All About Drones

Philip Morley organised a superb club evening which covered all you need to know about drones, he has made several films using footage from his drone and shared his experiences with the audience. Costs of operating a drone, the different types, safety issues and how to lawfully fly a drone were all discussed. Philip invited Allan Arthurs a retired broadcaster and private pilot who flies light aircraft and gliders to the club’s March meeting.

Allan runs a company, Media Techniche Ltd ( which provides professional aerial imaging where he works with a dedicated cameraman for most of his film shoots. Allan explained about the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) licence requirements to become a qualified drone pilot. Allan explained that a great deal of drone flying requirements are similar to manned flight as safety checks and also public safety are paramount, he also explained that using a drone could be cost effective in filmmaking as it replaces the use of expensive filming equipment such as cranes, dolly’s, steadicams and helicopters. Both Philip and Allan took their drones to the meeting and showed several of their films and before and during the break they answered the many interesting questions which came from the audience.

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Refreshers Festival

The Refreshers Festival on 4th March at the Farnham Maltings will be a good opportunity for Surrey Border Movie Makers to demonstrate and discuss what they do, visitors will be able to take part in some filming experiences. We will be in the Great Hall on stand 7 from 3pm to 8pm. Entry is free.

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Movie about the Blackdown Air Crash

On November 4th1967 Iberia Airlines Flight 062 on route from Malaga Airport to Heathrow crashed in the Blackdown Hills, West Sussex. None of the 37 people on board survived. Residents of Blackdown at first took little notice of the crash mistaking the event as one of many bonfire parties which were in the area at the time. It soon became obvious that a terrible crash had occurred, one of the worst in civil aviation history.

Surrey Border member Alan Brown attended a 50th Anniversary of the air crash which was organised by Fernhurst Archivists and held in Fernhurst Village Hall. It was here that he decided to make a film with the help of those who witnessed and helped at the scene of the crash. In the film emergency service members, rescuers and local residents are interviewed. From the moments before the crash to the memorial plaque which is now on the front of Fernhurst Village Hall Alan has produced a sympathetic and poignant film to remember this sad day.

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Sci-Fi/horror based film created originally as an entry in the IAC sponsored North v South competition, the judges for that missed the point, but when it was entered in BIAFF the UK’s foremost competition for amateur film makers it received a coveted 4 stars.

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Making of Cube3

Planning, rehearsals and what goes on during the actual shooting of the film. Problems, solutions, and laughter.

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My Shout Initiative Film Made by Surrey Border Movie Makers

A film celebrating age and the challenges and perceptions of ageing has been made by Surrey Border Movie Makers. Made as part of the My Shout initiative ‘Inside I’m 35’ has been created by people of 55 or over from Farnham and surrounding areas, it is one of four projects including dance, sculpture and drama which all portray in their own way that ‘becoming old ‘is not always the dreary mis-conception that we believe it to be. Written by Rita Wheeler and Directed by Rita Wheeler and Peter Frost the film is part documentary, part musical and part drama with a light-hearted approach, the film had its first premiere at Farnham Maltings on 12th December to a very appreciative audience of 140.

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Members 2018 Competition

The Surrey Border Film Makers ‘Members 2018 Film Competition’ was held at the December meeting. Tim Stannard from Staines Video Makers who this year won a five-star award at BIAFF (British International Amateur Film Festival) kindly pre-judged the competition with his wife Martine who unfortunately could not attend. There were twelve film entries. Jim Reed excelled himself this year by winning several awards: Most Creative Film for ‘Expose’, Best Documentary for ‘Making a Difference’, Best Editing for‘ OSOM Charity Appeal’ Best Use of Sound for ‘Making a Difference’, Best Camerawork for ‘Making a Difference’ and not surprisingly he won The Best Overall Film for ‘Making a Difference’ about the Hawk Conservatory Trust. The Best Holiday Film ‘Tswalu The New Beginning’ was won by Philip Morley, Best Photography was won by Peter Stratford with his film ‘Burma Sunrise’. Colin Lewis won the Best Use of Commentary for his film ‘Paris in Five Minutes’ and Martin Boyman won the Best First Winners Trophy for his film ‘Welcome to Rawley’s World’. Dave Skertchly’s film ‘Auxetic Performance’ was Highly Commended. All awards were presented on the night by Tim Stannard.

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Outstanding Contribution Award given to Philip Morley

Whilst the wonderful Farnham Christmas Market was in full swing Surrey Border members enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch at the Mercure Bush Hotel located in the centre of Farnham where Philip Morley was presented with a special ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Club’ 2018 award.

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November Meeting – Report

Surrey Border Movie Makers Club Chairman Mike Sanders opened the November meeting by greeting new members and visitors. He also reminded everyone of the forthcoming Christmas lunch at the Mercure Bush Hotel in Farnham, the venue and food last year were such a success with the club that a return visit was booked for this year, it coincides with the Farnham Christmas Market which could make a good subject for a short film.

Club member Philip Morley hosted the November meeting. He showed a selection of films from the Rode Film Competition held this year. Surrey Border Movie Makers and other amateur film makers from several countries submitted films, the winning films from several categories were shown and discussed on the evening.

Also shown was a film produced by member Dave Skertchly about the first carbon-fibre bodied McLaren racing car to be manufactured, Dave was proud to be part of the production team, he spent many long hours sourcing and editing old historical footage to produce a very interesting film.

Solent Movie Makers sent the club a showreel of films they had produced as they were interested in any critique and comments from the audience. The club who are based in Southampton have some exceptionally good filmmakers.

