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Mayor Making 2005

Outgoing Mayor Brian Angus, New Mayor Jean Smith & Deputy Mayor Jonathan Reed.

MAYOR MAKING 2005
Epsom Cine & Video Society have once more been commissioned to record the inauguration of a new Mayor of Epsom this year. The last time we did this was in 2003.In the event Epsom put together a team of five cameramen to film the occasion on May 17th. After previously checking out the location on the 10th May John Green accompanied by John Ellis, Ken Kendall, Jeff Mundell and myself assembled at the council offices at Ashley House.

Outgoing Mayor Brian Angus

Outgoing Mayor Brian Angus

The designated area is a large hall with a dais and bench facing seating accommodation and an observational balcony at the rear. Up there John Green's Canon XL1 concentrated specifically on whoever was the main speaker at any one time so that the rest of us knew to point our cameras elsewhere to provide cutaways. Three cameras were set upon the balcony and looked down over the back of the heads of the audience towards the bench seated with the dignitaries.

Ken Kendall was situated towards the front and to the side with a small stepladder and was able to divide his attention between the bench and the audience at the front. Jeff Mundell added an extra camera to our team from last time providing much-needed candid shots of the audience at the back end of the hall. There was approximately two hours of speeches so Jeff’s camera was vital in providing an extra variety of shot. The only annoying thing was that John Green had specifically asked about the radio frequency of the official microphone so that his equipment could be tuned similarly, but as this was not forthcoming an additional radio microphone had to be set up. This fed not only John Green's camera but also John Ellis's Canon XL1. We were grateful to John Ellis who had made the effort to come all the way up from East Sussex, especially as he had to break off from building an extension to his garage at the time. We will have two versions of the video in the end - one full length and the other a half hour or so. We generally agreed that editing the shorter version will be a bit harder this time as the speeches were much better and contained a lot of humour, for the outgoing Mayor Brian Angus tended to be the butt of many a friendly jibe. It has been said that a copy of the speeches will be made available so this might help out a bit. The new Lady Mayor is Councillor Jean Smith and it is hoped that we will be at the forefront in recording some of the upcoming functions. As he made such a professional job of it previously, the services of John Ellis will be called upon again (if he can spare the time) to design and print the video and DVD labels and cases. John Green is under the impression that we will receive a small donation this time around - so we wait with fingers crossed.

Norman Bull

SECOND TAKE June 2005

 

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