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Throught the President's Lens

Rob Nercessian - President

This Wednesday’s club meeting is the most important one for the year and we’d like you to turn up and be part of the three programs.
  1. First you will meet David Ireland who is Australia’s foremost nature & wildlife videographer.
  2. We will keep the tea-break short as everyone wants to watch their own competition films . We will screen the 1 minute Red. Then the 5 minute drama..
 Teams please invite your external actors to pop in as our guests (ensure that actors don’t pay)
  1. Then the AGM will kick in as I declare the entire committee positions vacant, hand the control over to Eddie Hanham who will chair our Annual general meeting.
This is your opportunity to join the committee, or even take a secondary role as a club helper without the need to attend the committee meetings.
As all positions will be vacant during the election of the office bearers you can apply for any yourself.. or nominate someone else... You may even challenge the nominated president..I will not hold that against you
We want you !  As you will see bellow being in the committee is very exciting… the number of improvements  and solutions is simply outstanding given that most of the changes were implemented in the 1st 4 months of the year.
So be part of this dynamic committee and help us identify and fix any issues that may crop up next year.
 And if you do get elected this week you won’t do anything until Jan 2017.
Please call me if you need further information on how you can be part of the ‘Engine room’.
Each year committees brought something useful to SVM, this year we went a bit overboard, see how we went:  
  • This year we increased the hands-on aspect by developing 6 functioning filming crews. 
  • Gave out prizes to encourage visitors to join us (3 Auscam Video magazine subscriptions)
  • More members, mostly active film makers.
  • Following comments from some members we introduced a rule prohibiting anyone selling commercial items to our members. Commercialisation is now is now totally banned.
We just want to make films in peace.
Conversely, SVM now accepts donations and sponsorships.
  • In January we introduced a strict registration cut-of date to help ex-members consider supporting the club that has given them years of joy. SVM is a high-value establishment therefore penalties for late membership payment are justified for those who make it difficult for our treasurer to balance the books.
  • We made it easy for the teams to make a film by providing experienced actors not just to one team but for all. This will continue in 2017 including the provision of scripts for those who want it.
  • We also micro-managed  team sizes and abilities (try to) so that everyone has an equal chance of making a good films. Ignoring this aspect invariably leads to disbanding.
  • Vivid participation in Chatswood gave us a freezing cold activity, but was enjoyable.
  • We purchased an LCD monitor for the teams ,  A zoom H6 is on our wish-list for next year (funds permitting)
  • We increased the number of guest speakers for your enjoyment, This year alone we had Nine generous experts in as many months, So thank you to:
Andrew Vial,Doug Suiter, Sheena and Adam,Margaret McHugh,Dion Wilton, Phil Burnham,Lilyana Millutin, David Ireland and Angela Blake.

Last night one team’s Camera ran out of battery power in the middle of filming at a remote out door location.  A smart phone was used to finish filming the last two scenes.
You will see that 50/50 film this Wednesdays!

Angela will bring some of the filmmakers who participated in her Smart Phone film festival to show us how it’s done..  You will see her presentation next month.
Next year we will dedicate one comp to be filmed exclusively on a Telephone !
  • I’d like to thank Scotty and Paul for providing our focus night lectures, Paul has always been a generous VP giving up his time, even after hours, to show new members tips and tricks.. Something that encourages people to hang around the club.
Last focus night I gave a focus-lecture on editing using Sony Vegas pro 13.. A new version is out which handles pro-res compression natively which makes it comparable to FC pro.
  • We are delighted that so many talented film makers have joined our club this year, they bring much needed skills and a few of them will be giving us talks. They include Joel, Lee, Rene.
  • Some of the members already initiated new social media platforms for the club. People like Joel Vogler and Lee Gianocarlo who are dedicated SVM members.  Thank you guys.
  • A Special thank you to Graham Sanity who donated some lights to the club. Graham is a  sweet man. We wish Graham the best of health.
  • Two of our members will receive Life-member award for services rendered to the club at the AGM, you may have heard me mention it on that stormy August night 
  • Our financial report for the year will be on display at the AGM, Please read it on the notice board prior to the start of AGM. Thank you Margaret Tulloh.
So in just 4 months we have all pulled together and laid the ground work for an even bigger club next year.  This amazing effort by our entire membership was not lost on our guest visitors or the 10 or so actors that made our films dynamic, I am looking forward to attracting many more people in 2017, and you can help by simply being there.
All of our guest speakers this year have told us that they love our club and haven’t seen anything like it in terms of energy and viability as:
  a) You can chose to just sit and watch others work like Tarantino.
  b) We have the widest age differential of any club in the country as our newest member is just 18, our oldest 90! But somehow it works.
Finally let’s say thank you to the other committee members Stuart , Eddie, Scotty, and Paul.
Also Phil Brighton, Lee and Barry Crisp (making tea) and anyone else who helped with the functionality of the meetings.

VOTY 2016 :

Please bring some cash and buy your Video of the year tickets this club night.
VOTY Tickets are just $20 if purchased by October the 27th and $25 thereafter
This year it will be held at our regular club at 7 Victor St Chatswood.
It will have: Team entries + individual entries + inter-club films and more. 

Rob Nercessian
Club President

Club Meeting Wed 28 September

7:45pm for 8pm start: Doherty Centrre, 7 Victor St., Chatswood

Visiting speaker, David Ireland will provide insites into making wildlife videos.

