Members of the host team share a light hearted moment with colleague Brian PearceMembers of the host team share a light hearted moment with colleague Brian Pearce (right) who sadly passed away two days after the competition. Brian, a former chairman of the club, will be remembered with great affection.

CFMC has won through to the semi-finals in the runners up category of the IAC 4X4 competition.

The club hosted the qualifying round B of the newly renamed competition, formerly the IAC Triangle competition, on 15 March. Also taking part were Mid Suffolk Video & Camera Club, Potters Bar Film Makers, and Wanstead and Woodford Movie Makers.

Read more: IAC 4x4 Competition

LightingTutorialClub member Steve Allen (pictured right) brought his considerable experience as a professional video producer, while living and working in Australia, to illustrate his practical demonstration on effective use of lighting – he also brought along a borrowed mannequin’s head as his “subject”.

Mike Saucede writes:
“We now understand that we must start with the key lamp at about 45 degrees to the vertical and the camera to subject axis; add a 'fill' light, at about a 1/2 to a 1/3 as bright, to soften the harsh shadow around the nose; and then add the 'back fill' to enhance the hairline.

To add another dimension to the exercise, use a green screen but this needs to be lit separately, requiring a space between the screen and the subject to allow the lamp to be placed out of shot.

Read more: A demonstration in lighting

RayJenningsThe winner of this season’s edit to music competition, the Ray Jennings Challenge Trophy, was Mike Saucede with his three and a half minute sea trip movie “Copenhagen to Bremen”. In second place was Bryan Littlewood with “Rio” and in third place was Mike Saucede with “Blackwater Sailing”.

The competition was judged by John Jones and John Howden. Members also got the opportunity to vote separately and their result was: first, Peter Noakes with “Olympics”; second, Bryan Littlewood with “Rio” and third, Mike Saucede with “Copenhagen to Bremen”.

Robin GartonClub member Robin Garton recalled his own personal “incident” during the filming of the 1957 movie, “Yangtze Incident” that led to a career as a professional cameraman, editor and director.

Robin, a professional drummer at the time, was appearing in summer season at Felixstowe when he and a pal overheard someone on the next table in a café exclaiming “I don’t know what we’ll do: we need extras and we need them tomorrow!” It transpired that the plea came from a senior member of the production team making the Michael Anderson blockbuster, which starred Richard Todd. Intrigued, Robin and his pal offered their services as they were free most days, performing only in the evenings.” Although hired as an extra for the three day shoot, Robin was to fall in love with the world of film.  For the next few years he continued his popularity variety act as a drumming duo and also led his own dance band before switching to a full time career in film.  He went on to set up his own production company and established a first rate reputation as a television sports programme producer.

Today Robin runs a small business - - transferring cine film and VHS tapes to DVD when not actively involved in club projects. His club talk (on February 18th 2014) was illustrated with stills and video clips covering many of the varied, and at times amusing, incidents from his long film making career.

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