18/01/2006 A very good attendance for the 4 minute competition
which attracted 13 very varied entries, two of which were on film.
Neil and Brian were the Stan Olman judges and two nominations were
made, one for Mark with his moving graphics achieved on film, and
one for Geoff for the exceptional quality of his images which still
remained after several conversions from HD to DVD. Some summary
stills are available. Alec Kingham from the Reading Chronicle
attended the meeting and we look forward to seeing his write up. Well
done Laurie, seen below receiving his award from Geoff.
11/01/2006 After a long seasonal break, members enjoyed an
entertaining presentation from Laurie and Brian about making corporate
videos. They illustrated their talk with a BP HSE Induction video
and an IPN Promo film. Adding extra value was then exemplified with
problems of adding subtitles in Japanese and Chinese, and personalisation
for particular companies and countries. The evening was closed with
a film about the Buxton Puppet Festival.
14/12/2005 Members were given a brief talk about what computer
to use for video editing and some suggestions on what software to
use. Neil then showed some historical adverts for Beechams from the
1960s to the present day for ideas on the 1-min commercial exercise
next year. The final meeting of 2005 ended with the showing of a film
about Ewelm - a good example of a film about a place which was familiar
to the cycling members. A very Happy Christmas to all
07/12/2005 It was great to see so many entries for the holiday
competition, some from new members. At the previous meeting there
were only 4 entries known about and it appears that several members
made an effort to produce something to make up the numbers, resulting
in a total of 11 entries including one on film. Laurie and Neil were
the Stan Olman judges despite Neil having an entry. They had one nomination
for the award which was for Dave's short film Venice which
was particularly creative in its use of colour and picture in picture.
Many a holiday film is made as a personal memory for the author which
does not always make for good viewing by other people, and is often
rather lengthy. Summary stills are now available soon. Below, Geoff receives the award from Laurie.
30/11/2005 Alan illustrated his 3D presentation with an impressive
display of cameras and viewing devices, and members experienced seeing
several 3D films (using the special glasses) including an early Tomorrows
World TV treatment of the subject and a very technical explanation
of how it all works. The picture shows Alan adjusting his 8mm projector
for the showing of a short colour film viewed by the audience through
Neil distributed samples of the flu product to be used in the 1-minute
commercial practical exercise later in the season.
23/11/2005 Members were grateful to Phil for stepping in at
short notice to give a very entertaining presentation about making
fiction films, illustrated by his prize winning film The Sleeper.
A lively discussion developed as he presented his views on film ideas;
crew; actors; locations; equipment; props and the various production
stages. He suggested some hilarious ideas for films by reference to
stories in the day's newspaper.
16/11/2005 Dennis illustrated his explanation about what the
club black box does with a short film, and followed it with an example
of an abstract video Kaleidomania which demonstrated his Blue
Peter talent for inventiveness. He finally showed The Great Pram
Race which was a hilarious Benny Hill style film made by his
friend the late Edward Agius of the Finchley Cine Society. Don recommended
a book What Shall I Film? for script writing ideas and illustrated
his suggestions with several films including the making of the 3 minute
BBC South item about his private cinema which Dennis had filmed.
09/11/2005 Seven entries for the 1-minute competition produced
a very varied set of topics, which made it difficult to judge. There
were ties for 2nd and 3rd places. The picture shows Andy with his
plaque (seated as he was hobbling on crutches). Phil and Don were
the Stan Olman judges and they nominated Dave's film Art over Florence for the relationship of the imagery and music to the art. Some summary
stills are available. Members were asked to think of ideas for
the 1-minute commercial challenge later in the season, and also asked
to acquire green and red glasses for viewing 3D images for Alan's
presentation soon.(Left eye should be Red, Right, Green).
02/11/2005 After seeing the probable future of video last
week, members were shown a sample of what was achieved 100 years ago
with a documentary about the restoration of Michell and Kenyon film
negatives by the British Film Institute with clips illustrating the
history of cinema.
26/10/2005 Members were enlightened about the values of High
Definition by in-deep with an excellent presentation illustrated by clips of the Flying
Scotsman. The difference between inframe and long GOP formats were
explained along with editing considerations. It was good to see several
new prospective young members who contributed to a lively discussion.
22/10/2005 Six members enjoyed seeing the films as Reading
successfully retained the Gateway trophy at the triangular competition
hosted by Staines. The results were:
||Silent Suspect (9.5mins)
||Breakfast at Tifferney (3mins)
||The Visit (4mins)
||The Maharajah's Well (19Mins)
||Laleham The Village (15mins)
||You Oughta Be in Pictures (4mins)
||The Miller Connection (9.5mins)
The picture shows Ken Ferguson presenting Geoff with the trophy
19/10/2005 Don showed members a film about the making of 007 Bond
films. Though the budget and advertising for club films are vastly
different, there were plenty of general lessons about storyboarding
and production which are relevant to the making of shorter films.
12/10/2005 The first competition of the season was rather
disappointing as there was only one entry which Laurie and Neil as the Stan Olman
judges deemed not worthy of a nomination though they liked the
idea behind the flm. Kate (last years winner) wanted feedback on a
film she had made in Japan about the Chistmas Lectures. Members then
had another viewing (some people had not seen it) of the Italian wedding
and also saw an interesting offering about The Housewife from
another prospective new member. These were discussed.
05/10/2005 Members were grateful to Howard and his wife for
visiting the club from up North and giving such an interesting talk
about audio and microphones. He personally uses Sennheiser for capturing
wild life sounds, and used recordings to demonstrate his points and
the improvements his preamplifier could make to the hiss level. Questions
prompted a lively discussion and it was nice to be able to welcome
some more potential members.
28/09/2005 An excellent guide to making the most of your camera
covering the pros and cons of auto and manual settings was well received
by an appreciative audience which contained some prospective new members.
The slides of the presentation are available as a pdf file. The points award table for this season is now established, having started with some tea makers
from the tail end of last season
21/09/2005 The new season started with a pleasant social with
plenty of food and drink and time to catch up with people after the
summer break. Two films were shown, The Maharajah's Well and
the Clayfield Copse Woodlands Day film, both made by club members.
It was disappointing not to be able to welcome any new potential members.
07/09/2005 The programme was
finalised at the committee meeting. Congratulations go to Phil for
his 2nd place in the Canon 3-min competition
08/06/2005 At the committee meeting it was decided that the
web site would benefit from a new apperance and that the use of frames
should be avoided. All the pages have now been restructured and undergone
some standardisation, and a few errors have been corrected along the
way including a lost page from
an early issue of the magazine. A write-up about the filming of the panto has been added to Snippets. Apologies
for any other errors which may have crept in. The cycling
gallery has been extended
01/06/2005 At the first committee meeting, the committee roles were established. Peter Marsh volunteered to stay on the committee
and remain as Treasurer for another season. Next season starts on
Tuesday 20th September. A very provisional programme is available
to allow committee members to identify available slots for club evenings
which are their responsibility.
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