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Saturday 28 March

2015 FROME FIVE MINUTE FESTIVAL

Happy to announce that Terence Sheppard’s film, The Gloucester Cross was awarded second prize in the Documentaries class at this festival..

Go to Frome’s website

Terry Sheppard fans will not need to be reminded that he very nearly swept the board in last year’s festival with The Last Flight of P3038; was placed third in the recent Jack Baker Trophy Competition with The Gloucester Cross and got himself a Highly Commended in the Penny Cup Competition with Piano and Gown.

20 January

SOUND MIXING

Dubbing mixers Andy Devine (on the right) and his colleague Brian Moseley (on the left) from Films@59 demonstrated their work with Pro Tools http://www.avid.com/US/product s/pro-tools-software and RX3 audio repair software (now RX4) https://www.izotope.com/en/pro ducts/audio-repair/rx, and covered their problems with

Be aware of background sounds, the change in response due to distance, setting the correct recording level to allow for any sudden peaks and so on were other subjects among the many they covered. Foley is another aspect of their work, and they related some amusing ways to get the required effects.


It was reassuring to know that the Pro's have problems too. A really great two hander from young but experienced professionals who clearly love what they're doing and were very happy to pass on their knowledge in a manner and language that we could all understand and put to good use, even with the comparatively less expensive software that most of us possess! It was great to see a very good attendance from members and guests, who obviously appreciated their skills, and it was a shame that time ran out and we had to close the meeting before all their questions could be put and answered!


Peter Heaven

sound that had been provided for them to edit.  It became obvious that some supplied clips were less than ideal, and they were expected to 'put it right in post'! We've heard that before. And that's if the supplier realised there was a problem in the first place. So as a bit of an appeal, they suggested optimal 'mic-ing' when doing a shoot, to make editing easier. Or even possible!

Like make sure the mic is plugged in, or hasn't become unplugged during filming... we know about that too... all of a sudden, we don't feel lonely anymore!

Cast

Jay Khanna - Ahmed

James Renwick - Soldier Lee


Crew

Script writer - David Price

Directors - Graham Egarr and Tim Smart

Assistant Director - Roslyn Shennan

Cameras - Steve Andrews, David Price, Dane Rayment, Declan Smith and Santo Verannki.

Sound - Dave Mitchell, Gareth Macleavy and Jane Andrews.

Lighting - Bob Bennett and Peter Heaven.

Set design - Ray Hendy

Visual Effects - Declan Smith

Continuity - Sue Mansi

Production Assistants - Sue and John Cockwell and Patrick de Landre-Grogan

20 March

WE WIN AT BIAFF 2015

Your appreciation please in the form of pints of lager and/or bunches of flowers to the cast and crew of Kabul Sunset.

It was awarded 4 stars at this years festival.


Read judges comments HERE

Pssst!  Gordon Young received star treatment too with two of his films:

The Glories of Piazza San Marco and Marionette

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The certificate

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star ratings explained

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21 February

RON ELSON

We are all saddened to hear that Ron passed away on 20th February.


Read about Ron here as a Word document or a PDF file.

See Ron recalling his first joining and long association with our club in a 2002 interview.

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15 March

MORE SUCCESS IN THE PENNY CUP!

BFVS club film, Lucy came second out of 24 entries, and Terry Sheppard’s Piano and Gown was highly commended.


Well done all!

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PRESENTATIONS.DOC

16 films were entered into the newly revised competitions. No one entered the Short Drama competition, which was interesting!

The simplified computer augmented (!) scoring system seemed to go down well. In each competition, the audience members each now cast 3 for their favourite film, then 2 and 1 points, instead of scoring 1 10.

The Quickie Competition.

The Thalia Goblet was won by David Knowles for Mauthausen.

Death of a Cabbage by Malcolm Stevens came a close second

and Just Cruisin'  by Bob Bennett and Gordon Young was third.


The Jack Baker Trophy

This was won by the clear winner, Steve Andrews for Jambo.

Bude Street Pastors by David Knowles was placed second.

The Gloucester Cross by Terry Sheppard came just behind in third place.

17 March

Competition night

18 March

NEW WEBSITE PAGE

In future, if you win any of our four new and exciting annual competitions, details of it and your photograph will appear in a new page called:

RECORD OF COMPETITION WINNERS.

Saturday 21 March

THE RAY TOLEMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY

The G.I-C.C. is a competition held annually amongst 6 clubs situated in the area in and near Gloucestershire. This year the competition was hosted by Worcester Film Makers and next year it will be our turn to do the honours.

This ‘solid bronze and weighs a ton’ trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Gloucester Inter-Club Competition.


This year we win it with Santoshmohan Veeranki’s Coeur de Pierre and Mr Wellby’s Cross was judged third place.

THE RAY TOLEMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY

Read the judges comments on all the entries HERE.

See a picture of our Dave M. receiving the trophy HERE

We also presented Ken Rees with an Honorary Lifetime Membership in recognition of 30 years service to this club.


