20/01/2010 Members were given a demonstration of the Magix
editing system which was regarded as being a good value package. In
a brief gathering of committee members the Gear competition was rescheduled
and a retrospective Stan Olman nomination was awarded for technical
excellence of the Sidewinder film.
11/01/2010 Happy New Year to all members and their families.
Not a good start to the year - due to the snow in the church car park
and a forecast of more heavy snow it has been decided that tomorrow's
meeting is CANCELLED and the competition will be rearranged.
16/12/2009 Members enjoyed seasonal food by courtesy of the
committee and also saw the two summer project films - summary
stills are available. Ian then entertained with a film musical
quiz - won by Karen. An 'odd angles' quiz was won by Brian. The meeting
closed with a cartoon.
09/12/2009 There were a surprising 11 entries for the holiday
competition so the screening of summer project films is deferred to
next week. Summary stills are
available. Neil and Geoff were the Stan Olman gurus and judged none
of the entries worthy of a nomination. It was announced that Steve
was starting a years job in Bahrain - we wish him every success and
look forward to lots more of his films on his return. Laurie mentioned
that he had been approached by the Forbury Hotel to try and interest
members in their luxury
cinema. Bob Upham's recent death is reported.
02/12/2009 Laurie and Brian discussed some of their corporate
work for the printing industry, some of the principles apply to any
filming project. They illustrated a few ups and downs of the work
and demonstrated what can be done to salvage some 'downs'. Two groups
then discussed how they would plan a club promo film - something which
the committee think the club needs. It was agreed to screen the summer
project films after the holiday competition films in anticipation
of a small entry.
25/11/2009 Don gave members a nostalgic reminder of how film
making used to be with some of his Best Ten competition winning films.
Several films covering the redevlopment of Reading station, Caversham
water carnival, clowns, steam railway and a moroccan holiday were
screened using his film projector. It was nice to welcome a past club
secretary as a visitor.
18/11/2009 Members had the edit and DVD authoring capabilities
of Casablanca demonstrated using HD clips by Michael Dyson. He handled
questions as they arose from the audience about half of which use
the system. 21st Feb is the date for a visit to the BBC TV Centre
at 1.30pm. Interested persons should put their names down.
11/11/2009 Members made the most of the opportunity to hear
about other peoples experiences and opinions to their technical questions.
Geoff, Brian, Roger and Laurie formed the panel who fielded the questions
but evryone joined in the discussions, including a potential new member.
04/11/2009 Members had a very thought provoking evening with
Phil showing several films he had judged as part of the recent NERIAC
competition with Dave and Jan Watterson. Each film was discussed and
conclusions compared with the judges comments. As one of Ian's films
helped win the Gateway trophy, he was invited to hold it for the year
- see below. The new hall carpet looked very smart - visible below.
28/10/2009 Eleven members of the Oxford Video Society joined
us to show a variety of their films. Subjects included autumn, the
Chinese terracotta army, animated spaceships and dinosaurs at Blenheim,
Cornish seascapes, Woodstock flowers and steam engines, the Waverley
paddlesteamer, local art, a visit to Antartica and a fun film about
the Kidlington rissole. Useful discussion followed about merits of
HD cameras and BluRay. The refreshments were much appreciated. The
1-min summary stills are now