15/03/2009 Traffic caused Roger's guest Daniel to arrive late
so members watched a tidied up edit of earlier practical filming;
a film of the BBC making a 3 minute film about Don's cinema; a documentary
about the Denham film studios, and another about St. Helena while
waiting. Several people then gained experience of filming Daniel playing
his guitar - see below.
18/03/2009 Steve led an ambitious practical which began with
a tutorial, then time to plan a simple shoot, shoot the exercise,
edit it and screen it all in one evening. Phil gave assistance to
the three groups and the screened results were impressive.
On Monday Francis, Don, Tony and Roger presented some of our club
films to the Oxford Video Society at Kidlington which were well received.
Tony attended the Staines interclub competition on Friday. Results
of the Penny Cup competition on 5th March were received - our Fusion
Power came 4th.
11/03/2009 Four good entries for the fiction competition. Summary stills are available.
Roger and Laurie were the Stan Olman gurus and they judged three deserved
nominations for creativity and originality. Phil showed a short film
which illustrated how it could have been improved if some different
camera techniques had been used. Members then watched an interesting
film about sound design aspects for the Wall-E animation
04/03/2009 Don Fairservice illustrated his discussion on editing
with a variety of short clips - with particular emphasis on rhythm
and timing of audio and visual. It was made all the more interesting
by his enthusiasm for his subject - artistry in editing.
25/02/2009 Phil and Steve talked about some camera techniques
and showed two of nine intense tutorials about framing, camera angles
and moving cameras. By popular demand it was agreed to arrange for
members to practice such skills in a practical evening. Phil then
showed some film entries for the NECA 2009 competition and discussed
the various merits of each one.
18/02/2009 Francis read out a letter of gratitude from the
Church Fellowship following the film show on Thursday. Phil, Laurie,
Francis, Don and Tony attended. It was thought to have been an interesting
selection of films which was well received. There were eleven entries
for the holiday competition. Roger and Laurie were the Stan Olman
gurus. James's film was nominated for its photographic quality and
editing. Summary stills are available.
Don showed a film about the minis in the Italian Job films to close
11/02/2009 It was good to see younger members (Danny, Ryszard
and Roger) directing and filming a simple script with a good attendance
supporting their efforts. Young Jamie also showed his first film in
the tea interval.
03/02/2009 Due to the treacherous travelling conditions, tonight's
meeting is cancelled.
28/01/2009 Phil gave a presentation with clips about good
and poor camera techniques where the camera is moved to create interest.
Laurie helped while members experimented with using dollys, steadycams
etc. with two lady guests Mandy and Zoe helping as subjects. An interesting
learning experience with some good results which were projected.
21/01/2009 Due to David's recent resignation, the programme
needed revision. Neil and Roger gave a Powerpoint presentation of
their respective workflow methodologies from capturing footage to
burning DVDs. Neil uses Edius to capture, edit and burn DVDs while
Roger uses Premiere Pro to edit and a variety of other software to
manipulate graphics & audio, and design & burn DVDs. See Useful
19/01/2009 Neil, Tony, Roger, Pete and Geoff filmed the Hurst
pantomime on Thursday and members and guests enjoyed an excellent
meal on Friday. John led some singing after eating - see
photos. Phil, Francis, Tony, Nick, Ian, Roger and Steve attended
film festival in Guildford on Sunday and returned with 50% of
the awards - see below.
14/01/2009 Don and Roger controlled the proceedings. Four
films were entered for the documentary competition. Summary
stills are available. Laurie and Brian were the Stan Olman judges
and decided that none of them merited a nomination. Laurie and Brian
then showed a documentary they had made about morphine poppies and
the meeting closed with a cartoon.
17/12/2008 Roger controlled the quiz prepared by David who
was busy with his forthcoming wedding arrangements. Geoff provided
mulled wine and nibbles and there was plenty of time for social chat.
The edited results of the interview practical were shown. It was announced
that a new heater is to be installed in the small hall. All members
are wished a very Happy Christmas.
10/12/2008 An unusual novice competition in that only one
member entered but with five short films. Summary
Stills are available. Danny also showed The Eye of Silence which was discussed. Geoff showed his PC Clinic film made at
an earlier practical with the puppet film seen before. The meeting
closed with two films from a European competition, one in Spanish
03/12/2008 A good turnout of members enjoyed an excellent
presentation about filming tornadoes and hurricanes. Alister captivated
the audience with his enthusiasm for the subject as shown by the interesting
questions which followed the tea break. Don announced the death of
Norman Davis who was a past member.
26/11/2008 Two teams filmed interviews for promoting the club.
There was plenty of time to socialise over an extended tea break.
19/11/2008 David discussed interview techniques and showed
some examples. Two teams formed to plan next week's filming. The meeting
closed after a feature on Terence Young of the Bond movies involving
lots of interviews with relevant people.
12/11/2008 A disappointing turnout to watch the two
summer project entries. Some summary
stills and a photo gallery are available. Geoff managed technical problems well in the absence
of a knowledgable projectionist. Phil related his trophy experience
at Guernsey and then showed a film about the making of his Best Script
trophy called Guernsey Coppersmith. Some of the 1-min films were reshown
with improved sound - I want to
go Home being particularly relevant on remembrance day. Tony
showed his edited puppet film from the filming practical. The DVD
player would not play a +R disc, so the film from the other practical
group will be shown at another meeting.
05/11/2008 Our guest speaker couldn't attend so David stepped
in with the corporate video presentation he had planned for an earlier
meeting. He showed examples of how computer software could be made
interesting with films made by Oracle
Corporation and also a film about webplay - a schools interactive
theatre program in USA and London. Roger then showed some American
made low budget films in which the makers obviously had fun making
29/10/2008 Neil was sad to announce the death of Brian
Hodgson. Geoff gave news of Guernsey - Phil awarded a Guernsey
Lily, and one of his actors was awarded Best Actor. His film also
awarded a Gold by UNICA and the IAC awarded/made him a Fellow. Congratulations
Phil. There were 10 very good entries for the 1-minute competition.
Laurie and Geoff were Stan Olman judges and nominated two films. Summary
stills are available. Mark showed his Matera film again
and members discussed aspects in detail.
22/10/2008 Several members attended Alan Lott's funeral on
Monday. Members were grateful to Mark for stepping in at short notice
when David was in Paris. Mark showed his latest documentary Matera using his cine projector. He wanted feedback but members felt they
needed to see the film again after seeing his questionaire which may
happen next meeting. Neil showed Tony's Family Outing film
and invited criticisms, and then showed a much reduced version he
had edited with Tony redoing the audio. The merits of the two versions