2017-2018 PROGRAMME

All meetings are held at: St Andrews Hall
Albert Road, Caversham Reading RG4 7AW
starting at 8pm, doors open 7:45pm

Programme Coordinator : Anne Massey

The Programme Co-ordinator is an important job that brings together the speakers, competitions, presentations and workshops into a successful season of weekly meetings.

Members acting out a green screen scene during a practical making of a movie

Green highlighting  means NOT a Tuesday Club night or NOT at usual venue

Tues 12th Sept OPENING NIGHT
WELCOME AND WELCOME BACK.We welcome new members, and understand their expectations and reasons for joining RFVM. RFVM Member Daniel, who is running the course, will take some time to outline the course content. Also collection of all subs not yet collected via Internet banking. After tea/coffee and biscuits break we enjoy some films made in teams over recent, and not so recent years, demonstrating how much talent we have amongst existing members. Also discuss some plans for the coming season
Tues 19th Sept

Equipment updates

Course learn about cameras and how to use them. FULL Members EQUIPMENT UPDATE. A chance this week for all members, to bring along their gear, and after a short introduction, everyone can enjoy a hands on evening of experiementing with what other members use for their film making. This will include cameras, lenses, tripods, steadicams, drone, field monitors, sliders, Virtual Reality. Please all bring along what you are currently using, so that newer members can see the range of eqipment used
Bring a shot from a film to try to replicate. We join with course members with a hands on challenge this evening to relplicate a favourite film clip. Start thinking about what you would love to try! Maybe last week inspired you to try something challenging with sliders, dolleys etc
Course EDITING whilst MEMBERS Planning

COURSE EDITING. FULL MEMBERS - PLANNING. We have hired a room at South Hill Park for two evenings in January. Tonight we start the planning process. Script ideas, crews, actors etc. Photos of the room here Also, planning for a practical coming up on 14th November. Chas to explain his card game challenge

