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by Michael Slowe
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 14179

Re: BIAFF 2018

If I'm reading Dave correctly, I think that he is saying what both of actually believe, namely, BIAFF should be handled on a more 'professional' basis. That is not to say accept professional films, certainly not, BIAFF is the one remaining beacon for amateur (non commercial) film makers. However, it...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 14179

Re: BIAFF 2018

Ned, I am, as you know, a great fan of Docutah, having been lucky enough to have an 'official selection' a couple of years back. I urge all documentary makers to enter and follow this festival, they are very keen and organise splendidly. Ned, I have one for you for 2018. As to BIAFF, this really doe...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: TURN TURN TURN
Replies: 12
Views: 3536

Re: TURN TURN TURN

Dear Dave, get a 'proper' camera and you'll have no problems!

Good to hear that you are going to start filming, you're such a good judge and I'm sure your films would be great.
by Michael Slowe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Copyright query
Replies: 7
Views: 2745

Re: Copyright query

Of course you are OK with this, Tim is exactly right. Why on earth did you think otherwise? The music is long out of copyright, you are recording it. Provided the organist is happy you could even sell the film, have it broadcast, do anything you want with it. Presumably, if the film was sold for a g...
by Michael Slowe
Tue May 30, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Tim, my mentioning the standards of today's BIAFF films compared to past years was prompted by Willy, he seemed to think that todays films are better than those of, say, twenty years ago, I disagreed, that's all. Of course, you are right, there is no yardstick whereby the standards of films can be m...
by Michael Slowe
Mon May 29, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Tim, I'm sorry to say that the standard does not seem to rise year by year. Technically yes, picture and audio quality is now quite beyond what could have been imagined say, in 1970. Even films shot on 16mm Eastman Color negative did not match what we mostly see today. As to artistic standard? I'm n...
by Michael Slowe
Sat May 27, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Willy, (apologies to other 'readers' for our private conversations but you can all join in!) by referring to hard or soft judging, I wasn't suggesting that judges should demolish films in their critiques, just that BIAFF has to be mindful of not diminishing the achievement of a high award by lowerin...
by Michael Slowe
Sat May 27, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

No Willy, the 'soft' approach would tend to devalue the awards that are given. I think that they have it at about the right level, we may quibble about whether a Four might have been a Five, or, more often, whether a Three should be a Four, but generally over the years I think that they've been pret...
by Michael Slowe
Wed May 10, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

You're right there Ken, controversy!
by Michael Slowe
Tue May 09, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Howard, you have not commented on the discussion between Ken and myself concerning qualifications for judging. Silly minor points that you refer to are, we all agree, nothing to do with judging a film. I actually noticed a glaring mistake in the BIAFF film Archway 0173, but it didn't matter one iota...
by Michael Slowe
Mon May 08, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

No, no,no Ken! Not judges who must be film makers. That is one of the problems. Film makers are looking for problems that are not always (hardly ever) going to affect the overall quality of the film. In my honest opinion and experience, the most intelligent and sensitive judges are not making films ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun May 07, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Willy and Howard, we shouldn't let this develop into a criticism of either this years results or judges in general. They do their best in difficult circumstances. I think that having to write detailed critiques sometimes rather interferes with the job of deciding the film's merits vis a vis others i...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

My condolences Willy, I'm afraid that at our age we seem to be attending funerals rather more frequently than we like.

No hurry to view anything, but have a look at how my media designer Grandson has set out my site, rather too flattering to the films I fancy!
by Michael Slowe
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Willy, I haven't seen you for some years and was very sorry that you were not at BIAFF. It was one of the best for some time, the screenings were well handled and apart from Lorrimer's justifiable criticism of the blackout, there were no hitches. The hotel and food were particularly good. You mentio...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 19216

Re: THE BIAFF FESTIVAL 2017

Gosh, only two posts so far, better get in early before the deluge (?) I agree with most of Howard's favourites but he hasn't mentioned the winner - 'I Am'. I wrote on my programme, Winner, just as the image was fading from the screen on Sunday morning! The additional awards of Best Acting and Best ...