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Press Release March 2018


Anyone with a smart phone can use it to make a very successful movie and this was demonstrated by John Mills at Surrey Borders February meeting. There are now many add on gadgets available to enhance movie making with your phone, microphones (with wind covers if needed), zoom lenses and tripods etc. are available, they are good quality and a reasonable price. To keep his phone filming kit compact John suggested using a small ‘man bag’ which will hold all of your phone accessories and is less bulky than some of the conventional camera bags. When movie making with a smart phone the importance of getting th

e ‘white balance’ correct was discussed, and like standard video camera filming it is important to create a ‘story board’ beforehand as this will save time. John presented a short film made on a mobile phone to show the audience what could be achieved.

During early Summer of 2017 Surrey Border Movie Makers were approached to make a training film for Woking Police Station. The club agreed to make the film and in July the AAVS Project (Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Service) was filmed by club members Philip Morley and John Mills. It wasn’t without it challenges as it was filmed in Woking Police Station’s Custody Suite which had very limited space and security on site was obviously very high. Woking Police Station supplied a list of the shots required, the script and the actors, actual members of the SAAVS played their own roles. The film was shown at the February club meeting. It was a very successful project for the club and the film will be shown for training purposes around the country by the police.

In the March club meeting we are very pleased to have a return visit from David Fairhead a very talented film editor. David has been making a film about Spitfires and will be discussing and answering questions about behind the scenes and clips from his completed film which will be released in April.

If you are interested in film making we always welcome new members. You can find out more about us by visiting our website or email .We meet on the first Friday of the month at St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ there is plenty of parking and your first visit is free.

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Annual General Meeting


The AGM (Annual General Meeting) of Surrey Border Movie Makers took place on Friday 6th February. As the Chairman is only allowed to stand for 3 years, Mike Sanders stood down and John Mills was voted in as the new Chairman. After the various reports were read and the committee was voted in the AGM was closed.

During the second half of the evening Peter Matthews demonstrated the quality of footage that could be filmed on the latest Apple iphone 6+ and how easy it is to edit. However, at the moment the majority of members still prefer the traditional way of filming and editing using a camera and editing suite.

The club is looking forward to another busy and active year with members creating short films for the Edit Exercise in April, followed by groups getting together for an evening of film making fun with the annual Film in an Evening competition in May.

Surrey Border Movie Makers meet on the first Friday of each month to watch and discuss films, to plan club filming activities, and also to run other events such as competitions. On 6th February is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by Peter Matthews giving a talk on how to film and edit using the latest smartphone, with some examples.

Meetings start at 7.45pm and are held at the St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8DJ. There is ample free off street parking and your first visit is free. If you have an interest in joining please email:   or look at the club website:

Annual Club Competition

Surrey Border Movie Makers held their annual club competition on 5th December.  The competition is held at the end of each year and the films are judged using external judges.    This year the judges came from Circle 8, a film making club based in Guildford.  Terence Patrick, Dawn Owers and Malcolm Bridger viewed the films and had to make the difficult decisions of who received which trophy.

There were twelve entries from members, both new and experienced.  The judges praised the high standard of the content of the films and the technical ability of the film makers.  New member Ollie McCoy-Page won the Best Holiday and Best Photography trophies for The Beauty of Scotland and the First Time Winner trophy as well as Best Overall for World War I, 100th Anniversary.   Other awards: Murphy’s Law  made by father and son members Marc and Elliot Stanley gained a Commended Certificate, Round Trip With Dave won Best Camerawork, the animated film Big Bang created by Neil Cryer won the Best Creative Shield, Oakleaf a promotional film made by Steve Michell about the mental health charity won Best Documentary and Best Editing.   Finally a second film about World War I, 100th anniversary this time created by Gordon Sutton won the Best Use of Sound trophy.

On Sunday 8th the club held their Christmas lunch at the Farnham House Hotel, at which Brian O’Connell, Peter Frost and Colin Lewis entertained members with an impromptu Christmas rendition of “Merry Christmas Everybody” by Slade.

Surrey Border Movie Makers meet on the first Friday of each month.  Please note the first meeting in 2015 will be Friday 9th January.  We are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners.  We share a love of making films which we do to the best of our ability.  Interested to see what we do?  Visit our website:   We meet at the St. Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ.  There is plenty of parking.  Your first visit is free.  Contact:


January Meeting 2015

Surrey Border Movie Makers held their 1st meeting of 2015 on 9th January. The evening featured several films made at Kempton Steam Museum ( during one of their ‘steaming’ weekends in October. Our retiring Vice Chairman, Peter Matthews was one of the founders of the Kempton Great Engines Trust and has been involved in the restoration of one of these ‘triple’ engines which stands at 62’ high, (19 metres). Over the years the museum building has been a location for: Titanic, Poirot, The Golden Compass and television series such as The Bill and Midsomer Murders, so it was fitting that he invited club members to get involved with Kempton’s Film making weekend. Brian O’Connell became writer, director and played the Dictator in his film “Dance with Me” a zombie music video featuring Vince Barnes and his group “Zero Gravity.” Kathy Butcher showed her film “The Making of…” This was a first for Kathy who shot and edited the film herself. Several other Kempton themed films were shown by Peter Frost, Vic Stroud and Colin Lewis.

During the second half of the evening members were entertained by a comedy “Timing” made by the Pioneers film making group; followed by a documentary on a company in Aldershot that reproduces wings for rebuilding Spitfires, yes, people are still finding, buying and restoring them. The evening ended with a drama called “Petals” written and directed by Brian O’Connell and filmed in and around London.

Surrey Border Movie Makers meet on the first Friday of each month to watch and discuss films, to plan club filming activities, and also to run other events such as competitions. On 6th February is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by Peter Matthews giving a talk on how to film and edit using the latest smartphone, with some examples.

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