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3 January 2017  HAPPY NEW YEAR



PLEASE READ THE WHOLE PROGRAMME THROUGH. Particular items to make a note of are:

  LOTS OF FILMS.  We’ll start with a remake of this 40 year old film so please, watch it now.

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

WATCH Pursuit

As well as the formal business there will be time for a discussion about what the Society should be doing.

Plus planning the ‘Experimental Day’ (Saturday 11th March) and the ‘Film and Barbecue’ (see 3rd June below).

Also planning a new documentary.

There will be a report on the progress of the Downs film and the showing of the rough cut


We will hold a special day to experiment for example ‘bullet-time or flow-mo

shots’ (see, plus experimenting with other special effects e.g. bullet hits on objects and people, firing an arrow at somebody, explosions with and without actors in shot, actor falling off high building etc.

Saturday 11 March  8.00am - 8.00pm

Experimental Film Day in the crypt of St Paul’s Church Southville.

Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.

21 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.

Saturday 18 March  The Gloucester Inter-club Film Competition

Hosted by: Tewkesbury YMCA Movie Makers at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury.

Last year we won this competition with ‘Requiem for Caffeine’.

This year we have entered Diana Taylor's 'Dockside Dreaming' and 'Kabul Sunset' with music added to it.

CLICK HERE for a map of

Tewkesbury Town Centre

        (the next meeting)

A must for anybody interested in being involved in club productions in 2017.

Please note an earlier start time of 6.45pm  LOTS TO DO!

We will film and do the post-production for an ultra short film “The Oldest Member”

We will shoot some footage for a new poetry film (This is part of a major project not just a training exercise).

This will be a challenging evening where everyone will have to get stuck in and help. Everyone will have a job.

An excellent evening for new members to get hands-on experience of group filmmaking.

17 January  Green Screen – Practical Session

The Society is planning an experimental day on 11th March to try out some very exciting processes and techniques.

With a view to making the utmost of the evening, we are holding a planning meeting tonight for all members interested, at;

Bristol Photographic Society

13, Montpelier Central, Station Rd


BS6 5EE.

the venue of the experimental day itself at 6:45 pm.

24 January, 6.45pm   Planning an Extraordinary Experimental Day

BPS studio's offer an excellent opportunity for us, to exploit their superb facilities.  With this in mind, the meeting will be one with which, to explore and discuss the possibilities.

Further discussion will continue in the nearby Prince of Wales pub at 8 pm (for those who cannot make the early start at BPS).

Part 1 - Making a Good Documentary - Is it in the editing?

We will watch The Battle of Quebec and the director will explain how it was assembled at the editing stage from limited live action footage and still images.

It is hoped that this will generate considerable discussion.

Part 2 - Planning our club promo. This will be a click option on the Home Page of our web site

7 February  Two Part Evening

Documentary Editing / Making a Promo Film

7 March  Planning a Mini Epic

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

The challenge is to make a new version of this 40 year old film.

A good challenge as there is limited dialogue but scope for artistic photography possibly in little known or even grotty areas of the City.

A great evening for both new and existing members.

WATCH Pursuit

This year we will be inviting other groups to take part and make their own versions.

18 April  Lighting the Difficult

How do you light a whole room? What if the room is in darkness? What if an actor walks through the room with a candle or torch. We will be advised by professional

cinematographer Richard Harris.

2 May  Using a Presenter in Documentaries

A panel led evening with illustrated clips

This event might be suitable for actors as well as filmmakers. Any actors interested please come along.

Television uses presenters all the time and they are becoming more common in non-professional films.

Are they a good idea?

16 May  Sound Mixing – How do you do it?

We welcome as our special guest this evening award-winning sound editor, Ania Przygoda.

Ania will show us how to get the balance between background sounds and dialogue correct, then mix in the music as well.

6 June  Films by Other Bristol Filmmakers

We learn by watching and critiquing some films by other filmmakers from Bristol. Hopefully we can invite some of the filmmakers along.

20 June  Shooting the Mini Epic

We go out in groups and shoot all or parts of our Mini Epic films.

18 July  180 Minute Challenge

1 August  Directing Actors

19 September  Editing the Mini Epics

We edit the Mini Epic films.

Hands on activity.

17 October  Choosing music for films

Selecting existing music? How to do it without spending years. Alternatively recruiting a composer? If so how do you brief the composer?

15 August  How do you make a Music Video?

Shooting and editing a music video including recording

the sound.

