AirplaneTwoHenryk directs "Captain" John Simpson in a scene from his new film, Airplane Two, with cameraman Paul Desmond and extra.

Crossover SingerCFMC’s annual editing competition, The Ray Jennings Challenge Trophy, has been won by John Jones with “Don’t Stop Believin’”, performed by the popular Colchester band, Crossover.

Second was John Howden with “This is Crossover”, and in third place – making his debut in club competitions – was new member John Groslin with “Crossover”.

Members were given identical footage of four “live” numbers by the band, shot at a local nightclub, and asked to solve the editing challenges presented.  

Click out their submissions and listen to fellow members’ comments and tips for making better music films:

LampBlowerA scene from one of the club's KO competition entries: "Silent Vigil"A wide range of top quality films competed in the first round of the North Thames KO competition, hosted by South Essex Film Makers in Rayleigh, on March 20, writes Mike Saucede.

Taking part were South Essex, Wanstead & Woodford C&VC and Colchester with submissions covering traditional drama formats to experimental GoPro self-stick style, documentary and animation.

The GoPro category included an action packed ski run and a separate para-glider flight. The action continued with a drama involving a staged fight scene wrapped in a story line of debt collection with a twist. Another drama was set around a photographer and his commission where the camera revealed more than the viewfinder, terminating with a surprising twist.

One of the documentaries involved a historic look at water distribution, culminating in beautiful shots of renovated pumping engines at the Museum of Power in Langford, near Maldon. The film was developed over a two year period of research and actual filming; the engine restorations took even longer.

Another documentary began with green screen typical of a television news reader’s setup and continued with a competent guided tour of the historic Monument in Pudding Lane, in the City.

By contrast, the animation submission focused on paintings of famous royal figures from history and notable explorers, who then came to life with animated face voicing humorous dialogue.

The judges had an unenviable task to unravel the criteria of the winning programme that informed, educated and entertained from a well presented basket of fruit.

The chief judge commented on the high standard of entries and declared that the scores were separated by only a whisker. But there could only be one winner and the honour went to the host club, South Essex Film Makers.

Please go here on CFMC’s website to view our entry and listen to the judges’ feedback of our films. Then come to the competition final, which CFMC is hosting on May 14 and see the winning films from the first round.

DCatCFMCPictured are Chairman Barrie Gibbard (left), David Cleveland and Ken Rickwood, a CFMC member who designed the book’s layout. (16.02.16)CFMC Patron David Cleveland, the founder of the East Anglian Film Archive, entertained members with anecdotes about his many years collecting old films, including the day a producer of Radio 4’s Today programme asked him to “show” a film on the radio.

David willingly obliged but felt that for the benefit of listeners he should also describe what they were missing!

The main focus of his presentation was his newly published book, “How Films Were Made and Shown”, which he had written in collaboration with Brian Pritchard.  Their book traces the development of motion picture film technology from 1895 to 2015.