Club 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 - telecineguy.com - 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.
Members were given the opportunity to film a live performance by local singer-guitarists Adam and Ian when the duo came to the club on 12 November for a video and audio recording session.
A newly purchased black backdrop was set up behind the performers and Steve Allen lit the set with his lights while Robin Garton provided access to a multi-channel input video editing suite, using the input from three tripod mounted cameras.
As well as recording the gig for a later multi-camera edit, Robin’s video mixer allowed members to try a live video mix. John Howden and John Jones with the help of other members set up four microphones connected to the inputs of a multi-channel audio mixer
Data disks of the multi-camera capture clips and the sound track are available for members to experiment with in post-production.
Local film makers were asked to step in at the 11th hour to video Colchester Scout and Guide’s latest Gangshow production, “Around the World in 80-ish Days”.
The show’s producer Jacqui Archard explained: “We like to have the production filmed as a permanent record for everyone taking part but unfortunately this season we were let down at the last minute and it looked likely there would be no video.
“Then someone mentioned Colchester Film Makers Club might be interested and so we approached them with only a week before the curtain went up and, happily for us, they were willing to help.”