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by Michael Slowe
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Optimum Length! Is Longer Better?
Replies: 20
Views: 14350

Optimum Length, is longer better?

Greg, any judge who says 15 minutes is too long before seeing a film has no right being a judge. The quality of the film should be the only yardstick. If it works and is entertaining and interesting the length is completely irrelevant. I have had films of 29 minutes win major competitions and ones o...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Anybody editing in HDV?
Replies: 29
Views: 20529

Anybody Editing in HDV?

Although strictly not answering the question I have some experience now in this field. I have shot in HDV for some time now but don't edit in that codec on the unanimous advice of many professionals. HDV is regarded as a great acquisition format for quasi HD (it's 1440 X 1080 as oposed to 1960) but ...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Competition Entries Reluctance to Accept HDV
Replies: 17
Views: 14305

Competitions & HDV

Just before you 'close this thread' can I just say that I have found that even if I shoot in HDV or even full uncompressed HD when I downscale to DV for exhibition purposes the resulting picture quality is superior to what I used to get shooting DVCAM. So we don't, in my opinion, need to rush about ...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: AMPS Newsletter
Replies: 24
Views: 16347

AMPS Newsletter

I was going to suggest that the magazine be upgraded in the hope (expectation?) that it might get a distribution agreement with one of the national wholesalers and end up in the newsagents. I fell short of this to avoid people bemoaning a step towards commercialism. We might even make the top shelf ...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: AMPS Newsletter
Replies: 24
Views: 16347

AMPS Newsletter

The news that AMPS now distribute electronically their newsletter was forecast and I understand the necessity for this but PLEASE don't send the IAC magazine down the same track, it would be a disaster in my opinion. AMPS is, after all, what it says it is - a newsletter. Film & Video Maker is a ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: When is the best time for festivals and competitions?
Replies: 6
Views: 5372

When is the best Time for Festivals & Competitions

The title of this thread is a bit of a mouthful, do we have to copy it exactly to retain the thread? I disagree that the best time is during good weather, I hate it when the sun is shining whilst we are closeted in darkened rooms! I remember going to Oslo for their festival in darkest Scandanavian w...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The Cost of Film Making
Replies: 17
Views: 12645

The Cost of Film Making

Of course the production costs of a film need have no relation to the merit of the final product. Some of the very best and most moving films involved one man and his dog (sometimes not even the dog). Having said that I have no problem with people making money from their films or indeed making their...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: I am very sad
Replies: 30
Views: 21076

I Am Very Sad

Willy, try also some local commercial companies as there are often rooms or buildings that are not used in the evenings and weekends. You might be surprised at the re action and willingness to help. Also your idea of a film about the matter might help and would certainly embarrass the Mayor. Ian, I ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed May 21, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Tripods in London?
Replies: 35
Views: 24551

Tripods in London?

We have gone a little 'off topic' here but this is an important matter. Tripods as such have always been frowned upon, mainly on safety grounds. Having said that I made my film 'Oxford Street' using a tripod for my 16mm film camera but that was in 1972! Now it seems to me to be merely paranoia with ...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 28948

BIAFF at Harrogate

Billy, I meant no criticism of you personally, my comments were meant to be general. Indeed we spoke after one of your screenings and I complimented you on the quality of your presentation. Of course you can't 'retire' from projecting, unless of course you are making films which is even more useful!...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 28948

BIAF at Harrogate.

Billy, you're wrong and Dave's right. I always letterbox my mini DV tapes for my 16:9 films if I'm sending them somewhere that might not be able to show 16:9, either projected or on a 4:3 TV. That way I know the picture will look right and the black bars top and bottom don't worry me and the screen ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Biaff at Harrogate
Replies: 44
Views: 28948

BIAFF at Harrogate

I waited to put 'my oar' in because I wanted to see what points were raised. If we are not by now all bored with the subject I would like to comment. I did not think that the standard differed all that much from previous years, and I particularly noticed that technically, the picture quality was bet...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 19306

Time For a Change

Ned's right, the dreaded word 'amateur' is the killer. I always just say "I make films" or "I'm a film maker". If they want to know more I explain the non commercial aspect of my activity. The best defence is if they can see a half decent film and they are very surprised. Have yo...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Time for a Change !
Replies: 27
Views: 19306

Time For A Change

Why are we all getting so uptight about age? A film maker is a film maker of whatever age. How do the pros do it? The Coen brothers came on the scene with immediate success and they were probably fifty years younger than some of the old greats still making films. Spielberg was in the same category. ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: WHAT IS ENTERTAINING? WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE?
Replies: 31
Views: 21986

What is Entertaining & What is Acceptable?

Surely if a film is good it must be entertaining, otherwise why is it good? Problem is who says whether it's good or not? I agree with those that promote films that go beyond the 'steam engine' genre but I showed one of my (very successful) films at a modern art gallery who were showing a programme ...