06/04/2005 Derek entertained members with
an insight into what he does with his tall combined monopod
tripods with homemade camera remote control system for use in
church weddings. He also showed what can be achieved with discrete
cameras to capture nature in his garden. He finished with some
examples of stereo shots and invited members to accept a challenge
to make a stereoscopic film of about 5 minutes and provided
some details of how it could be done.
30/03/2005 Five entries contested the new fiction
competition. Laurie and Geoff were the Stan Olman judges and they
decided that none of the entries warranted a nomination. Summary
stills are available.
23/03/2005 The Tuesday meeting was a bit of pot
pouri with Laurie showing a commercial video which he had bought and
the quality was awful, and some Edwardian film from early 1900.
20/03/2005 On Saturday the panto film had its
premiere at Hurst hall and it appeared to be well received with DVDs
selling well. The audience made it a special occasion with refreshments
in the interval and party poppers exploding when the wicked queen
On Friday 6 members attended the Staines interclub competition to
enjoy the 8 films and the retention of the trophy.
||Harrow Cine & Video Society
||Epsom Cine & Video Society
||'S All Over
||Surrey Border Film & Video Makers
||The Little Match Girl
||Orpington Video & Film Makers
||The Boy Who Didn't Come Home
||Haywards Heath Cine & Video Society
||A Knight to Remember
||Bourne End Video Camera Club
||Ladies Who Leave Their Mark
||Reading Film & Video Makers
Phil receiving the trophy from the judge Jack Saltman.
16/03/2005 Members were treated to an interesting
marriage of music and imagery illustrated by clips from other club's
usage of AKM music with their own footage. Subjects ranged from snails,
Cornish treasure hunting, bridge building, waterfalls, and historical
commentaries. There was an opportunity to listen to some tracks before
purchase. The second half compared the usage of different types of
music with footage of a total eclipse of the sun. Copies of issue
10 of the In Focus magazine are now available with the content appearing
here on the website in due course.
09/03/2005 Four entries for the novice competition
were shown and it was nice to see two new young members winning with
their homourous film which made use of recently learned techniques
at the practical evenings. Summary stills
are available. Don and Brian were the Stan Olman judges and they nominated
this film for the way it 'pushed the boundaries' in a novice competition.
One of the other entries covered the preparations for filming the
pantomime which gave rise to some questions and some interesting comments
from Neil about the problems with sound, lighting and other glitches
as well as the way in which he did the editing to create the 2 hour
film of the actual pantomime DVD.
|02/03/2005 Dave met several members in a pub before the
meeting and then gave an insight into how he judges top competitions.
The first hurdle for any entrant is to impress the selection panel
enough so that the top judges actually see the film! He illustrated
his talk with some short clips, finishing with a 5 minute humorous
film from Germany after an interesting question and answer session.
|22/02/2005 A disappointing number of films were entered
for the Gear Trophy for best documentary, but the two entries
were both excellent. Summary stills
are now available. Neil gave details of the Clayfield Copse event
on June 4th and invited members to consider using this for the
summer project. Kate had done some editing of an interview from
the last meeting which was shown at the start.
Peter receiving his prize
16/02/2005 The evening began with the showing
of two short films created using some of the chroma key footage captured
a couple of meetings ago which demonstrated some very imaginative
ideas. Laurie then gave some hints on filming interviews and members
then split into groups of three so that a cameraman could film an
interviewer introducing an interviewee who talked about an object
he was given. Roles were then rotated. Some of the clips were projected
and discussed. The exercise illustrated good and bad camera angles,
framing, sound and the need for capturing 'noddies' and separate shots
of the object for cut aways. An instructive and fun evening was closed
with the start of the panto DVD which had some interviews in the make-up
room before the performance.
12/02/2005 The staff at Reading Golf Club served
an excellent meal to members and guests for the postponed christmas
dinner. Members and spouses contributed with a hilarious cabaret -
see photo gallery.
On Thursday evening the club gave their annual film show for the St.
Andrews Fellowship fund raising event for the Building Development
project. Recent competition winning films were shown, together with
Phil's longer film on Red Kites which is available commercially from
the Chiltern Conservancy Board.
09/02/2005 Members enjoyed an interesting interactive
discussion about professional editing. Jamie illustrated his points
with some 4 minute clips of TV drama and described the relationship
between the editor, director, producer and script writer. Neil wondered
whether the recently completed editing of panto footage would need
to be revisited in light of what he had learnt! Dennis was thanked
for the enhanced black box which now had an integrated DVD player.
