Friday 6th April
After my usual, (but slightly shorter), introduction Gary Hegedus got the evening underway with ‘shortcuts’. The title for this evening was ‘watch out’ and there were quite a few interpretations.
First up was a movie taken on a phone mounted in a car. A wife’s favourite and obviously valuable watch (which didn’t work) was thrown out of the window. Wife was not happy - Jan. (or should that be Gary).
What goes up must come down. A footy thrown up travelled way into the atmosphere and the resultant football’s ‘eye’ view on the way up, and coming back down, was something to be seen. Of course it landed on the throwers head. Don’t ask how come it didn’t burst.
A dashcam showed the risks that some people take. One member commented that he would never get a dashcam as cars with them always had accidents!!!
A well travelled member showed us some rice harvesting and, before anyone could ask what it had to do with watch out, he switched to bras on a fence. The demonstration was to support women with a breast cancer. Shows what can be missed if you don’t ‘watch out’
A voice over told a riddle for which the answer was an egg. I haven’t figured out the connection yet. Must see that one again.
Have you ever been concerned about that ‘thing’ on the wall. Husband and wife were obviously scared of whatever it was. A bit of clever shooting with camera on its side gave us a ‘things’ eye view. If I say it wasn’t pleasant especially when it moved, I’m not getting at the stars.
Now, a Scotsman with a (not very good) French accent, is something to listen to. However, the advice on how to clean up a pooch’s poops came across.
The final movie was about tree lopping and how to use a chainsaw with one hand. Scary or stupid. Mind you, we never found out if the operator had two hands.
The second part of the evening was devoted to ‘green screen’ use. Again hosted by Gary we were shown some of the ways to shoot against a green screen, including positioning, lighting and a few clues on how to remove ‘blemishes’.
Prior warning meant some members came prepared to experiment and the results will be shown later in the year. Remember folks we have a night dedicated to shown green screen movies.
We can learn a lot by watching, but more by being involved. So it was on Friday. As ideas were tried, there was much discussion and offers of help, and that’s what we are about.
It was a good night with shortcuts showing initiative, and, importantly, an interest in the club. One member had raced down from the NSW rice fields to be there on the night.
The presentations also showed that members are prepared to help each other – if asked, so don’t be afraid to call for help.
Experimenting isn’t limited to a laboratory.
Well done all and thanks for being there.
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.