Recently, someone stated that on their recent visits to us there is usually at the start of the meeting an announcement that there is a problem. Well, any problems we have had that he is referring to are nothing to some of the legendary problems in the past. Having said that, there were two earlier in the year. So what have some of these problems been? Well, the mundane ones have been on the level of guest speakers who have not been available after they have been booked, and an emergency programme has been quickly arranged. But let us examine some less mundane ones. I shall write in a quick sentence format.
The 2008 Triangle Competition.
We were hosts. Delay in starting to a major road/traffic situation.
Some time left after a 2008 club competition. I gave video projectionist a DVD which explained how missing sound tracks have been recreated from amateur tape recordings. Just before the best and most interesting part about how Patrick Troughton posthumously recreates lines by technical jiggery-pokery is explained, there is a power cut in our part of town. Meeting ended early.
16mm. or bust.
Our Gadebridge Hall era. Member John P proud of his 16mm projector. Member/Chairman Norman C helps carry it in. Norman C drops it on floor. John P not happy. Decision to check damage and test projector's lamp house. Norman C whilst handing John P bulb drops that also. John P even more unhappy.
Epic sponsored documentary completed. Items placed on wall near Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre. Items loaded into car. Car drives away. Realisation that the last reel of epic left on wall. Car quickly returns. No film. Club organises search that Sunday. Plenty of fast food containers found in shrubbery, but no film. Local press and radio contacted. Reward offered. Person contacts club. We pay reward and acquire back film safe and sound.
Where There's Smoke.
Film Club competition at Gadebridge Hall. Judge from Finchley Cine Society arrives. Brian and Mary to pick up judge from Watford Cine Society at Hemel Hempstead railway station. Speculation of where is judge? Watford judge arrives by bus. No Brian or Mary. David Harrington leaves to investigate. David gone for long while. Eventually returns.
He announces that Brian and Mary won't be coming as roof of their house on fire. Those present stunned by news. David continues by assuring us not to worry as Brian Harris has captured event on film. Brian uses footage to make a comedy film. Meantime, we join IAC. Enter film WHERE THERE'S SMOKE with THE LAST HOUSE and BALLOON FIESTA in IAC competition. Film premiered at first round in Norwich. Caught in severe blizzard on way back. Third and final round of competition we win trophy.
Note. First time we had entered this event.
Two members of club engaged. Club production of wedding to be made and given to couple as present. John Pewsey assigned lighting man. Lights plugged in at Chipperfield Church. John Pewsey received electric shock. Rushed to hospital. Recovered O.K.
David Harrington whilst filming, knocked by galloping horse with rider, at Redbourn. Query: Did rider do this deliberately? Or was it an accident?
Alan French (me) slipped on mud whilst recording sound for DACORUM CRUISEWAY. Rolled down outer bank of reservoir clinging for dear life to battered cassette recorder. Fortunately, not inner bank, therefore did not go in water.
Cheese and Wine Film Show at Potten End.
Edge of screen started to peel away at one of these. Mike Quinlan fixed problem during projection of film
The Might of Hercules.
An animated film epic I worked hard on. When shown at club competetion, film cement splices came apart. Film withdrawn from competetion.
Judges gave views of Covent Garden Part One and Part Two. Normally placid me took exception to comments and told judges what I thought of them.
Two members from another club invited to be judges. Next day secretary and fellow judge 'phoned our treasurer to apologise for comments made by his fellow judge and chairman.
Friendly competition between us and Aylesbury Cine Society. One of our film entries, FISHY TAILS, instead of usual THE END caption, has FIN. Judge criticised film for having English titles at front and a foreign caption on completion. His wife, also a judge, together with competing club, had to explain joke. Scoring declared Aylesbury, winner. Later learned from Aylesbury, marks added incorrectly,possibly because of this, and Hemel Hempstead winners.
Me running out of time on library's computer just before I end this blog. Quickly acquired extra time. So if you do not like, blame librarian for giving me extra time.
© Alan French