Scores of people gathered at the war memorial, outside Castle Park, at 7pm for a silent vigil to mark the centenary of the start of hostilities that were to cost so many lives – more than 1,000 from Colchester alone.
Included among those present were the town’s MP, Sir Bob Russell; the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell; the new Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris; and the garrison commander, Colonel Gary Wilkinson OBE.
The club’s summer outing saw members and partners filming at the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket in Suffolk on 9 August 2014 .
Usually, members are encouraged to make individual films, based on their annual visits but, on this occasion, it was decided members should join forces and make a short club documentary about the site. A copy of the edited film will be given to the museum trust. While some members toured the 80 acre site looking for suitable “cut away” material, cameramen Peter Noakes (left) and John “JJ” Jones filmed fellow club member Paul Desmond interviewing a number of staff and enthusiasts. Here Paul is asking museum volunteer Jonathan Pattel about the history of the Empress of Britain, one of a number of steam engines owned by the museum.
By the end of the day club members were unanimous: the visit had been hugely enjoyable and the museum a fertile location for film making.
The land was originally part of the medieval Abbot’s Hall estate and had had numerous owners before it was bought by the Longe family in 1903. It was Misses Vera and Ena Longe who placed the farmland and Abbot’s Hall and gardens in trust to be used as the museum, which opened in 1967.
Latest Films - Short
Bryan Littlewood Interview
Silent Vigil to Fallen Heroes
Bring your Subs or Cheque book!
Just to remind those of you who are back from holidays (or who haven’t gone yet) that this is our first meeting of the new 2014/15 season. it will be an informal evening as described by Peter last week in his email reminder about membership subs. We will be showing some of the material (rushes rather than finished films) taken from the summer visit to The Museum of East Anglian Life and would welcome any films or rushes material that you may have of that visit, or indeed other summer visits of your own.
In addition we will be seeking to finalise the summer film team and put together a programme for completion of the film. I realise that ‘summer film’ will be something of a mis-nomer now, however, the key volunteers have all been too busy during the summer to effectively take the film forward; this does not mean however, that it is not going to happen.
This year we are planning to submit a film for the 'North v South' film competition. The submission deadline for this is 31st of October. Peter and Paul have come up with an interesting script idea that will involve as many members as are interested in taking part. The intention is to shoot the film next week. For this we will need: a cast, a crew and an audience - something there for everyone in fact!
Submission of films for ‘Open Competition’ are due!
4th Oct 2014
East Anglian Film Competition hosted by CFMC
7th Oct 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Club Filming Project
14th Oct 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
21st Oct 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5 Minute Competition
28th Oct 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5 Minute Competition Discussion