Friday 16th February 2024
I was on time. Yea. The atmosphere was a little subdued. Norman did a meet
and greet at the door whereas he normally floats around getting everyone
Then we found out that Elizabeth was M.C. for the
She mentioned that Norman would be leaving early as
he was attending a wedding anniversary. His and
Trudy’s. Congratulations to both and especially to
Before I could get my book ready, Elizabeth had called
Tony to the floor for his reports. We must be doing all
right for the reports were minimalist and Tony talked
about his new ‘toy’, Osmo. Osmo is a compact and
versatile little camera mounted on a gimbal. He had used
the camera to record the previous meeting and use the
recording for the report, but....
It was interesting to see the effect as the gimbal took over and Norman sank
slowly to the bottom of the image. Later it allowed him to walk out of frame
eventually catching up. Of course it was the cameras fault. What else?
There is promise here though. If it works, John and I might be out of a job and
instead of having to read at lot of XXXX(you choose), you’ll be able to watch it.
We could tell Elizabeth was getting worried. No Joe!! She was in charge and
had Tony lined up for the job, when in strolled Joe, unfazed by the
consternation. He blamed the roadworks.
Skipping no beats he asked what the topic was for shorts
and how many. Art and Culture, seven movies. One
member was surprised, thinking the topic was Heart. Find
Speaking of Art and Culture, maybe not what you were
expecting but this ‘rogues’ gallery shows some of the shorts
contributors. Guy added to the flavour.
Sorry, I don’t have pictures of Helmut and Tim.
Gary Dusting - Famous Art Works – as you’ve never seen them before.
I’ve said it before – for a chap who cannot think of a subject, he keeps us
all on our toes. His presentation of various artists, their subjects and a
very punful commentary had us all groaning – with amusement.
Helmut took his GoPro around the Elysee Palace to record many of the
John Bishop - Family Art showed how his extended family from
youngest to oldest are involved in art, including his wife Olga. Some very
fine examples from a talented family.
Matt – demonstrated more of his talent. Having composed a music track
he put psychedelic images to it. Bit like a musical kaleidoscope. There
were many comparisons to Dr Who, War of the Worlds, Aliens etc.
Tim – The Art of being Impatient. To the music ‘When the boat comes
in’, Tim showed the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ arriving at Tasmania. Patience
was waiting for the boat to get there.
Philip – Showed how one Temple leader in Thailand had used the
Temple galleries to showcase modern versions of traditional art,
expressing traditional values in modern ways.
Joe - Memory test. It is usual, we’re told, for anyone undergoing heart
surgery to lose memory of events for a couple of days before the
operation and also for a few days afterwards. Joe set out to prove or
disprove the notion. He could remember everything, but it caught up
with him for the last meeting!!! It was Art Joe.
Guy West Not a movie, but a pun joke about Gary Dusting. ‘Gary had
entered his ten best puns in a contest. He didn’t win because ...... No
pun in ten did’. I am not explaining that. Just keep repeating it and it will
March 1st I am not afraid.
March 15th Heartless. (or Artless for anyone hard of hearing)
March 29th is Good Friday. No mention about a Club Social, but wait for an
Doncaster Cricket Club – 75th Anniversary by Geoff showed members talking
about the history of the Club and players, relating how it began and
Helmut introduced his new toy – a 360 degree camera. We found out that it
was two 180 degree units with a built in stitching program to achieve a full
circle. Not only horizontally, but vertically as well. Specifically purchased to
allow him to record a ‘dive’ with sharks!!
On a previous journey –when there weren’t any sharks, he became aware of
the limitations of the regular camera, in that recording the animals, and
spectators reactions, at the same time, was not possible, unless you were
outside of the cage.
The image quality of his new camera is very good. Stability is not a problem as
demonstrated by attaching the camera to his motorcycle and driving over a
rough road. A couple of movies showed what can be done, but we do need an
in house demo. This had been planned, but we ran out of time. What a good
result. No need for ‘padding’ as someone said.
Running out of time meant that Elizabeth and Philip decided that their agenda
item about the Family History project was postponed to the next meeting.
Elizabeth mentioned that the syllabus had been amended and will be sent out
soon. She then closed the meeting thanking all members for their involvement.
For what it is worth, I thought that the evening went quickly and was very
Friday 2nd February 2024
Our first meeting for the New Year and – I was late. Worse still, I didn’t bring a
At 7.39 and a half I walked through the door as Tony was wrapping up his
segment and Norman took the floor.
Was he happy to see me or-
happy I was late???
I was told in confidence that John Millard was a bit
disappointed that I had arrived as he quite likes
doing the reports. I do know that he took notes, so,
if anyone wants a refresher about the start of the
evening - contact John.
On my count there were seventeen members and one guest. (I was never good
at dividing by two) The guest was Maureen Plain, a former member who is
rejoining after a few years absence. Good to see you again Maureen.
So, my evening started with Joe, and that is always a good way to start.
Unfortunately he couldn’t remember the shorts
topic but it didn’t matter as none of the members
could either or at least none that brought a movie.
Apparently it should have been resolution but hey,
the previous meeting was a last year!
Fortunately Philip had everything in hand and on
cue from Joe, he brought up;
June’s movie about the NGV Triennial. With stills and video we were shown
some exciting variations of artwork. There were many beautiful creations and
guests were allowed or invited to walk over some pieces. Seemed a shame.
Norman’s Ground Level showed the point of view of a shoe shine ’boy’ in
India. The chap had been there for about thirty years with the same view. All
feet and pavement. Quite a feat to score those images.
Matt produced The Age of the Dinnersaurs. His longest movie yet at 2min
30secs, I can’t do it justice with an explanation. It needs to be seen. A send up
of the real dinosaurs, it has a great visuals commentary – very funny.
Tim’s Goldfields took us along the Walhalla railway at fairly high speed.
Fortunately the track was in good condition. If anyone managed to stop
looking at the tracks, there was some interesting geology along the way. Puffs
of smoke ahead of the train raised some comments and Tim explained that
he’d filmed from the back of the train and then reversed the video. Cheeky.
Tim’s second movie was about the Yarra and discussed the value of the River
to communities past and present, with commentary about pollution during
early settlement to pollution nowadays.
Mike Scully had his father Jack standing in front of the Trades Hall building in
2004 giving a brief history of the Labour party and differences of opinion in the
Jack tried to convince members that he had taken a mountain bike down a
track at Falls Creek. No one believed that. The snake got a few comments.
Gary H. Showed Mira Moonwater. Beautiful videography of a mermaid in a
pool. Apparently a teaser for a future competition entry. Looking forward to
Norman took us on a Night Ride in Kolkata. A taxi ride along a street of
Christmas lights. I reckon that could have been seen from the ISS. Vehicles
wouldn’t have needed lights. The brilliance and colour was only surmounted by
the – you guessed it – horns, and I don’t mean animals. They were quite varied
and loud. Properly choreographed, a musical score could be achieved. Had I
been holding the camera there might have been a few blank spots, driving is
not for the faint hearted.
A great show of movies, notwithstanding that none were ‘on topic’.
The topic for February 16th is ART CULTURE and SO FORTH.
June should be well ahead on that one!!
For the second part of the program, Elizabeth took
over to introduce the 2024 syllabus.
Presumably she had some elves to help in its
production and at first glance it seems to be a great
effort which should have something to satisfy us all. I
didn’t notice anyone shaking a head, so it was well
received. I believe there is more to come after some
Norman closed the meeting at about 9.30ish and out came the nose bags.
Those who know horses will get the reference.
P.S. I will try to be there on time next meet