17 May 2019 Summary.
Tonight our President was not able to be with us so Richard MCd the meeting.
Ron submitted his usual Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports. He mentioned the passing of Jim Craig, an active club member for fifty years and reminded us all of the upcoming AGM. It gives us all the opportunity to give a little back to the club by offering to serve on the committee.
Ron also reminded us that there are five Fridays in May and to let Phyl Coffy know if we intend to be at the Ringwood Club social on 31st.
As usual, the shorts were varied and showed a lot of imagination. From the beauty of the Mt. Bulla area to the horror of June’s car accident, the effects of cleaning an old master with Ajax and Mahatma Gandhi’s nickname of Supercalis - - -, you know the one.
Joe Magee got us off to a good start for the rest of the evening with a short talk about the director, Tim Burton. Tim, who directed many successful movies, including Beetlejuice, Batman, Planet of the Apes and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was well known for his quirky sense of humour. We were shown several clips from Tim’s horror shorts, then it was over to Richard for the rest of the evening.
Members were divided into three groups with each group being given a possible scenario for a movie; The Reluctant Guest, where the guest was a trouble maker; The Curse of the Inheritance, who and when should the eighteen year old tell of the inheritance; Having a pet Coati to “process” ones coffee beans. Each group was also given a list of things to examine, like developing the story, location, crew required, in fact, they were full brainstorming sessions. We were shown short ‘how to’ movie clips to help us on our way. Discussions were lively and, at times, hilarious. Suggestions may not always have been practical, but the workshop certainly made us think.
An evening that was different and entertaining. Thanks, Richard, Joe and the shorts producers. Shorts for next meeting are, The Day After and This is Mine
May 3rd2019 meeting.
A well-attended meeting, and we had four guests!
President Norman opened the meeting by updating members on committee plans for improving the operation of the club. For a long time, Ron and others have spent quite some time every meeting setting up equipment to allow us to see our videos on the big screen. Steps are now under way to have equipment permanently installed so that all that is necessary to get our meetings started is to plug our laptop into a wall socket and away we go. Watch this space.
After years of procrastination and halfhearted efforts, we now have a club promotional video; it was shown for the first time to members and received with approval. We now have a Facebook page and are open to suggestions and assistance as to how to make our on-line presence more effective.
A mix of designated shorts and non-designated not so shorts got the evening off to a good start. From the power of the mind, a horror movie trailer, nature in slo-mo, street art, a one man band, a black hole that sucked in politicians (if only!) and other topics, we were well primed for the main topic of the evening – music for our movies.
Ron Fry made the most of a trip to the Scottish island of Staffa to marry stunning natural beauty to the evocative music of Mendelssohn’s Hebredian Overture, better known as Fingal’s Cave.
John Millard confessed to finding suitable music for a video as being the most difficult part of movie making. He described methods he uses for adjusting the length of a piece of music to fit the length of a video.
Mike Scully illustrated how music appeals to different people in different ways. He played six pieces of mood music and, after each one, asked members what the music conjured up for them. In some cases the differences were remarkable.
Gary Hegedus’ approach was different again, he concentrated on how to obtain suitable music legally. Gary used the Audio Vox website to illustrate his points. Seeing the penalties for doing the wrong thing should make us all very careful in the future. Gary thinks his $150 a year to keep out of jail money well spent!
SHORTS TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING: CRIMINAL DAMAGE and NO HOPE.
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