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2017

21 March

Competition Night

The Quickie Competition.

The Thalia Goblet was won by Bob Bennett for Fallen


The Ten Minute Trophy.

Bob Bennett was  the clear winner this year with his film,

A Dorset Diversion

Diana Taylor was placed second and is awarded the Ivor Wiltshire Memorial Trophy with, Gas Girls


Photographs of the winners and their awards can be seen HERE

Saturday 18 March

THE 50th GLOUCESTER INTER-CLUB FILM COMPETITION

Congratulations to Worcester Film Makers on winning this year’s competition with “Malvern Priory Bells”

We came second with our entry - Kabul Sunset.

Read the judges comments HERE.

21 March

STAR TREATMENT FOR THE CLUB AND SOME OF ITS MEMBERS IN THE

IAC BRITISH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR FILM COMPETITION 2017

Two club films, Mr. Wellby’s Cross and Thicker Than Water won 4 stars and 3 stars respectively while Gordon Young won 4 stars for his recently completed Bristol, from A to Z (watch it on 7th November) and Bob Bennett was awarded 4 stars for his ‘slightly tweeked’ 2015 Annual Trophy winner, Walking the Planks.

Here are the judges

comments for each film…

1 January

HAPPY NEW YEAR

LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT’S AHEAD

AFTER 83 YEARS IT WOULD BE EASY to rest on your laurels, but not at BFVS. Expansion of the clubs YouTube channel, a re vamp of its website, making a new club ProMo, documentaries and a ghost story in the pipeline. It's going to be a busy year ahead.


Bob Bennett

01 January 2017

TOP

Artwork:  Tim Braithwaite

17 January

GREEN SCREEN PRACTICAL SESSION

Sue Cockwell writes,  After lots of equipment to organise and the largest green screen ever to put up (without creases) we finally reached 'sound, lights, cameras and action' that resulted in a successful film for the poem 'Coffee Coffee Coffee' by David C Johnson.

Photograph by Peter Heaven

2 February

CONVENT CLOSE

Rumour has it that certain members of the crew of Convent Close were caught creeping into the crypt again last weekend.

View the evidence HERE.

10 February

DEMONSTRATION OF THE OSMO MOBILE

Well-travelled members Jane and Steve couldn’t wait to show us something from their holiday, and introduced us to ‘Osmo’.

The accompanying videos showed an earnest young man with a piano-key smile, but this was no advert for toothpaste or whitener; it was a stabiliser for a mobile phone.

Their own footage demonstrated that it did what it says in the adverts, providing a very smooth image when hand-held. It comes from DJI, the drone people: https://www.dji.com/osmo-mobile.

It works! We were impressed.

Photographs by Peter Heaven

Saturday 11 March

EXPERIMENTAL FILM DAY

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On Saturday 11 March BFVS held its first Experimental Film Day.

The aim not to produce a film but to experiment with some different

and unfamiliar filming techniques.


The group met at 8 am in the crypt of a south Bristol Church and started work on the most advanced activity of the day filming a ‘bullet time effect’. This is the effect where actors and objects appear frozen in time but the camera moves around them. An effect most famously featured in the Matrix film (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet _time).

To create this effect fifteen cameras were used simultaneously.


In the afternoon the group split into four groups and experimented with filming: Weightlessness in space, filming a fight, an actor falling from a high building, bullet hits on an actor and stop motion animation.


Sixteen members participated in the day which provided the opportunity to experiment with ideas away from a formal film production. It was judged by the participants to be a successful event with calls for another one to be arranged.

Sue Cockwell writes..

‘We were experimenting with camera angles to give the effect of weightlessness.  The aim was to show the problem of hundreds of millions of space trash floating through the solar system. Some of them are as large as trucks so we filmed a toy truck spinning in front of a green screen, which needed lights, plus a light for the 'sun'. This was checked by using a green screen app.  We zoomed in and out to give the impression of the truck travelling in an orbit and found an image of space as a background for the green screen to be keyed in edit. We then experimented with lots of strange items for the weightless 'trash' . In retrospect, this would have worked better with a bigger green screen, but hopefully, will still be successful. We found the experiment to be enjoyable and educational.’

Toy truck spinning in front of a green screen

Trucks in space!

Stop motion animation

Falling from a high building

Bullet hits on an actor

Filming a fight

Photographs by:

Sue Cockwell, Dane Rayment, Dave Norton, Steve Andrews, Peter Heaven, Graham Egarr

27 March

ALAN CROSS

1933-2017

It is with great regret that we announce the death of one of our oldest and dearest actor friends.


We first met Alan back in the early 70’s as a leading light in a local drama group called Tapestry.


He acted in many films - Morrison (1977) Mr Davidson’s Autumn (2001) Clarkson (2006)

The last time we saw him was in 2014 as an honoured guest at our 80th Anniversary Celebrations at the Cube Cinema.

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Star ratings

explained

1 April

JOHN LANG

1921-2017

We are saddened to hear that one of our oldest and dearest members has died.


John joined us in 1987 and was a avid supporter of all of the club activities until his retirement in 2012.  In that year we presented him with an Honorary Lifetime Membership.


A service of celebration was conducted at Canford Crematorium on 31 March.


He was an impressive 96 year old.

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5 April

PURSUIT

I’m told there was discussion last night about the forthcoming Mini Epics and a cunning plan to remake my 40 year old film.


I await with interest to see whether new ideas, new blood and modern technology can improve it.


Bob Bennett

WATCH Pursuit

12 April

FROME FIVE MINUTE FESTIVAL

We have received a positive feedback for the film we entered in the documentary category of The Frome Five Minute Festival.


A Short History of Bristol

'An amusing short film about how the Bristol name was arrived at through the local dialect.  Very well presented by a very engaging actor.  Short and simple and entertaining.  Ideal in fact.’


There were 5 films entered by members:

Terence Sheppard received 2nd place in the Drama category with 'Incredible Verdict'.

Malcolm Stephens also received 2nd place in the Holiday/Travelogue category with 'Canaltimes Memories'.

16 April

Here is a photograph of Chairman Tim Smart receiving the second prize certificate for our club entry Kabul Sunset at the 50th Gloucester Inter-Club Film

Competition held at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on 18th March.

Read the judges comments about Kabul Sunset HERE

Full details of the competition can be seen on Tewkesbury YMCA Movie Maker’s website.

27 April

THE BURRIS CUP HAS BEEN FOUND!

In 1936 our very first chairman and founder member, Mr E.H.Burris gave the society a shiny new trophy.  Forged in sterling silver and costing serious money it proudly displayed its role as the Bristol Amateur Cinematography Challenge Cup.  Eagerly fought for by members on an annual basis it soon became known as The Burris Cup.


In 2001 we lost it!


Sterling efforts by our current chairman and others to find it were in vain.  Now,16 years later this sad little tale has a happy ending.   Read the full story HERE.

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2 May

USING A PRESENTER IN DOCUMENTARIES

The ‘Party Room’ – used while our usual room is being refurbed – was a squash court, and at first looked ideal as a cinema, with a sloping ceiling and a large flat wall to use as a screen. Retractable seating would have completed the setup, as it also has a balcony at the back where a projector could be situated, and direct access to the bar! BUT... the acoustics are appalling! Echo echo echo... At times it was difficult to hear what people were saying, and our next meeting is about Sound…


Peter Heaven

On Tuesday 20 June a few members went on location at a skateboard park to film scenes for the Mini Epic 'Pursuit'.


It was very hot but the skateboarders put on a brilliant show for us. Thanks to Peter Carron who was a star!  We found lots of interesting angles and graffiti. Good team work by all.


Susan Cockwell