THIS YEAR 2019
Monday 11th February 2019
Mike Johnson presented My Life in Video on Monday it turns out to have been a relatively short but eventful life and made us all Paws for Thought (Mike imaginatively used some cat footage every time he wanted to pause the video)
Mike started video making when he received a video camera as a present on the occasion of his wedding and has been developing his skills ever since.
As always he had some remarkable tricks to show us, especially his re-workings of some adverts, as well as some charming local history and travel videos.
Mike also introduced a new editing suite, which works on Windows and Apple, called DaVinci Resolve.
It is amazing and even more amazingly it is free. Find out more:
Although it has enormous potential, especially as a node based editor it is surprisingly simple as a basic layer based editor:
It was good to meet up with Eddie Kalinski an old member of MWVS; we hope to see more of him.
I recently received this email which may interest some members and long standing video makers:
EARLY 1970s CINE / HOME MOVIE FOOTAGE WANTED
Did you take a cine camera with you to see your favourite band in concert? Did you film everyday life in your neighbourhood and home, special occasions, holidays or just hanging about with your friends or going to the shops?
On The Corner (makers of the documentaries 'Amy' and 'Senna') are asking home movie buffs for any footage you may have from early 1970s for a brand new series of documentaries that will paint a picture of the world and its music at the dawn of the new decade.
We want to show what the everyday looked like so, even if it's just footage of you cycling up your street on the Raleigh Chopper you got on your 10th birthday, please get in touch.
We cannot guarantee that your materials will be used in the film but any footage we do use will be subject to a licensing agreement and usage fee.
If you think you can help please contact our team at
Monday 28th January 2019
Last Monday we started the year with what has become an annual event viewing prize winning videos.
This year we viewed prize winners from BIAFF:
the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR FILM FESTIVAL.
Watch them again plus others:
They were a really interesting and inspiring collection of videos
which everyone enjoyed, discussed and perhaps learnt a little more about making great videos.
Incidentally the much enjoyed Miracle on the Mantelpiece won at last year’s Frome Five Minute Festival- well spotted Frome!
Monday 14th January 2019
'HAPPY NEW YEAR'
Mid-Wilts members greeted each other as another Mid-Wilts year started by looking back at the previous year with Philip Fowler's famed Review of the Year.
It was interesting to realize just how diverse our activities had been and how much we had enjoyed our green screen evening, our shoot at Dundas Warf and the Micromovie Festival.
Philip also provided us with All Change his Scottish trip video as he remembered a trip to Scotland with his parents more than half a Century ago and some of his earliest attempts at photography, which looked surprisingly good even blown up on the large screen. Starting the New Year in Scotland seems somewhat traditional!
LAST YEAR 2018
Sunday the 14th October
Last Monday’s meeting was awful, Jon tells me that my emails are too enthusiastic and make the meetings sound amazing so here is the truth for once.
Now for the awful meeting, after a brief curtain raiser showing how BB C editors might make a micromovie, Philip kicked off with a teaser about his adventures in the Clyde, however we are still waiting to see the full video.
John Clare showed us his excellent video about Imber; an excellently shot and structured production; starting with some old photos and slowly building up to one of the Imber open days.
We then watched part of the documentary Abducted:
Full of excellent and innovative ideas and its self really well structured and balanced around a complementary middle section.
Jon provided some fascinating pixelated footage of a rally car as well as some outstanding footage of lambs frisking with very impressive ambient sound, who needs music?
We thought that we were then going to see the second part of Philip’s video but instead were shown the tale of the best ever lemon and meringue pie.
David Apps showed us some fireworks footage which could not fail to impress and explained some of the technical difficult with the three camera shoot. This was followed by one of his condensed wedding videos which again brought us back to editing at which David is very accomplished. A few weeks ago he showed a great example:
Finally back to Philip and a round-up of some of the techniques he has been using recently in his video making; including kaleidoscope and most of all vista scope which was a fascinating approach to animation. He was kind enough to bring along two laptops so that we could see the creation process in action.
Prompted by David’s video he also mentioned the problem of filming rockets; here’s how NASA does it:
Philip talks more about these matters and many others in an excellent blog he produces for Video Trowbridge:
Incidentally the word awful, according to the Oxford English Dictionary means: worthy of or commanding profound respect or reverential fear or wonder, as well as solemnly impressive and sublimely majestic.
