21 September, 2012

Tony Glynn Introduces Dark Films of the 1940s

At our next meeting on 27 September, Tony Glynn presents excerpts from three British dramas in the noir tradition from a productive period. He explains why they are among his personal favourites.
Created by talented specialists in both the dramatic and technical fields, these films were full of noted performers and many who would become famous in later years.

They represent a time when British cinema shook off its 'quota quickie' image and came of age and the final offering is a chiller that made a lasting impression on all who saw it.

If you want to find out what films Tony is talking about and more about the films themselves, then come along to our next meeting.

Day: Thursday 27 September
Time: 8 pm – 10.00 pm
Location: St James' Church Hall,
Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2BQ.

06 September, 2012

Knights to Remember

This blog post has been contributed by Club member Tony Glynn. Tony writes below about one of the group productions of 2011/12, King Arthur’s Nutty Knights.

The saga of King Arthur and his gallant band of knights has often been brought to the screen but it has probably never before been presented in the way chosen by three members of Southport MovieMakers. David Wareing, Geoff Williams and Tony Glynn portrayed the noble company in cartoon fashion. They do not claim any historical accuracy for the finished product but they learned much in creating King Arthur’s Nutty Knights – and had a lot of fun in the process.

Some of the stalwarts depicted were cowardly Sir Endor; boozy Sir Osis, the mad surgeon; Sir Lancelot and doggy-loving Sir Winalot.

It was chiefly a series of still cartoons with a tiny modicum of drawn animation. David, as director and chief technical expert, used his wide knowledge of the secrets of computing to bring perfect images to the screen.

Geoff’s well known acting skills were utilised to provide the voice-over, describing the characteristics of each knight in gradely Lancashire fashion, for the team’s research has revealed the hitherto unknown fact that all were reet gradely Lancashire lads.

Tony drew the cartoons, devised the limited animation and was left with a desire to develop more ambitious animation in a feature of wider scope. 

All three had a hand in the script and felt their joint efforts were rewarded when they witnessed the audiences’ appreciation of the offering.

Like many another Southport MovieMakers’ production, King Arthur’s Nutty Knights showed the value of teamwork, bringing various talents and skills together. Anyone joining the Club will find enjoyment in creating films, an opportunity to spread the wings of the talents they bring and, quite likely, to discover talents that they didn’t know they had.

If you have an interest or ability in drawing, painting or animation or in any other aspect of film-making and would like to find out more about the Club, please contact us.  

03 September, 2012

New Year Starting

The new programme for 2012/13 has now been posted on the Southport MovieMakers web site. A full year of activity  has been planned.

Starting this Thursday 6 September:

Musical trailer of the 2012-13 Programme

Followed by:
  • 1-minute extracts from Club Productions 2005-2011
  • Short extract from the new Artworks production, Malcolm
  • Trailer for Nigel Moran's feature film

Day: Thursday 6 September
Time: 8 pm – 10.00 pm
Location: St James' Church Hall,
Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2BQ.