We welcomed three presenters to our meeting; Michelle Pascal and Simon Lewis of Points West, and their actor partner Steve Graham. They had decided to pool their talents as 'Panther Films' and make a drama. 'Jackals' was shown as work in progress, and comments invited. The technical aspects were, of course, excellent, and members were able to make suggestions regarding tweaks to the script and production. We hope to see them again soon, perhaps with a final cut!
As runner-up to the Jack Baker Trophy, DAVID KNOWLES receives the Tripper's Trophy with,
"St Malo to Nantes"
STEVE ANDREWS won the Jack Baker Trophy for Best Holiday film with,
"Pat yourself on the back Mike George. Our website, your baby, has been judged by the tied for first place.The judges spent a lot of time but could not separate the two websites – each with its own strengths. In their view one of the striking aspects of BFVS website is the number and quality of articles contributed by members. So all authors can get a pat on the back too."
IT HAS TAKEN TWO YEARS OF PREPARATION BUT FINALLY,
ON 13th MARCH IT HAPPENED
The complete original film archive of Bristol Cine Society, now Bristol Film and Video Society, dating back to 1935 was handed into the care of Bristol Record Office for safe keeping in their controlled conditions.
Members Mike George and Bob Bennett have spent that time organising the commercial copying of all the club films to digital files which are now stored on three hard drives in the care of three members. In addition to those films, a selection of titles from two other groups that were formed within Bristol Cine Society, the Golden Unicorn Film Unit and Kennel Films, were also copied, making a total of eighty different files from film transfers on each hard drive.
A great deal of time and effort has been spent bringing films from the past into the present to guard them from the ravages of time, but luckily the club had today’s technology, the funds, foresight and determination of two of its members to achieve it.
A REEL DEAL
FOR THE RECORD
Bristol Record Office Archivist Julian Warren takes our film archive into its new home.
GLOUCESTER INTER-CLUB COMPETITION
Jane Andrews was there. CLICK to read her report.
Steve Andrews was there. CLICK to read his report.
With Jubilee Bank Holiday fast approaching Peter talked to us about organising the filming of a street party.
His has written up his talk which can be downloaded here as a or a
We thought it was high time we awarded an Honourary Lifetime Membership to one of our oldest members. At an impressive 91 years John has been a member of this club for 25 of them.
In any production the credits usually list the Producer, Director etc. We tend to forget the team in the background that makes it all possible. John was part of that team.
Thank you John.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH
After 12 years we felt it was time to have a sparkling new website design so, a fond farewell to the old and a warm welcome to the new - with modern gizmos and dropdown menus.
It was a good evening.
Mark (shown left) and Alan
of Richer Sounds gave an interesting presentation on setting-up surround sound,
answered lots of questions and rounded off with goody bags all round! Then Jane Andrews showed us her re-edited promos for Headway, which were very well received.
We are saddened to announce that our President, Jeffery Boswall has died at the age of 81 years. One of the pioneers of British natural history broadcasting Jeffery became our president in 1975. Members will recall his many visits which were lively, often controversial and always entertaining. The last time we saw him was in 1999 when, in true BBC style, he entertained, informed and educated us with a programme of what he called his "Naughty Bird Films”.
FILMING ‘INTO THE LIGHT’
What happens when a short script written by club member David Price is given to four different directors to interpret in their own way? The answer is a radical mixture of both style and visualisation.
At 7.30am on the 15th of September the crew gathered at the chosen location for all four versions, the crypt of St Paul’s Church in Bristol, for the second filming session of this interesting project.
For three members, David Price, Tim Smart and Declan Smith this was their first time as director, but the fourth, Mike George, was a veteran of many past productions.
Everything was shot in High Definition on a DSLR camera with each director putting his own strong visual and creative stamp on the story.
From the crews point of view it was a very varied shoot, as over the two sessions they worked with four different actors in the main role, cranes, track, stage smoke, candles, coloured light and green screens.
All four versions will be ready in spring 2013 when the imaginations of the four directors come to the screen.
Lots of photographs were taken throughout the day. Some of the best can be seen HERE
SUCCESS FOR US AT THE ANNUAL SOCO AWARDS.
SoCo (Southern Counties Region IAC)
We entered, "Living with Brain Injury" (née Headway) and it won the 'Best Club Film' award. This is the
production that had it's first screening at the club on August 21st. Heap praise upon Jane Andrews in her debut as Producer and read more about the production here.
Though not technically a club production but of interest to members who helped, "Uncertain Proof" was also entered into the competition. It won three awards: Overall Winner (Best Film), Best Drama and Best Use of Sound.
WORKING ON THE ‘NIGHTMARE’ SHOOT.
‘Nightmare’ is the second of four short experimental projects designed to give new members an opportunity to get involved in film making. Sue Mansi responded to the challenge and writes about her experience as part of the ‘Nightmare’ crew.
Read Sue’s article HERE.
SO I SAID TO FRIESE-GREENE…
Inspired by having recently spent the second of two long days in the crypt of St Paul’s Church in Bristol, working on the lighting for our latest club production, ‘Into the Light’, Bob Bennett has written an article to add to our list of articles written by members.
Read it HERE
Bob Bennett wins
the Annual Trophy
The Ray Buckland Trophy for Best Composition
was awarded to Santoshmohan Veeranki
Donna Buckland presents the award to Santo
Second prize and £20.00 went to
We are saddened to hear that Mike Bourke has died. Mike was an active member during the '90's and one of the instigators of the Cabot project (regarded still as the most ambitious film this club has ever made) and with his first wife did quite a bit of the research. He was also part of the production team on Skodaman. Our thoughts are with Sheila at this time and we convey our heartfelt sympathies.
Not a spectacular sale at Specsavers, but a group of members enjoying an excellent demo of 3D video at the BBC studios in Whiteladies Road, Bristol, where Andy Corp (left in the photo) and Stephen Pelluet displayed their experimental footage after a tour of their facilities.
VISIT TO BBC STUDIOS
Special Christmas Party and Quiz
An evening featuring four different video editing programs proved to be very popular, with Pinnacle Studio v14, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro being demonstrated.
Quickie Competition winner was DIANA TAYLOR with,
"Clifton to Easton"
The Ivor Wiltshire Memorial Trophy was awarded to BOB BENNETT for,
"Myplace - In Bristol"