MARCH 2010 GUEST SPEAKER - Barry Casson
Barry Casson, who has come to visit with club members before, returned on Mach 23rd to show us samples
of projects that he has produced and discuss some aspects of what he was trying to achive with creative use of lighting, mood,
and the flowers from 300 hanging planters that graced the streets of Victoria.
Although technical difficulties stopped us from watching a few of his works (one on the history of Crystal Gardens
and a commercial he produced) we were able to watch and ask questions about several others.
Barry, who operates the http://www.speakfilm.com/
website, is an entertaining speaker, with an amazing knowledge of the movie making art. We are fortunate to have had
him back, and hope that we will see him again soon..! Oh, and the 300 planters---they were used to create a 'dream' meadows
scene in a movie that he made and sold to Bravo. Way to go Barry..!
APRIL 2007 GUEST SPEAKER #1 - Chris Kruger
Chris Kruger is also a member of VMUG and is an independent video editor in Victoria. He has
been editing and teaching Final Cut since 2002. He edits videos for government, corporate, and non-profit clients, as
well as being a hobby filmmaker and video artist. He manages the One Moon Art gallery in Esquimalt, featuring the
work of Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait.
Chris has worked at a visual artist/mixer for local festivals such as the Cowichan Folk Festival, and private mid-size
concerts in BC and Washington. Chris' website is www.islandmediadesign.ca
and features examples and links of his work.
Chris took us on a tour, albiet abbreviated, of Final Cut Pro. Just the list of features would have taken a half-hour
to read out..! Final Cut Pro appeals to the editor who needs a sophisticated non-linear editing tool with a wide range
of built-in features, and the ability to extend those features with professional level add-ons.
APRIL 2007 GUEST SPEAKER #2 - Sarah Coll
, along with her husband Chris Coll are active members of the Victoria Macintosh Users Group
(VMUG). They lead the VMUG novice SIG and Christian is the current President of VMUG.
Together they operate the family business: Alias Training (http://www.aliasmedia.ca/
), established in 2000, that provides training and individual computer support to Macintosh users. If you are a mac user,
check out their Mac University offerings….
Sarah gave us a brief overview of iMovie's capabilities and using a demo movie illustrated how easy it is to make
changes to clips, including effects, titles and even colour corrections. iMovie is a part of Apple's iLife collection
of applications and is bundled with the operating system.
MARCH 2007 GUEST SPEAKER
- Anne-Marie DeSouza
Anne-Marie attended the Gulf Islands Film and Television School (GIFTS) this past summer. She entered a contest that GIFTS sponsored, where you had to take a series of video clips
and edit them. She was very happy to hear that one of her entries had won---entitling her to attend a week long 'media
intensive program' at the school.
Everyone arrived on a Sunday evening and the program ran until the movie presentations on Saturday morning. The
demands were heavy, both physically and mentally, as the pressure built to work with your team to script, storyboard,
shoot and edit the movie---all in time for the Saturday deadline.
There were a total of 16 students, broken up into four teams of four people each. Two teams selected to make a documentary,
and the other two teams, including the team that Anne-Marie was on, selected to make a 'dramatic' movie.
Anne-Marie related that she was editing their team's movie (using Premier Pro software) all day Friday, and up to about
5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. All-night editing...who could ask for more..!! Sounds hard, but it was clear that she
enjoyed the experience and challenges...'cause Anne-Marie wants to go back another time!
We watched all four of the movies that were produced that week at GIFTS, as well as a movie that was produced with another
team for a Communications course of study conducted at Royal Roads University.
It was clear that Anne-Marie has a passion for making movies, and we thank her for sharing that will the club.
Hope to see you soon Anne-Marie (just not at 5:00 a.m. while editing...!!).
p.s. you can view a selection of movies made at GIFTS
on their web-site; just visit their film library.
FEBRUARY 2007 GUEST SPEAKER - Sony Canada - Bryant
Goodburn, the assistant manager at the Sony store located in the Mayfair Mall, came and did a great demo of Sony's new
High Definition HDR-FX7 camcorder.
