With some of our members back, in some cases from overseas, our President had more members to welcome and explain the night’s program.
By now, Joe and Ron had persuaded the sound gremlins to cooperate and give us audio with our pictures, and we thank Helmut for acting as computer controller. The Secretary’s report was delivered: top of the list was a reminder that we are now into a new financial year and that our club membership fees are due. No change from last year: $50 single membership, $70 a couple and $20 for country members. Joining fee for new member also the same: $10.
President Norman advised that application has been made to the council for permission to install our new projection system but, to date, there has been no reply.
We were reminded there is a fifth Friday in August so to mark that in our diaries for our next social evening.
Joe ran our Shorts section starting with the beauty of the Crimea. Unfortunately, this came to a crashing ending. (A hazard with anything that flies.)
June told us the story of when her laptop reminded her of certain video sequences it contained and would she like them made into a movie? Just for fun, June said, Yes and, lo and behold, it happened! Scary? June did find she was able to add effects such as rain and music. The movie was of a bus trip into the city. June also showed a short from the previous meeting - one she had missed – where the topic was Escargot. Big and juicy ones! Shorts topics for next meeting are: We need at least twelve of them and Moon landing.
For the last part of the evening , members showed some of their techniques to the rest of us. Norm set the ball rolling with the way stories are structured. A slide show demonstrated the need for a climax – the word got some members excited! – and the power of flashbacks. More details will appear in the next Take One.
Geoff Ross created quite a bit of discussion with his demonstration of vlog editing, which allows adjustments of the shadows and hi-lights of scenes. Geoff uses a plug-in called Colour Finale. Geoff demonstrated how scenes that were dull and uninteresting could be brought to vibrant life. It was truly magic.
The evening concluded with two movies for which feedback was requested. Norm showed an unfinished movie which started when Gondwanaland existed and ended with a tour of Albany, W.A. Ron gave us a tour of Uluru with its fascinating rock formations and colour changes. The nine Km hop on, hop off bus service around the rock met with approval from members. Both of these produced the requested feedback – none too critical.
The evening ended with the sight of June leaving, happily clutching the raffle first prize. Thanks again to Brian for organizing the raffle.
A variety of our members, including Jack who photo appears above provide updates for our journals to keep you up to date if you missed a meeting.