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.
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.