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by Ken Wilson
Mon May 03, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 2396

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Clearly some refining of the rules is now called for. As Tom mentioned at the start of this thread, a couple of films (or 3) had very dubious credentials as being of "amateur" status. On one of the Saturday BIAFF judging panels which I was on, we had a 101 minute Indian film called "D...
by Ken Wilson
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 1308

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

Jill asked about how we learn to make better films? This is a massive subject and as I wrote in the previous FVM and will also continue in the one due shortly, I learned mostly by "doing". At the start, this was the only way to do it as we lived in a very quiet part of a quiet town in York...
by Ken Wilson
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 3801

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Just something to say here. It is often mentioned that BIAFF is one of the few and perhaps ONLY competition where written comments are given. I have to say that I have judged at many competitions over the years from small local club ones, to inter-club competitions to regional ones and even national...
by Ken Wilson
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 2396

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

To answer my surrogate father Michael on his question about the football score...Well I am no great sports fan and this was a metaphor to illustrate my point about equality in " amateur film" competitions, but I am interested in mathematics and will try to calculate the answer. I would gue...
by Ken Wilson
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 2396

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Just to add my two pennyworth here... I was on a judging panel at the online BIAFF judging this year and on the Saturday, we had a 100 minute film. A bit unusual for the length of most amateur films, but not unique. The film had high productions values, well acted, nicely shot, great sound and so on...
by Ken Wilson
Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN
Replies: 8
Views: 760

Re: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN

This is very sad news! We knew John quite well and chatted with him at many BIAFF festivals. We often joked and I pulled his leg telling him his voice on commentaries made him sound like Baldrick from Black Adder which he always laughed at. He made some great documentaries over the years which were ...
by Ken Wilson
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

Re: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?

Just to follow on from my comments about withdrawing my comedy film from this year`s competition and Tim`s questions/ comments. To return to what I said on the forum under the heading about the sad loss of Reg Lancaster. Reg was a judge ( I think a final round judge) at the IAC festival in the year ...
by Ken Wilson
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

Re: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?

As it appears now that BIAFF this year will once more be online, I messaged David Newman to ask that my 2020 film be withdrawn this year with the intention of entering it in 2022 (all being well). As a comedy, it does need an audience and will not play well online, even assuming that it works at all...
by Ken Wilson
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1639

Re: The Magazine

There has been a lot of interesting comments here on this thread. Thanks to those who have said they enjoy my articles. It`s always nice to hear some positive feedback. Tim makes some good comments as others have done too. I agree with lots of points made. On a personal note, I have tried to vary th...
by Ken Wilson
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1639

Re: The Magazine

Well here we are once again! Bitter disputes and back biting. It`s good that Willy accepts Paula Webster`s vicious attack on him. I would not be so forgiving. But the cover of the magazine with Willy`s photo on it was fine with me. It showed he was heavily featured inside, so why shouldn't he be on ...
by Ken Wilson
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1639

Re: The Magazine

You are a very experienced and respected film maker Michael, so I can forgive you anything. I enjoy our little chats at BIAFF events and I hope you are asked for your own contribution of an autobiography for a future issue of FVM. On other content within the latest FVM magazine: I really must raise ...
by Ken Wilson
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The Magazine
Replies: 22
Views: 1639

Re: The Magazine

Well Michael, thanks for your kind words! And I thought you loved and admired me? But of course, I have always by far preferred being behind the camera rather than in front of it, but Mike Whyman insisted that I had to be on the cover as part of his series of profiles of contributors. I sent him a f...
by Ken Wilson
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

Re: BIAFF 2021 - should we even hope?

For what it`s worth, I would go along with everyone here. So far, my only experience of Zoom (etc) has been taking the dogs to the vet and having a remote consultation from the car park to the surgery. This has not been totally successful with poor connections. It doesn`t always remain glitch free f...
by Ken Wilson
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: Sad news: RIP Reg Lancaster

Very sad news about Reg. We knew him from many IAC movie festivals and sat with him and Annabelle at several gala dinners as he told us many anecdotes from his past. One of my memorable moments with him was the year we had our comedy "Dropping Off" in the competition for "Movie xx&quo...
by Ken Wilson
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: FVM articles
Replies: 13
Views: 1537

Re: FVM articles

Picture and sound quality are of course very important and we have come a long way since I bought my first camera (Super 8) in 1968. We have gone through quite a few film and video cameras since usually wearing them out or changing to a new model when there is a breakdown. Audiences notice very litt...