David Ireland has hand fed bull sharks, filmed inside the jaws of a saltwater crocodile, looked into the black eyes of a great white shark and felt the breath of a lion devouring a wildebeest. In working with the most dangerous animals on the planet, he’s contracted double pneumonia and dengue fever, had his back broken by a whale and his ribs shattered by a wild boar.

This wildlife expert and filmmaker has been bringing nature into people’s lounge rooms for over thirty years. He knows his animals inside out, and they, in turn, have helped him to understand human nature, sense danger and trust his instincts. The Wildlife Man, who has stared down a charging elephant, stopping it in its tracks, is a far cry from the sickly asthmatic kid who suffered at the hands of schoolyard bullies.

This is an edge-of-your seat adventure. It’s one man’s story of how he learnt to live by the law of the jungle: those who adapt, survive.

We are trialling on-line ticket sales. This Wednesday's event is listed as a FREE item on Eventbrite. Please click on the link and "buy" a free ticket. We will put VOTY ticket sales on Eventbrite too.


on the COMMITTEE! 

Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE, help STEER the Club, GIVE BACK of your skills? Then please consider joining our Club Committee. September Club night (28/09/2016) is the club's AGM. We encourage you to put your hand up to be on the committee. Committee meets once a month on the 1st Wed, to discuss club programs and handle matters.
SF3 Smart Phone Finals - for more info see LINK

A select few from our club, attended this event at Paddington's Chauvel Cinema, Sydney. It was a BRILLIANT night and although the awards night is over, you can see many of their top entries by visiting the website:

Highly recommended!

VP's Message

Paul Szilard - Vice President

Looking Back

August Club Night: Lyliana Millutin of gave a great inspirational and informative talk on "Creative Script Writing" and was available to answer 

a lively round of questions.

She has kindly made available to us a collection of her personal resources, via her Google Docs folder. To see and download these just click this LINK.

Also see for more downloadable resources!

August Focus Night: on Travel had a great collections of members' travel videos. Thanks to all contributors and to Ian Scott for organising the night.

Worth Reading

The Videomaker on-line magazine is always full of great articles. I can recommend the free subscription.
Here are links to a couple of recent articles:
  • What Makes a Documentary Pop?
  • MAGIX Software, German developer of media production software such as Fastcut, Music Maker and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, today announced its acquisition of the majority of products in the Sony Creative Software portfolio. These include Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro and ACID Pro. Sony Creative Software will continue to develop their recently introduced Catalyst Browse, Edit and Prepare post-production software.

Tech Corner

There are always new and exciting new product coming onto the market, but here a just a few that cought my eye:

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV was one of the year's most awaited announcements.

This ever popular DSLR by Canon has significant "evolution" improvements and updates. 

Fujifilm X-T2 is my personal favourite, will start shipping this month (fingers crossed)

and will be a serious competitor to the GH4 as it offers 4k video, Fuji F-LOG and the famous Fuji film simulation colour graded output.

Shown here with a US$40,000 video zoom lens. I don't plan getting the lens, any time soon!

Did You Know?

Our club's website has some great resources!
  • Home Page - Check out the program
  • Videos - see all members' submitted videos
  • Useful Links - for video blogs, reviews and training
  • and heaps more!

Paul Szilard


Paul Szilard - Competitions Manager

Romance Competition Winners

Congratulations to all entrants. The standard was particularly high and the judging results reflected this with very close spread of points. Less than1 point separated the 1st and 2nd entries!

And the winners are:
  1. Jake's Team - Rich Romancing
  2. Green Screen Team (GST) - Romancing the Rich
  3. Packer's - Sugar Daddy
See all on our website Videos page.

RED Competition
We had 6 entries, which are with the judges now. Why not check them out yourself HERE. (You may need to login.)

Results will be announced at the Club meeting. (Psst - another close result. Only 0.17% separated 1st and 2nd places! This means that our members are turning in quality stuff! Well done folks)

How to Enter an SVM Competition

  1. Our competitions are open to club members that are financial.
  2. As per the Committtee's decree, the major roles of the entry has to be done by a financial club member. These roles are:
    1. Producer
    2. Director
    3. Editor
    4. Camera operator
    5. Sound recordist
  3. Every entry must be accompanied by a a filled out and signed Entry Form, which can be downloaded from the club website HERE. Entry form is a PDF file. If you can fill it out electronically, after downloading, you can also email it to the competition manager. Pre-printed blanks will be available from the Competition Manager on handing in night.
  4. We accept movie media via any of the follow
    1. Link to your Vimeo or Youtube upload - must not be password protected
    2. Link to the uploaded Cloud file on DropBox, Google Drive, Box or OneDrive. Make sure to provide password, if it is required o access
    3. USB - memory or HDD
    4. DVD optical disk - can be a data file, doesn't have to be a DVD playable format
  5. If you want your entry to be played on handing in night, you need to provide it to the Competition Manager at least 24hrs earlier!

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.

4 Sale 

Nikon full frame lenses for sale by Paul Szilard (Tel: 0414-269-404 Email:
  1. 105mm f/2.8 Micro (aka Macro) AF Nikkor - focuses down to 1:1 without extension tubes
  2. 24-120mm f/4 VR pro zoom - possibly the most versatile Nikon lens you can ever have
  3. 50mm f/1.8 AF - incredible value for money and compact. Great option for a fast portrait lens that is inexpensive 
  4. Nikon TC-14E converter, check the Nikon website for lens suitability

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


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

Click to email Paul now
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