This is the man that organised 63 filming sessions with a cast of 121 in 50 different locations in our biggest ever production, Cabot


Respect!

Honorary Lifetime Member: Ken Rees

7 April

DOCKS AND DOCS

Roslyn Shennan

It was a full house tonight to watch twelve short documentary films made by groups and individuals that were inspired by the club outing to Bristol City Docks last August.


The films covered everything from history to proposals for the future via artistic, musical and poetic approaches.


Pictured is Ros Shennan who organised the evening and led some very lively discussion on each of the films.

21 April

PREMIERE EVENING: REQUIEM FOR CAFFEINE

With specially invited cast and friends it was standing room only to watch and admire Helen Sharpe and Ros Shennan’s first club production together.

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6 July

FLOATING CINEMA

On 6th July a canal narrowboat with a cinema on board floated into Bristol City Docks and tied up in the newly constructed wharf area opposite the SS Great Britain


Bob Bennett investigates ...

Vimeo or YouTube: A Powerpoint presentation Understanding Computers: A Powerpoint presentation

August 5

TWO PowerPoint PRESENTATIONS

Following on from our meeting on 5 June entitled… Understanding Computers + Using You Tube and Vimeo here are two PowerPoint presentations.


One is from Dane Rayment  who compared Vimeo and YouTube and the other is from Jane Andrews who has summarised the Understanding Computers element of the meeting.

We are delighted with the news that Santo’s film, Coeur De Pierre will be the first film shown on Tuesday 15th Sept at the Portobello Film Festival.

Santo fans will recall that he won our Annual Trophy Competition last year with this film.


Also Diana Taylor’s film Dockyard Dreaming is being shown. It includes a wonderful song sung by our own Andy Rusbridge’s fabulous folk group, Thornbridge.

September 12

COEUR DE PIERRE and THOUGHT POLICE AT PORTOBELLO

We are delighted with the news that Diana Taylor’s film Thought Police will be shown on Tuesday 15th Sept at the Portobello Film Festival.

3 other films by Diana will also be shown at the Portabello Film Festival 2015.

Freedom : Snakes and Ladders : Dockyard Dreaming.


Dockyard Dreaming has also been selected for the Best of 2015 a DVD Compilation at the Cube Cinema Blue Screen Bristol.


Cuba Sun Sex and Socialism which won the holiday competition in 2014 has been selected for the Jahorina International Film Festival Saravejo Bosnia and the Petaluma International Film Festival California USA.


The Esso Man has been selected as a finalist in the award section of the Rabbit Heart International Poetry Film Festival Worcester Massachusetts USA.


Golem has been selected for the opening event at the Rabbit Heart festival.  

The Festival programme can be downloaded HERE

The Portobello Group’s website can be found HERE

September 19

A silent film was selected from our online Vimeo pages by internationally renowned organist David Briggs to demonstrate the art of free improvisation when he accompanied its showing at a recital in Bristol. In the past he has improvised accompaniments to such silent classics as 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Nosferatu' and 'Metropolis'. To that list now add 'The Enemy' (1964).


The concert at All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, Clifton included works by Bach, Debussy and Ravel and was to mark the completion of the restoration of their organ which was originally installed in 1967. David, a former Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge and currently Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral in Toronto, Canada travels the world giving around sixty concerts a year and the original makers of the film would have been delighted to hear their work accompanied on the organ in such style by a world class musician.

David Briggs All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, Clifton

October 9

SUCCESS AT THE SOCO REGIONAL FILM COMPETITION

Terry Sheppard attended this competition and tells us,


‘Just to let you know that 'Requiem for Caffeine' almost swept the board at the Soco Competition last night:’

Congratulations to Ros Shennan and her team for

OVERALL WINNER : BEST DRAMA : BEST USE OF SOUND : BEST CLUB ENTRY

He’s right!  It did!  Go to Weymouth Movie Makers website, scroll down the page

and read all about it.

October 14

SUCCESS FOR DIANA TAYLOR

Diana tells us that her film, The Esso Man has been selected for the Visible Verse International Film Festival in Vancouver

http://www.thecinematheque.ca/visible-verse-2015-festival


Presented by The Cinematheque since 2000, Visible Verse is one of the longest-running video poetry festivals in the world. Video poetry is a hybrid creative form bringing together verse and moving images. Visible Verse selects its annual program from hundreds of submissions received from local, national, and international artists.

December 28

Frances Hughes

Older members who remember Les Hughes as our chairman back in 1974-76 will be saddened to learn that his widow, Frances passed away in the early hours of this morning.


Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Annual Trophy

November 3

50th ANNUAL TROPHY COMPETITION

Six excellent films were presented to a full house in this year’s competition.

Our special guest this evening was professional film cameraman, Alex Hansen who judged all the entries and presented the trophies.


Thank you Alex.

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Bill Baldwin Bob Bennett Tim Braithwaite David Price

Just who won what and with what can be seen on our Competition Winners page

2016