Firstly, our name was orginally Hemel Hempstead Cine Society. There had been a suggestion to change our name for a few years. But to no avail. But eventually, we did during 1987, due to cine getting less, and video getting more.
At the time of joining, the main argument was: is Super 8 better than Standard 8? Today it is, are DVDs better than USB, or any other technical methods regarding the video scene? We even have facilities to show some of our productions on the internet.
But sadly, a number of movie-making clubs are becoming a shadow of their former selves, and even more sadly, packing up. Even HACCA is in jeopardy. Hopefully, it will survive. Some people have speculated whether our club will last. But pleasingly, we still manage to plod along.
Oddly enough, this is not exclusive to movie-making. A number of clubs and societies seem to be in the same boat.
But on the brighter side, we have achieved a lot in my half century as a member. And some people have held us in some reverence. Hopefully, they still do after they see our movies. OK, some productions might be better than others, but good, or not-so-good, we are still keeping the art of movie-making alive.
Nor are our productions the only example of the changing methods of presentation. Guess what else? Our magazine aka newsletter aka year book. Now it is a website.
So who knows? Who will be writing the equivalent of my blog-spot in fifty years time? Interesting thought!
Useless Information: Out of those who attend regularly, only one member has been in the club longer than me. Who is it? David Harrington (in the photo below, front row: right-hand end; I am second from the left of the front row) (plus one of our honorary members, Keith McKnight).