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by Dave Watterson
Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The strangest place that you have filmed?
Replies: 24
Views: 17278

We were shocked to see in The Little Knight that the film maker was arrested in Malta for filming the US Embassy. Jan and I spent a couple of days in Regensburg with that film maker, Oskar Siebert. He is a great host and took a lot of trouble to show us round that lovely city. I asked him about wha...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This year's AMPS Winners
Replies: 9
Views: 7979

Willy - maybe you could film yourself giving a greeting to the Americans and thanking them for the award. If you send that to Ned's American address on a DVD they might play it at the convention. At last year's Guernsey Lily Festival there were some short clips of that sort - indeed they are on the ...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 99990

I've said it before but ... The one thing you can guarantee about hard drives is that eventually they fail. They are mechanical devices and have an average life of between 5 and 7 years. [Carnegie Mellon University released a report on this in March 2007.] The life of home-cut CDs and DVDs is betwee...
by Dave Watterson
Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Memberlist - New Members
Replies: 10
Views: 8182

Here, here! I know at least one regular forum reader who says she prefers just to watch because it seems like an all-male club. I don't know who is behind all the pseudonyms so I cannot confirm her impression. If it is true then that is sad. We need different perspectives. There is no harm in just p...
by Dave Watterson
Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:48 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This year's AMPS Winners
Replies: 9
Views: 7979

Ah Ian, you have missed a marketing point ... Many festivals release some or all of the details before the event to encourage successful film makers to attend the meeting! The more top film makers are there the better for the festival coffers and the better for all the audience because people like t...
by Dave Watterson
Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This year's AMPS Winners
Replies: 9
Views: 7979

Wow - you are releasing the results a month before the festival ... is that an AMPS first? Obviously on this side of the pond we don't know a lot of the US entries. We do know and admire 'The Pinnacle' and 'Breendonk' so are happy to see them getting great awards from AMPS. John Sirett's "Spide...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Your Thoughts on Copyright?
Replies: 14
Views: 10214

Hey guys ... let's not get into the confusion between "amateur" and "amateurish" here ... we have enough trouble with that when dealing with people in the outside world !!! Being an old-fashioned type I like the distinction between the amateur who does something for love and the ...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:07 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Your Thoughts on Copyright?
Replies: 14
Views: 10214

As someone who makes a living as a technical author I ought to feel strongly in favour of copyright ... but I don't. The basic argument is that if I were to build widgets and sell them I would hope to get a fair price for each one I made. If a customer then used that widget to make him or herself a ...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Your next Camcorder?
Replies: 135
Views: 99990

I hesitate to join in this discussion with you folks who really make movies, while I just play with my little camcorder. I took heart, however, from a note in the latest IAC magazine that Annabelle Lancaster - no mean movie maker - bought the same little Sony that Jan and I got for last year's trip ...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: UNICA 2007 - in the Tatra Mountains - place available
Replies: 1
Views: 3000

You missed a British success.

Too late ! You've missed it. In fact that place WAS taken up by a keen film maker who enjoyed his first visit to UNICA ... as did several others trying out "the festival where nations compete" for the first time. Jan and I got home Monday 11.30pm and started on the 419 emails ... so I have...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Stars ... diamonds ... and ? confusion
Replies: 13
Views: 10042

I feel that the need to give every film entered in a competition some form of award is unnecessary. The IAC comp has always been in two parts: one is a benchmarking exercise so that people can get a relatively objective view of their work from a team of outsiders. It is part of the IAC's educationa...
by Dave Watterson
Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The weather is glorius. What am I doing here!
Replies: 10
Views: 7833

Happy Birthday, Ian. Sorry I only got to look at the posting after midnight, so I'm a bit late! One of your other interests - beside film making - is motor-cycling. I wonder what everyone else has as important hobbies / pastimes / obsessions in their loves beyond movie making ... I'll admit to havin...
by Dave Watterson
Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Stars ... diamonds ... and ? confusion
Replies: 13
Views: 10042

Stars ... diamonds ... and ? confusion

Entry forms for the 2008 IAC International Film & Video Competition are now on the main website. See "News of BIAFF 2008 - and competition entry forms." on the front page. The blue /bronze /silver /gold /international standards (and their more recent cousins "silver plus" and...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The IAC`s 75th Film
Replies: 10
Views: 8531

Am I Harsh? Am I fair? What do you think? It`s over to you. Nonsense, Ian, you are all tact and charm ! Actually it is a fair question but I am not sure who can answer it. David Andrew produced it, Michael Gough edited it with him and it was - I understand - screened at the celebratory weekend. The...
by Dave Watterson
Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: TV VIEWING OF DVD's
Replies: 27
Views: 18022

These are just the sort of language problems which make life "interesting" for those of us who sometimes translate and/or subtitle films !

Maybe there is a film to be made about such common usages which are not in the formal dictionaries ...

Dave