On Tuesday May 7th 2019 we will be meeting 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start in the Auditorium at Firstsite in Colchester for our 2019 Boudicca Film Awards evening.  During the first half of the evening we will show each of the films that won the five club competitions this season and a team of 3 external judges will select which of these films is the "Film of the Year". In the second half we will show a programme of films illustrating the type of films made by members of the club, which we hope everyone will find interesting.  There will be no charge to attend this evening and coffee and tea will be available free during the interval.  The bar in the foyer of Firstisite will be open from about 7.00pm and during the interval for the purchase of alcoholic and soft drinks.

hand journal notebook 34072Calling all film script writers

The award-winning Colchester Film Makers are looking for a script for their next group project. 

The brief: an original idea for a fiction film no longer than ten minutes. 

Interested script writers should submit a fully worked up First Scene together with a synopsis of the overall story. 

Deadline for submissions is 24 March 2019 and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONCERT SCREENGRAB CMFCNew member Dave Thompson beat off stiff competition from seasoned CFMC members to win the all- important judges’ vote in the Chairman’s Cup competition with his entry SP27 Concert. The members’ vote was won with a join entry by Paul Desmond and Robin Garton, entitled Mercury Rising.

Dave explained: “My son’s ‘soon-to-be’ fiancé was the concert’s production manager featured in the film. She had asked if I would film the entire concert as they require a record of it as part of their degree course.

Since it was a charity event and funds were limited, I did not charge them. Instead I asked them if in return for videoing the concert I could produce a short film of the day for my own amusement.

 The original idea was to create a Vlog-style video of the process of recording the concert but as the event neared I suspected that this may conflict with the main purpose of the visit.

 As a means of providing a structure to what would otherwise have been just a b-roll exercise of the orchestra setting up and rehearsing, I struck on the idea of asking each of the management team a few open questions.

 Their responses and the obvious emotion that builds up around organising such a demanding event meant that the final film really had to be about the three young ladies that put it all together. . .”

 Paul Desmond said: “The joint production is the first in a series of short films documenting the multi million pound redevelopment of Colchester’s Mercury Theatr.”

UndercoverWith writer of the script Neil as Director, Henry as Assistant Director and visitor Vincent as Director of Photography and Lighting, Club members spent a very interesting and productive afternoon and evening last Sunday (10 February 2019) filming shots at the Oak Tree Coffee House in Colchester for one of our latest club films, which has the working title of "Undercover".

We welcomed actors Emily and Dominique, who undertook the two key roles of Nicola and Lance. For some of those present it was the first time that they had witnessed the results of how weeks of planning and careful preparation come together for a complex shoot requiring a significant variety of shots and cutaways. We await with interest to see how the editors pull together the shots into the final film!

The stills and short film show some of the activities undertaken by the crew with other members acting as extras where necessary.