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by Chrisbitz
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: Police info for filming in public
Replies: 11
Views: 10837

Re: Police info for filming in public

I'm not really sure what "just a review" means. It appears to me, to be official clear clarification BY the police TO the police. how much more clarified and official could it be? :-) That website sounds fun though, but you have to wonder if they've seen the recent clarification! :-) And i...
by Chrisbitz
Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: Police info for filming in public
Replies: 11
Views: 10837

Police info for filming in public

Thank goodness, the police have at last issued clear guidelines about people filming in public. This is really good news, as a number of people have falsely been stopped filming in public for "Prevention of terrorism reasons" http://www.met.police.uk/about/photography.htm This has always b...
by Chrisbitz
Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Do judges read this forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 8910

Re: Do judges read this forum?

You know, for me, the worst thing about Judges comments, is when they discuss how bad the acting was. Nothing says "I don't understand the point of judging amateur films" more than that! We don't have much of a choice when choosing actors, and we have to take what's available, but I feel i...
by Chrisbitz
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Do judges read this forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 8910

Re: Do judges read this forum?

Thanks very much Tom, In all honesty, That's actually better and more use than any judges comments I think I've ever read! I think I'll skip the competition scene, and just send my films to you! I love the term "Get out of Jail shot"! That sums it up perfectly! The crossing the line shot* ...
by Chrisbitz
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Do judges read this forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 8910

Re: Do judges read this forum?

Thanks Tom, I can always handle constructive criticism - it's such a positive thing!. Another foum recently had a big debate on how nasty peoples comments were on the "rate my work" forum. The nasty people's defence was that "I'm not here to kiss your A**!" It seemed to me that i...
by Chrisbitz
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Do judges read this forum?
Replies: 10
Views: 8910

Do judges read this forum?

I appreciate this is a bit of an impossible question, as anyone can become a judge, but I'd love to share my latest film for comments. Then again, if I'm going to enter it in an IAC competition, and the judges have already seen it here along with all the comments, it might harm its chances.... maybe...
by Chrisbitz
Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: amateur/n-c films
Replies: 20
Views: 11916

Re: amateur/n-c films

I keep hearing people say that "other people" think the term amateur is bad, but I don't and I'm not sure it is, by the majority, considered bad. I think I've only seen one person here really talking about the negative connotations, but I'm not sure it's even slightly a majority opinion. I...
by Chrisbitz
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: amateur/n-c films
Replies: 20
Views: 11916

Re: amateur/n-c films

That £11 a disk you referred to - perhaps you're thinking of the 'Orpington Remembered' archive movie we made for and on behalf of Bromley Local History Studies and Bromley History Society? Not a film in our 'normal' sense since it is from old archive film from the 30s that we had digitized, and in...
by Chrisbitz
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: amateur/n-c films
Replies: 20
Views: 11916

Re: amateur/n-c films

I just had a bit of a revelation. I totally don't agree (even with the spirit) of any rule saying no-one who is a professional can have anything to do with your film. The distinction is so muddy that it's just laughable. However , if you were to say that you can't employ any professional help, i.e. ...
by Chrisbitz
Fri May 29, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Amateur films: commercial or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 18545

Re: Amateur films: commercial or not?

That is such an amazingly impressive and fair post, I just don't know where to start.

I think I'll just wait for someone else to post first.
by Chrisbitz
Fri May 29, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Amateur films: commercial or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 18545

Re: Amateur films: commercial or not?

My view is that even making nativity DVDs and selling them for GBP3 makes you a professional, income has been derived from film making, the fact that the income is totally inadequate to cover the production costs is a decision made by the film maker recognising what the market is willing to pay. ne...
by Chrisbitz
Thu May 28, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Amateur films: commercial or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 18545

Re: Amateur films: commercial or not?

Maybe it's worth discussing why the rules are there, and what's the spirit of the rules? I personally imagine that the rules are there so that a 14 year old kid can compete on a level playing field with a millionaire film maker. Fair enough, that may be an extreme comparison, but I'm sure you get th...
by Chrisbitz
Wed May 27, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Amateur films: commercial or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 18545

Re: Amateur films: commercial or not?

Welcome Berry, I've read through your posts, and I'm afraid that I feel it's quite clear that you cannot sell an amateur film and be an amateur. How about I make a film for $1m and sell it only to recoup costs... It's irreleveant that I plead till I'm blue in the face that I didn't intend to sell it...
by Chrisbitz
Tue May 19, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: 16:9 or not?
Replies: 38
Views: 23201

Re: 16:9 or not?

I've noticed the police car chase series have a nice way of adapting 4:3 footage. They take a slice of the edge of the 4:3 picture, and then duplicate it, and blur it, so you have a blurry filler at the edge of the screen, that has the same movement, and the same colours as the main 4:3 picture. It'...
by Chrisbitz
Tue May 19, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: 16:9 or not?
Replies: 38
Views: 23201

Re: 16:9 or not?

I also know a very senior luddite who should know better! The bottom line is, apart from plain dumb stubbornness, is if you've managed fine for the last 30-50 years making and watching TV in 4:3, why should you change? I was the same (except for the 30-50 years bit). :-) It all stems from if you hav...