02/02/2005 Another successful practical evening
with members learning about lighting and chroma keying. The images
show Brian explaining what lights he uses for stills photography,
and members shooting Mike in front of a green screen. Well done to
Roger and Don for some impressive editing of the body part footage
from the previous meeting.
26/01/2005 Another interesting practical evening
in which members learnt from experimenting with the film of body parts
- eyes, mouth, hands, feet etc. to create suspense, express emotion
and provided useful cut-aways. The various clips captured by the groups
were then shown and discussed. The picture below shows members setting
up cameras before the exercise began.
19/01/2005 Another very good crop of entries
for the 4-minute competition,
Summary stills are available. Laurie
and Brian considered entries for Stan Olman nominations and decided
only one worthy of nomination for his effective use of freeze frame,
colour variations and other sutle editing effects. Well done to Dave.
Tony's entry was an interesting original idea which could have been
further exploited and would then have merited a nomination too, The
filming of the Hurst panto went off smoothly, and first impressions
of the captured footage look promising. The evening was rounded off
with some Tom and Jerry cartoons.
12/01/2005 A very happy New Year to members.
The year started badly with the annual dinner having to be cancelled
and rearranged at short notice. Various programme
changes have also been necessary. The first meeting in the new year
was very fortuitous timing as a group of members are planning to film
the Hurst pantomime Snow White this week. Ali of Black
Swan gave an interesting talk illustrated with excerpts from various
concerts, including some behind the scenes footage of preparations
for filming a concert in The Royal Albert Hall. Events require between
4 and 12 cameras, and occasionally a live mix. Interest was high with
an abundance of questions.
15/12/2004 The final meeting of the year showed
members more winning films from the IAC about painting on silk, robins
nesting in a garage, clock making, and a lecture - superbe images.
The second half had Don conduct an Odd Angles quiz and an historical
look at Bernard and his involvement with the club. Finally a couple
of hilarious cartoons sent us away laughing. A very Happy Christmas
to all our members.
08/12/2004 Another competion produced 5 entries
for the best holiday film for the Ward Trophy. Two entries tried to
use a different approach to the conventional holiday sequence. The
results are available, also summary
stills. Neil also announced that RFVM had been invited to be judges
for competitions for two other regions of the IAC.
02/12/2004 The interclub triangular
Gateway competition was hosted by Reading and despite being a Wednesday
night, had a good turnout and with the guests from the Bourne End
and Staines clubs, the large hall was used to show the films. The
result was a two-way tie. The rules state that the other club not
involved in the tie should select a winner and Bourne End judges declared
Reading as winner due to their overall content of the films.
||I Just Knew
||The Earl Howe Story
||Back to Thatch
||The End of the Pier Show
||New York City
||We Fought The Law...
The picture shows Neil receiving the Gateway Trophy on behalf of Reading.
24/11/2004 The first competition of the season had 9 splendid
entries which made for an interesting evening considering only one
entry was evident a fortnight ago. Topics included mini documentaries,
holiday shots cut to music, and a thought provoking study of memories.
The critique was humourous and Neil and Dennis judged Peter Marsh's
Take Five for a Stan Olman nomination
for his creative editing and use of blue screen technique to achieve
5 versions of himself interacting with each other. Competition
results are available, summary stills
also. The evening was closed by showing the excellent IAC winner of
the Daily Mail Trophy about puppetry.
17/11/2004 A few members helped Phil prepare the hall in High
Wycombe Conservancy Centre for the launch of his Red Kite film on
the Tuesday afternoon. An audience of about 40 saw the film and sales
of the DVDs and videos were encouraging. In the evening Bill Drummond
demonstrated the latest Sony
HD cameras, and members had the opportunity to experiment with
manual focus and zoom with the consumer spec. equipment.
10/11/2004 The scheduled speaker gave very short notice of
his inability to attend so Mark acquired a DVD of recent IAC competition
winning films. Unfortunately the DVD player refused to play it so
members watched a Kodak film stock promotion about a lightning project
which was discussed in detail. Phil had brought along his film The
Red Kite Returns which he made in the summer so this was also
shown and discussed. Four members are involved in the launch of this
film next week in High Wycombe. Geoff also gave an update on his visit
to the Chippenham club where his talk on sound was well received and
his audience appreciated the films he showed them.
