30 November, 2013

The so Subtle Advert

On Thursday 12 December, Club member Les Thomas presents his view of the world of advertising.

In making our movies we know how challenging it can be to edit a film down to a certain time span, often to make it the length required for a competition entry. How amazing then to watch an advert that tells a story in just thirty or sixty seconds.

We are bombarded by advertising every waking minute. It can be very irritating, but it can also be very persuasive, and often so subtle, that we are not aware that we are being influenced.

In a broad sweep of commercial advertising, and particularly in our homes via television, we will see how the genre has changed through the years in an attempt to persuade us to "buy the dream".

It is worth remembering that advertising is, of course, a crucial source of funding of the pursuit of creative talent. Indeed, some famous film directors started off directing TV commercials, such as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker.

Some lessons to be learned, that may perhaps be applied later in the year in Project Three, making a short promotional film about the Club itself.

Day: Thursday 12 December
Time: 8 pm – 10.00 pm
Location: St James' Church Hall,
Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2BQ.

26 November, 2013

"Completing the Story" Première

A few weeks ago, with the commencement of the first project of the year, groups of film-makers in the Club started work on various projects all of which were united by their premise. Effectively, the scene had been set but as to how the story developed, that would be up to each individual group. Of course, this is where that wonderful thing called imagination comes into play to develop creatively the potential of the opening words of the storyline.

This week, as the main feature of the evening, we have the première of the first of the "Completing the Story" Project. This film is entitled Ransom. This film is directed by our highly-experienced member Nigel Barton. The title Ransom suggests a kidnapping but, in this scenario, who exactly is the criminal?

Other award-winning films made by Nigel being screened are:

Mr. Christmas
Who do you think you are Einstein?
Mummy's Boys
Sound Asleep

Production Photographs from the Filming of Ransom:

Photographs from the Other Films being Screened:

                                                                                     Mummy's Boys                                                                 

Day: Thursday 28 November
Time: 8 pm – 10.00 pm
Location: St James' Church Hall,
Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2BQ.

19 November, 2013

Artworks Première 2013

This Thursday, 21 November, Southport MovieMakers is pleased to present an evening of films produced by Artworks Pictures. Artworks Pictures are the films made by the highly-experienced film-maker and long-standing member of Southport MovieMakers, Paul Bagshaw. 

The programme for the evening is as follows:

‘Southport, A Classic Resort’ is on show as guests arrive

Artworks Picture Gallery
Extracts from Past Productions 

In Cambridge
Camera Interviews with visitors to the City 

This short documentary is one of three productions shot on a hand-held camera, the others being Broken and On the Streets.  It differs from most ‘holiday’ films in that it contains one-minute interviews with people chosen at random to explain why they had come to the City.  Surprisingly, no-one refused to speak to camera. 

Jake Bugg’s song with the back streets of Liverpool 

Broken is a music video that features a song of the same name, written and performed by 19-year-old Jake Bugg, a young musician who is now becoming increasingly popular.  The visuals are filmed in the back streets of the Liverpool city centre using a moving camera with a fish-eye lens. 

Changing the (Avant) Garde
Remember that all art was modern once 

The first section of this visual art documentary deals with the concepts of multiple viewpoint and hierarchy of scale, as seen in Egyptian art, in maps and in the drawings of children.  The second part focuses upon so-called ‘modern art’, and the reasons why it has been so frequently rejected by the majority of people, despite the fact that nearly all art was modern once.  It also addresses the anomaly that abstract visual art puzzles most people, whereas classical music, which is also abstract, does not.     

On the Streets
Liverpool, Southport, Oxford, Cambridge & London 

Street entertainers are now a more common part of urban living, and are not so often ‘moved on’ by the police as they used to be.  This film contains a wide variety of musical and other performances from thirty-four individuals and groups in London, Liverpool, Southport, Oxford and Cambridge.

Lost Opportunities
Youth Unemployment explained by those who experience it 

This film looks at one of society’s current problems of the number of unemployed young people in this country, as well as abroad.  There are some people who assume that, if you don’t work, it is because you don’t want to, but those in this film dispute this belief.   The film addresses the issue with contributions from five young people who want to work but have discovered that the finding of jobs, particularly in the North, is frustratingly difficult. Dr John Pugh, the Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, answers some of their questions.    

Artworks Films planned for 2014
Artworks Films has more films planned for the coming year. See the trailers and hear more about productions that are in the pipeline.

Main Feature
Fork in the Road

The main feature of the evening is a film entitled Fork in the Road. This film film deals with how a 16-year-old copes with transferring from a bicycle to a wheelchair after undergoing a road accident, and what affect it has upon his state of mind and the action he takes.

Meet the Film-maker
Come to the Artworks Première 2013 hosted by Southport MovieMakers this Thursday. See the films and meet the film-maker himself and other members of Southport MovieMakers.

Artworks Première 2013
Hosted by Southport MovieMakers

Day: Thursday 21 November
Time: 7.45 for 8 pm – 10.00 pm
Location: St James' Church Hall,
Lulworth Road, Southport, PR8 2BQ.