The next meeting is the AGM is on October 22th; and we need to discuss the shape of next year’s programme perhaps we need a few more summer meetings. Do think about the type of meetings that you want, do think about your potential contribution. We must continue to evolve and improve our programme and be honest about what worked and what did not work. Also we need to come up with new and inventive ideas to enhance the programme and help members enjoy and improve their video making.
The other word Jon accuses me of using is amazing I have only used twice in the last ten emails; when talking about the amazing entries we should see in this year’s competition judging by some of the work we have already seen. A couple of entries are already in.
Members may enter any video that has not previously entered for a formal club competition; challenges such as Bradford etc. may be entered, as may old material if it has been recently reworked. Videos may contain a limited amount of archive or stock footage if it is germane and does not infringe copyright.
So bring them to the next meeting in any format or send me a link.
Monday 22nd October is the Dead Line for Competition Entries
See you then with your entries and ideas.
MidWilts Video Society Blog Friday 29th September
Monday evening was our Festival of Micromovies, with 28 very varied, intriguing, inventive and enjoyable micromovies. Mostly from MidWilts but we were grateful to receive excellent contributions from; Len Vine, Oliver Seaman, Susie Walker and Huey Walker, these really added to the variety.
There was general agreement was that the 100 second micromovie produced a different video to the classic 60 second video and the majority of the video made use of the extra time.
The winners were selected by a vote of all the viewers and, before giving those results, it is important to say that the voting was very close and very spread across the entries, with in most cases only a single vote separating winners from other videos.
The overall winner was: The Seed by John Clare
The runner up: Around the World in 80 Seconds by David Skull
The two funniest were: The Seed by John Clare and If Only by Susie Walker
The most intriguing: Longleat Fantasy by Mike Snelling and
The Avebury Mystery by Mike Johnson
The best photography Battle of Bradford on Avon by Jon Durrant
The most inventive: If Only by Susie Walker and Longleat Fantasy by Mike Snelling
The Festival Micromovies can be found at:
Part 1 https://youtu.be/L2sOe0J-M2A
Part 2 https://youtu.be/jsQl9Jd_Llw
Part 3 https://youtu.be/QzSzAcNLuu8
Part 4 https://youtu.be/-jbC-Gv-eKQ
All 28 Videos are well worth seeing again (and again)
Hope you all enjoying them again (and again)
Our next meeting, 8th October, is a members’ presentation, Philip has an interesting item which will give the evening a foundation, and other contributions are welcome. If you bring a memory/usb stick Philip will create a world for you and allow you to take it away.
MidWilts Video Society Blog Sunday 8 August
Just to make it clear; there is another week to wait before we meet again. I think I might have caused some confusion. It was all the fault of July which was thoughtlessness enough to have five Mondays; so there is only one meeting August as the fourth Monday is a Bank Holiday, which gives us all more time to enjoy this very special August weather.
Congratulations to Mike J on getting a piece into the Wiltshire Times about Video Trowbridge; see attachment WT VT. Unfortunately the editorial team at the Wiltshire Times do not seem to have grasped the basics of columniation, but is great little piece and if you have not visited www.VideoTrowbridge.org
for a while you should as there is some great new stuff.
As if to make up for the lack of MWVS meetings Frome invited us to their meeting on Thursday and what a great evening it was; David Moss on computer animation, David works professional in many aspects of computer animation including advertising and video games. The evening started with a surprise even before he started speaking; he was now working in the free video editor HitFilm 4 Express having given up Adobe Premier Pro.
It was a fascinating to see him using the program which functions both as an editor and compositor and it sent me back to look at the program which I do use as a compositor but tend not to use as an editor. We were introduced to this product by Paul, and Mike J supplied more details and several of us make at least some use of it. Have a look at it: https://hitfilm.com/express there are also plenty of introductory YouTube videos. We can discuss it at our next meeting which, after Harold’s presentation, will focus on editors and using them creatively.
The second part of David’s presentation was about his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/toypolloi again very prescient as we shall also be looking at using YouTube at our next meeting.
After the meeting I had a very interesting conversation with Phil Marshman firstly about Frome Five Minute Festival, see attached Frome 5min. This led on to thinking about the possibility of ‘meshing’ our respective programmes so that our major events were spaced through the year; certainly something to think about in planning our next programme.
Enough for now, see you all on Monday 14th August.