PROGRAMMES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS ARE ARCHIVED HERE
Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish around 10.00pm
Due to professional commitments, visiting speakers may need to change dates. Please check before travelling long distances
On this evening we will be viewing and reviewing the 'Mini Epics' shot during the year. Mini Epics are a long-established tradition where we divide into groups or work as individuals to make a short film on a set subject. This year it is "FOOD".
There is still time to create your own 'Mini Epic'. If you are a visitor to our Zoom meetings please join in and submit a film. It is not a competition, just a fun evening. Plenty of time to shoot and edit over Christmas. Need a script? We have a ready-made one specifically written so it can be filmed by a filmmaker on their own. If you would like a copy of it please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Smart :
Acting for the Camera and Directing Actors
All filmmakers should know how to direct actors in their dramas, as well as presenters in their documentaries.
What actually is acting? What makes a good film actor? What is the difference between a stage performance and one for the camera?
Which is easier? Which do actors prefer? What do actors need from the director and crew – and other actors? Whose character is it anyway - the director’s or the actor’s - or the editor’s?
Zoom Meeting - Two part evening
The Making of 'Post Heist’ with Leon Silavant. How do you make a heist movie without actually showing the heist?
And how do you make it look really professional with little or no budget?
Leon Silavant from Reading Film and Video Makers has always wanted to create a heist film and with a team of sixteen actors and crew he worked over the last 18 months to achieve this.
After the Break: Film Trailers
Zoom Meeting : A.G.M.
The Annual General meeting to plan the future.
‘The System Strikes Back' :The making of a Star Wars homage.
Zoom Meeting - Films we can make
A review of all the scripts we have planned, as club productions, for the end of lockdown. A considerable number, both documentary and fiction. Including how our national / international membership can be involved.
We will soon be able to start filming as a group(s) again as this s a preview of what we may do. The projects we will review range from full scripted and cast films held over from March 2020, through some full scripts to just concepts and loose ideas.
A lot of our regular attendees live away from Bristol but they can still be involved in future productions even if they cannot attend the shoot. Everything from scripting / graphics / artwork / special effects / CGI / editing / sound effects / music and sound mixing / colour balancing etc. etc. All these can be done remotely so please join us.
We have a wide range of filming plans from 5 minute documentaries to long serious and semi dramatised documentaries. Along ones relying heavily on new graphic techniques.
On the fiction front we have a considerable range of scripts and idea from very short to a major costume production.
Please join us for an evening of looking what we can do as a group.
Zoom Meeting : Preparing for the Mini Epics
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 in June. We will be given a subject / theme to build our ideas around.
An excellent way to get hands on filmmaking experience.
Zoom Meeting : Character Archetypes in a Story
Merlin Goldman will give a presentation on Character Archetypes. The talk will cover what a character archetype is and how it can help us understand the roles certain characters play in film and television. Once we understand them, we can use them ourselves to help us create better stories by creating a richer and more distinct array of characters.
Zoom Meeting - Competition Evening
Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.The winner will receive the Jack Baker Trophy and a certificate. Second placed film receives the Ivor Wiltshire Memorial Trophy
Details on the Competitions web-page
The Ten Minute Trophy
(any subject, max 10 minutes)
The Quickie Film Competition (any subject, max 5 minutes).
Download entry form HERE
Zoom Meeting : To twist or not to twist? 10 top tips for short film plots
Mark Harrison takes a look at how short form film dramas are structured and examines what makes the best plots for engaging shorts.
How important are things like plot twists? How far can you apply the traditional models of feature films when you have limited time (and budget!) to tell your story?
During the evening, Mark will be showing many examples of best (and sometimes not so best) practice to build up a template for scriptwriting success!
Zoom Meeting : Larry Hall - Enhancing your work using visual effects
Larry explains how he uses visual effects in his films to add that little extra.
Zoom Meeting : Filming with Drones
Filming the Mini Epics
A Practical Evening
180 Minute Challenge
We film, edit and show films all done in three hours!
An animation evening including the amazing pioneering animation and CGI work of the late Doctor John Howden.
In 2005 John wrote an article explaining his first steps in computer animation using Blender software.
Read his article HERE.
Watch his first animated film called Blockheads HERE.
Hands on Filmmaking
Working as a group(s) we shoot one or two quality films within the evening where everybody attending has an important task.
A hands on session.
Making a short, simple documentary
How to take full advantage of You Tube and Vimeo.
How to boost your number of 'views'.
Grand Premiere of 2021 club productions
A special Christmas event
Larry Hall has recently shared his films at the recent club competition and many commented on the creative use of a range of visual effects within them.
Larry is going to show more of his film catalogue and share his experiences over the years when using a variety of VFX techniques on a wide range of film projects. He will give us an insight into the technologies he uses and the creative decisions he made along the way.
Larry is also a talented musician and makes multitrack music video performances so, as an extra bonus during the evening, we will also get an insight into how he creates the kind of ‘one man’ band music videos that have become so popular during lockdown.