30 April 2013 - AGM
Chesterfield Film Makers held their Annual General Meeting at Walton Villlage Centre which was chaired by Life President, Cliff Paulson. Colin Guest was elected Chairman for the coming year. Other officers elected were Vice Chairman and Treasurer, David Oldale; Secretary, Les Lewis; and Equipment Officer, John Fox. Keith Slaughter and Adam Widdowson join the Committee. Plans are underway for a monthly summer outing and the new season will start on September 10th.
23 April 2013 - End of Season Dinner at Fox and Goose Pub:
15 members and their spouses met for a delicious meal at this excellent pub. The service was good and it was a pleasant evening. The winning films from the year's competitions were shown after dinner, and the audience voted for the best film of the evening. Les and Sue Lewis were presented with a trophy (to keep for a year) for their interesting story about Cuba.
Next week is the Annual General Meeting at Walton Village Centre. During the summer season there will be monthly get-togethers. The club starts weekly meetings in September.
April 16 2013 - FOOD - the theme for the evening:
Chesterfield Film Makers had their weekly meeting and the topic was: “Food - as a theme”. There were many entries and each one referred to FOOD: The following members entered and here they are: Changing Scenes – David Oldale
Asian Food - Les & Sue Lewis
A Celebration Meal – Malcolm Calow [Winner] – as judged by the non-entry members that evening.
Trebor – Cliff Paulson
The Magic Kitchen – Adam Widdowson
Food Fair – John Fox
The Food of Love – Larry Hall
Food for Thought - Doreen & Bob Williamson
Continental Market – John Fox
Time for Tea - Doreen & Bob Williamson
Chairman Colin Guest’s"Ornithological Sustenance" a 13 minute film taken in his large garden. Next week the Club meets for an ‘end of the season dinner’ and after the annual AGM there will be monthly meeting, as walks or other entertainment. Chesterfield Film Makers start the new season in September, and we hope we recruit more members
9 April 2013 - Quiz Night wih Doreen and Bob Williamson.
Doreen and Bob Williamson provided the evening’s entertainment at the regular Tuesday night meeting for Chesterfield Film Makers. We all had to put our brains ‘in gear’ and participate in a 60 question quiz. It was not easy to remember when the various events asked about took place, but it was a fun, and the winning team consisting of John Fox, Colin Guest and Trevor Boyce had a score of over 40 points. Chairman Colin Guest thanked Doreen and Bob for an excellent evening’s work. The weekly winter meetings will end at the end of April, and during the summer months there will be once a month outings. An end of season dinner is organised, and it is hoped that new members will join when the club opens in September.
26 March 2013 - South Yorkshire Competition.
Chesterfield Film Makers hosted the annual South Yorkshire Competition at the Peel Centre in Dronfield. Five clubs participated: Chesterfield, Sheffield, Wakefield, Doncaster and Huddersfield. Each club in turn presented two or three relatively short films. The judge was Frank Parker who had looked at all the films at home and made his decision as to which film was the winning one. All the clubs had some very well made and interesting films, but only one can win, with a runner-up. Over the years Huddersfield Film Makers have won nearly everything, and this year they did it again. The winning film was an amusing story called ‘The Egg Man’ – so well acted and funny. The same club got the second best price as well. It was called ‘80 degrees North in the High Arctic’ – about a cruise around Svalbard, with emphasis on wildlife photography. A good evening was had by all in spite of the bitter wind and icy roads, and it was nice to meet up and chat with old friends.
