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February 2016

Come and See and Do and Share!

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Club night - 8pm Wednesday 24 February at the Doherty Centre, 7 Victor St., Chatswood NSW 2067.
Enrollment Night, bring your wallet as you will need to be financial by end of the February meeting.



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Through the president’s lens

Rob Nercessian - President

January meeting was a good start to the year with some 6 new members signing up for what is promising to be another great year. We welcome GIGI, Frank (who already does a fair bit of filming), Bigitta (President of the Swedish club), Jenny, Martin, Scott and more. You will enjoy their company this Wednesday!  
New committee member:
If you weren’t here last month then you missed Eddie Hanham interviewing Napoleon. That was his idea, not mine! But that’s show biz. Eddie is a funny guy and he will be our MC for the entire year.
Come and help me induct Eddie as he becomes an official SVM committee member.
Winners of our prize announcement:
I’d like to congratulate Martin Moroney (Sydney's Premier Marriage Celebrant) and Frank Brus for winning a full year subscription (each) to Australian Videocamera - Australia’s popular Video magazine.
Thank you to our dear friend the editor and publisher David Hague of this fine video-centric donation to SVM. I recommend subscription to Australia’s only Video mag.
More exciting Speakers!
Every club night this year will start with a short film, together with it’s producer. Our members enjoyed the film I presented last month about a guy who keeps falling in love with every girl he meets. I am not going to always tell you what’s on, but if you know me from previous years you know that every club night will be a floor show! Informative and entertaining. So be there !
Our guest this club night will be Andrew Vial
Andrew is an Australian filmmaker/producer who has won over 100 International Awards from more than 30 film and television programs.Andrew Vial
  • A lifetime involvement in cinema production, distribution, and exhibition.
  • Producer of films in every continent except South America.
  • Former television news and current affairs reporter/presenter.
  • Expert organiser of film events-Bathurst Adventure/Sport (Australia) and Jury member in International festivals such as Bratislava (Slovak Rep), Kish (Iran), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Indigenous (Nepal), Jaipur (India) and Latvia.
  • Film Industry educator - National Film School (UK), University Of Technology (Australia), North Sydney TAFE Film And TV School (NSW).
  • Head Delegate and Board Member of travelling Asia Pacific Film Festival for the past 12 years.
  • Prominent speaker in Parliament House forums (Australia).
  • Australian leader in international Independent co-productions across the whole screen spectrum – multimedia, film, television, social media, and cross platform promotions.
  • Advisor to many countries and Governments on film and culture policies.
So Come and share Andrew’s Journey at our Club.
A new SVM feature
How would you like to film a real Medieval war? Complete with Viking battles, Jousting, Medievil feast, Birds of prey exhibitions!

More about that later…
 Your turn to capture great videos without the stress of competitions!
This year I will be encouraging you to use your camera a lot more as the committee has decided that 2016 will be the most HANDS-ON year we have ever had in the history of the club!
To that end, I hijacked Scottie’s “Focus night” a couple of weeks ago precisely for the purposes of finding out what you would like to do YOURSELF this year.
I am glad that we took time to ask you as I got a prompt reply from 3 of our lady members, namely Anne, Beryl and Lee who wanted to have more “Video-outings”, just a leisurely outdoor filming day of various activities around our fair city, be they famous Gardens, Harbour ships, Beaches etc., After all, we do have an amazing city that Hollywood can’t get enough of.
These ladies told us that not everyone wants to take part in fierce competition battles that we are famous for. So if you want to enjoy a leisurely filming, get to know your Video Camera then sign up for this new “regular” activity.
I have already assigned two good people to lead this activity and mentor you, They are:
  • Chris Kembessos, well-known photographer (and Engineer) will organise the Film outings. Chris will talk briefly about his plans for you this Wednesday, so come and sign up for this casual event (free to membership) and see where he is going to take us this year. He has already indicated a couple amazing events that you can film, - One of them is the St Ives Medieval Faire - September &25th.
See for yourself:

You will then show us a bit of your Viking war film at our club!
The other amazing club member who will be leading us to the “film outings” is Clare who takes wonderful videos that you have come to love and enjoy. Clare was the one who suggested this type of activity to me last year as she has a habit of taking her Panasonic GH2 camera to nature, putting music to it later and make a magical montage.
Clare has accompanied me to many “Vivid Sydney” light shows and films at night, She will run another Vivid this year, As well as a trip to the zoo (With Chris) so here is your chance to get involved in activities that YOU ASKED FOR. (Vivid runs May 22 to June the 8th)

You will then show us a bit of your Film at the club.

