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by Michael Slowe
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: Ratio conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 3753

Ratio Conversion

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding on this. I shoot in 16:9 and try and give proper 16:9 anamorphic copies for projection in that aspect. If I am not confident with the projection team I do a 'letterboxed' version which is what Billy is referring to. That is a 'wide picture' with black...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: HD/SD integration
Replies: 9
Views: 4630

HD/SD Integration

Yes, I'm sure you can have them on the same timeline but if you have a SD timeline any HD clip you want to lay will have to be conformed by the software. I don't know if this is possible the other way around though. With my system (Media 100) I get told this when I drag the clip to the timeline and ...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This forum...
Replies: 66
Views: 22501

This Forum

OK, OK, I'm convinced. Separate forums for separate subjects!
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This forum...
Replies: 66
Views: 22501

This Forum

As an old IAC member (as long as Michael Gough!) I have read this thread with interest. The suggestion of funding it with advertisements is a good one and the ingenious idea of shielding members from them even better. The splitting up into different categories is not good because it would take too l...
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: 9029

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: 5230

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: 8240

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: 8240

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: 11670

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: 8432

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: 8724

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: 8724

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: 2993

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: 7302

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: 11651

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 ...