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.