Fri 6th Oct Surrey Border Interclub competition Meet at 7:30pm at St. Joan's Centre which is beside St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8DJ
Interviewing using lights and audio
COURSE PRACTIAL We join with course members and work together tonight once more, to practice interview set up, including lighting and audio
Guest speaker Paul Baird - POSTPONED
Instead we will have a few greenscreens set up, for teams to film some short pieces for editing at home, and share at the club later in the season
Fri 27th Oct GATEWAY TROPHY TRIANGLE COMPETITION Our annual competition against Staines and Bourne End hosted by Staines at 8pm. Laleham Village Hall, The Broadway, Laleham Middx TW18 1RZ Arrive 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
Tues 31st Oct INTRODUCTION TO FILMING COURSE WEEK 8 COURSE FINAL WEEK. We will enjoy short films made by the course members, and also brief intro from a few existing members, each showing a short film.
Tues 7th Nov THE CURRIE CUP Our annual competition for the best 4-minute film or video. Any subject, up to 4 minutes long. Let's have a night packed full of films!
Tues 14th Nov PRACTICAL The card game. In separate teams we will film our footage for this challenge set by RFVM Member Chas. Results to be enjoyed on 5th December
Tues 21st Nov THE GROSVENOR TROPHY Our annual competition for summer project films (max 15 mins) made by club member teams over the Summer months. There have been several this year, so come along for an entertaining evening of films and their backstories.
Tues 28th Nov PLANNING Further planning for our filming project at South Hill Park in January
Tues 5th Dec Film Results DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY FILM CHALLENGE RESULTS. Dave and Jan Watterson join us to reveal the entries, give feedback and announce the winner of this unique 60 second competition, with a Diamond theme, and a £60 cash prize! (competition now closed).  We will also see the edits from our "Card Game" practical of 3 weeks ago. Dave and Jan will also bring some films recently screened at a  European Film Festival. Should be a great evening!
Tues 12th Dec Live animals to make a short commercial film PRACTICAL
"Owen's Animals". Owen has a collection of (small) live animals and he has asked RFVM to make a short film for his website. We will film and later collate our footage in return for a donation to our club. Do join us to help and see the animals.
Tues 19th Dec GOODBYE 2017 Christmas festivities & Nibbles. Always a fun evening. Details to be announced
Tues 26th Dec NO MEETING  
Tues 2nd Jan NO MEETING  
Tues 9th Jan ON LOCATION Filming at South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA See to find it
Tues 16th Jan ON LOCATION Filming at South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA See to find it
Tues 23rd Jan THE WARD TROPHY Our annual competition for the best holiday film or video (max 15-minutes). Based on just a day, or a whole holiday. We enjoy a selection of travelogue style films
BRENDA MARTIN. Brenda writes short stories, and will share her knowledge to aid our script writing skills. She will also criqtique short scripts for us, so do bring along a script or even ideas you are working on.
Tues 6th Feb Competition night BURKE TROPHY for the best 10-min film or video made by a club member who has not previously won a club competition, + CAVERSHAM CUP for the best 1-min film or video. Always a popular night. Lets have LOADS of films to see tonight folks!
Tues 13th Feb PRACTICAL filming Change from original programme. Tonight we are filming a scene from a script written by Anthony, and partly filmed at South Hill Park recently.   The scene will be "heaven", which will be filmed in the large hall. Everyone welcome to come to help set up and watch the action. A lot is dialogue based, so "silence" will be required as directed. The small hall will be available for anyone who wants just to come along for a chat.
Tues 20th Feb THE GEAR TROPHY Our annual competition for the best documentary film or video (max 15-minutes). Subject could be anything...so always an interesting evening. Can be just a few minutes, or up to 15mins. These take a lot of planning, but plenty of time, so hope to see lots of entries.
Gordon Young from Bristol Film and Video Society.
Gordon is an established documentary filmmaker and regularly screens his work. He will talk about planning and shooting successful documentaries and show a selection of his BIAFF award-winning short documentary films. We will learn lots of tips and techniques for use with this particular genre of filmmaking
Tues 6th Mar PRACTICAL RFVM Members Sophie and Oli, will previously have provided teams with short film scripts. Tonight we film and enjoy the results at our AGM on May 1st
Tues 13th Mar BERNARD BAREHAM FICTION TROPHY Our annual competition for the best fictional story film or video (max 15-minutes). An entertaining evening of members work, including the club film made at South Hill Park.
Tues 20th Mar TECHNICAL TIPS FOR AUDIO The success of a film is more than 50% down to the audio content. Tonight RFVM Members Dave and Sophie offer advice on how to get the best results
Fri 23rd Mar STAINES INTERCLUB COMPETITION At Laleham Village Hall, TW18 1RZ at 7.30pm
Tues 27th Mar PRACTICAL Creating tension. Teams will be given a topic, and their challenge is to make a short film with tension. Results at our AGM on May 1st 
Tues 3rd Apr Best of BIAFF A selection of The British International Amateur Film Festival winning films of recent years
Tues 10th Apr THE BOURNES CUP Annual open competition for the best film or video (max 15-minutes). This can be a film not yet seen or one already submitted to another competition this season
Tues 17th Apr GUEST SPEAKER RFVM Member Maggie is a Director at Shinfield Theatre. She is joined by a fellow Director to share their knowledge of directing a play.
Tues 24th Apr PLANNING As another season is almost at an end, we discuss members' script ideas for teams to get together over the summer months. Bring along your synopsis, or even just an idea. And if you are not a script writer, get involved with camera, audio, directing or even assistant. You will learn loads from these projects, giving you the opportunity to take time creating a bigger project without the limitations of time during club meetings. Great for getting to know others too
FRI 27th Apr READING PREMIERE NIGHT We invite our friends and families to see the highlights of our year and present our awards at the Reading Golf Club at 17 Kidmore End Road, Emmer Green, Reading, Berks RG4 8SG
Tues 1st May
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Review of the year and AGM business. Election of Chair and Committee members for the next season. Ideas for next season, and results of short films made a few weeks ago
Summer break    


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