19 March 2013 - DC Trophy Competition - 5 minutes max.
Chesterfield Film Makers held the annual 5-minute film competition and here are the results as judged by Gary Knowles:
'By Winters Pond' John Fox (Runner Up)
'Sounds of Italy' Colin Guest
'Malevolence of Mine' Adam Widdowson (Winner)
'Chesterfield Well Dressing' Malcolm Calow
'Falls' David Oldale
'B C Hoole' Les Lewis
'Tuesday Night is Music Night' Gary Haydon
12 March 2013 - Mat and Niki Adlam-Styles: Spectacular Volcanoes
Members were entertained by Mat and Niki Adlam-Styles who returned by popular request after entertaining us last year. They are very adventurous film makers who specialise in volcanoes, and undertake other outdoor activities, often in difficult terrain. First they showed us a film made on the island of Java, in Indonesia, where they climbed mountains and volcanoes. Then they showed two films made on the French speaking island of La Reunion, where they filmed a caving expedition which involved abseiling down a cliff to reach the site. Chairman, Colin Guest, thanked them for coming, and Niki and Mat indicated that they had more projects planned, which they might let us see in the future.
5 March 2013 - AV and One Minute Competition
Chesterfield Film Makers held the annual Audio Visual and One Minute Competition at their regular Tuesday meeting. There were seven entries for the A/V, and the winner was Doreen Williamson with her ‘Snippets of North Yorkshire’ pictures, set to a jolly tune. Other entries were: Trevor Boyce ‘France in 2006’; Doreen with ‘Haddon Hall’ ; Colin Guest ‘Wrest Park’; Elin Smith had two entries ‘Billy Holiday’ and ‘Winter and Spring in Norway’ and John Fox’s ‘Workshop’. There was a draw for the winner of the one minute films: David Oldale and Malcolm Calow. Other short films were made by John Fox, Bob Williamson, Keith Slaughter and Colin Guest. In memory of his wife Malcolm Calow donated an engraved silver tray to be presented yearly for the best narrative structure in various competitions during the year. It was won by Doreen and Bob Williamson for their film ‘Endeavour’
26 February 2013 - Film edited from raw footage
Chesterfield Film Makers members were given the task to use David Oldale’s raw footage from film clips he took whilst touring Canada and Alaska. The point of this exercise was to see how the interpretation varied, as this was unknown material to us all. Interesting it was and six very different films were shown. Colin Guest won the contest (judged by David) as he recited a very amusing ballad using the clips taken. Other members taking part were: Malcolm Calow, Les Lewis, Elin Smith, John Fox and Trevor Boyce. David presented his films after the tea break.
19 February - Gary Knowles from Snow Elk Production.
Chesterfield Film Makers were entertained by freelance film maker Gary Knowles. His company is called Snow Elk Production, and he is a very able young man. Gary spends a lot of time preparing his films; getting the right colour balance, lighting and general set-up. He films musical performances in nightclubs and at festivals, weddings, car rallies and much more. Film-making has changed much over the years, and with good equipment, lots of imagination and the ability to make the subjects interesting, remarkable things can be produced. Gary was thanked by the chairman, Colin Guest, and asked to come back and show more of his work next season.
On March 5th the club will be holding a slideshow and one-minute competition. Anyone interested please call Elin on 277349”
12 February - Cycling through the Colorado Rockies - with Michael Stainer
Chesterfield Film Makers were pleased to welcome back Michael Stainer. Over the years he has travelled on his 2-wheeler bike all over the world with people from cycling clubs in Britain. A year and a half ago 14 cyclists flew to Denver, Colorado and spent two weeks cycling over 700 miles – uphill and down hill - in the Colorado Rockies. They covered many miles every day, and reached a height of over 12.000 feet at Independence Pass in the Black Canyon. It is the highest point in the US, and the altitude can cause some breathing problems. It makes one tired just to watch the film Michael took as he travelled along. The camera was attached to the handlebar, and he really had some amazing footage. The tour ended in Boulder, and all the cyclists looked in good shape after the strenuous journey.
Michael is soon heading south to Tasmania for a 3-week cycle tour there. We wish him luck.
5 February - Cancelled - No meeting due to snow.
29 January - Bolsover Camera Club Entertains.
After all the snow and bad weather Chesterfield Film Makers finally got together on Tuesday evening. Several members came from Bolsover Camera Club and entertained with their marvellous pictures, led by the secretary Peter Cordrey. He is a very good slideshow-maker and presented three interesting Audio Visual shows. It is the Bolsover Club’s Diamond Jubilee this year, and pictures taken over the years were made into a well-put-together presentation as a tribute to the Club’s members.
