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2019

7 May

MEMBERS ATTEMPT TO SHOOT TWO

SHORT FILMSIN ONE EVENING

Details and lots of photographs HERE.

31 March

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.

26 February

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.

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.

ANDY RUSBRIDGE

1942 - 2019

It is with the greatest regret that we announce the death of a great friend of the club - Andy Rusbridge.

Read about Andy here as a

DOC or PDF file.

Happy New Year and Happy new film making!

1 January

HAPPY NEW YEAR

5 February

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.

19 February

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.

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19 March

Competition Night

The Ten Minute Trophy.

The Jack Baker Trophy was won by Bob Bennett for,

Bristol Changes


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.

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

22 March

THE GLOUCESTER INTER CLUB FILM COMPETITION

We entered “Bristol Downs”.

Read Judges comments HERE

27 March

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…

Read the judges comments…


star ratings.pdf

Star ratings

explained

Read the judges comments on the four club films:  Count to Three : Boris : Genealogy Club : Filton Fives.

9 April

SUCCESS FOR US AT THE 2019 PENNY CUP COMPETITION

Competition secretary Sue Cockwell writes…

‘Hi All

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!'


Sue

HERE is the attachment.

HERE are the judges comments.

PAT BROWNE

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.

Count to Three on BBC Radio Brist

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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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07238pw.

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.


Merlin Goldman

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



Graham Egarr

6 May

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.

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.

Sunday 19 May

FILMING “MARIGOLDS”


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.

Sue

Writer/Director Merlin Goldman has written up the shoot as a blog post: http://www.magnetical.com/blog/marigolds