Programme 2023

January 3rd 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton.

Hands on filming

We will film a short drama, using green screen

January 17th 8.00 pm - Venue : The Eastfield, Henleaze. BS9 4NQ.

Pub meeting

Planning for filming on 16th May along with discussion about scripts, production plannng and ideas for future BFVS events.

February 7th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton.

Shooting an interview

We divide into groups and each shoot one or more real interviews with real interviewees that will in due course go on YouTube. Involves setting up, lighting, sound and camera work. As often with professional interviews, all of which needs to be done against the clock. 

February 21st 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Annual General Meeting

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Filming Styles

We will look at various film styles e.g. Film Noir, Haunting, Social realism, One take story, Kubrick, Hitchcock, David Lynch. What creates the style, how can we replicate it?

Led by Laurie Tallack

February 28th 8.00 pm - The Eastfield, Henleaze, BS9 4NQ.

Pub meeting

Planning our exciting new interactive video project.

March 7th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Filming in different styles

We will practice filming in different styles e.g. Film Noir, Haunting, Social realism, One take story, Kubrick, Hitchcock, David Lynch

Following on from the films / directors screened at the last Zoom meeting we will hopefully have had a think and done some storyboarding.  story-boarding, then, this evening working in two’s/threes using all available attendees to make a one minute/two minute attempt to copy the style of a particular director. Screen the following week or just show what was made by the end of the evening.  It will be poor to start with but the prep’ will improve once people get used to the format.

March 21st 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Film judging

We will act as judges this evening. We have been invited to judge the ‘CEMRIAC Spring Festival 23’ film competition.

April 4th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Filming Music and Dance

We will film a selection of dancers performing several different styles.

April 18th 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Two-part evening:

 

Special Effects with Larry Hall

  • Day for Night
  • Replacing the sky
  • Simple ADR (Automated dialogue replacement, replacing dialogue spoiled by extraneous noise such as dogs barking, traffic, etc)
  • Shooting wet for dry … or is that dry for wet? … anyway, creating underwater scenes without actually involving water.
  • Stabilising footage that might be the result of a shaky handheld camera, also using colour correction to create mood.
  • Recording dialogue to camera in live-action zero-budget one-man-band productions without the benefit of fancy equipment or helpers.
  • Creating realistic sci-fi props such as a futuristic handgun for less than a fiver, also a demo of how to blast someone with it without actually killing them.

Plus

Teleprompters and similar

May 2nd 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Two-part evening:


Practical demo / try-out of teleprompters.

Including shooting ‘for real’ several ultra-short presenter direct to camera documentaries for YouTube.

Plus

Planning for the proposed filming on 16th May.

Arrange crew, cast, location etc.

May 16th 6.30 pm - Location T.B.A.

Outside filming and Pub

Details to be announced.

June 6th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Planning the ‘Mini Epics’

We divide in to groups and are given a challenge to shoot a ‘Mini Epic’ on a set subject / script / idea. We plan the filming, including arrangements, script, storyboard, kit, crew and cast.

June 20th 6.30 pm - Location T.B.A.

Filming the ‘Mini Epics’

 

July 4th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

150 minute challenge

We shoot, edit and show one or more films in 150 minutes on the same evening!. A real test of every aspect of filmmaking.

July 18th 6.30 pm - Location TBA

Outside filming and Pub

Filming ‘The Bristol Riots’ documentary in Queen Square, Bristol.

August 1st 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Cinematographer Tricks

Pulling Focus

We practice pulling focus and discuss when it needs to be used and why.

Also

Back Lighting

Beloved of professional filmmakers. How and why to do it.

 

August 15th 7.30 pm - on Zoom

DIY Films

This evening we welcome Bristol filmmaking group DIY Films to tell us about the group and show us and tell us about their productions.

DIY Films was initiated by filmmaker John Stephenson in 2019 with the intention of making four films in a year.

A group of about 10 met in the first few months and gradually a core team emerged, including two BFVS members..

They made two films (One-Life Stand and Edmonds) before the pandemic rather curtailed their efforts. They have now made the final two films which they plan to show and discuss.

September 5th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Kit Demonstration

Members bring unusual, specialist kit they have and demonstrate its use. Everything from sophisticated, high tech stuff to home-made gadgets.

September 19th 7.30 pm - on Zoom

An Evening with Jill Lampert

Jill is an active member of Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers and is a prolific filmmaker. Documentaries are her speciality but she is just as comfortable with drama, comedy or animation. She works on other people’s films when her skills are needed and has done presentations on film making techniques for many clubs around the country.

October 3rd 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Filming with a mobile phone

Why? How to? Examples and a practical try-out.

October 17th 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Annual Festival of Members’ Films

A new event, replacing the Annual Trophy, where members’ films are shown in a non-competitive environment. An experienced filmmaker will review the films and give advice along with a general discussion.

 

October 31st 8.00 pm - Pub meeting (Extra meeting)

The Eastfield, Henleaze. BS9 4NQ.

Film planning meeting.

November 7th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

Punch up!

Filming a fight.

How do you film a fight?

November 21st 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Tom’s Variety Show

Tom Hardwick, long-time writer of ‘Positive Image’ in the IAC’s FVM magazine, will be surprising us with all sorts of moviemaking and photographic ideas. Come along with your curiosity and questions.

December 5th 7.30 pm - at St Andrew's Church, Filton

A fun filming event in early Christmas mood

Details to be announced.

December 19th 7.30 pm - on Zoom

Grand Premiere

The premiere of this year’s club films.