Our opening night for this year was very interesting. It was a fairly relaxed night for all except Ron. More later.
We had fifteen members and three visitors and the program listed ‘members movies’ and shortcuts. You will remember that the topic for the short movie was ‘That’s enough of that’, decided at the meeting in December 2017.
No doubt you also remember that Ron and I get to the hall early to set up the equipment. Neil comes with Ron and sets out the chairs and the question is always ‘how many tonight’. Last night was a little different.
After comments last year about methods of presentation the committee decided to purchase a laptop and, after advice from some more experienced members, Ron obtained a machine, trusting that we would do the right thing and reimburse him. Over the previous two weeks, Ron has learned the vagaries of laptops and Windows 10 and with the help of Geoff Ross who tuned the laptop and projector for best results, introduced it on Friday night.
After my usual, ‘though shorter’ introduction we got started at 8.05pm.
No matter how well a machine works at home, the darned things always seem to play up in public. This time the machine worked alright, but the learning curve was a steep one.
Again, with the help of a couple of members, Ron got us through the night. Thanks and well done.
We had five ‘shortcuts’ and three general movies.
The shortcuts demonstrate the varied thinking of members and initiative in production. Great to see.
The members movies took us from caves in the Crimea to Milford sound in New Zealand. What was a pleasure was to have a ‘visitor’ show a movie which he had scripted for production by others. Richard Hallford has already hijacked Dan McGuire for ‘his’ group. Can anyone catch him?
We were to be shown another visitors movie, but Gary H’s new laptop refused to co-operate. We look forward to that in a future meeting.
April 6th is a night on use of green screens.
Gary Hegedus has put a lot of thought into this and will speak at each meeting to prepare us for the night.
To summarise, Gary would like us all to take part either individually or with another member, to produce a short script for enactment in front of the green screen. We are then to produce a movie showing what we have done over a background of our choice. Think outside of the box for topics.
Cameras are needed to shoot you in front of the screen. Metaphorically of course.
The three visitors were;
Helmut and Barbara Abt, and Dan McGuire.
Now they are more than visitors as they all joined last night. We bid them welcome. Make sure you identify yourselves and make them welcome.
Helmut and Barbara have attended a video course at U3A conducted by member Norman Lingwood. Many thanks to Norman for their introduction. They have a level of expertise in corporate presentations.
Dan has been involved in script writing and now wants to get involved in the making of movies.
I hope I’ve got this information correct, but you will find out when you speak to them.
Gary D and I served tea and coffee (without) biscuits. Blame that on Christmas and (mice). Next meeting will be better.
I have been asked to nominate supper monitors instead of calling for volunteers. Next in line are Brian, June, Kevin and Fred. Don’t think you can miss out by not attending. I have a list.
Even with the odd hiccough with the equipment, movies presented came up nicely. Thanks to all who participated.
Finally thanks to Ron and Geoff for setting up the laptop, to Kevin and Gary D for helping with the pre-setup on the Monday before, and to Gary D for spotting the special on the laptop which saved a swag on the retail price.
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
I’ve kept the best ‘til last. The topic for the next shortcut movie is..... ‘Unbelievable’.
Viewing is February 16th so –on yer bikes.
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.