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by Michael Slowe
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 8975

Time For a Change

Ned's right, the dreaded word 'amateur' is the killer. I always just say "I make films" or "I'm a film maker". If they want to know more I explain the non commercial aspect of my activity. The best defence is if they can see a half decent film and they are very surprised. Have you noticed that every...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 8975

Time For A Change

Why are we all getting so uptight about age? A film maker is a film maker of whatever age. How do the pros do it? The Coen brothers came on the scene with immediate success and they were probably fifty years younger than some of the old greats still making films. Spielberg was in the same category. ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: WHAT IS ENTERTAINING? WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE?
Replies: 31
Views: 10068

What is Entertaining & What is Acceptable?

Surely if a film is good it must be entertaining, otherwise why is it good? Problem is who says whether it's good or not? I agree with those that promote films that go beyond the 'steam engine' genre but I showed one of my (very successful) films at a modern art gallery who were showing a programme ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How do young people feel about our name?
Replies: 44
Views: 11577

HowDo Young People Feel About Our Name?

This is a long overdue topic for dicussion on this forum and I hope 'the powers that be' are listening. Certainly the IAC is doing an admirable job as far as it goes in uniting film makers and giving them a forum, competitions, meetings, magazine, library etc etc. How do people learn of its existanc...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Time to call a halt to 4:3
Replies: 38
Views: 10339

Time to Call a halt to 4:3?

All these numbers bandying between Tom and Thurso! As far as I can see they are only fiddling around at the edges of the frame surely? We know that cinema screens are not in the same aspect as modern TV's but no one is going to notice when 16:9 video is shown on a cinema screen and feature films on ...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Time to call a halt to 4:3
Replies: 38
Views: 10339

Time to Call a halt to 4:3?

For shooting yes I agree and all new cameras will shoot 16:9 anyway. But we must still be able to show 4:3 surely, most of my stuff is in that aspect and frequentnly have to show them. Tom, you should have re set the projector when you had finished and Dave was following, unless you assumed that his...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Are you square?
Replies: 23
Views: 6673

Are You Square?

The matter is really quite simple if you shoot in 16:9. When sending a tape for projection and you aren't sure that the projector will be set correctly do a 'letterboxed' version and say nothing. It will be assumed to be in 4:3 and therefore projected as such and you will get a nice 'widescreen' ima...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Justify or Help - what should competition crits try to do?
Replies: 9
Views: 3285

Justify or Help - Judges Comments

I also belong to the second group although I quite like to know why a judge gave the grading he did even if he is only trying to justify his decision, nothing wrong with that but his general tone is explanation enough. Speaking personally I am never surprised by any judgement on a film because I kno...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Opening credits - club & personal logos
Replies: 24
Views: 7542

Opening Credits

I suspect Dave is enjoying being a little provocative here but I know what he means. I cringe sometimes when I see the most elaborate logo and opening titles that I know won't be appropriate to the film that follows. Generally I suspect this merely (unfairly?) from the name of the producer but Sting...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Our Clubs editing Competition.
Replies: 10
Views: 4192

Our Clubs Editing Competition

Willy, I tend to agree with Peter on this one, it would be a boring film. I am always seeking new documentary subjects and I find that you have to take great care to get something different and, if possible, eccentric! Audiences get bored very easily and following a student round Cambridge would bor...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

The Strangest Places That You Have Filmed?

I am baffled by Thurso's last post. Why on earth is it necessary to get permission to film or photograph in the Scottish towns he mentions? Do the press get such permission? Do the press have any problem when they photograph people without their permission (indeed often ignoring requests to desist).
by Michael Slowe
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 48991

Your Next Camcorder?

I have not read the forum for a while and all sorts of odd things have been written! Firstly Tom, if tape formats (digital) are all the same quality why did Sony go to the trouble with DVCAM and why did I struggle all those years with a damn great heavy DSR 300? I know the information is the same bu...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

The Strangest Places That You Have Filmed?

I have just remembered that I was 'arrested' by police way back in about 1965 on Wormwood Scrubs at night! I wanted a shot of the perimiter wall and lights for a film about a fraudster going to prison and escaping and it was just after the real life escape of the spy Blake. I protested that I had re...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

The Stragest Places That You Have Filmed?

Peter, you make a joke (I hope!) but recently I heard of a filmmaker getting pulled up by the Police for filming ladies (don't know if young or old) in Trafalgar Square. Apparently they accused him of 'voyeurism'. Any legal beavor amongst us who knows the law on this? They told him it was in new leg...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

The Strangest Place That You Have Filmed?

As I look for interesting documentary subjects I have been to some difficult places to access. I spent nine months (a few days each week) inside Arsenal Football Stadium (Highbury) having access to all parts and then a night club in London's Leicester Square at one o'clock in the morning for "Meliss...