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A DAY TRIP TO CHICHESTER.
by John Green
Waking up and looking out of the window on Sunday the 6th of April, seeing a vista of snow everywhere, I wondered if our day trip to judge the Sussex Albany Video Competition was a good idea. I was soon reassured by a ‘phone call from Ron giving me the mobile ‘phone number of a member of the host club in case we encountered trouble. Bob Hayward and his wife Dorothy had kindly agreed to drive Jack and myself down to the venue, and we were all soon on our way. The directions provided on the host club’s web site were first rate and we arrived dead on time, 1 o’clock to be welcomed by the Chairman of Chichester Film & Video Makers Keith Baker and the organiser of The Albany Competition John Harvey, who invited us to partake of hot soup and ploughman’s lunch. The competition theme was “A Senior Moment” and had attracted 17 entries from 10 Sussex clubs, a ballot had been held to reduce the entries to the required maximum number of 14. On time at 2.30 p.m. the projection of the entries commenced, the videos only being identified by title and running order letter so the audience of about 100, and we the judges, had no knowledge of which club had submitted which entry. We were given time between each entry to make notes, signaling to the projectionist by turning off our low wattage desk lights when we were ready to proceed. The programme went very smoothly with no hitches, due I am sure to the excellent equipment used with only one power lead required to connect the system, which was pre wired in a flight case frame arrangement with only the projector and speakers needing to be connected externally. Some of this equipment had been obtained on EBay at very low-cost! I digress, the standard of the entries was in generally very good, and entertaining, with the duration of entries varying between 1 min. and just over 11 mins. All but one had in our opinion kept to the theme in various ways, most involving memory loss in one form or another, leaving the granddaughter at the pub, checking on who had proposed marriage the morning after, forgetting the wife’s name even forgetting to make the film (only the credits were shown!). Another revolved around the medical problems associated with older men discussed in a pub. One film “On Patrol” was well shot and edited but we all agreed that it did not quite fit the theme as it involved two ladies winding up a parking warden by pretending the car he was ticketing was theirs and then going off to catch a bus, more of a trick of the younger generation we thought. We were tasked with awarding five trophies, outright winner, runner up, best comedy, best sound and best editing, the winning entry and best edited was fairly easy to decide - The Dinner Party by Portsdown Camcorder Users Club, prompted Bob in his comments to say it was a film he would have been pleased to make, high praise indeed. The action took place over a dinner party with friends, each couple relating a "Senior Moment” which was shown in flashback, ending with the host’s wife revealing that she had forgotten to cook the chicken, which was the main course! It was very well shot, lit and produced, so winning the best-edited award. The comedy award was won by “Tea Break” entered by Eastbourne & District Camcorder Club, a short punchy two minute video in which two men attempt to remember a flowers name until one of them mentions the others wife’s name, Rose, he is then able to call up the stairs to ask her the flowers name. The sound award went to “Sooner or Later” entered by South Downs Video & Filmmakers, another short discussing the problems of male old age in a pub, it won because the ambient sound problems associated with shooting in a pub environment were handled very well. We all enjoyed the experience, the hospitality and the organization of the event by the Chichester Club was first class. Thank you to John Harvey and your team for a very enjoyable day.

 

SECOND TAKE, APRIL 2008

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