Colchester Film Makers first open evening on Tuesday 10th September was well attended by old and possible new members alike. The displays of Follow Focus, Motorised dolly,  Green Screen, Animation and Soundrecording filled the hall. Also cakes were eaten. The next meeting on 17th September will show a selection of BIAFF films. IMG 1661John Jones and a visitor discussing camera lenses.



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.

Boudicca 1The Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra, a film by new member Dave Thompson, has won the prestigious Film of the Year title at the club’s Boudicca Film Awards.

Dave received the FOTY Boudicca from the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Peter Chillingworth, watched by a large audience at Firstsite.

Dave’s film qualified to enter the FOTY by winning the Chairman’s Cup. The name - SP27 Concert – was apparently only its file name and was added to the entry form by mistake.

The background to the film was that the girlfriend of Dave’s son was the concert’s production manager. He was asked if he would film the orchestra setting up and rehearsing. Having done that he decided to ask each member of the management team a few open questions and capture their emotional responses on camera.


The awards evening also marked the club’s Diamond Jubilee and Master of Ceremonies, Paul Desmond read out a short extract from CFMC history, written by Bernard Polley:

“Our story really starts in the spring of 1959 when two keen amateur cinematographers - Don Leech and Eric Smith - called a meeting at the Cross Keys Inn in Long Wyre Street to see if there was sufficient interest to form a cine club.

“Twenty people attended and Colchester & District Cine Society was born on 24th April 1959. Don Leech, a school master, was elected Chairman.

“It was agreed that meetings would be held fortnightly at St. Martins in West Stockwell Street - a draughty disused church. Those founder members were using 16mm, 9.5mm and standard 8mm film stock.”

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.”