This evening may lead to a later hands-on practical session(s).

We shoot small films, edit them and project them all in one evening.

4 July  Professor Martin Rieser: Interactive Film

This is an illustrated talk on the forms and conventions for interactive film in various media settings, ranging from video installations to virtual reality and mobile device delivery.

The works shown will include the speaker’s own work and that of other pioneering practitioners who have used and understood this form of cinematic delivery.

7 November  Bristol, from A to Z

The first club showing of the film "Bristol, from A to Z".

With presentation by the filmmakers on the scripting, shooting and post production of the film.

5 December  Reviewing Mini Epics

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

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

Eagerly fought for every year since 1965.

This year we welcome as our special guest,

21 November

Rules and Entry Form HERE

The Runner-up cup

The Ray Buckland Trophy 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 Trophy The Annual Trophy

52nd Annual Trophy Competition

Any subject

No limit in duration

This can be a group or individual effort

Annual Trophy and certificate for the winner

Runner-up cup for the entry placed second.

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Extra Events

In addition to the main programme it is hoped to organise some pure social events – skittles, quiz etc.

During the year we are also hoping to arrange a visit to a relevant professional facility.


‘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.’

Often textbooks tell us about static lighting – three-point etc. but we make movies where things on view move and the camera often moves. How do you keep a moving actor lit and with no difficult shadows? It gets worse when the prime source of light is being carried by the actor; for example a torch. What if it is a candle? Does the candle itself provide the light? If not what do you do?

. . . an alphabetical amble through the city – 26 short, informative vignettes, spanning history and historians, rivers, places, poets, painters, and inventors; the great, the good, and the grandiose – an exuberant celebration!

4 April  Report on the Experimental Film Day

We will watch the footage shot on the day, review what we  have learnt and  see what we can incorporate into future films.

Reports on Filming Bullet Time shots, Filming a Fight, Filming Weightlessness, Filming Bullet Hits and Stop Motion Animation.

Junior Dragons Day Event

Last December five volunteer members of BFVS

filmed a Junior Dragons Den event at the Bristol Hotel.

The event was run by Envision as part of the Community Apprentice Programme.

Tonight, Tony Orr and Julian Baldwin will explain

what it was all about and show us the results of their labours.

The evening will also include reports on filming sessions that members have recently participated in.


We’ll have another look at Tim Braithwaite’s surreal film ”Capture”.

Tim was runner-up with this film in last years Annual Trophy Competition.

Feeling caught in a hum-drum existence, over which he has little control, a man seeks solace in Scotch Whiskey and the maintenance of a huge butterfly collection.  He finds himself re-evaluateing its worth however, after finding an old camera.

SPECIAL EVENT – 25 April  A visit to somewhere grotty

WATCH Pursuit

To help with inspiration an outing to an ‘interesting’ area

of the City to inspire creative photography and filming, of particular use for this years Mini Epic.

Arranged to meet at the back of ‘A’ and ‘B’ Bonds

(Approx post code BS1 6XN - (MAP) at 7.30pm and end up

in the Cottage pub, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Rd,

Bristol BS1 6XG for 9.00pm

The Mini Epic plan is to remake this 40 year old film.

Read Martin Rieser CV HERE

5 September Sound Recording

Professional sound recordist Tim Hunt will join us this evening.

Read Tim Hunt’s CV HERE

3 October  Planning a Documentary – How the Professionals Do It

Advice from an experienced professional.

19 December   Mince Pies on the Beach – The Lost Art of the Holiday Film

How many filmmakers, even famous ones, shot their first ever footage on holiday? But how to do it well?

Bob Bennett, a filmmaker experienced in documentary and fiction films will tell us about his other life as a maker of holiday films. (Special Christmas treat – mince pies)

16 January   What microphone do you really need?

We test microphones and see if we can tell the difference. Also which type of microphone for which task


2 January  Experiments

An experimental evening where we can test wild ideas.

6 February   John Howden – The Quiet Boffin

(computer animation and CGI)

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

20 February  Annual General Meeting

6 March   Shooting a Period Film

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.

The production issues can apply to drama or reconstruction used for documentaries.

3 April   Planning for the Mini Epic

17 April   A Film from Stills + Simple Animation

Making a film from stills. The Ken Burns effect or even simple animation – the old Captain Pugwash method of animation.

1 May   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 in the autumn by individual members and groups of members.

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. #meeting programme