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FILM PROJECTS by Norman Bull
The Kings Centre, Chessington.
Our Chairman Ken Kendall has put forward a suggestion that as we have already established a group who were interested in producing drama, he thought that others might be more drawn to a group making documentaries. Back in August the committee was approached by Paul Dicken from the Through The Roof organisation asking for our help.
He represents a Christian organisation that is dedicated to equipping and training churches to make the church and its life fully inclusive of people with disabilities; encouraging and equipping disabled people for leadership in the church providing support and fellowship for disabled people and their families in the UK and overseas. They also train and instruct people in the support structure. Initially they requested that we make them a training video. Aborted attempts had been made before but owing to the fact that professional sources were too expensive they had to rely on voluntary help which, to say the least, was spasmodic and unreliable.
Paul Dicken had presented us with a rough outline of a script by e-mail which had a number of worrying points which needed to be ironed out. A meeting took place on 9th August at Ron Everitt’s house with a number of the committee. Happily many of the issues were resolved with Paul accepting suggestions and alterations to the basic script. He also put forward one or two modifications himself. Under these conditions we agreed to help.
Joni Eareckson-Tada
Very gratefully he went away promising a complete rewrite and detailed modification of the script and saying that the proposed filming would not be until the new year. Several weeks went by and Paul Dicken approached us again asking us to film an event in the interim period. Four volunteers were very quickly recruited. They were Ron Everitt, Jeff Mundell, John Green and myself. On Saturday evening 15th October we were told that 600 people were gathering at the Kings Centre, Chessington where Joni Eareckson Tada, a paraplegic for many years, had travelled all the way from the US to give a moral boosting talk on coping in life with serious disabilities. John Green took up the main position high up in the control room with a direct feed from the sound system while Ron with two cameras and myself took up positions to provide different points of view. Jeff took up a position facing the audience to provide cutaways recording their reactions. It is a massive hall, which caters for a variety of indoor ball games and other sports, and I could well believe that 600 people did attend. I must say that Joni’s talk was very moving and captivated the audience. Her speech was interspersed with other speakers while Joni retired to relieve her constant pain and discomfort. The whole thing was over an hour long and as you can understand with five cameras covering the evening the resulting footage required many hours of editing. Ron Everitt took on this unenviable task and with dogged persistence and despite several technical setbacks achieved a very polished result. The organisation seems to be very pleased with the video master and have produced many DVDs and videotape copies from it. The club has been rewarded with a very generous donation.
An enthralled audience
The services of the club have also been employed as previously reported in SECOND TAKE in the recording of the inauguration of the new Mayor of Epsom. I can report that John Green has managed to put together this other very large project and has submitted a version to the Mayor for her final approval. As you can understand these projects take up an enormous amount of computer space and are somewhat onerous on anyone involved in editing them.
Logically the committee decided to alleviate the situation by agreeing to release funds to purchase a portable hard drive. This has been purchased for under a £100 and has a very large 250- gigabit capacity. Thus in future, projects can be passed on if domestic distractions get in the way. As well as the previously mentioned project taking place in the New Year, Jeff Mundell has mentioned the possibility of recording an archaeological dig in the near future. If anyone is interested in becoming a part of a documentary group or help film any project that may crop up please let your wishes be known to any committee member.

SECOND TAKE December 2005.

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