On February 12 our own Michael Stainer will present his film: ‘Cycling through the Rocky Mountains’. Anyone interested will be welcome. Just ring Elin on 277349 for information.
Unfortunately, due to snow, this meeting had to be cancelled.
15 January - Ron and Lillian Johnson Holiday Competition.
Members of Chesterfield Film Makers held their annual holiday film competition judged by last year's winner, Doreen Williamson, who had the unenviable task of deciding on a winner. After constructive criticism of all eight entries she awarded the R & L Johnson trophy to Les Lewis for his film 'Cuba'. Runner up was John Fox's film 'Island of Lost Love' followed by David Oldale's entry 'Norwegian Highlights'. Other members entering films were Trevor Boyce, Colin Guest, Garry Haydon, Frank Kirton and Cliff Paulson. The club continue to meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at Walton Village Centre at 7.45 and welcome anyone interested in making films.
8 January 2013 - Show Reel from Leicester Moviemakers.
Chesterfield Film Makers watched a show-reel made by Leicester Moviemakers at their first meeting in the new year. There was an excellent selection of videos made by the Leicester club. They seem to have several keen bird and wildlife photographers because there were some great close-up shots from a variety of parks and gardens. One in particular ought to be mentioned; someone had filmed a spider weaving its web – in close-up. It was such precise work, and so well filmed. The club also made a film called “Welcome Home” where the members had acting parts, and this was well put together.
Mat and Niki Adlam-Styles will be entertaining on January 22nd with ‘Spectacular Volcanoes’, filmed on location. If interested in coming to have a look at what we do call Elin on 277349
18 December - Christmas Party and films
Chesterfield Film Makers met for the last time in 2012. Films were shown and members brought mincepies, sausage rolls and other goodies to enjoy at tea-time. The next session begins on January 8th 2013. New members are always welcome. Merry Christmas to each and every one.
11 December - President's Evening: Cliff Entertains
Chesterfield Film Makers Honorary Life President, and founder member of the club, Cliff Paulson entertained at the penultimate meeting before the Christmas break. Cliff talked about his approach to documentary film making and had several examples as to how he tackled it. He has made promotional films for various companies over the many years he has been a member of the club, which began as a Cine-club over 50 years ago. He presented films about steel production, miniature railway, a train journey and filming of royal visits to Chesterfield. The club restarts on January 8th 2013 with ‘Show reel from another club’. Call Elin on 277349 if interested in visiting us.
4 December - Members Film Night
Chairman, Colin Guest, welcomed Chesterfield Film Makers members to an evening showing their own films. There were almost more entries than time permitted, but it was interesting to have such a varied selection. Trevor Boyce and his wife had been cruising around the Greek Islands; Frank Kirton showed part 2 of his Ethiopian holiday; Gary Haydon presented a film from Liverpool and Manchester and Cliff Paulson had been to Switzerland where he filmed a train journey. After tea and a chat more videos were shown; Elin Smith showed a story about Earnest Shackleton’s Antarctic journey 100 years ago; David Oldale gave an interesting account about travelling through the Panama Canal; Malcolm Calow filmed the men's marathon in London during the Olympics; John Fox tried out his new camera by filming a Lantern Parade in Bolsover at night and Colin Guest’s film about a four-river cruise in Germany ended the show.
27 November - Show-reel from Lowestoft Cine and Video Club
Chesterfield Film Makers watched videos made by Lowestoft Cine and Video Club at their weekly meeting. The clubs exchange DVDs from time to time, and it is an opportunity to see what moviemakers from various parts of the country make in the way of films. A variety of topics were shown. A very amusing film about dancing JCB-diggers performing in time to music, on a large field; a short animation film; a holiday in China; the process of bread making; autumn colours, set to music; a documentary about John Constable; the painstaking work of mask-making in the Orient and several other short films. An interesting evening.
