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Sydney Video Makers club newsletter

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7pm  start: Doherty Centrre, 7 Victor St., Chatswood

Throught the President's Lens

Rob Nercessian - President

January Guest Speaker

We will have guest speakers starting this Wednesday with one of our younger members Tony Yang.

Tony is a a great guy, experienced film maker in documentary and drama. He will show us a bit of both before he jets off to the Himalayan mountains for filming with his trusty GH4 and drone.

Club Membership

2017 fees:
You asked for more chat time so we now hire the clubhouse from 7PM so please turn up earlier to enjoy the social aspect, do team talk rather than stay on late at night.

This Wednesday is our registration day, our new treasurer Lee will be at the Club from 7 pm to handle re-registration and new memberships:

This year you will be issued with SVM name tags to make it easier to forge closer friendships.
  • Annual membership = $80 
  • Country membership = $40
  • Family Membership= $100
Student discounts will be at the president’s discretion.
Late-payment penalty still applies for existing members who pay after FEB.
You can now pay your membership on line now (to save time on the night) using SVM’s official bank account.
BSB: 032090  Account: 390 845
Put your name in the comment field when paying.

Here are some membership benefits
  1. High value external speakers (last year we had 9)
  2. Learning opportunities at no extra cost (consider a weekend's training can be $700)
  3. Video making teams - practice different roles and learn
  4. Free equipment borrowing for club shoots
  5. Networking/socialising with people of similar interests

2017 committee

Committee Members for 2017
  1. Rob Nercessian  -  President / Asset Manager / Membership officer
  2. Eddie Hanham - Vice president
  3. Kent Fry  -  Club Secretary / Public Officer
  4. Gianocarlo Lee  -  Treasurer / AV manager
  5. Paul Szilard - Magazine Editor / Web Master / Technology Officer
  6. John Tsioulos  -  Competition manager
  7. Stuart Plant -  Maintenance & Location Manager
  8. Douglas Silvester - Publicity Officer


After this month (January 2017) this club newsletter will only be sent to Financial Members.

Our club is well known for having fun above all else.. and I made sure that this important aspect is maintained for 2017.

To this end, we have made a number of improvements this year which will simplify and make our club more fun than ever before.

This week’s club night is a very important
  • It’s our official registration day, Your support for this unique club is vital.
  • You will discover much more about the amazing changes that the committee has carefully planned to make club nights more fun such as:

 Competition Changes

  1. Regular club competitions will be judged in-house by your peers, ON THE NIGHT!
  2. External judges will only be used for the end of year competition (VOTY), this will make film making less formal, more relaxed, therefore more exciting
  3. Each film maker will be able to talk about ‘how, why’ and answer questions from the floor.
  4. No longer must you wait a month to find out who won!
  5. Competitions will run at 2 monthly intervals, March, May, July, September. The themes will be announced by John this Wed.
This will also eliminate the, often erroneous, or less than accurate judge’s results that invariably caused controversies and upset some of our valued members.
From now on you will submit your film, watch it, discuss it and have your peers evaluate it.
Our new comp. manager John will say more about it at the club night.
The second reason for attending this week is to inform you of the upcoming changes we have planed for 2017 including our club name change.
You remember me telling you that I truly want the club to be shaped by it’s membership, rather than any one person’s opinion (including the president’s),  this is true democracy in action. To that end I called for a discussion last November (focus), the results of which were collated by Douglas on behalf of the Committee. You suggested the name “Video” be gone and replaced with the more contemporary word film. This will be in line with world expectations.

We did such a similar change in 2008 when I argued to replace the original (Camcorder club) name with the current “SVM”.
The use of the name “Video” was acceptable 10 years ago.. But we are now in 2017.. The members win.
Naturally, such changes will require a formal treatment but I can already see that our brand new committee is eager to inject a fresh approach to our beloved club.
Remember, You can take an active role at any stage to help out as I can think of many aspects that stretches the committee’s personal time to the limit, You too can enjoy giving some. Talk to me.

