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  • Writer's pictureGlenn

Welcome and May the 4th be with you!

We had 18 in attendance and what has to be close to a record haul of 17 short movies to watch. Talk about a bumper evening! For those who missed out on the meeting (David, you missed out on a L-O-T!), they're linked in the blog, thanks to Paul, our https://www.bmm.org.au/ web site guru.

Reminder: AGM on 1 June 2023 at 7:30pm~8:00pm at the IndroHall

The nomination forms have been circulated to club members to nominate for a position on the Committee if they are interested, and if they would like to participate in the running of BMM. The committee meets about once a month and handles the day to day running of BMM.

UGG Judging

The Secretary will develop a simplified judging form to add objectivity to the process which he will circulate to members for feedback.

You are Not Alone - Project

A very special evening will be happening soon at the Elizabeth St Theatre (where the BMM Awards were shown). Hosted by our own Punny President Pete, it will present his special film that includes 13 interviews with people who struggle with mental health. This is a subject close to Peter's heart and is a labour of love. I am told that as 58 out of 60 seats in the Harp Room have been sold, Peter has upgraded to the Tara room which seats 130. It's being held during Men's Health Week in June 15th, and it is being held in lieu of a general club meeting night at the IndroHall. If you want to, you can have a meal beforehand at the Thai restaurant next door. If not, gather at about 6:45pm at the bar in the theatre for a 7:30pm premiere kick off! If you haven't bought your tickets, they are available for $12.50 each at https://trybooking.com

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Peter looks forward to welcoming you to the event - you will all be his honoured guests and the night will run a bit differently to a normal cinema event, with guest speakers and a harpist.

Mobile (phone) Movies

This was the theme of the meeting night. Members had been tasked a several months ago to shoot a movie on their mobile device. The following stunning creations were the results:

Twin Falls Nature Walk

For those that missed it in their calendar (namely Murray ha ha!), we got to watch two short productions taken by Glenn and Paul of their recent visit to Twin Falls Springbrook. Paul tells me that it was about a two hour leisurely walk to and from the falls, where they spent just as much time exploring the caves, precipices, vistas, falls and rockpools. They shot only on iPhones and gimbals. Glenn beautifully narrated his Twin Falls - an Incredible Short Walk to enhance his production whilst Paul chose an audio only approach to let the images and ambient sound do the talking. Both featured stunning imagery captured on their mobile phones. The optics and 4K resolution has come a long way from the 240p and 360p days of the first mobile phone cameras.

Doggy Day Out

Nigel showed his humourous take of his canine on a mission using only a selfie-stick and an iPhone to create a POV movie. He also demonstrated (briefly) that iPhones are water proof! Apple's iPhone 13 and 14 are both rated IP68, meaning you can submerge them in water up to 6 meters for a period of 30 minutes. If doing so in sea water, it's recommended to give your phone a rinse in fresh water afterwards to remove any sand and salt crystals.

Deluge

Deluge was shot during the heavy rains in January 2023 by Peter Wetter Man. The footage was taken of the flooded park literally at his door step. Thankfully the water levels did not rise and reach his home.

Grand kids boxing day punch and The Grand kids - 7 of the best

Peter showed us two short movies that incorporated video footage and photos to create a montage set to music of his beloved grand kids

Peta's Possum Baby

Peter video documented a short visit in his pergola of a possum and it's charming baby, which Peter named Peta.

Ty Meditation

Peter experimented using a gimbal and an iPhone to record a soothing and calming meditation of his good friend, Ty.

Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man was one of Peter's first short films, shot entirely on an iPhone 14 Pro (before it became a thing), featuring our own David and Jenn as cast. Its cinematic mode offers stunning bokeh and built-in stabilisation

Sunnybank Men's Shed with John Paul Young

Peter shot footage on the inner goings on of the Sunnybank Men's Shed. It features an original sound track and our very own Paul manning the tools

Early Morning

This short video documented one of Peter's early morning bush walks hidden in his local area. Despite falling into a hole, he soldiered on to capture lovely footage of his local flora and fauna.

8 PRO Smartphone Filmmaking Tips For Beginners

In keeping with the mobile theme, Peter rounded off the theme of the evening with a YouTube video offering 8 Pro Smartphone film making tips for beginners. Definitely worth a watch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAhA3RBEZfA

Members Movies

Same Way

Ross showed us two of his recent productions, a music video titled Same Way which was shot in his studio, followed by an interview featuring its budding music artist, Deon Powter. I think both Ross and Deon enjoyed the interview very much.

UGG 2.0 - The Loved One

Ever the one wanting to improve, Murray re-edited The Loved One which he had submitted for the recent UGG competition. He had taken on board the comments made by judge Justin and improved it. Watch it and see his improvements.

Upcoming events

For those that have not spotted it on our website yet, we do have an events calendar, driven by our Glenn. You will need to scroll down to the events section on our page https://www.bmm.org.au/, if not, here's a summary of what's coming up:

13 May, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Drone for beginners in Carindale, Bedivere St, Carindale QLD 4152, Australia

27 May, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Drone Nature shoot at the Logan Reserve, Logan Reserve QLD 4133, Australia

10 June, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Gimbal shoot. Brisbane City, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

11 June, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. BMM promotional table at Brisbane Photographic Festival. South Brisbane, 23 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

15 June, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. You Are Not Alone. 175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

23 July, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Mobile phone shoot. Bulimba ferry terminal , Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171, Australia

If you are interested in attending, you best reach out to Glenn to organise the finer details such as the meeting point, equipment and anything else you may need such as insect repellant or a hat.

Glenn then showed the results of a recent event he hosted, The BMM Gimbal Challenge and its result, the Experimenting with Gimbals POV, featuring our own Paul and Murray as subjects and trainees

Next Club Meeting (15 May) at IndroHall

There will be a committee meeting followed by a general club meeting at IndroHall, which will feature 3 workshops on lighting (Murray), colour grading your footage to make it pop (Nigel) and sound sources/FX (Peter)

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