03/11/2004 Mavis and Roger Spence gave members a sample of
their films all in 9,5 format. They included animals in a rainforest,
SA Kruger National Park. a Yorkshire sheep fair, a vintage stage coach
holiday in Gerrmany, a short drama, and a rock animation. The quality
and content were excellent considering the age of the equipment being
used to capture the events and display the results. It is amazing
what can be done with scissors as an editing tool!
27/10/2004 Geoff gave a very technical explanation of the
characteristics of various microphones with demonstrations using his
impressive equipment, and how they can be best used to capture important
sound to improve a film. He finally illustrated the use of sound with
a short film.
20/10/2004 The meeting began with the showing of a recent
Meridian ITV report in which Geoff and his family were interviewed
about his award winning film Elegia. After a brief discussion
about the Chippenham films shown at the previous meeting Phil presented
an exercise for members to watch a film and analyse it to help better
understand what makes a good film. Waterway to Wales was used
as an example. It was considered the sort of film a member could make
and had won a Best Use of Sound award at an IAC competition. After
watching the film, members split into groups to discuss their thoughts
against a checklist, and then group ideas were shared. There was a
diversity of opinions, but an agreement that anyone would have been
proud had they made the film.
13/10/2004 Peter Stedman showed us several videos which he
had made, some with help from his club members. He is a versatile
cameraman, editor, script writer, actor, magician, interviewer and
producer, and manages to sell some of his videos. Geoff will be making
a reciprocal visit to his Chippenham Video Makers club in November
to show them some of our club's productions. Phil announced that We
Fought The Law... had been sent to the Amateur
Movie Makers Association and got an award for Best Story. He also
read out some interesting comments from judges at the Guernsey
Lily Festival where it got a Very Highly Commended award.
Please note the recent programme changes.
06/10/2004 Neil Marflett.gave an interesting demonstration
of what the DVX100, DVC30 and DVC60 Panasonic cameras can do, explaining
the difference between progressive scan and interlaced, and Video
Gamma and Cine Gamma, which was well received judging from the number
of technical questions from members. The quality was illustrated by
some short films. It was also useful for members to be able to handle
Laurie, Brian and Geoff then described their recent experience of
making a corporate video of the Exel Challenge in appalling weather,
and showed the resulting film.
Neil and Tony attended the Surrey
Border Film & Video Makers interclub competition on Friday.
The clubs competing with their films were:
||A Knight to Remember
||Choosing for Eternity
||The Final Twist
The judge David Longley was pleased to have to decide between 4 excellent
films which were all dramas, and made some interesting comments about
each concerning The Idea, Pace and Enjoyment Factor,
before finally awarding the trophy to Haywards Heath for their
romantic 8-minute film.
29/09/2004 The practical evening was a good opportunity for
new members to mix with others and to learn about their cameras. The
diversity of cameras revealed the considerable differences in facilities
that are available and it was felt that most people learnt something
new. Future meetings will help members to hone their skills with Pull
Focus, Dutch Tilts, Good Composition etc.
The points tally is now running again, with some points earned in
the last few meetings of last season. A picture of the new trophy
is also available.
22/09/2004 The opening night was well attended, with several
potential new members and one previous member rejoining. Neil provided
drinks and nibbles which helped socialising among fellow members.
The club had been approached to film the Hurst Pantomime 2005 showing
on 13th Jan, 14th Jan and 15th Jan 2005 at Hurst Village Hall. Needs
a team of cameramen, sound men and editors to make a package. Good
opportunity to work on a team project.
The next issue of the In Focus magazine is ready and copies will be
available shortly. The Caversham Remembered video was being converted
to DVD to see if it will continue to sell in this modern format. Geoff
had been informed that his film Elegia.had won a UNESCO award.
Members may also be interested in the stereoscopic
society journal of 3D imaging summer 2004. Phil invited other
members to join a cycle ride with a group of regular cycling members.
The new Bernard Bareham trophy was on show.
The evening was closed with a film of last years Christmas party,
filmed and edited by Phil Bryant.
14/09/2004 Welcome to the start of the new season next week.
The programme is now available, please
note that certain eveings are scheduled to start early for the benefit
of the visiting speaker. Such entries are highlighted in red. Congratulations
to Geoff and Phil on their bronze
success at the UNICA International competition, which helped Britain
to come third. Various members were active over the summer - see the
photo gallery - and Peter and Bruce
hosted their annual steam event.
The committee and partners also enjoyed a splendid BBQ
hosted by Francis and Janet.
10/06/2004 At the first committee meeting, the committee
roles were established. Next season starts on Tuesday 21st September.
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