By the way, Clare will screen a couple of her films this club night.

The only thing left for you to do is to come up with a name for this useful activity on our next club night (this Wednesday).
Focus night:
Scotty had prepared a good focus night (Feb) but I pulled rank on him and took valuable time away from his program to do that all important survey (Sorry Scotty!). But he promises to make the next one count!  (see his plan bellow).

Three of you did bring Cameras to the club but we ran out of time, But please keep participating and tell us if we forget or under- perform as this is your club !
Remember: I want to see your ONE MINUTE FILM at the next focus night. Just grab you Camera now, and film anything you like. It’s start to see how you did… getting started the hardest thing, but you will be surprised how easy it really is.
Our Bill for the Dougherty centre has arrived, and I have advised the committee to catch (Existing) members for Non-payment of account. If the SVM Police catch you after March will have to pay a $20 fine and lose 3 demerit points (unless you produce a medical certificate) J
Basically you are the club. And if you want to see us provide you with informative, fun programs that you identify with, then please support SVM, If your support drops then the club will be forced to take a different direction to stay alive.
You can also pay by Bank Transfer via internet or visit your bank. Remit the membership fee ($70 for single membership) to:
  • Sydney Video Makers Club
  • BSB: 032 - 090
  • Account: 390 845
Don’t be selfish!
With so much on offer at Sydney Video makers It would be great if more people took advantage of the amazing production that this committee produces twice a month. Last month I requested that each member bring in a new potential member. Have you promoted SVM to your friends? Can you think of anyone who might learn/ enjoy this incredible variety of activities?
There is no reason why a member can’t make a generous donation to the club if they so wish, this can only augment our beloved club.
Bill Congdon, a keen member, suggested that if we boost revenue (via additional membership or donations, etc.we would be able to provide members with even more enjoyable activities. He suggests hiring a double decker (London Bus) and film Sydney from the upper deck. so show us your money!
New equipment:
Since we signed up a few new members in January we have decided to purchase a new 7” Monitor for member’s use. Unfortunately as there was no stock, we will have to wait a while for the arrival of this item! Once we have it, Paul Szilard VP/Asset Manager, will demonstrate it at the next Club Night.
Please turn up this Wednesday (or call me if you can’t) as I will be assigning team leaders, and members into teams as we announce the theme for the next competition.
Please submit your Feb Competition film this Wednesday, It will be screened before we send it to the Judges. Winners will be announced in March
The Special General Meeting
I have called for a Special General meeting in March to affect constitutional changes and amendments. These announcements will be made this club night and you will find them interesting.
Please attend to hear them (second half) in which various motions will be presented for your consideration and to be voted on at our March meeting.

Thank you for your support everyone

Rob Nercessian
Club president, 2016

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Tech Spot

Paul Szilard

If you want to have background, low level music while you have a voice over talking track, a good trick is to use a wide filter on the music to slightly lower the frequencies that are used by the speech track. This is typically
  • 200Hz to 3,000Hz for male voice
  • 400Hz to 4,000Hz for female voice
Set the range between the above frequencies to about -10dB compared to the rest, on the music track, and the overall music to about -12dB. Experiment a little to see what works best for you. 

Using this technique, you can make the speech audible without needing to crush the music excessively! This technique is in widespread use in commercial media and film production.

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<Members only> Club assets that are available to loan to members


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. "Skate board" dolly

Loan Procedures

  • Club assets can be borrowed by club members that are financial, for club related shooting.
  • To book any items, please contact the Asset Manager and check availability.
  • 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.


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

Paul Szilard
SVMC Vice President
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