ScriptWritingAs part of the club’s regular technical sessions, member John Howden employed a wide selection of his films and script print-outs to illustrate the different ways he goes about achieving a film script. (February 3, 2015)

The key considerations, he advised his audience to consider, were:

  • allow the pictures to tell your story while letting the script fill in details not shown

  • write in ordinary, spoken language

  • research your subject before writing

  • be prepared to rewrite and restructure as you progress ideas

  • use an on-screen scripted narrator as well as the anonymous off-screen commentator where appropriate

John explained that there were basically two types of scripted film: 1. the pre-written, researched script with the images shot to order; and 2. the randomly shot video, such as the traditional holiday film, which were later scripted and built into a feature.

He concluded: “The most important thing about film making is to enjoy it and be open to learn from others.  Watch TV and go to the cinema as often as you can and then go and do likewise with your camera!”

DC14-NatThe three external judges awarded first place in the Documentary competition (November 25 2014) to John Howden for his skillful study of an artist at work, The Art of Nat.  Runner-up was Lembu Gallery & Studio by Bryan Littlewood; and third Jay Greenfield by John Howden.
The members' vote in the Documentary competition put Bryan Littlewood's Lembu Gallery & Studio in first place with John Howden joint second with The Art of Nat and Jay Greenwood.
Christmas2014Photographer John Simpson was on hand with his stills camera when fellow members enjoyed a not-so-traditional feast, Fish and Chicken Supper, and quiz night (December 9 2014) to mark the end of the autumn session.  A number of members' wives joined in the fun.
5M14-TeaA light-hearted look at a Tea Dance held in London's Spitalfields Market by Bryan Littlewood won first place in the club's Five Minute competition (October 21 2014).  Runner-up was Our Destiny and third, Frustration, both by Brian Salmons.