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Saffron Hill

An interesting evening with Dave of Cre8ive Music and ‘The Saffron Hill’ discussing filming the band doing a ‘live’ performance for a demo video to send out to promoters.

Looks like we will be using 4/5 cameras and needing some camera people to assist. Let us know!! This is our way of thanking Dave for all his support in creating the music for our last few films. Going to an interesting day filming and subsequent editing.

We also managed, when we got back to go over some of the tasks for ‘Trapped’. Unbelievable what is needed to be done.

Here goes and it is far from incomplete:-

Meeting with Paul our technical advisor to discuss techy stuff
What crew do we need?
Audition publicity
Adult Auditions

Check out couple of professional actors for coaching sessions

And who ever thought making films was easy. All the above and much more are needed to go anywhere near a successful final film. If you ever look at the credits at the end of a film it all begins to make sense. In a professional film they have a team for each of those jobs!! With us it’s just me and Darren. Anyone want to support? You will be welcome.




Lindsay and I met this week to discuss the pre-production for the forthcoming production. Still with no real definite title!

We used our trusty old Access Database to carefully work out roughly how long each scene would take to film and then slowly we built up a list of scenes to film on what day and then we scheduled the days in. Perfect. 8 days in total, with different people being required on different days, but the main boy and girls filming will be filmed during the week of the long bank holiday. So if you’re interested in these parts you must be available then.

We now need to finalise the cast list, work out what is required for the auditions and then publicise. So much to do… We ought to do a budget, find props, police/ambulances, etc a bus… errr... and locations too, more on that in the next few weeks.

In the meantime if you fancy being involved in any way, cast or crew register your interest at Filming will take place from 6th June to 9th June plus odd weekends/evenings.



Second Draft

Well, the second draft is done with a number of changes and bits tightened up. The plot remains the same thankfully although we had quite a bit of debate about whether to show a flashback to the accident(SPOILER ALERT!!!). We felt that we had achieved everything through the eyes of our leading girl and it would break the feel to include a third person view. We decided after much debate and writing/deleting/writing/deleting a flashback that we could tell it through images and dialogue from a paramedic describing his interpretation of events to the call operator.

There are a couple of questions that we aren’t sure could be classed as continuity problems. The problem of being too much in the wood and not seeing the wood for the trees so this draft is being sent to a script writing colleague in America to read and comment on. We will then follow it up with a question about whether he felt it was an issue. Our thoughts are if someone in the business doesn’t pick it up as an issue we can ‘get away with it’. If he feels it is an issue I feel a bit of rewriting coming on.

SO, the next step!!! WE will be auditioning hopefully on the 7th March, details of which will be published but announced here first. We have a need for quite a few extras so be prepared to volunteer yourselves or be cajooled in the name of art and getting yourself in the movies. One scene involves using a bus so if anyone out there knows how we can get one for a few hours for nothing please let us know.

We were also very pleased to receive some recognition for our work from another club and a competition. Thanks to many of you who are reading this as well!!

Anyway Christmas will be here very soon so have a good one all of you and we will be back in the new year rested and firing on all cylinders to the next stage.



Channel 7 at Newcastle ACA Film and Video Makers

Recently Channel 7 provided a selection of work to show during one of the Newcastle Film and Video Makers club meetings and after the evening they had the following comments.

“The programme was well received with particular enthusiastic discussion about the The Next Life and the documentary about its making. We all recognised the skill with which you had overcome the extremely difficult location. The sense of claustrophobia and the gradual decline in the physical strength of the characters was excellent. We have an ex-TV lighting man in our Club and he was singing the praises of your subtle but effective lighting.

Our members were also impressed by the concept of setting up a youth based filming group and the obvious success you have in your locality.”



The Letter wins award

We have just been notified that our film The Letter has just won 2nd place in the North Thames Region of the IAC resulting in some fantastic comments, a trophy and a cheque for £25. Naturally both Lindsay and myself are delighted.

The judges said, "This film has great style and excellent production values through out

The tracking shots give fluidity and pace to the film which when coupled with the excellent close ups bring a visual intensity to the subject

Cameraworks was of the highest order

Music was well chosen and balanced

The girl played her part extremely well and this was probably due to strong direction.

Films of this standard are a delight to judge"