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by TimStannard
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Jameela
Replies: 48
Views: 12196

Re: Jameela

Tim says he thinks nurses and teachers need to be properly trained, I agree, there is a gold standard. But I think the argument in the forum is that there is not such a gold standard in film making. I stand by my statement. There is a gold standard in film making. The gold standard is all the "...
by TimStannard
Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Jameela
Replies: 48
Views: 12196

Re: Jameela

Tim, were you joking when you commented on the lack of dissolves in my film? The whole point was to have decisive cuts, hopefully to accompany appropriate audio. Dissolves do have a part to play in the language of film but they should have a purpose surely? Yes, Michael. My comment was firmly a ton...
by TimStannard
Mon May 31, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Jameela
Replies: 48
Views: 12196

Re: Jameela

A good subject for debate, John. My own opinion is that "YouTubers" and "IAC film makers" (for want of a better nomenclature) have little in common. Both make video and both may publish their films online. But while there's some crossover, that's pretty much the end of the simila...
by TimStannard
Mon May 31, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES

Going back to dissolves, I as an amateur filmmaker have the freedom to make a film exactly to my own personal liking and I resist the thought of avoiding using a dissolve (if I think it’s appropriate) just in case one of the BIAFF judging teams mark the film down because of it. For the record, my 5...
by TimStannard
Fri May 28, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: IN DEFENCE OF DISSOLVES

Dissolves deservedly have a bad press. Why? Because they are the magnolia/taupe/beige of film making. They are the cop-out, inoffensive glue that can stick two poorly matched shots together and make them look not so obviously bad. As Dave Watterson has said above, and as I have been told many times ...
by TimStannard
Fri May 28, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: The Evolution of Home Entertainment
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: The Evolution of Home Entertainment

Family home entertainment is still surely the TV. Now a much more cinematic experience for those who want (and can afford) it. I suspect COVID will make us value going out - especially in groupd, family or otherwise - for entertainment. I, for one, despite "loving" live music, now realise ...
by TimStannard
Sat May 22, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Contentious/contemporary subjects
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: Contentious/contemporary subjects

Why wouldn't you make holiday films? People like to have memories recorded. Just don't inflict them on other people. (I tend only to take phone footage, upload it to hard drives when I get home and then never touch it again) For some people making a documentary or travelogue while on holiday is a th...
by TimStannard
Fri May 21, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

Over the years I have often remarked that British non-commercial film makers rarely tackle matters of current controversy or even current interest much. This year's BIAFF did have some films about life in lockdown and about the pandemic. So maybe we are losing our stiff upper lippery a bit. I ventu...
by TimStannard
Wed May 19, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

I am wondering if your dislike of a whole load of Laurels is the "English Reserve". I'm sure it is - or a variation thereof. The biggest compliment my father ever paid was "that's not bad" - but my friends learned to recognise that as praise. So I guess it comes from there. I lo...
by TimStannard
Thu May 13, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)
Replies: 29
Views: 1064

Re: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)

TimStannard wrote: Thu May 13, 2021 3:44 pm Had that been a rule we wouldn't have had "Vermijo" (Paul Vernon) or "Sarah's War" (Brian O'Connell), two films which spring to mind made purely as a result of the passion of amateur film makers.
Or "I, John Harman" (Michael Finney)
by TimStannard
Thu May 13, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

The 1 star award for the film in question was a unanimous decision. I’m confident we got it right. I only scratched the surface regarding what was wrong with it in my brief references on this forum. I don't doubt it Howard. It's just I've seen far worse (as I'm sure you have) I was surprised that i...
by TimStannard
Thu May 13, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)
Replies: 29
Views: 1064

Re: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)

As reported elsewhere the simplest way to stop feature film entries is to have a time limit well below the usual minimum 90 minutes of a feature. I would recommend 45 minutes max. The vast majority of the entries in BIAFF seem to fall well below this limit including the winners. but the problem is ...
by TimStannard
Wed May 12, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: FVM June 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: FVM June 2021

Northen Ireland is part of the North West Region of the IAC. I think Tom's point is that Northern Ireland is not mentioned, rather than it is not served. My assumption is that there's still some post-Brexit IAC border that needs sorting out. No doubt, given our Chairman's ability to sort out the te...
by TimStannard
Wed May 12, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)
Replies: 29
Views: 1064

Re: About Death (Sobre la Muerte)

Glad you've entered the conversation, Geoff. This is EXACTLY the problem (or rather problems) with putting a limit on budget. The difficulty is we instinctively know when something is "in the spirit" of an amateur/hobbyist/obsessive/vocationist/non-commercial film but it seems impossible t...
by TimStannard
Wed May 12, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF WEEKEND
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: THE BIAFF WEEKEND

The Sherlock Holmes in me decided to establish which film Howard was talking about. It was hardly difficult. I picked one of the festivals at random - one where it won the audience award. But actually - it didn't. It won one of SIX audience awards - this one specifically for "Best Short Narrati...