See you this Wednesday.

Rob Nercessian
Club President

from the Editor

Book Review

I came across a really useful and inexpensive book, which is available both in hard copy (called PAPER!) and Kindle versions. I always go for the Kindle, that way I can have it on my phone and iPad.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly-- whether you read it cover to cover or just skim a few chapters.  It's about the language of video. How to think like a director, regardless of equipment (amateurs think about the camera, pros think about communication).  It's about the rules developed over a century of movie-making--which work just as well when shooting a two-year-old's birthday party. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of Two Weeks (2007), plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of commercials, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. How to shoot video people will want to watch.

Here's how to think in shots--how to move-point-shoot-stop-repeat, instead of planting yourself in one spot and pressing "Record" for five minutes. Why never to shoot until you see the whites of your subject's eyes. Why to "zoom" with your feet and not the lens. How to create intrigue on camera. The book covers the basics of video production: framing, lighting, sound (use an external mic), editing, special effects (turn them off!), and gives advice on shooting a variety of specific situations: sporting events, parties and family gatherings, graduations and performances. Plus, how to make instructional and promotional videos, how to make a music video, how to capture stunts, and much more. At the end of every chapter is a suggestion of how to immediately put what you learned into practice, so the next time you're shooting you'll have begun to master the skill. Accompanying the book is a website with video clips to illustrate different video production rules, techniques, and situations.

I have found this book easy to read and very helpful. I can recommend it without reservations.


4 Sale or Wanted

If you have an item to sell, or want to place "Wanted" advert, then contact email the Editor.
Buy and Sell Protocol
Financial members may use this section of the EE to detail information about second hand photographic/video equipment which they wish to dispose of.
This allows other Members to be advised of the opportunity.
The Club is not involved in or have any responsibility for any such sales.
Commercial representation
Direct or indirect commercial representation of new products by members is not permitted in this EE or during Club Activities.
Articles of relevant general interest about new products are allowed in EE.

Place Your Ad?

If you are a (financial) Club Member, then send the following information to the Editor.
  • 4Sale or Wanted (which?)
  • Contact: Your name
  • Item: Summary
  • Price: Asking price
  • Options: If any
  • Description: Any details, with photos and links


Club assets that are available for loan to financial members

Big THANKS to Kent Fry for

We have a change of the Asset Manager. This role is passed from Paul Szilard to Rob Nercessian.

Loan Procedures

  • Club assets can be borrowed by club members that are financial, for club related shooting only.
  • To check availability please take a look at the Assets Calendar before applying for a loan
  • To book any items, please contact the Asset Manager and check availability. Note, until you receive confirmation, you should not assume that the equipment will be available for your dates, so to avoid disappointment, do not schedule your event.
  • The borrowing member is responsible for returning the items in the same condition they were in when borrowed. Damage or loss are the responsibility of the borrower.

Audio Kit 1

  1. RODE NTG2 shotgun mic, with RODE Boom Pole and noise breaking "Blimp"
  2. RODE FilmMaker radio mic (Lavalier)
  3. Audio Pre-Amp
  4. Carry Bag

Audio Kit 2

  1. RODE NTG2 shotgun mic, with RODE Boom Pole and noise breaking "Blimp"
  2. RODE FilmMaker radio mic (Lavalier)
  3. Audio Pre-Amp
  4. Carry Bag

Lighting Equipment

Items available separately
  1. LED light panel with mains PSU and stand
  2. LED light panel with mains PSU and stand (2nd unit)
  3. Dedo Halogen 150W focusable spot light, mains powered

Miscellaneous Items

  1. Camera Crane (aka JIB) with stand
  2. 7" LCD LED Field Monitor (HDMI)


See you at the meeting - and email me your thoughts!

Paul Szilard
SVMC Vice President
Comp & Asset Manager | EE Editor | Dog's Body

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