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by Ray Williamson
Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Camera Equipment missing, believed stolen
Replies: 0
Views: 2494

Camera Equipment missing, believed stolen

Important Message From Brighton-based Fractured Films On Friday 7th August Fractured Films hired out an extensive package of equipment including their extremely expensive Red One camera (serial number #1083). Unfortunately the man who hired it has not returned it and cannot be found. If you come ac...
by Ray Williamson
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Age
Replies: 65
Views: 30429

Ray and Fraught - Sounds like it's time you two gave it a go. Even a simple article will take you a day - can you spare the time? tom. Hi Tom, I gave it a go -- two goes in the past year, in fact. In one case a chunk was missing. Later, another chap wrote an article on the same subject of DVD/CD fi...
by Ray Williamson
Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Age
Replies: 65
Views: 30429

I am afraid I agree with fraught. The articles in the magazine are often terrible. Technical articles are poor, with the writer having a basic misunderstanding of what he is trying to write about. There are articles about multi-thousand pound cameras and equipment which none of us need. It would mak...
by Ray Williamson
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2008 - The Results
Replies: 66
Views: 29179

I think it is more important to record our own local history -- never mind competitions -- because history is not just something you read about in dusty books (as it was when I was at school!): history is being made now! There is plenty of opportunity to make films for local charities and voluntary ...
by Ray Williamson
Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2008 - The Results
Replies: 66
Views: 29179

About your offer to judge: -- A wonderful gesture. However, I think that most of us would not want to encourage masochism or self-harm! (Just joking)! Many writers here probably did not enter BIAFF. It was a bit expensive for some of us, and with so many entries there is only a small chance of being...
by Ray Williamson
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2008 - The Results
Replies: 66
Views: 29179

That`s fair enough. One trouble is that there are too many entries these days -- Years ago when home film-making was fairly crude but costly, no doubt entries were fewer and judging was less exhausting!
Perhaps we should take up golf -- at least there is a 50% chance of winning!
by Ray Williamson
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2008 - The Results
Replies: 66
Views: 29179

The trouble with judges` opinions is that they are just opinions. Just that! I think that judges are influenced by a lot of factors such as: do they know the entrant? Are they familiar with his/her work? That is just human nature -- after all when we go to the cinema we are influenced by who the dir...
by Ray Williamson
Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

I hope you will all be at the SERIAC Festival, in Tonbridge, on Saturday, so we can talk about it some more!
by Ray Williamson
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The One-Liners - can you suggest more?
Replies: 13
Views: 7154

I told my family and friends I wanted to be a comedian.

........They all laughed.

So I did become a comedian.

........They are not laughing now.
by Ray Williamson
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

Nobody seems to like the word "amateur", or like to be called an "amateur cinematographer".
The latter is wrong anyway, because it is the films which are amateur, not the makers.
Can we have an Institute for Non-Commercial Film Production (or something similar)?
Please?
by Ray Williamson
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

I went to a meeting last night of the Baird Initiative. A lot of young people there, all keen to make films. I spoke to some of them. They had, without exception, never heard of the IAC. So there`s your starting point (difficult as it may be to get the necessary outreach -- for want of a better term...
by Ray Williamson
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

Having said all that, the most important thing in a film is the story. If it is non-existent or boring (like some arty stuff I mentioned) your film will be no good!
by Ray Williamson
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

In the UK there are few film schools teaching proper techniques. How many are taught how to solder a plug onto a cable, or make up a bass cut filter, I wonder? Not many, I guess, or perhaps none! Many students do "media studies" and the like, which are time-filling courses. -- Mickey-Mouse courses, ...
by Ray Williamson
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 12711

I think many UK young film-makers have professional ambitions and would not be seen dead in an amateur club. Next month I am going to a meeting with Jo Nolan, Director of Screen South, the regional branch of the Film Council, and I will try to raise this point. In many activities you have to serve y...
by Ray Williamson
Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Royalty-free music
Replies: 7
Views: 6707

That sounds jolly good. Why not make up a selection suitable for film work and produce a CD?
You could sell it via Amazon.co.uk They have a scheme for selling your own stuff.
Don`t forget your old friends when you become a millionaire! :lol: