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Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 11:08 am
Ludicrously late catching on to this. Pendle's ASDA meeting room was closed to us so we had little choice but to suspend our programme which I am sure we would have done anyway as most of us are in the 'do not leave your home category'. We personally are OK, knowing of people infected but none as close as Michael but one of our members, Frank Walsh, who keeps up our web site, is in hospital with unrelated condition.
Best wishes to all but especially to those who have helped with my problems and shared films.
Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 2:14 pm
Last Wednesday I enjoyed a Zoom meeting with members of Solent film Makers. It was midday here in SW Utah; 7:00 pm their time. What a great facility and I hope that long range Zoom meetings for film makers take off.
Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 3:23 pm
Last night I did another Tom-show for Finchley's FFM, this time using Zoom. I spent a couple of hours in preparation, opened the laptop, donned the headset and was ready to go. One or two technical niggles, but no surprise really.
This contrasts with my talk to the same club 14 months ago, when on the one hour's drive there a bus crashed into the back of my car, making me one minute late. Then another 1¾ hour's drive home (they'd shut lots of roads) and there was unpacking and insurance claim form-filling to do.
Give me Zoom every time. No long drawn-out tea break, but no individual chatting to good friends either. All the kit I wanted to demonstrate was right beside me on the table, and everyone in the audience got to see a good big close-up of all the bits and pieces I wanted to show. At any time I could flip to screen-filling stills and back again, and audience questions could be clearly heard by one and all.
They endured a solid 1¾ hours of me and we all parted good friends. Switched off, turned on the telly, listened to the same Covid-19 news we've all heard for the last month or so.
Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 9:50 am
It sounds like your presentation for Finchley went really well, Tom! Great stuff!
At my club, when we had to cancel our meetings in the hall that we hire, for a moment it looked like it would be a quiet period and we might all lose touch with each other. But far from it! The Covid-19 lockdown has brought out the best in Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers. It’s brought out extra creativity, enthusiasm and a willingness to adapt.
We’re having our meetings on Zoom. The vast majority of members have engaged with this even many of those with limited computer skills, and meetings have been very well attended. Members have asked for weekly meetings instead of twice a month, so our meetings have more than doubled.
For our 5 minute challenge we had more entries than we’ve ever had before: a record 18 entries.
One member has invited everyone to sing the words to a song (in their own home), and he is editing them together to make a sort of tribute to the NHS. Lots of members have engaged in this project and got into the spirit of it by dressing up.
Another member has made a 35 minute take off of a Jamie Oliver programme which includes a quiz to take people’s minds off coronavirus and entertain them.
We have just launched a little isolation project: to make a film to a (given) 3 line mini script with a ‘Buddy’. The Buddy must be another SCMM member, but Buddies cannot be part of the same household. So we have to try to agree matching locatons/eye-lines/time of day and so on. Members can find their own Buddy, or they can ask for a 'surprise Buddy' to be allocated to them.
There’s also a new active WhatsApp group which is a combination of jokes and useful tips/answers to technical problems/filmmaking related exchange of info.
So far from closing down for the rest of the season, it's all go at Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers!
Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 12:06 pm
If only your post had been a letter to the editor of FVM, Jill, the FVM that will hopefully drop through our letter boxes next week. If few people read FVM these days, even fewer read these forums.
But nevertheless you bring tidings of great joy, and that's a Good Thing.