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Diggie delivers straight off-the-cuff without a script!

Diggie delivers straight off-the-cuff without a script!

NORTH v SOUTH JUDGES GET A TASTE OF XMAS SPIRIT.
On Sunday 8th November the Southern Heat of the North v South Competition took place. Nine of us went along to witness the proceedings. There were 21 entries and all of them were shown. The programme started at about 12.15 p.m. and took place down in Kent - it was hosted by Orpington Video and Film Makers and an excellent job they made of it.

Just before the programme started there was a sickening crunch when a wall mounted loudspeaker fell on dear Colin Pain (Whitehall Cine) causing him to have to go to hospital to have six stitches inserted in his scalp. Colin returned to see the programme through – and a very varied bunch they were. The theme you will remember was "TEMPTATION" and there were lots of different interpretations. Our entry was Xmas Spirit and was quite well received - at times you could hear the proverbial pin drop as Diggie told the tale. We didn't get in the last five (the ones to go forward to compete with those from the North) but the Judges comments were as follows:-

"I always enjoy seeing an actor talk to the camera and this one did an excellent job of it. I found it particularly gripping when sound effects and other visuals were superimposed on top. The video would have been improved - by a wider range of shots or perhaps the occasional slow zoom-in during a dramatic bit. However, the story was very well told and time didn't drag at all. The scriptwriter did a very good job with all the dialogue and I loved the ending.
Tim Jones (last year’s winner)

“I felt the link with the theme although acceptable was weak. An admirable test of the audiences power of concentration, however, a worthwhile attempt to express visually the warm fireside atmosphere although the picture quality suffers in parts. Presumably an amateur attempt at talking heads with a story line not up to the technique. Half hearted attempt at soundtrack although some parts appropriate. The personality was well chosen and the delivery was good. Some tension generated but not enough to hold an audience for long"
Graham Gibbs.

"Link to the theme Temptation: Temptation of a guy to sleep in a haunted room. Epsom - you are wind-up merchants!!! Coloration seemed strange. Liked the sound effects - haunting. The acting was tremendous. I was thinking, this is a true story, no it's a wind-up, but then as the story moved on, I thought, this is getting more and more sinister, then precisely at the right point you did it! Very good ending. I enjoyed watching the video.”
Richard Sparkes.

Well! What do you make of that lot? - Seems to me that Graham Gibbs was watching a completely different film to the other two Judges, if he thought OUR film had a weak link to the theme I wonder what his comments were on two or three of the other films entered. We all had a programme of the films and I have made notes against each film - some of my comments are: "Eh" - "What"- "Excellent acting “Wrong theme" - "No" - "Liked that 0ne" - "Poor Sound" -Hard to follow and what was it All About Anyway?" I spoke to several members of the audience and they ALL said how entertaining they found our film and what a clever use of the theme. I can assure you there was a hush in the hall when the punch-line came followed by a roar of laughter and spontaneous applause. I suspect Mr.Gibbs had seen a lot of the entries before he saw ours and had made his mind up what was going through and couldn't really be bothered to watch and take note otherwise how could he have such diverse views to the other two Judges? This must sound to you very like a case of sour grapes - not true - its just the fact that one out of three Judges apparently saw a different film to the other two - I wonder if he gave us the comments destined for one of the other films(?) In fact, the five films chosen bore no resemblance to the five Norman and I selected - there were honestly, some extremely good films and some very very bad ones - some of the latter were selected to go through so I give up! - When all is said and done this judging lark is all down to personal taste isn't it. Many congratulations must go, however, to Orpington, they worked extremely hard both organising and planning the event and their catering committee did us proud - we had home-made soups and French bread, lots and lots of sandwiches, wonderful home-made cakes and biscuits plus gallons of tea or coffee. I was very sorry that their efforts were not appreciated by a much larger audience. The ones to go through to the final? - "Temptress" by Class Films, "The Car" and "The Box" by Nottingham Cine & Video Makers, "The Contract" by Chippenham Movie Club, "The Plane Solution" by Shooters Hill Cine and Video Society and 'Perfect Casting" by Croydon Video Society.

SECOND TAKE December 1992 Issue.27


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