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by Dave Watterson
Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 4477

I asked a friend who makes a lot of videos of bands and his reply was: Good quality video, film or photography is simply not possible in low light. It is, however, possible to shoot in a well lit environment and make it appear that it was shot :- 1) In a dimly lit jazz club 2) At night 3) In a coal ...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Paul wrote: Surely films should ever be judged on personal appeal or audience entertainment value alone. - I guess that a mistype turned "never" into "ever" there. It is too late tonight to tackle your wonderful message fully, but let me just explain that I did NOT mean films should be judged by the...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

A judge is not worthy of their post unless they are open minded to assess and reward: • the skill for the camera craft, • quality of the soundtrack, • creativeness, flow and structure of the edit, • a package that sparkles for viewing value. Reward must only go to craftsmanship, technique, art, cre...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Film competitions - Mini DV or DVD?
Replies: 24
Views: 9478

Michael - thanks for the detailed notes on making perfect DVDs on a Mac system. Can anyone give similarly detailed notes for PC systems with program names and settings? It would be very much welcomed. Who suggested that copies of DVD's are degraded? Not so, they are identical and I use Titanium Toas...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Film competitions - Mini DV or DVD?
Replies: 24
Views: 9478

Every competition manager I have spoken to in the last year has a tale of DVD problems. Some point-blank refuse to play in some machines, others stutter, while many play perfectly. For the next year or so at least I recommend sending Mini-DV tapes to any competition that can accept them. Very occasi...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How can a comp judge be helpful?
Replies: 44
Views: 15275

None of my club went to sleep when I showed it to them (quite unusual - someone usually dozes off) Maybe that is one thing an outside judge really can help with ... telling you when the movie is too long or too slow ... even occasionally when a movie is too fast for people to follow. In my own atte...
by Dave Watterson
Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: Sound Buzz
Replies: 2
Views: 2584

Hi Ian First make sure the buzz really is on the tapes. I once spent ages mucking about with a soundtrack hum only to find that a fault in my computer kit was adding the buzz at that stage and the original tapes were fine! There are lots of sound editing programs which can help. My own favourite is ...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 10722

One German film maker who has a large output on DVD swears by Ulead and he has used most systems on the market! Prompted by Ned's mention of his sound editing programs I want to mention the shareware program Goldwave which I use more often than Adobe's Audition because I am more familiar with it. BU...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 10722

I too am an Adobe Premiere Pro user - in my case v1.5. It certainly has enormous power for all normal editing purposes. I have, but have not explored, Adobe After Effects, with the vague thought that I might someday need to use its power for special effects. I do a fair bit of subtitling and like th...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:58 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Travelling Abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 2952

I'll echo Ian's reassurance there. Take your camera as hand luggage so that you can protect it from the rough handling which other baggage often receives. The x-rays and other devices used on hand baggage are fairly low powered and if the officials are worried about something they can immediately as...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 2
Views: 2085

Welcome aboard, Stephen. Give my regards to Billy Ellwood, Tony Cox and the crew at Newcastle. Nothing's perfect, not even IAC, but all in all it's pretty good. There are lots of people helping and encouraging each other. Is your nicname an indication of an interest in animation, a hint that you are...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How can a comp judge be helpful?
Replies: 44
Views: 15275

There's a lot of good sense in those remarks, Ian. A) judges are only human, not godlike B) I like the idea they are "more experienced public" C) film makers should accept / reject comments as they think fit D) judges are only one more opinion So far as national comps go I'd add to those: B) "more e...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: How can a comp judge be helpful?
Replies: 44
Views: 15275

How can a comp judge be helpful?

Entries have closed for the IAC International competition and judging will take place in the next few weeks. I know that some of the people on this forum will be judging! For now let's forget the usual litany of complaints and focus on how judges can be helpful ... if they can. Has anyone a real exa...
by Dave Watterson
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:38 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: UNICA Films in our club
Replies: 7
Views: 4273

I think that in the USA and UK there is little opportunity for non-commercial films to be seen on television because there is so much material professionally available. In countries with a smaller language base that may not be so. For example I suspect that in such countries television likes to pres...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: UNICA Films in our club
Replies: 7
Views: 4273

Hi Willy Los Ultimos Dinosors is one of the many joke names used by Spanish architect, Jan Baca when he makes movies. He tries not to use his own name so that juries are not influenced by it. He has made nearly 60 such superb films over the years, starting on 16mm and now on video. This one was made...