Following an approach from Heathlands School, via the club's web site, members Lionel Bloomfield and Peter Noakes visited the school in West Bergholt to provide film making advice to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.
In each of the four classes pupils had organised themselves into small production teams to plan two minute films. The theme could be a documentary, a news report of a natural disaster or an historical drama. The deadline is the end of November.
Lionel and Peter discussed the importance of planning, including scripting and storyboarding, before discussing and demonstrating production techniques, including the use of a green screen.
The duo provided a list of top tips which they hoped will help the young film makers with their projects and used club films - Neighbourhood Witch and Silent Vigil - to illustrate their talk.
Lionel and Peter have been invited back to the school to help judge the resulting 25 films so that "Oscars" can be awarded in front of parents on November 30. Other club members are welcome to join them. PN
John Howden kicked off the club’s new season with a rather unseasonal but impressive offering, entitled Carols Ancient & Modern, which won the Open competition. (27.09.16)
Although filmed on a warm July morning at Winchester School, it captured the essence of a traditional Christmas carol service.
John, last season’s Film Maker of the Year winner, was commissioned to make the promotional film by the publishers of ancient and modern hymns for their website.
Assisted by John Jones, he trained five cameras on eight professional singers in the school’s chapel, which was decked out in festive decorations. To add to the authenticity of the occasion, the film maker had asked his performers to wear warm winter clothing, including scarfs.
Commented one club member in the audience: “I was hugely impressed by the clear, rich sound: the film captured the mood beautifully and deserved to win.”
Another festive offering came from John Jones who focused his GoPro camera on recording the domestic routine of Christmas Day, which gained him second place. Third place went to John Groslin, making his debut in club competitions. John’s submission was a short film about the making of the club’s summer film, Swarm.