Jan was announced and stickers are
available for the paper booklets. Phil can no longer support his "how
to" talk about Escapade on 28th Oct with technical demonstrations
so will do a similar presentation about special effects in his summer
project later in the season. Members are welcome to bring along non-competition
entries they wish to show to the club for feedback/critique on the
17/09/2003 The opening night of the new season was well attended.
The treasurer was kept busy collecting subscriptions and distributing
the programme booklet. Neil announced
that Mike Wilding had accepted the position of Vice Chairman and the
picture shows Mike explaining the events that he has lined up for
The Stan Olman Award was announced
and a little used 16mm projector was sold in aid of charity. The rest
of the evening showed some films as a taste some of the what members
can expect later in the season. There were some interesting comments
on the use of sound in one of the films. It was a good start to the
new season with one prospective new member.
03/09/2003 The provisional programme is now available. There are a lot of gaps. The details for which will
only be filled in after the opening night.
30/08/2003 At the recent committee meeting it was agreed that
Mike Wilding should be promoted to the Programme secretary in light
of his efforts and work commitments of the assistants. He is full
of new ideas and is planning next summer's projects.
It is with sadness that we have to announce the recent death of one
of our members.
12/06/2003 At present teams of members are presumably busy
with the summer project The club new
season's regular meetings start on Tuesday 16th Sept. A picture of
this season's officers is now available.
It has been brought to our attention by some Dutch
fellow film makers that there is a Film
Festival in December which some members may be interested in.
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