We are fortunate to live in a city that holds so many film industry, independent
film, and other non-commercial (or 'amateur') producers like ourselves. We will continue to seek out guest speakers that can
educate and entertain club members---while at the same time look to club members to find ways to share their knowledge and
Member-made presentations don't need to be thirty-minute long talks. Sometimes
the best "tips and tricks" are quickly illustrated with a snippet of video and communicated with just a few well-chosen words.
Look into your kitbag of skills and knowledge and see if there is a gem or two that you can pull out, and polish for other
club members to enjoy and learn from.
"I'm too shy…" is no excuse. You're among friends, and those in the audience
are just as concerned that you are comfortable as they are interested to learn from your experiences. Come up with an idea.
Bounce the idea off another club member, Dave, or I---maybe we can help you polish.
Complaints in the past have included "We don't do anything but watch movies,"
and "I don't want to work on a club production". Others have said "we never discuss our productions, or the problems we're
There is an element of truth in all those sentiments. But you know as well
as I that in addition to pointing out what isn't working we also need to celebrate what we are enjoying about the club…and
looking for ways for each one of us to make some sort of contribution.
That big rock of "Nothing New/Nothing fun" is a lot easier to move with each
extra pair of hands that reaches in and gives a shove. When was the last time you shoved it..?? <Cough>, well, anyway,
you know what I mean.
See you at the September meeting and lets get ready to have a really fun year.
Bring your camcorder & accessories to the September meeting for the "What's in the Bag" activity...
Sincerely, Michael "the Tres."