Heather welcomed everyone to the Club, including a visitor who we hope may decide to join us. Good to hear from one of our members who is living temporarily in England, but still likes to keep up his membership and hear all our news. We hope to see him back with us in the future - he should have taken some great video in all that time!
With the expected road chaos during the Commonwealth Games, it was decided to cancel our first meeting in April, as there are evening events at just about every venue on the Coast on that Wednesday 11th April – maybe best to stay off the roads that night. Our second April meeting falls on Anzac Day, but that will go ahead as usual.
Heather gave notice of an upcoming event of interest - In conjunction with the Gold Coast Film Festival will be SIPFEST (aka Short Films in Paradise Festival). This is an annual showcase of the best short films from across Aust. Surfers Paradise beach is to be transformed into an outdoor theatre showing 10-minute short films by filmmakers from around the country, to be judged by a panel of industry experts with $8,000 in prizes shared among the winners.The audience can also cast their vote on the night for the people's choice. The judging categories will be · Best film · Runner up Best Film · People's Choice · Best Film by a Gold Coast resident · Best film showcasing Surfers Paradise · Best Screenplay · Best Actor · Best Actress
Colin Usher's film 'Su Brown & the Wallace Rockhole Pottery' has been selected as one the top 12 short films. On behalf of the Club, Heather extended our congratulations to him on his achievement of having his film selected. SIPFEST will be screening on Sunday April 22, 2018 with free entry.
Twelve Club members attended out last day out at Tarrabora Reserve at Palm Beach to enjoy some videoing and talk about videoing. It was a very hot day, and we didn't get our hoped for location beside the water, but I think everyone enjoyed a laid back day.
On to the videos brought in then - Garth started the night with "Nature in the Creek" a video made previously at Tarrabora on Currumbin Creek - showed what we missed by not walking far enough! We had also brought in a couple of "oldies" taken many years ago - A Club video of 'Historical Southport' where many members contributed with video and voice over, and 'Leisure' a bit of a "tongue in cheek" one about videomaking and those early days - brought back a few memories to some of our long-time members. Ian showed he has a great sense of humour with his 1 minute "Sometimes" - it went over very well! Val had revisited the town where she grew up in England - Whitstable - a typical English holiday town - so interesting - with a castle as well and those beautiful rose gardens. Claude had done the assignment of cutting down a video with surfing and beach shots at Burleigh and The Spit trimmed down to just Burleigh surfing.
Heather too had cut down her "What's That Ahead" video to half the size - an incredible video of what you can see on the road in Vietnam - they've never heard of Health & Safety! We finished the night with another we had brought in - "Gold Coast Motels" made by the Club as a record for the Council of all the motels that were once on the Coast. Garth had cut this down to 6 minutes from the original 12 minutes - as an assignment subject - while still showing all the motels, and keeping most of Joan's original commentary.
2nd Wednesday of the month