On Tuesday 11th December the Honorary Life President, Cliff Paulson, entertains. If anyone wants to know more about our club please call: Elin on 277349
20 November - Barrie Campbell from Point Blank Films Entertains.
Chesterfield Film Makers was entertained by a professional freelance film maker and scriptwriter from Point Blank Films at the weekly meeting. Barrie Campbell, from Sheffield, travels the world with his camera, and he is a person who is not afraid of the more dangerous places. He flew to Sumatra in Indonesia where he visited the awesome Krakatau Volcano. The volcano erupted while he was there, and he had to hastily return to the little boat which brought him to the island. It was an excellent film. Also an animated film called ‘Flying Fortress’ which was made as a tribute to the US pilots and crew from the Second World War who flew in these enormous planes. It was well made, and Barrie was mostly involved as a scriptwriter. He told us some very amusing tales about his travels and the strange situations he finds himself in. He flew to South America, bought a second-hand motorbike and set off all by himself. 'Living the Last Frontier' is a film he made in Australia, and a recent trip to New Zealand was a great success. We hope Barrie Campbell will come back to show more of his excellent films from the many places he has visited. He also has a public film show every year.
13 November - Natural History Film Show - members bring films, old or new
Chesterfield Film Makers spent an interesting evening looking at older – and a few newer – films, covering the subject Natural History. The following films were shown :
In the Woods Something Stirs – Bob Williamson - A story about fungi
Donna Nook - Doreen Williamson – The seal colony
Danger in Paradise - Elin Smith Perils in Australia
Lea Gardens - Cliff Paulson Lovely flowers
The Big Five - Les Lewis On safari
Feathered Friends or Feathered Fiends? – Colin Guest - Birds in his garden
Nature's Path - John Fox Pictures set to music and poetry
Bleak - John Fox Winter landscape, music and poetry
The Wild Man of Borneo - Elin Smith Orang utans in Borneo
Also, Roger Barnes showed a selection of stills of birds and butterflies from his recent visit to Sri Lanka.
6 November - Chairman's Evening - Looking forward and promoting the club.
It was ‘Chairman’s Evening’ at Chesterfield Film Makers. Colin Guest asked members to bring their video cameras and tripods along. The club is trying to attract more and, preferably, younger members. One way of doing this is to create a good and interesting website which should show people with camcorders and an interest in filming that it is worth joining our club. Photos of members and their cameras were taken. The Chairman showed a video in which he aired his views about the club’s future, and urged everyone to make more films. The evening ended with a short film from Chesterfield Market by John Fox.
30 October - 'How did you do that'??
Several members from Chesterfield Film Makers did a presentation of various ways of editing both AVs and films. Ron Smith started the evening with a demo of Proshow Producer's many advantages over other programs. Adam Widdowson is a young film maker who knows a lot about special effects and how to use them. Chairman Colin Guest demonstrated a Picassa 3 edit program for fixing up still photos. John Fox showed the interested members how to make the best out of filming interviews whilst only having one camera. A very good and interesting evening for all those who want to improve their skills.
Films shown at the BC-Trophy evening on October 23rd 2012 15 min max
Day Trip from Kassiopi to Corfu City - Colin
The Italian Lakes - Les & Sue
Quiet Day at Peak Rail - John - The winner
Endeavour - Doreen & Bob
29th June 2012 - Malcolm - Olympic Flame
The Wrath of Klown - Adam
The Streets of Venice - Trevor
Fireworks - Cliff
Judged by Fran from Sheffield Movie Makers
16 October - Tri(cal)vention with Doncaster and Sheffield Clubs
Chesterfield Film Makers hosted the annual Tri(cal)vention between Doncaster, Sheffield and Chesterfield. There were representatives present from all three clubs and two films from each were shown. There was a time limit of 20 minutes per club. Doncaster’s films were: The Sand House Exhibition and The Origin of Agnostics (Darwin’s theory). Sheffield’s entries were: The Tall Ships and Thinking Time. Chesterfield’s films were: A Holiday in Peru and The Circle Game (seasonal changes). Sheffield Movie Makers won the interclub competition overall, but the two films gaining most marks were: Thinking Time, made by a member from Sheffield, (making a workable clock) and the Sand House Exhibition, made by a Doncaster member, (sculptors made of sand)
9 October 2012 - An Evening with Doreen and Bob Williamson
Chairman Colin Guest welcomed members to the weekly meeting at Chesterfield Film Makers. Doreen and Bob Williamson have been members of the club for many years and they are good and keen film makers. In fact, together they create more documentaries and holiday films than anyone else. The show they put together consisted of all new and unseen material, and they always produce excellent work. Doreen and Bob entertained all evening and their films were so varied: ‘Australian Adventures’ from a recent trip down under, ‘Modern Art’ from a sculpture park, ‘Black Country Museum’ visit, ‘York Railway Museum’, ‘Animal Crackers’ – animals at play, set to music, and also a history of the mining industry over the years.”
