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by ned c
Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 21203

The film was made by a lady member of AMPS and won the award for the best entry by an AMPS member that year. There are situations where it is impossible to use a tripod or carefully focus before the event to be recorded is under way. However, if the information is essential to the film then so be it...
by ned c
Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:53 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 21203

A few years ago I saw a film that followed the life and eventual death of an anorexic young woman. Most of the shots were hand held, often the framing was less than perfect. There were stills and interviews, wavy shots of documents, oof shots, a true "gun and run" documentary. It was rivet...
by ned c
Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 8123

The use of the low energy light bulbs in a small reflector may work for you. They run much cooler than other bulbs and draw much lower current for a given light output. They can be found with different color temperatures so can be matched up to the camera white balance. An inexpensive method worth t...
by ned c
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Moods and Genres
Replies: 11
Views: 9971

Let me add my apology, I know that Bob is a small (one man?) operation and I know how tough that can be. His country & western disk, "She Says" is excellent and works well here in the US. So, hang in there Bob and keep us up to date on your developments.

Ned
by ned c
Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Moods and Genres
Replies: 11
Views: 9971

I just checked out this mailing and noticed that not only has Bob updated his website he has also drastically updated his prices. Now between $30 and $49 per CD all originally at $17 when I bought them and thought them good value. Not so sure now.

Ned
by ned c
Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: If Money Was No Object?
Replies: 10
Views: 8537

Ian thanks for mentioning "the age thing". With the internet age is not an issue, I have no idea how old the people who post here are and it doesn't matter. It is a problem with Festivals where the judges are likely to be in their 50s and on up. We have a young President of AMPS now and he...
by ned c
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 21203

Hi Paul, I have seen some of your films so know that you do fine work but I would like to challenge some of your points. personal appeal and entertainment creativenes, flow, structure. a package that sparkles for viewing value flair ideas art all of these are individual emotional responses so it is ...
by ned c
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: If Money Was No Object?
Replies: 10
Views: 8537

The American War of Independence was 1776, there was a war of 1812 when the British burnt down the White House. There is a good book "Past Imperfect - A History According to the Movies". Almost every historic film rewrites history to some degree, some films give a complete rewrite. I agree...
by ned c
Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 19248

ps Forgot to mention that FC Studio also includes DVD Studio Pro 4 a very powerful DVD creation program, a program so powerful I have a hard time with it.

Ned
by ned c
Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 19248

I have Final Cut Studio which comprises Final Cut Pro 5.1 HD the editing program, Soundtrack Pro which is an audio editing/sound sweetening program and Motion a motion graphics program. FCP projects can be moved in and out of the other two programs. I have used FCP since version 2, mainly because I ...
by ned c
Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: UNICA Films in our club
Replies: 7
Views: 7427

I love the Spielberg argument, I only wish he would enter a non-commercial film in the AMPS Fest, what a publicity coup that would be!

Ned C
by ned c
Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: UNICA Films in our club
Replies: 7
Views: 7427

Thanks for your posting, Willy, and I look forward to seeing the UNICA films. There really must be a broadly aceptable resolution to the amateur/professional discussion. The AMPS definition is clear, the film must not be made for financial reward or expect to be rewarded at some later date. If a win...
by ned c
Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Film competitions - Mini DV or DVD?
Replies: 24
Views: 18035

For the AMPS Fest we accept PAL entries only on DVD and have had no problem finding a player that plays them. However, we have seen some entries with minor glitches and others that play absolutely perfectly and assume that this is a product of the method of encoding to DVD. An interesting project he...
by ned c
Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Making DVDs to send to the USA
Replies: 9
Views: 9092

There seems to be a difference in the equipment sold in Canada and that sold in the USA. The Canadian VHS/DVD players often play PAL with no problem. Very few players here in the USA play PAL. There is an inexpensive DVD player widely available that actually transcodes PAL to NTSC and we recommend t...
by ned c
Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Shocking !
Replies: 28
Views: 21203

How do you train and test potential judges? Who judges the judges? What do I expect from a judge? They should be thoroughly versed in all aspects of film and be regular viewers of contemporary films. They don't have to be film makers but it helps if they are. If they don't like my film that's fine b...