30/01/2008 The practical filming of a filming of a seance
provided a very unusual experience for members. Inevitable confusion
and much laughter about the scripted events and actual events. The
main lights failed, initially thought to be due to an overload with
the various spotlights, but it turned out to be a faulty flourescent
tube which triggered the trip! Several members will try editing the
resulting footage to contrast various personal styles at a later meeting.
Last Friday several members attended Barry Norman's entertaining presentation
in the Town Hall, though more film clips would have been appreciated.
23/01/2008 Neil ran the meeting which planned next week's
filming event.Two similarly made club films were shown to illustrate
what had been achieved before. Last Friday some members and guests
enjoyed the annual dinner held at the golf club.
16/01/2008 Nine good entries for the documentary competition. Summary stills are available.
Brian and Neil were the Stan Olman Judges who decided no entries merited
a nomination even though there wer many good films, none were "pushing
the boundaries". The meeting closed with a film by Neil about
a blind man flying a jet plane - relevant following the competition
entry about an eye hospital. An edited film from the green screen
exercise was also shown.
09/01/2008 A Happy New Year to all our members. Don showed
a variety of historical films which included Caversham Water Carnival,
and the building of Reading station - about to be rebuilt soon! He
also showed some holiday films on VHS and film. We are grateful to
Dennis who refurbished the black box to make VHS projection simpler.
12/12/2007 Members enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine and
a chance to socialise while waiting their turn to use Roger's green
screen equipment to make a short film using their choice of background.
A big learning exercise with sveral problems with sound and synchronising
actions with the background changes. some of the results were shown
afterwards - a small boy exploring a forest of giant toadstools, and
weather news in Africa. The traditional rib-tickling animation closed
the evening of the last meeting of 2007.
Best wishes for a Happy Christmas to all members.
05/12/2007 The seven entries for the holiday competition covered
UK, US, Germany and Sweden. Summary
Stills are available. Laurie and Brian were the Stan Olman judges
and they nominated Northumberland for its excellent panoramic views.
Time precluded a critique of each entry. Another hilarious animation
was shown while the results were collated.
28/11/2007 Members were put into four groups and asked to
capture af 5 minute film on the plans for the church hall. Editing
was to be done "in camera". Each film was deemed very good
considering the short time to plan and shoot it. One group used a
camera using DVD which could not easily be repositioned to capture
the next bit as with tape, but a laptop was available to do some crude
editing. An interesting experience for most and after a second viewing,
group 2 was voted the best. Another hilarious animation was shown
22/11/2007 Due to sickness. next Tuesday
will be a practical evening. Bring your cameras, microphones etc.
21/11/2007 Members had the opportunity to discuss the merits
of 9 of the 10 films on the Colcheter club showreel and air their
ideas for improvements. Laurie chaired the eveing as Geoff was sick.
The evening was concluded with another hilarious Shaun the Sheep animation.
14/11/2007 Nick gave members a fascinating insight into his
experiences of making films using 16mm cine, VHS and finally digital.
He illustrated his achievements with several films starting with LOST
PROPERTY made 17 years ago, and then BLOOD MONEY made in 1992. The
questions and discussion indicated the general interest in his subject.
The evening was closed with a documentary about Whitchurch-on-Thames.
07/11/2007 Eight varied entries for the One-minute competition. Summary stills are available.
Neil and Geoff were the Stan Olman Judges and they nominated Phil's
film and newcomer Roger for his trailer - we look forward to seeing
the main film later in the season. Geoff illustrated the difficulties
of filming small children with his record of a music project in various
31/10/2007 The club welcomed 5 members from the Surrey
Border club which included their president and chairman who introduced
the films. Examples of the various categories of films they make were
shown, displaying several humorous storylines. Some of the activities
were similar to those in our club but with a different level of affluence
- steam engines, and model railway systems! Due to technical problems,
the summer project competition has been postponed till the new year,
and a showreel from Colchester will be shown instead.
24/10/2007 Laurie and Brian decided to try something new for
a change and challenged three teams to a game to plan and cost the
making of a DVD for a client wanting a safety film associated with
an airport fuel farm. They were impressed with each proposed content,
but the costing were widely different compared with what they were
actually paid when they did the job. The winning team members each
received a DV tape. They showed the final film they had made earlier.
Several members attended the Guernsey Lily Festival and the pictures
show Phil and Brian receiving commendation certificates for the entries
they submitted - The Red Kite Returns and Mikropodium.
17/10/2007 The club welcomed several
members from Bourne End and Staines clubs for the Gateway competition.
Don chaired the evening in Geoff's absence. Neil provided an excellent
buffet in the interval.