1942 - 2019
It is with the greatest regret that we announce the death of a great friend of the club - Andy Rusbridge.
Bob Bennett writes…
Another year, our 85th, begins. A year which brings both many films to be made by the club and its members and the opportunity to learn so much more about the art and creative skill of producing a polished production.
Happy New Year and Happy new film making!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
MUSIC FOR FILMS
Our special guest this evening is Joe Cowan.
Joe provides a link between filmmakers and artists and composers.
The music for films is free.
Visit Joe’s website HERE.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING plus
PREMIERE OF MOTORCYCLE FILM
Five of us travelled to Castle Combe racing Circuit on September the first 2018, and filmed a day in the life of the Formula Prostocks Motorcycle Racing club.
SCRIPT READ THROUGH
A special meeting of BFVS Filmmaking in Bristol was held to read through scripts for planned and possible club productions. Eight short drama scripts were read and walk through by a team of local actors. All the scripts were written by club members.
The result of the evening was that the scripts to proceed with were decided upon and initial planning for filming started.
The read through took place at a new venue for BFVS, a hall in Frampton Cottrell.
This is an annual film competition between ourselves, Gloucester Film Makers, Stroud and Stonehouse Film Unit, Tewkesbury YMCA Movie Makers and Worcester Film Makers.
Tewkesbury YMCA Movie Makers win First and Second places this year with “Herman’s Hermit” and “Tewkesbury Abbey Tower”
THE GLOUCESTER INTER CLUB FILM COMPETITION
We entered “Bristol Downs”.
Read Judges comments HERE
The Ten Minute Trophy.
The Jack Baker Trophy was won by Bob Bennett for,
Chris Richardson-Brand was placed second and is awarded the Ivor Wiltshire Memorial Trophy with,
Six Miles Into the Bay
The Quickie Competition.
Julian Baldwin was the clear winner this year with his film, Steam Dream.
Photographs of the winners and their awards can be seen HERE.
STAR TREATMENT FOR THE CLUB IN THE IAC BRITISH
INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR FILM COMPETITION 2019
We entered, Why is America called America? Convent Close and Bristol Downs.
They were awarded 4, 3 and 2 stars respectively…
SUCCESS FOR THE CLUB AND ITS MEMBERS IN THE 2019 FROME 5 MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL.
Steam Dream by Julian Baldwin and Christine Byrne was awarded Overall Winner.
Count to Three was awarded 1st in the Comedy Category and Overall Runner Up.
Boris was awarded 1st in the Drama Category.
Genealogy Club was awarded 2nd in the Drama Category.
Filton Fives was awarded 3rd in the Drama Category.
Malcolm Stephens was awarded 2nd in the
Holiday/Travelogue Category with Yesterday Once More.
Photographs and ‘Selfies’
by Susan Cockwell.
Full details and a lot more photographs on Frome’s website.
SUCCESS FOR US AT THE 2019 PENNY CUP COMPETITION
Competition secretary Sue Cockwell writes…
Attached are the results of the 25 films entered into the 2019 Penny Cup Competition.
We did well with
'Count to Three' placed second in the comedy section and 2nd overall.
'Why is America called America?' placed second in the documentary section and 4th overall.
'Didn't they do well!'
1920 - 2019
We are saddened to hear that Pat Browne has died.
Pat appeared in a number of our films. Most memorably: Encounters with John Wesley, Black and White Cafe, Anne Teakes, Clarkson, and Cabot.
In addition to appearing in our films she also helped us behind the scenes, introductions, finding scripts and cast.
ON 22ND MARCH AT 8.15PM the club production, Count to Three, was played on BBC Radio Bristol. The station has an audience of 120,000.
It was played as part of Adam Crowther’s feature, Upload, that gives Bristol residents the chance to showcase their talent on air and on their social platforms.
You can listen to it being played here:
Count to Three was shot in a single evening in August 2017 with Tim Smart and Mitch Mitchell as Smith and Wesson with Graham Egarr deftly directing the large crew, Declan Smith on camera making the use of some great close-ups.
After filming, Jane Andrews edited the film, bringing out its film noir elements with the clever use of black and white and sound.
It’s won a few awards: 1st for Comedy and runner up in Frome 5 minute Festival, 2nd in the Penny Cup and 3rd in the Teign Cup.
Count to Three on BBC Radio Brist
MEMBERS ATTEMPT TO SHOOT TWO
SHORT FILMSIN ONE EVENING
Details and lots of photographs HERE.
Peter Heaven writes..
While looking through a Folder on my PC, I noticed a document I wrote about 5 years ago regarding some technical aspects of video. I’ve updated it with a bit more info.
On Monday 13th May 2019 a party of twenty members from
BFVS - Filmmaking in Bristol visited Bristol's Bottle Yard Studios.
The studios converted from a former bottling plant caters for
major feature film and television productions. Clients range
from the BBC to Walt Disney.
We were shown round the set of 'Sanditon' built for an ITV
series based on Jane Austen's unfinished novel. The set
consisted of an eighteenth century street built on the studio
back-lot. We saw the amazing craftsmanship transforming
chipboard into stone, brick and planks of timber.
The studio has a number of stages created from the former
industrial buildings amounting in total to 300,000 square feet.
The studios contain premises for a range of film industry
tenants covering all aspects of film production. One of the most
impressive is the 30,000 square foot warehouse of Bristol
Costume Services containing 90,000 costumes of all types, periods and sizes for hire. Also a company run by real firemen who have
a side business, based at the studio, specialising in providing fire engines for the film industry and also providing fire protection services to productions.
