Film in an Evening 2023

The Film in an Evening 2023

In keeping with current trends, ‘Evening’ has now been redefined to mean ‘Month, or Even Longer”

To avoid confusion, we shall continue to refer to ‘Film in an Evening’ or FIAE, even though they are actually Videos, and not Films.

This years ‘Film in an Evening’ was held in July 2023.
There were 3 entries:

 “The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch” by The Oddbods
“The Despair Workshop” by The Weyfarers
“Mrs Symms’ Royal Affair” by the Pioneers

Oddbods 2023 - 'The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch'

The Oddbods in 2023 were Gillian Gatland, Jo Jones, Peter Stratford, Jim Reed, Jack Visser, Dave Skertchly, Ric Swift and Mike Sanders.

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The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch by the Oddbods

The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch reflects the change in popularity of the 300 year old British seaside tradition of the Punch and Judy show.

We follow the poignant story of Mr Punch and the Professor, as we capture the changes that occur in their lives as a result of popular opinion and modern day thinking.

Much of the film was shot on location….

Oddbods 2023 - "The Making of...The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch''

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The Making of...'The Fall and Rise of Mr Punch'

The ‘Making off…’ gives an insight into how we utilised green-screen technology for much of the video. Many of the scenes were shot inside a club members house.

That saved a massive amount of time travelling to different locations and the cost of hire of premises or purchase of equipment.

The saving in fuel alone must mean that the OddBods are well on the way to saving the planet!

Pioneers 2023 - Mrs Symms' Royal Affair

The Pioneers in 2023 were Philip Morley, Tim Stannard, Michael Young, David Kershaw and Colin Lewis, with guest actress Debbie Groves playing the part of Mrs Symms.

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"Mrs Symms Royal Affair" by the Pioneers

A clever plot showing that the most vulnerable people are capable of beating those who set out to profit from their ultimate demise.

The story opens with streetwise house clearance guys sifting the belongings of an old lady destined to finish her days in a care home.

Happening upon what looks like along lost masterpiece they set about making a huge profit…

The Making of...Mrs Symms' Royal Affair

“There was no shortage of good fun had by all… A truly Club Film”.

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"Making Of...Mrs Symms' Royal Affair" by the Pioneers

The ‘Making of’ … expertly filmed and edited by team member Colin Lewis shows how the complex plot was carefully honed to ensure the final twist was not evident.

It was very much a case of everyone being the Director which made for many takes before the subject matter was acceptable to all.  In one scene, just 2 minutes of film took 6 hours to film and many more to edit. 

Weyfarers 2023 - 'The Despair Workshop'

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"The Despair Workshop" by The Weyfarers

The Weyfarers had three script ideas at their first meeting but a comedy was preferred and The Despair Workshop, based on the BBC’s highly successful programme, The Repair Shop, was born.

It benefited from Deepa Craig having an ideal building in her garden that would make a good location; a large, stylish shed used as an Art Room.  

Each of six members had a role with