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Documentary Competition Winner Announced

The winner of the Surrey Border Documentary Competition was announced at the October meeting. Alan Brown’s film ‘Re-building a Daimler Dart’ was the winner with John Stratford’s ‘Kashmir Valley’ in second place and Jim Reed’s film ‘On the Edge’ in third place.

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Surrey Border Movie Makers were delighted to host the Inter Club Competition at the October meeting. Four film clubs from the South East region submitted films for the Competition. Solent Movie Makers from Southampton, Weymouth Movie Makers, Chichester Film & Video Makers and Exeter Films. Visiting club members attending were Paul Vernon, Tony Shadick, Graham Liniss and Howard Blake from Solent Movie Makers, also James Peatling and John Simpson from Weymouth Movie Makers club. Exeter Films created a short profile video about their film entry as they could not attend on the night. This was a new suggestion by Surrey Border Movie Makers as the audience and judges are always interested in the background details of films submitted.

The quality of films entered in the Inter Club competition is always of a high standard and this year was no exception. Weymouth’s film ‘A Story about a Young Man’s Travels’ was a fictional tale about a young man who falls on hard times and turns to drink, a stranger then helps him and the importance of keeping in touch with family and friends become apparent. Chichester produced an outstanding documentary about Yellowstone Park, a special Winter trip necessitating the use of a purpose-built vehicle with caterpillar tracks enabled the filming of some beautiful isolated areas of this wonderful park. As Chichester were not present, an overview of the making of the film was sent in by the club and was read to the audience by Surrey Border member Peter Frost. Exeter Films entry titled ‘The Winning Film’ described as “a profile and insight into the hidden world of Exeter Films” showed editing skills and modern-day movie making in a very clever way. The films within the film were explained with some clever added dialogue and explanations.

The Judges for the evening were Peter Ives Competition Officer and club member Jim Reed.

After the Buffet and Coffee break the Judges discussed the films with the audience and announced the Competition winner which this year was awarded to Solent Movie Makers film ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, a touching and sensitively made love story with an un-expected ending. This film was well acted, filmed and edited, an overall success for Howard Blake the film’s Director.

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2018 Documentary Competition

The September club evening was dedicated to the Surrey Border Movie Makers Documentary Competition. With nine film entries this year it was a full evening of fabulous entertainment and very difficult judging by the captivated audience.

Eight club members submitted outstanding films which covered a wide variety of subjects including’ Twyford Waterworks’ and ‘Stationary Steam Engine’ both by John Mills, ‘On the Edge’ a film about Southend by Jim Reed, ‘The Kashmir Valley’ a 20 minute film by Peter Stratford, ‘St John the Baptist Holy Well’ an important restoration project filmed by Gordon Sutton, ‘Sight and Sound of the Tagus’ by Martin Boyman, ‘Britannia’ an 8 minute documentary about the Queens beloved yacht, ‘Re-building a Daimler Dart’ by Alan Brown and ‘A Florida History’ by Gillian Gatland. Further details of all of these films can be found in ‘Border Post’ the Surrey Border Movie Makers Monthly Magazine which can be viewed on our website.

From ‘The Kashmir Valley’ by Peter Stratford

From ‘Britannia’

From ‘Sight and Sound of the Tagus’ by Martin Boyman,

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An evening dedicated to some of the most important aspects of film making was held at our recent monthly meeting in Farnham. Three work stations were organised, sound, camerawork and lighting each run by a very experienced tutor. Members were divided into three groups to enable everyone to spend time at each station and ask questions. Club member Alan Hussey a retired BBC cameraman and experienced sound engineer talked about and demonstrated the various microphones and audio techniques available for use in film making, which ones should be used to obtain the best sound and which to use to minimise unwanted noise ie traffic etc. he also demonstrated the lapel or lavalier microphone often used in films, especially for interviews.

Philip Morley also a club member took along several of his cameras to demonstrate how to get the best results by using the settings on your camera ie how to set up the ‘white balance’ correctly to obtain the best colour effect and how to use the focus settings rather than rely on the automatic option which can give limited results. He also discussed and demonstrated the importance of correct exposure settings.
e very pleased to welcome special guest Jason Butcher a professional commercial photographer, he demonstrated the importance of correct lighting when making a film. Jason brought along several items of lighting equipment to demonstrate including an impressive soft light box. He discussed and demonstrated several different lamps which could be used for various lighting effects.

The evening was organised by member Alan Butcher and was very popular, the club will be holding further technical events in the future.

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Films Shown at the June Meeting

The Edit Exercise was followed by a selection of members films which had not previously been shown at the club. These included ‘Leap Second’ by Ivan Dally a colourful and lively film about student life at Oxford, ‘Bracklesham the Return’ by Peter Frost, two film makers settle into deckchairs on the beach to chat about past antics. Jim Reed showed three films the first ‘Santa’ and the second ‘Call Centre Scam’ were both very funny and displayed Jim’s excellent editing skills. His third film a documentary on the Women’s Suffragette Movement was also a fine example of Jim’s work.

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Edit Exercise Results

The results of this years ’Edit Exercise’ were also announced at the meeting. A good varied selection of members films were shown over three categories, ‘30 Second Advert’, ‘1 Minute Epic’ and ‘6 Minute Film’. Entries were submitted by Peter Stratford, Colin Lewis, Peter Ives, Vic Stroud, Jim Reed and Ivan Dally. The films were watched and voted for by the audience on the night.
Peter Stratford won the 30 Second Advert with his film ‘Bottled Water’.

The 1 Minute Epic was won by Jim Reed’s ‘The Visitor’ and the 6 Minute Film was won by Colin Lewis’s ‘Park, Pancakes, Party and Play’.

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