One of the tenants provides Grip services to filmmakers and he showed us his special vehicle for safely filming actors in cars. It is a long low loader with mounting for cameras and a little booth for the director.
We visited the set of a major American television mini series 'The Spanish Princess'. The set was a multi-room recreation of the sixteenth century Palace of Westminster, complete with fire places and fake tapestries. Even standing right next to the fake walls
5they are indistinguishable from the real thing.
A fascinating tour. Many thanks to Emma Reid and Rebecca Old who showed us around and to Site Director Fiona Francombe.
The Bottle Yard Studios show reel https://vimeo.com/325611256
Sunday 19 May
Sue Cockwell writes…
After a very busy day we finished filming Marigolds on Sun 19 May. We put the picnic tables and bricks to good use!!! Poor Tim suffered for his art as the day started with bright sunshine then came the cold rain but we were very professional and persevered, hopefully producing an entertaining film.
Writer/Director Merlin Goldman has written up the shoot as a blog post: http://www.magnetical.com/blog/marigolds
We have added Peter’s
document to our Articles and Tutorials page where you will find lots more articles written by members and friends. Ed.
WAS KING EDWARD II MURDERED IN BERKELEY CASTLE OR DID HE ESCAPE?
Back in 2011 Bristol Films investigated. Their findings resulted in a feature film called “Uncertain Proof”.
In 2018 the film was re-cut.
We are delighted that this is now in our film archive.
We certainly believe you will enjoy watching it.
Positive proof is HERE.
Friday 31st May
BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING
Bristol Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque in memory of Bristol’s first real theatre, the Jacob’s Well Playhouse, on Friday May 31st, 2019. Co-sponsored by the Acorn Property Group and unveiled by the Lord Mayor Jos Clark, the location is now the Brandon House block of flats. As part of the celebration, students of the Old Vic Theatre School performed an extract from The Beggar’s Opera, which supposedly played a key role in the existence of the theatre, which opened in 1729 and disappeared in the 1800s.
Tim Smart was there to film the event.
FILMING THE MINI EPICS
Three groups filmed their entries for the club’s Mini Epics. The theme this year was ‘An advert’, 30-40 seconds duration.
Photographs by Peter Heaven
180 MINUTE CHALLENGE
This is when short films are shot and edited all in one evening taking no more than three hours - hence the title.
This year five groups produced films and over 20 BFVS members took part plus another 10 actors.
The films are:
Congratulations to everyone who took part
Lots of photographs of the event can be seen HERE
Editing underthe trees
Recording voice over in a car
as the sun goes down
Members will be saddened to learn that Roger Pyne passed away.
As many of you will know Roger was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly two years ago.
People wishing to remember Roger have been asked to make donations to
HANDS ON FILMMAKING
The Society shot three films simultaneously in and around the Filton Pavilion.
Twenty five BFVS members took part part in the filming plus two new prospective members and we were joined by four actor friends.
Above It All.
Set at Beachey Head the film is about two men standing on the edge of a cliff.
Flmed using green screen in our meeting room.
Chalky's Big Job.
A snooker hall. A Mr Big checks out the new recruit Chalky to see if he is suitable for a big job
Fimed in the snooker room adjoining the BFVS meeting room
The story about a mother's relationship with her daughter.
Shot in the children's playground.
54th Annual Trophy Competition
SOCO REGIONAL and DOLPHIN COMPETITIONS
An interesting and entertaining evening showing 9 films for the 2019 BFVS Annual Competition night.
Congratulations to all the film-makers who participated and a big thank you to the judge Pip Critten for all his hard work in analysing the films, presenting the awards and travelling all the way from Plymouth.
The winner was Gordon Young for 'Bristol Through Maps'
Runner Up was Chris Richardson-Brand for
'Six Miles Into The Bay'
The Ray Buckland Trophy was Neal Tucker for 'They are Here'
The Don Smith Trophy was Chris Richardson-Brand for
'The Real Lancashire Coast'
Best Newcomer was Neal Tucker for 'They are Here'
Photographs by Bob Bennett
More details on our Competition winners’ page
Here are the results:-
Here are the judge's comments:-
We went to Bristol Downs to shoot Malcolm Stephens film 'Escape' as it was not raining! This was third time lucky and the filming went well. John Cockwell gained experience with filming with a drone, Tim Smart became fitter with all the running and Malcolm Stephens enjoyed being "Hitchcock' the director.
The edit has been completed and the film will be shown at the Grand Premiere on 3 December.
More photographs of the event can be seen HERE
Malcolm Stephens was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his service to the club over the past 55 years.
HERE is what Bob Bennett said about Malcolm during the presentation.
LIGHTING FOR THE MOVIES
Chairman, Vincent Leppert, charmed us with his brilliant lighting demonstrations, which were “informative, interesting and fun”.
Pictures by Steve Andrews
"NEVER STOP LEARNING...OR SPENDING"
Pete Heaven had an article published in the November / December edition of Kit Plus magazine.
You can go to the magazine and look at pages 58 and 59 or, to save your time, Pete has very kindly provided the full text.
Read it HERE.
We showed 21 Club productions all made in the last 12 months. The films were:
At the end of the evening there was a surprise presentation to our Chairman Vincent Leppert who sadly has to leave us to return to Germany. Committee Chairman Tim Smart presented him with a certificate of Honorary Life Membership of BFVS Filmmaking in Bristol and a present of some special British treats (Cider and flavoured crisps).
GRAND PREMIERE EVENING and HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP