Friday’s meeting was one out of the box – the variety was unbelievable. But before we get into that, Secretary Ron brought us up to date with what’s been going on behind the scenes: committee planning, no reply yet from the council re our proposed new projection system and a reminder that our club membership fees are now due.
Is interest in “Shorts” waning? There were only three entries, all on ‘The Moon Landing.’ The first one exposed an – until now - unreported problem experienced by NASA. The cow lost its way and, instead of jumping over the moon it landed on the moon. SPLAT! The other two reminded us what happened after – or was it before? – the cow disaster. An off the topic short took us on a visit to the SCRAP sculpture of recycled materials at Swanpool.
The main topic of the night was ‘My Other Hobby’. Boy oh boy, what a range that covered. You would never guess the things that interest our members. Some even brought in an income! From murder (not hands on) through family history, Lysterfield Lake sailing, snooker, meteorology, weight lifting, photography, life drawing (no one walked out or had trouble with their breathing) and finished up with exotic cooking complete with stove and fry pan! Unfortunately the cooking ended up on the floor. (Where’s that camera when it’s most needed?) Later, members were seen enjoying the exotic dish so, presumably, there was a second cook up. As Bill Kerr used to say, “I don’t wanna worry yer - - -“
Richard Hallford introduced us to the DJI OSMO pocket. Very impressive alternative to the GOPRO 7.
A very different and most enjoyable club night.
P.S. Shorts for next meeting are:Fallingand/or Speed
Note: Next Friday, 30 August, is the 5thFriday dinner. Next meeting 6th September is the 1stQuarterly Competition.
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.