A packed interesting meeting.
Among our seven visitors was Hugh Williams who shot a war movie, Operation Nightmare, over 50 years ago, which starred a very slim, dark haired, John Bishop! Many membership forms were handed out, so fingers crossed!
The other special attendee to the meeting was our Elizabeth Nash. She observed proceedings silently, perched on four stacked chairs towards the back of the hall. She was our first online attendee, watching from Ballarat, sometimes waving, via a ZOOM session.
Norm reminded everyone that the next meeting, 1stMarch, was our 3rdQuarterly Film competition. Kevin Gorie will be talking Animation. Also, the 1stMarch meeting will kick off with our first technical Q&A session, starting at 7:00pm. The theme will be Video Editing and John Bishop will share some of the features of free DaVinci Resolve and Norm might talk about using cheap VideoPad for training. All welcome.
Gary Hegedus fired up the shorts session - TEN shorts this meeting. Awesome! Shorts have been by far the most popular innovation to the club in years. Once again the member’s imagination shone through. From the ‘laugh out loud’ to the beautiful and the warm, the investigative and the family ‘feel good,’ they were all there. Keep them coming, members. Topic for the next meeting is, ‘DON’T DO THAT.’
Due to circumstances, our original guest speaker had to withdraw, but a very busy Colin Parrȏt very magnanimouslyagreed to fill in the slot and gave us a most entertaining talk on what it’s like to be a producer of outdoor, lifestyle shows for commercial TV.
Colin was introduced by our own John Bishop. John and Colin have been friends and work colleagues for more years than either care to remember. If you’ve ever watched such shows on the box asWhat’s up Down under; Off road Adventure; Camper Trailer Lifestyle or River to Reef you have seen Colin’s work.
Colin’s first comment was very revealing; he noted the quality of our shorts and noticed ‘the fun’ in our movies. He pointed out that this is missing from commercial film making. For them it is just a job that has to be completed to the satisfaction of the customer before moving on to the next job. So there’s something we amateurs have over the pros – we ‘have fun’ doing what we do.
When directing, Colin pointed out that the restrained approach is far more likely to be effective than the forceful, demanding approach. A tip he gave to solve the problem of what to do with hands was also worth remembering. Put one in a pocket and occasionally make a gesture with the other one. Gesturing all the time loses its effectiveness. Varying light can cause problems when shooting outdoors and mirrors and shiny surfaces when shooting indoors.
Colin’s anecdotes (like the time he and John shared a bed together!) proved to be entertaining as well as instructive.
Our visitors were very complimentary and like the rest of us found the evening most enjoyable.
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.