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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: 9733

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: 9733

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: 2627

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: 1890

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: 13866

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: 13866

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: 3856

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: 3856

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...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 10486

On marking dialogue 5/10

I often join the final panel for the Cotswold Festival judging. They famously use a judging sheet where you have to assign marks for various categories. If there is a category on such a sheet for "dialogue" what does the judge do if there is none? In practice judges try to agree that they will give...
by Dave Watterson
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 10486

Which is worse?

Is it more annoying when you think a judge has marked a film higher than it deserves because she or he likes the subject? I've heard complaints that judge X is a sucker for sentimental topics or that the film happens to be about someone judge Y admires. Ideally judges should try to recognise and di...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The IAC NLE and General discussion groups
Replies: 6
Views: 3619

Mixing it!

When IAC's web presence began we started round-robin style email groups: one for general subjects and one for NLE issues since that was the new technology at the time. The IAC Council decided to restrict those groups only to IAC members and required everyone to quote their membership number on ever...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Drama without a script!! ?? Any views?
Replies: 9
Views: 4818

Drama without a script

I like the way Ken Loach prepares his movies, even if I do not always enjoy the results. Starting with a story outline, he and his actors improvise and discuss their characters for a week or two and the best lines are written down. The written version becomes the script and is used when shooting. I ...