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by Michael Slowe
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Movie titles - what's in a name?
Replies: 22
Views: 7345

Movie Titles - What's in a Name?

Couldn't agree more with Tom. Some people have no idea of scale or taste for that matter. How I hate those great big letters in gaudy colours. Small, neat and legible is certainly preferable. Look at the titles of, say, Woody Allen's films. Just white letters on black, small font but laid just right...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Would you let your award winners be circulated?
Replies: 12
Views: 4195

Circulation of Films

Dave Watterson raises the subject of film circulation as a novelty. In my experience this already happens. I personally get frequent requests either for individual tapes or DVD's of my films and I'm perfectly happy to oblige, after all why do we make films if we don't want the widest possible circul...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Optimum Length! Is Longer Better?
Replies: 20
Views: 6722

Optimum Length is Longer Better?

Since I have been quoted ad nauseum on this thread can I add a couple more comments? Ned, suporting my feeling on the matter, puts it in a nutshell. The retention of the audience is paramount, end of arguement. That applies of course to judges since THEY are the audience. I watched spellbound for ov...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Optimum Length! Is Longer Better?
Replies: 20
Views: 6722

Optimum Length, is longer better?

Greg, any judge who says 15 minutes is too long before seeing a film has no right being a judge. The quality of the film should be the only yardstick. If it works and is entertaining and interesting the length is completely irrelevant. I have had films of 29 minutes win major competitions and ones o...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Anybody editing in HDV?
Replies: 29
Views: 9684

Anybody Editing in HDV?

Although strictly not answering the question I have some experience now in this field. I have shot in HDV for some time now but don't edit in that codec on the unanimous advice of many professionals. HDV is regarded as a great acquisition format for quasi HD (it's 1440 X 1080 as oposed to 1960) but ...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Competition Entries Reluctance to Accept HDV
Replies: 17
Views: 6973

Competitions & HDV

Just before you 'close this thread' can I just say that I have found that even if I shoot in HDV or even full uncompressed HD when I downscale to DV for exhibition purposes the resulting picture quality is superior to what I used to get shooting DVCAM. So we don't, in my opinion, need to rush about ...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: AMPS Newsletter
Replies: 24
Views: 6858

AMPS Newsletter

I was going to suggest that the magazine be upgraded in the hope (expectation?) that it might get a distribution agreement with one of the national wholesalers and end up in the newsagents. I fell short of this to avoid people bemoaning a step towards commercialism. We might even make the top shelf ...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: AMPS Newsletter
Replies: 24
Views: 6858

AMPS Newsletter

The news that AMPS now distribute electronically their newsletter was forecast and I understand the necessity for this but PLEASE don't send the IAC magazine down the same track, it would be a disaster in my opinion. AMPS is, after all, what it says it is - a newsletter. Film & Video Maker is a maga...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: When is the best time for festivals and competitions?
Replies: 6
Views: 2438

When is the best Time for Festivals & Competitions

The title of this thread is a bit of a mouthful, do we have to copy it exactly to retain the thread? I disagree that the best time is during good weather, I hate it when the sun is shining whilst we are closeted in darkened rooms! I remember going to Oslo for their festival in darkest Scandanavian w...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The Cost of Film Making
Replies: 17
Views: 5876

The Cost of Film Making

Of course the production costs of a film need have no relation to the merit of the final product. Some of the very best and most moving films involved one man and his dog (sometimes not even the dog). Having said that I have no problem with people making money from their films or indeed making their...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: I am very sad
Replies: 30
Views: 9196

I Am Very Sad

Willy, try also some local commercial companies as there are often rooms or buildings that are not used in the evenings and weekends. You might be surprised at the re action and willingness to help. Also your idea of a film about the matter might help and would certainly embarrass the Mayor. Ian, I ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed May 21, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Tripods in London?
Replies: 35
Views: 11553

Tripods in London?

We have gone a little 'off topic' here but this is an important matter. Tripods as such have always been frowned upon, mainly on safety grounds. Having said that I made my film 'Oxford Street' using a tripod for my 16mm film camera but that was in 1972! Now it seems to me to be merely paranoia with ...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 12336

BIAFF at Harrogate

Billy, I meant no criticism of you personally, my comments were meant to be general. Indeed we spoke after one of your screenings and I complimented you on the quality of your presentation. Of course you can't 'retire' from projecting, unless of course you are making films which is even more useful!...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 12336

BIAF at Harrogate.

Billy, you're wrong and Dave's right. I always letterbox my mini DV tapes for my 16:9 films if I'm sending them somewhere that might not be able to show 16:9, either projected or on a 4:3 TV. That way I know the picture will look right and the black bars top and bottom don't worry me and the screen ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 12336

BIAFF at Harrogate

I waited to put 'my oar' in because I wanted to see what points were raised. If we are not by now all bored with the subject I would like to comment. I did not think that the standard differed all that much from previous years, and I particularly noticed that technically, the picture quality was bet...