Bryant took the day off work to go around town and shoot video which he presented at the meeting that evening. The FX7
was connected to a LCD projection unit (thank you President Peter!) via a HDMI cable, and we were suitable amazed at the colour
rendition, picture detail, and overall quality of the camcorder. Of course, at a list price of $4,999 for the FX7 we
were not expecting to be disappointed...!
The FX7 looks to be the spirtual succesor to the highly successful VX2000 line---with similiar looks and control layout.
However, the FX7 is smaller than the VX2000 series of camcorders, although weight seems similiar.
|Sony HDR-FX7 Camcorder
Stan brought in his high definition HDR HC3 camcorder (which is being replaced with the HC5), which retails at about
$1,100. This allowed us to compare images (although Stan's footage was shot exclusively indoors) and it was clear that
the HC3 was VERY close in overall detail, and also provided good colour rendition (considering that the HC3 is a single-chip
CMOS sensor, while the FX7 has the 3-chip setup).
It is clear that anyone considering a new camcorder purchase should be focusing on a High Definition model that allows
you to shoot in HDV, while still maintaining backwards ability to use Standard Definition.
Bryant had hoped to do a demo of HDV editing using Sony's Vegas Studio software and/or Sony's Cinescore music soundtrack
software, but alas, this was not to be...so we'll have to invite him back!!!
|Size of HDR-FX7 compared to HDR-FX1
JUNE 2006 GUEST SPEAKER
- May Street Group
Mayzell has worked with The May Street Group
since April of 2002, and is currently the producer of a one-hour documentary "Singing Home the Bones: A Poet
" in production with CHUM Television. She is also their Director of Communications and readily agreed
to Margaret's request to come and visit with the club members.
But there is a problem when trying to meet with someone that works in a group that enjoys an international reputation
of excellence and that produces award-winning programming for television---they are VERY BUSY..! Nevertheless,
Sandy found some time to break away for our June meeting and give us a glimpse into the hectic and creative world of The
May Street Group.
Sandy walked us through the process of how a show is produced. First there is an idea. The idea might walk in the front
door, as many folks have done at the The May Street Group, and ask to be heard. Regardless of where the idea
comes from each project has got to start somewhere.
But an idea isn't enough. As Sandy explained...the idea has to be worked into a story. So if the top three attributes
of a successful business are "Location, Location, Location." then the top three attributes of a successful program are
"Story, Story, Story." She referred to the 'arc' that has to exist, where each story has (wait for it), a beginning, a middle,
and an end.
Then a "one pager" is produced. This is a key document in the birth of a show. It has to catch the attention of a sponsor(s)
and allow them to see what 'strand' your show can fit in to their series of programming. Sandy mentioning that if your show
doesn't fit one of their strands, then the one-pager won't go any further.
However, if you do catch their attention then meetings are scheduled and you get to make your pitch...and hopefully this
leads to a deal and funding to produce the next step---a "Treatment". The treatment can be up to twenty-five pages and it
covers more detailed planning for the program such as funding, scheduling, and so on.
There is a huge amount of work that has to get done before production starts, and it may be a minor miracle that eventually
the team enters post-production. When the program is done it is distributed in accordance with the negotiated deal(s). Typically
a sponsor will have a period of time (a "window") in which they have the right to show the program as they see fit. For example,
a sponsor may have a year in which they have exclusive right to show the program. Once the year is up other distribution channels
can be used. There is even a "non-broadcast" distribution channel that can be used for individuals or groups that want ot
purchase a copy of a documentary or other program to show in private settings.
Permissions are needed for everything. Model releases, agreements for trademarks that show in the program, artwork that
is on the wall, etc...
Thanks you very much Sandy,
MAY 2006 GUEST SPEAKER - Peter Bruce
, was our guest speaker for the May meeting. He chatted with club members about what can
be achieved when there is a shared vision, when there is a positive outlook, and when you can go beyond the ordinary into
Using a laptop, a projector, and a series of photographs Peter took us on a journey of
discovery. Starting with an establishing shot of his kitchen he proceeded to select several items within that room. Using
those items he showed us how they can be photographed to look “ordinary” or “extraordinary”. A vase
of flowers morphs from something that is ‘nice’ to something that is ‘arresting’.
"Getting the Edge: 30 Tips to making images that soar"
We also enjoyed the 22 minute video called “Celebrate What’s Right with the
World” by Dewitt Jones, a moving tribute to being positive, looking for possibilities, being your best for the world—and
“Believe it and you’ll see it.”
NOVEMBER 2005 GUEST SPEAKER
- Barry Casson
was trained in
Hollywood as a director/cinematographer, and spent nine years as a TV news cameraman with CHEK Television here in Victoria.
Several club members have attended workshops at the Victoria Motion Picture School
(VMPS) and Barry's visit with us was entertaining and informative.
Barry showed several videos he had produced and discussed a number of aspects of the pre-production planning (PPP)
and production (e.g. lighting, camera movement). Barry brought a number of items, such as filter gels and camera filters
that he handed out for people to see. Given the cost of some of the items, we also learned to wait until the next person in
line says "got it," before releasing the item from our grip.
In response to a question from the floor, Barry said that the best way to learn to make movies is "...to make movies."
However, he also pointed out that you can learn a lot from courses (such as those offered at the VMPS), from clubs like the
Victoria Video Club, and from just watching TV and Movies to see how scenes can be organized and shot.
OCTOBER 2005 GUEST SPEAKER - Mark Lemna
, from PG Music (www.pgmusic.com/
) visited with us and demonstrated how "Band-in-a-Box" software can be used, on both MacIntosh and IBM PCs, to create soundtracks
Mark demonstrated how Style Set # 50, Soundtracks & Soundtracks MIDI Fakebook, along with Soloist Set 18, Soundtrack
Soloists, are designed to produce music for a certain mood (blues, country, funny, mystery, jazzy, majesty, etc). The
royalty-free songs mean that you don't have to worry about copyright infringment. By switching insturment sounds, tempo, and
soloists, a wide-range of songs can be produced with minimum effort. Although some musical knowledge is helpful, the program
can be operated by anyone with a minimum of computer knowledge.
Mark extended a special offer to club members that bundled BIAB software with the Soundtrack sets. Club members were
grateful to Mark and PG Music for his excellent demonstration.
APRIL 2005 GUEST SPEAKER - Dan Curtis is an award-winning documentary
film-maker who is now using his twenty+ years of experience as a filmmaker, researcher, writer, and interviewer to help people
tell the stories of their lives. He conducts workshops, at the Monterey Centre (1442 Monterey Ave.) in Oak Bay, on "Writing
an Ethical Will", as well as "How to Conduct Video or Audio Interviews That Capture a Loved One's Life Story" (contact Monterey
Centre 370-7300 for schedule). At our April meeting he will be discussing and sharing his experiences on creating life
stories on video with examples of his work. He has a web site at: http://www.hydracen.com/lifestory.htm
MARCH 2005 GUEST SPEAKER - Grace Salez is a graduate of the Film/Video
program at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (1997). She produces short experimental videos and was awarded by the
Greater Victoria Community Arts Council "Best Video", for Cream Puff Theory in 2003. Grace is actively involved in Victoria's
independent film/video community through MediaNet, a non-profit society for film/video artists. She is the recipient of two
BC Arts Council Grants, was the Guest Artist at the Visual Arts Program, Camosun College (2001), and at the Visual Arts Program,
Malaspina College, Nanimo. She has been the juror for the Experimental and Documentary component of the Victoria Independent
Film & Video Festival (2001) as well as EDGES, the "Best" of Canadian Shorts film festivals, Victoria. She has recently
completed a 10-minute documentary about artist/sculptor Mowry Baden, and was also the researcher in the development stage
of a documentary on the Chinese Cemetery in Victoria with the National Film Board. Grace was invited in 2003 by Ballet Victoria
to become their documentarian. She will be presenting several short videos that she has produced and facilitating discussion
about areas of interest to club members.