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by Michael Slowe
Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: NEW V TRADITIONAL (Courtesy of Roy who's idea it is)
Replies: 36
Views: 15257

New V. Traditional

I was going to let this lie but I have to defend poor Ned (probably doesn't need me!) against implied criticism from Roy. What Ned and I are saying is that new or old style, it doesn't matter as long as it works for the audience. Meaningless hosepiping, unintelligble sounds, complete lack of structu...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: NEW V TRADITIONAL (Courtesy of Roy who's idea it is)
Replies: 36
Views: 15257

New V. Traditional

Sorry Roy, I strayed a bit but my point was that the 'new' can of course be seen alongside the older styles, a film is a film is a film. Artistsic expression takes many forms but the modern videos still have to be watchable and comprehensable which many are (but not most as I have witnessed to my co...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: NEW V TRADITIONAL (Courtesy of Roy who's idea it is)
Replies: 36
Views: 15257

New V Traditional

I would take this title to refer to the dicussions on another thread concerning the type of films that the young people are making given the comparitive ease (from film days) with which modern video equipment can be used. That's the "new", the "traditional" is the type of film (steam engines and cak...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How can a comp judge be helpful?
Replies: 44
Views: 21672

How Can a Comp Judge be Helpful

The title of this thread is way off what we are now discussing, can we change it? Ian, I have mentioned this before, why are you so upset by the politics at your club? Just make the films you want to make and if they are good enogh they will win things. Having seen a lot of your films many of them a...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How can a comp judge be helpful?
Replies: 44
Views: 21672

How Can a Comp Judge be Helpful

Judging festival entries is a good way of obtaining some measure of 'grading' for the films and I believe is welcomed by the film makers. It is satisfying to have official approval of one's efforts. But this is by no means a definative judgement as film viewing is such a subjective matter and judges...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How do I make a film ? And You ?
Replies: 32
Views: 16544

How Do I Make a Film? And You?

This is the best thread that has been on the forum for months! Thank you Peter for your kind words but not really justified. I agree that technicalities occupy the minds of non commercial film makers far too much. Most of it is common sense and can be learnt using a still camera from an early age. I...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Minimum Festival Rules
Replies: 20
Views: 11697

Festival Rules

Mike, don't know 'Pinnacle' Studio Pro, I use the Apple DVD Studio Pro 4 which will author SD and HD material but needs a Mac G4 or 5. I only us it for authoring or formatting although it will do everything from encoding right through to burning. As I said before, encoding with BitVice, Dolby audio ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Minimum Festival Rules
Replies: 20
Views: 11697

Producing DVD's

As someone noted I have already outlined my production process but I would like to add that it's the encoding software just as much as the burners and burning programme that effects quality and compatability with players. I use BitVice for encoding and Studio Pro for formatting and burning and don't...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Minimum Festival Rules
Replies: 20
Views: 11697

Minimum Festival Rules

Although properly encoded and burnt DVD's should never cause any playing problems (mine never do) I agree with those that prefer Mini DV tape if possible. The picture quality of tape is vastly superior to DVD at present. The convenience of DVD's comes into play when you are sending films to non film...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Is the Mac Really Safer Then a PC
Replies: 12
Views: 7116

Is a Mac Really Safer Than a PC?

I think Macs are safer because there are fewer viruses concocted for them. But I agree with the chap who states that he keeps his editing computer well away from the net. I would never have my editing Mac (and they are better for all graphics work, look at any studio) on the net- far too dangerous. ...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Who is still shooting on Super 8 or 16mm?
Replies: 23
Views: 15091

Shooting on Film!

How nostagic is this thread! I was at my most productive when shooting on 16mm film and editing the good old film way with a pic sync, marking mag film with chinagraph for sync points and hanging up clips on nails over a linen lined bin. Any mistake and you lost a frame (I was cutting camera origina...
by Michael Slowe
Fri May 18, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Video clubs
Replies: 14
Views: 7757

Film Making and Art

Following the posts of Ned and Paul under another topic I agree that we should connect with other artists. Ours is not a technical activity (as so many seem to regard it) but an artistic one. I always find that artists (of all disciplines - painters, sculptors, potters etc) take great interest in my...
by Michael Slowe
Thu May 03, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Future BIAFFs - what (if anything) needs change?
Replies: 8
Views: 6180

Future BIAFF's

That's my point Brian. An incentive to make better films (say Silver & above) would be provided by the one screen. We really only want to see the better ones and that would enable that to happen. People would surely go even if their films were not necessarily shown, they show them to other audiences...
by Michael Slowe
Thu May 03, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Future BIAFFs - what (if anything) needs change?
Replies: 8
Views: 6180

Future BIAFF's

I agree with so much that has been said, albeit by different people. My wish list: No AV Show (unless it fills a Friday gap) Swop Major Award Show to Saturday (surely people won't then depart?) Have only ONE CINEMA. Ken makes a telling point. We all want to see the best films and we miss many in the...
by Michael Slowe
Wed May 02, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 15046

Editing Software

I have arrived a bit late on this topic having been busy editing on another computer. I would not have my editing computer on line, much too dangerous for corruption (media files, not me!). I use Media 100 for editing. It is now owned by Boris and has all their wonderful soft ware incorporated for t...