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Bulletin Vol 64 No 4 - Page 2



All the following articles have be copied from the Winnipeg Amateur Movie Makers October 2001 bulletin. Thank you Winnipeg! Some moviemaking advice is perpetual.


The following article was written by Sam Spense of the Toronto Film & Video Club.



Research your destination in travel magazines and brochures, travel sections in newspapers, guidebooks and library.

Talk with people who have been there.

Make a tentative list of video ideas.

Carry extra batteries, charger and adapter for foreign electrical outlets.

If you don’t want to take a tripod, pack a large sock. Having reach your destination, fill the sock with a (plastic) bag of beans. Dispose or donate the beans before departure for home.


On the airplane, from a window seat, similar planes taking off and landing.

Local modes of transportation, such as airplanes, boats, trolleys, bicycles, donkeys and other indigenous conveyances.

Depots, stations, harbours, etc....

Signs, which are items we take for granted. They can be used as titles, landmarks, or as a running theme throughout the trip. Use them to identify locations, mark progress, provide information. It’s a great aid in remembering details after the trip.

Get some footage of yourself, to remind others that you were there too.


Your video should be more than just random shots. Incorporate some kind of storyline, continuity, chronological order. Every journey has a beginning, middle and end. Follow this basic rule. Consider editing your footage into a number of mini-movies, about 8 minutes in length, in which each segment covers a different aspect of your trip.



The following article was borrowed from the Toronto Film & Video Club and reproduced in the SAVAC Monitor.

      by Don “Tinker” Svob of Wellandport, Ontario

- A putty knife, with its blade forced into a crevice becomes a wall hook for hanging equipment.

- A periscope made from two small mirrors and some segments of plastic pipe, will enable you to get a closeup short of your car’s wheel whilst speeding along (with a second person driving of course!)

- A piece of foil taped at an angle in front of your camcorder’s infrared remote control receiver, will enable you to operate the unit with the remote control from behind the camera.

- Items one should never leave home without:

Duct tape. For fixing, handing, securing, etc.
Reflectors. Get a foil-covered solar blanket that folds up into a a small package.
Freezer bags. To hold solar blanket, microphones, and cables, and/or protect your camera from rain, sand and snow.
Silica Gel. Keep it in our camera bag, to absorb moisture.


Before buying a tripod, check its torsional strength. Extend legs and center bracket. Press your hand on top of the tripod. If tripod legs flex, reject it.

Use headphones which completely cover your ears to keep out background noise.

Always log footage and record names of subjects.


Borrowed from the LA 8MM Club.

Tilting and excessive panning are often mentioned -- so don’ t do it. Rather choose a portion of the subject and hold for 5 seconds. Then move to another spot, perhaps something detailed. Sequential shots are usually more effective than a pan.

Zooming in and out -- don't overuse this tool. If you must zoom, hold the final image at the end of the zoom for about 5 seconds. Think about the composition before shooting. That’s when you can use your zoom to fill the viewfinder with the subject of interest.

And lastly, what’s too much or too long? A vista of beauty is a gift to behold, but hardly ever for more than 10 seconds, better yet 5. If there is a great voiceover or commentary during the shot (I mean really good) the seconds can be comfortably stretched. Think ahead about your audience, especially those who are neither kith or kin.