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Short extracts from some of our films.


Due to professional commitments, visiting speakers may need to change dates. Please check before travelling long distances

Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish around 10.00pm

16 January   MicFest!

All you ever wanted to know about microphones and how to use them.

6 February  Shooting a Period Film + New Project

Period films can be very cinematic and, if linked to a true story, may attract a general audience.

They also don’t date as quickly as contemporary films. However they obviously have considerable complications.

There will be a presentation ‘Sounds Good - the art of recording sound for video: selecting the right microphone, and where to put it!’, a video of the performance of a Rycote Softie in windy conditions, and comparisons of popular mics to give members an idea of what they may need and the sort of budget they should expect. Hopefully there will be star turns by our own sound experts, including setting up Zero dB!

18 January Talk on Bristol Film Archives (Not a BFVS event but of interest to BFVS members)

On 18th January 2018 there is a free talk / film show entitled 'From pageants to powerboat racing: the film collections at Bristol Archives' given by Julian Warren (former City Archivist). Entry to M Shed is from 5.45 and the talk is from 6pm to 7:30pm

2 January  Hands-0n Filmmaking

We will be shooting a two-minute drama written by one of our members.

We will be shooting the whole film in only a couple of hours so we will be working with a big crew. This will need everybody there to participate, so it really will be hands-on filmmaking. It is likely that everybody who comes will have a task. Lots of film crew jobs to be filled, particularly helping with lighting and sound + clapper board, make-up and including assistant director etc.

20 February  Annual General Meeting

AN INTRODUCTION TO STORY TELLING and how it’s been adapted to film making.

A scriptwriter will discuss how to start writing, methods to make your story resonate and a few tricks to help you finish it.

Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.

20 March   Competition Night

The evening where the members judge members films.

Details on the Competitions web-page

       (any subject, max 10 minutes)

The winner will receive the Jack Baker Trophy and a certificate.

17 April  Directing Actors

1 May  The Gloucester Inter Club Film Competition

We will be showing all the films from this competition which was cancelled in March this year.

This is an annual film competition between ourselves, Cheltenham Videomakers, Gloucester Film Makers, Stroud and Stonehouse Film Unit, Tewkesbury YMCA Video Camera Club and Worcester Film Makers.

We entered 'Don't Call Me Baby' and 'Bristol Aerospace Heritage'.

Saturday 3 March  The Gloucester Inter-club Film Competition

This event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

The production issues can apply to drama or reconstruction used for documentaries. This will lead into the launching of a new BFVS project.


Impact 50 Competition - should we enter?

See  https://www.impact50film.com/



6 March  Premiere of the Latest Club Production

We review all the Mini Epic versions with the help of an expert.

Photographs of the August 15th shoot HERE

Reviewing Mini Epics

Count to Three

Why is America Called America?

Plus a presentation on how it was made.

Photographs taken during the filming HERE

Also the various edited versions of the film (Count to Three) shot in the club room on 15th August will be shown and reviewed.

We will also review the various edits of the Vampire film (shot in the club-room in January)

“Part Two: A Filmmaker from Germany will show us a selection of his short films. The emphasis will be on alternative concepts for delivering a story:

A Music Video, a poem, cardboard-sci-fi-trash and a mockumentory.

Everything is 8 minutes or shorter and was written, shot, edited and screened within 72 hours."

3 April   Telling Stories

15 May Planning for the Mini Epic  

Tonight we will plan how we will shoot our versions of the Mini Epic.

The challenge is to split into groups and plan short films (up to five minutes) for filming on Tuesday 19th June.

An excellent way to get hands on filmmaking experience

19 June Shooting the Mini Epics

3 July How Good Is My Camera?

17 July 180 Minute Challenge

7 August  Learning from professionals

Four clips from famous professional productions (both drama and documentary) are analysed to find out why they 'work', with particular reference to the editing.  

21 August  Hands on Filmmaking - Shooting a Short Film

JUDGED IN ADVANCE by a professional filmmaker this competition is the BIG one.

Eagerly fought for every year since 1965.

Rules and Entry Form HERE

The RAY BUCKLAND CUP for Best Composition and The DON SMITH TROPHY for Best Narration and/or Spoken Word can also be awarded.

The Don Smith Trophy The Ray Buckland Cup The Annual Trophy

53rd Annual Trophy Competition

Any subject

No limit in duration

This can be a group or individual effort

ANNUAL TROPHY and certificate for the winner

THE BURRIS CUP for the entry placed second.

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The Burris cup

‘The first Bristol Cine Society Annual Trophy was fought for in April, 1965 when nine entries competed.  The trophy, a magnificent "Greek Urn" type of cup, was reputedly found by Reg Middle on a refuse dump and restored to more than its original glory.’

18 September

Details on the Competitions web-page

8 September  Saturday afternoon and evening – fun filming followed by BBQ

16 October Guest speaker – details to be announced

6 November  How Are Professional Documentaries Made?

How a professional documentary is put together. Orientated to the organising and scripting side rather than the filming and technical side.

Saturday 10 November – One Day Training Seminar

How to Direct Actors.

20 November

4 December – Christmas Special REAL FILM

18 December Experiment Evening  

We try out some wacky filming experiments and eat more mince pies.


1st January – Informal evening. Come along for a chat.

15 January Review Evening

Review of Mini Epics and short films shot at club meetings during the past year.

Plus planning new films. 15 Minute Teach In.

5 February Guest Speaker – details to be announced

19 February Annual General Meeting

5 March Guest Speaker – details to be announced.

Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.

19 March   Competition Evening

The evening where the members judge members films.

Details on the Competitions web-page

       (any subject, max 10 minutes)

The winner will receive the Jack Baker Trophy and a certificate.

2 April John Howden – The Quiet Boffin  

(computer animation and CGI)

We review the amazing animation and CGI work of the late Doctor John Howden.

16 April  Planning the Mini Epic.

7 May  A Film from Stills + Simple Animation

Making a film from stills. The Ken Burns effect.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Burns_effect or even simple animation – the old Captain Pugwash method of animation. Plus the chance to try some animation.

21 May  Practical Skills

A hands on evening.  We practice filming and sound recording with help from experts.  

Outside if weather permits to take advantage of the light evenings.

4 June  The Very Short Documentary

In the age of You Tube writing the very short documentary.

Look at the viewing numbers on You Tube and see that if you want an audience for your films then a short production on You Tube may be worth considering.

It is hoped that this evening might lead to some new films being made by individual members and groups of member.

18 June  Filming the Mini Epic.

A real film projector in the club room for the first time for very many years.

Each gauge demonstrated? 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm?

Plus mince pies.

2 October

4 September  Cutting Down Films

A hands on editing evening. we will cut down longer films to a maximum of 90 seconds.

Sound-O-Matic XL - A Kennel invention.

From cheap phone to professional camera we put them to the test.

Which is really best?

RED cam

We will again work together to shoot a short film in the club room.

An opportunity for everybody who attends to get involved.

Tonight is the closing date for entries in the forthcoming Annual Trophy Competition (September 18th)

Tonight we will shoot our versions of the Mini Epics planned on 15 May.

Premiere Evening

We premiere the recent BFVS Productions.

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