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by TimStannard
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 890

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

When a film is "boring", I think it is its story that fails to engage! Always! But technical shortcomings can mean the story is not as well told as it might be. So my point is this - these two aspects are inappropriate to put together on the same marking scale, such as so many points for ...
by TimStannard
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2518

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

But I was amused by "The music was appropriate and gave the right atmosphere to the film without intruding on the voice of the presenter." as a way of describing a film that has no music! (Tim has sudden panic that the film of Richard's for which he did the write-up actually had music!) :...
by TimStannard
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 890

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

Another crucial point about the example I posted is Dave/Jan point to a specific example of the shot that is problematic. How much more useful is that than "compositon was not always perfect". It is (probably) important to make a distinction between "several shots suffered from poor c...
by TimStannard
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 890

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

The higher the standard of technique, the more I comment on the story/plot/audience-experience. For club contests or films at lower star levels I may throw in the occasional comment about technique, but only if the problem has distracted me from the content of the film. Looking back over my most re...
by TimStannard
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 890

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

Tim Stannard said: "Howard Smith is a god example - there's little doubt that his films have improved." (Sorry Howard I corrected Tim's typo - Dave) Typo, me? But... you assert that there's little doubt that my films have improved. ... but I don't believe there's been a dramatic improveme...
by TimStannard
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: How do you learn to make better films?
Replies: 20
Views: 890

Re: How do you learn to make better films?

What I do.. And I learn from watching, analysing and discussing other people’s films. What I should do more of ... I think that, like Ken, I learn most by making films . I learn from experience. I learn from my mistakes and from my successes. There is an argument that producing quantity results in i...
by TimStannard
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2518

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

I'd be honoured to have my name as a title for a Howard Smith FACI(M)-elect film! My result through this morning. The judges got it exactly right. 3 stars and marked down for not taking enough risks and unambituious camera angles. I'll happily take that as, being made for a 24hr festival, there was ...
by TimStannard
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2518

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Still waiting here, though I'm not anticipating anything spectacular for my throw away film. I suspect David knows that and is leaving me until last :lol: :lol: :lol:
I had a vague recolection there were very few FACI(M)s. I'm absolutely delighted for you Howard.
by TimStannard
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS
Replies: 63
Views: 2518

Re: BIAFF 2021 RESULTS

Still waiting here! But I know one person's results :wink:
by TimStannard
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: Sad news: RIP JOHN ASTIN

A repost of what I have said elsewhere: This is very sad news indeed. I knew John and admired his films since I first attended an NTRIAC in or around 2011. We often talked about the merits of different films we saw at such events. His documentaries are always instantly recognisable, well researched,...
by TimStannard
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 1616

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Michael, I don't think anyone here is arguing that big budget = high quality film. The question Tom asked was whether some of the films were truly made for the love of it and without paying the production team - ie in keeping with the spirit of the competition. Now it IS possible that someone spent ...
by TimStannard
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: What constitutes an amateur film?
Replies: 39
Views: 1616

Re: What constitutes an amateur film?

Budget in excess of $1M? Speaking hypothetically, of course.
by TimStannard
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: VideoPad
Replies: 38
Views: 2021

Re: VideoPad

ned c wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:19 pm There are two opportunities here; I still believe that a student section at BIAFF would help establish a relationship between the IAC and film schools with a potential possibility of using university facilities for BIAFF and/or education.
Yes to both suggestions.
by TimStannard
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: VideoPad
Replies: 38
Views: 2021

Re: VideoPad

Tim is a good teacher ... in my stumbling efforts with Movie Studio Platinum a few years ago, he was the person I turned to for help. Gosh, I'd forgtten all about that! Yes, I'd become reasonably proficient at Vegas and was happy to share my knowedge as, at the time, I couldn't understand why more ...
by TimStannard
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: VideoPad
Replies: 38
Views: 2021

Re: VideoPad

Roy, please rest asssured I am totally aware of the differences in learning power. Nowhere is this more evident than in seeing my own capacity to learn things diminish quite frighteningly over the past 20 years (and as a youngster of 60 I find this very scary).