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2018

5 July

TWO FILMS FOR THE NEW ROOM

In July 2017 Bristol's Grade One listed New Room, dating from 1739, the oldest Methodist building in the world, opened its multi million pound three storey extension.


Earlier this year the club was approached by David Worthington, director of The New Room to ask if, with some urgency, we could produce a film for them to promote a new interactive museum which has been created within twelve rooms above John Wesley's Chapel. The museum tells the story of John and Charles Wesley, eighteenth-century Methodism and its relevance today.

With a tight deadline of early summer I undertook to make the film and, with assistance from Gordon Young, filming began in April.

Within a week or so of the first filming session David asked if any of the footage  could be made into a short, attention grabbing film showing every aspect of the building. This would be used in connection with The Grand Appeal's Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail which was starting on July 2nd to raise money for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.


That film was turned around in two weeks and can now be viewed on mobile devices until September 2nd via the downloadable Gromit Unleashed app at Gromit and Feathers McGraw giant sculptures located near to The New Room in Bristol's Broadmead area.


The original museum film has also now been completed and will play as a five minute continuous 'loop' to be seen by The New Room's many visitors from all over the world.


It has been a busy couple of months with two films being shot, edited and delivered on time: very rewarding though when you are working on something worthwhile for very appreciative people.


Bob Bennett.

July 2018

BFVS Sounds Good presentation v33.pps

Bristol Archives now holds over one thousand reels of film, including the club's entire film archive dating back to 1935.


Former City Archivist Julian Warren gave an illustrated talk to a full house at Harbourside's M Shed using extracts from the Bristol Archives film collection to illustrate the variety of Bristol-related subjects now held there.


Amongst these were three club films, The 1935 production 'Bristol Celebrations', the unveiling of a plaque on the birthplace of cinematography pioneer William Friese-Greene in 1955 and 'The Siege of Charlotte Street' from 1980.


Bob Bennett

18 January

BRISTOL ARCHIVE: ILLUSTRATED TALK

16 January

Micfest!: ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MICROPHONES AND HOW TO USE THEM.

Peter Heaven writes…


So many productions – professionals included – suffer from sound that is less than ideal. With a huge range to choose from, and so many ways of placing them, microphones can be the nemesis of any budding sound recordist. Here are a few pointers that may help!

After the break we presented certificates to each of the winners in our recent Annual Trophy Competition.

Details about who won what and with what can be found HERE.

Bob Bennett David James Gordon Young Julian Baldwin

Visit Bristol Archive website HERE

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31 January

REMEMBER THIS FROM LAST YEAR WHEN WE HELPED DIANA WITH HER COFFEE FILM?

Diana writes..

Declan has helped me to finish the film and I have just had an e mail from a prestigious online magazine in Philadelphia USA  Pythians  saying they will

publish it with some other short films I have done.


So thank you to the club for doing the green screen


Diana

https://youtu.be/fwm56mja8YE

6 March

FIRST SHOWING OF NINE COMPLETELY NEW FILMS MADE BY MEMBERS

Bob Bennett writes…’BFVS members have been rather busy and to prove it, nine different films were screened for the first time to a packed clubroom.

The second half of the evening was taken up with the premiere of the latest club production, shot in September last year at various historic locations including Bristol's Harbourside and St Mary Redcliffe Church. 'Why is America called America?' is an investigation into the naming of a Continent and has now been uploaded to both You Tube and Vimeo.’

A black comedy, 'Count to Three', was shot on one very hot night last August.

Five versions of a Vampire themed story, filmed in January, were compiled by five different editors from the same master footage.

The first half concluded with two new films shot last summer and inspired by the clubs 1978 production 'Pursuit'.

16 March

STAR TREATMENT FOR THE CLUB AND ITS MEMBERS IN THE

IAC BRITISH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR FILM COMPETITION 2018

We entered, Don’t Call me Baby. It was awarded 3 stars.

Gordon Young entered two films, John Ruskin, Strange Genius and,

Past Historic, Future Perfect. Julian Baldwin entered The New Wheel. All three were awarded 4 stars.

Bob Bennett entered two films, Just another Summer Day was awarded 4 stars and The War to end all Wars got three.

Read the judges comments…


star ratings.pdf

Star ratings

explained

20 March

Competition Night

The Quickie Competition.

The Thalia Goblet was won by Bob Bennett for,

The War to End All Wars

The Ten Minute Trophy.

Dominic Whitehead was  the clear winner this year with his film,

Evidence.

Vincent Leppertr was placed second and is awarded the Ivor Wiltshire Memorial Trophy with, Peer Pressure


Photographs of the winners and their awards can be seen HERE

Merlin Goldman gave us a brilliant, concise insight into the criteria for writing a good screenplay, summarised in this Powerpoint presentation…

3 April

AN INTRODUCTION TO

STORY TELLING

how to tell stories.pptx

27 April

FROME FIVE MINUTE FESTIVAL

Our film, Bless came 3rd in the comedy section and congratulations to Malcolm Stevens as his film The Briny and the Brecons came 1st in the travelogue section.

Details and lots of photographs HERE.

1 May

THE 51st GLOUCESTER INTER-CLUB FILM COMPETITION

WE WIN both The Ray Toleman Memorial Trophy and the Vale Sound Trophy with, ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’.

2nd - 'One Take - no Edits' from Tewkesbury YMCA Movie Makers.

3rd - 'A Day with the Waverley' from Gloucester Film Makers.

Sue Cockwell writes…

It was an interesting and entertaining evening showing a variety range of talents of the clubs. Sadly it was announced that Cheltenham Videomakers has closed due to Ken White retiring after 65 years of service to the club.


Read Judge’s comments HERE

13 May

NEW LAMPS FOR OLD

In an effort to drag this website into the 21st Century your webmaster was charged with the task of updating the sites’ logo.  “Lose the tungsten lamp Mike, and give us a swanky new LED one.”

So, Bob Bennett took a photograph of one, copied it and, with a little help from Photoshop, created an ON and OFF version.  These two photographs then had to be Declanised.

What is Declanisation?

It’s what happens when you let Declan Smith loose on a project.  He animated Bob’s pictures and created what you see here.  As a bonus he made it transparent which means your webmaster can put it anywhere that takes his fancy


6 June

SOLENT MOVIEMAKERS INTER CLUB COMPETITION

This is a new competition for documentaries of up to 12 minutes. We entered, Why is America called America? and it won first prize (an engraved glass trophy and £50)

Read judge’s comments HERE

Thank

you

Bob.


Thank

you

Declan.

Tuesday 5 June

ANNUAL MINI EPIC CHALLENGE


Three groups shot different parts of a whole story about a hostage situation. One group shot the hostage situation, another the police response and the third the press coverage. These will be edited together in different ways to either produce a combined story or three separate ones.