2 October 2012 - Members Film Night
It was Members Film Night when Chesterfield Film Makers met for the weekly session. This is always a well-attended evening. Chairman Colin Guest welcomed everyone – and there was enough time to show seven of the films people brought- the youngest member had two films he had made. One about Clowne village and how it has changed- the other was an inventive story called ‘Jason Investigates’. Frank Kirton had been to Ethiopia – a beautiful mountainous country in places, and Les and Sue Lewis showed ‘Highlights from their Mediterranean cruise’. Cliff Paulson had a scenic trip to Cornwall - ‘Halcion Days’ set to music. Colin Guest showed a most impressive film taken at Niagara Falls called ‘Maid of Horseshoe Falls’. Ron and Elin Smith have recently made a slideshow about the jazz-singer Billie Holiday named ‘Strange Fruit’. Doreen and Bob Williamson spent a holiday in Australia and their film dealt with the construction of the Curanda Railway in Queensland. It was a varied and interesting lot of films on show.
25 September 2012 - Roger Barnes EntertainsChesterfield Film Makers own, longstanding member, Roger Barnes entertained. He is an expert about flowers, birds and butterflies. His knowledge is amazing because he can name practically every kind of bird and butterfly and where they can be found. Roger showed still pictures from his trip to Hungary last year – a real haven for butterflies. As a life-long Chesterfield resident and keen photographer he has taken many pictures over the years in the local area. Chesterfield has changed greatly since the 1950-60 era, and he talked about the ‘olden times’ and people he had met. After tea-break we were shown more pictures from his vast collection.
18 September 2012 - Longstone Local History Group entertain
Chairman, Colin Guest welcomed the Longstone Local History Youth Group to the Tuesday evening meeting of Chesterfield Film Makers. The leader Frank Parker and two young students, Ruth Edmonds and Michael Beale all talked about their part in the filming of an archaeological dig from the Iron Age. “The Dying Days of Fin Cop” The location is Great Finn – or Fin Cop, near Monsal Head, as it is known as now. They were given a grant to do the filming which took many weeks and a whole year to edit and get ready for final production. But the result is excellent. The group has won several awards for their work at various film competitions. After tea they talked about the actual making of the film and the tricks used to make it appear more people were involved than in reality.
11 September 2012 - Carsington Films, AV’s & other Summer filming
Chesterfield Film Makers new autumn season began on the 11th of September. We meet every Tuesday evening and new members are welcome.
The Chairman, Colin Guest, welcomed everyone back. The club had an outing to Carsington Reservoir a couple of months ago and six little films from this trip were shown, made by : John Fox, Doreen and Bob Williamson, Roger Barnes, Les Lewis, David Oldale and Colin Guest. After tea other films made during the summer were projected. Elin Smith had filmed The Olympic Flame as it passed Walton, and an AV from Derbyshire countryside. Doreen Williamson’s film was an interesting study about Australian wild life and Cliff Paulson had been to Austria where he filmed a most energetic dance group.
Ring Elin on: 01246 277349 if you want to know more about our club.