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Due to professional commitments, visiting speakers may need to change dates. Please check before travelling long distances

Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish around 10.00pm

16 January   MicFest!

All you ever wanted to know about microphones and how to use them.

20 February  Annual General Meeting

Your vote counts.

3 April   Guest Speaker

Details to be announced

1 May   How Are Professional Documentaries Made?

Thalia Goblet and certificate for the winner.

20 March   Competition Night

The evening where the members judge members films.

Details on the Competitions web-page

       (any subject, max 10 minutes)

The winner will receive the Jack Baker Trophy and a certificate.

Saturday 3 March  The Gloucester Inter-club Film Competition

Hosted by: Cheltenham Videomakers at The Reddings Community Centre starting at 2.30pm

6 February  Shooting a Period Film + New Project

Period films can be very cinematic and, if linked to a true story, may attract a general audience.

They also don’t date as quickly as contemporary films. However they obviously have considerable complications.

The production issues can apply to drama or reconstruction used for documentaries. This will lead into the launching of a new BFVS project

There will be a presentation ‘Sounds Good - the art of recording sound for video: selecting the right microphone, and where to put it!’, a video of the performance of a Rycote Softie in windy conditions, and comparisons of popular mics to give members an idea of what they may need and the sort of budget they should expect. Hopefully there will be star turns by our own sound experts, including setting up Zero dB!

6 March  Reviewing Mini Epics

We review all the Mini Epic versions with the help of an expert.

Also the various edited versions of the film (Count to Three) shot in the club room on 15th August will be shown and reviewed.

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18 January Talk on Bristol Film Archives (Not a BFVS event but of interest to BFVS members)

On 18th January 2018 there is a free talk / film show entitled 'From pageants to powerboat racing: the film collections at Bristol Archives' given by Julian Warren (former City Archivist). Entry to M Shed is from 5.45 and the talk is from 6pm to 7:30pm

17 April  Directing Actors

How is a professional documentary is put together. Orientated to the organising and scripting side rather than the filming and technical side.

How to pitch a documentary project.


12th May Saturday afternoon and evening – fun filming followed by BBQ

15th May Planning for the Mini Epic  

Tonight we will plan how we will shoot our versions of the Mini Epic.

The challenge is to split into groups and plan short films (up to five minutes) for filming on Tuesday 19th June. An excellent way to get hands on filmmaking experience

5th June How Good Is My Camera?

From cheap phone to professional camera we put them to the test. Which is really best?

19th June Shooting Mini Epic

3rd July Practical Skills

A hands on evening we practice filming and sound recording with help from experts  

Outside if weather permits to take advantage of the light evenings

17th July 180 Minute Challenge

We shoot small films, edit them and project them all in one evening.

All done in and around the club room.

Scripts needed so get thinking.

7th August Planning for the Festival of Filmmaking on the Downs [In September]

Plus 30 Minute discussion and 15 minute Teach In  

21st August Hands on Filmmaking - Shooting a Short Film  

We will again work together to shoot a short film in the club room. An opportunity for everybody who attends to get involved.

4th September Guest Speaker - details to be announced

15th September [Provisional Date] The BFVS Filmmaking In Bristol  


The Downs Bristol

Featuring displays, films-shows, demonstrations, evening outdoor film show and Premiere of the BFVS film “The Downs”

18th September Uncertain Proof

The showing (of a new cut) of the ultra low budget feature film of this name. Though on a minuscule budget the film is a full costume drama. Also how was it made? Can it encourage new BFVS productions.

2nd October The Very Short Documentary

In the age of You Tube writing the very short documentary.

Look at the viewing numbers on You Tube and see that if you want an audience for your films then a short production on You Tube may be worth considering. It is hoped that this evening might lead to some new films being made in the by individual members and groups of members.

16th October Guest speaker – details to be announced

20th October A Film from Stills + Simple Animation

Making a film from stills. The Ken Burns effect or even simple animation – the old Captain Pugwash method of animation.

Plus the chance to try some animation

6th November Guest speaker – details to be announced

Closing date for Annual Competition

10th November Saturday – One Day Training Seminar

How to Direct Actors

20th November Annual Trophy

4th December – Christmas Special REAL FILM

A real film projector in the club room for the first time for very many years - each gauge demonstrated? 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm? Plus mince pies

18th December Experiment Evening  

We try out some wacky filming experiments and eat more mince pies


Visit to the University of West of England  Film Facilities

at Bower Ashton – More details to be announced

Bluescreen at the Cube  

Visits by groups of members to participate in the Cube Cinema Bluescreen events. See our films on a real cinema screen and learn from watching productions by other local filmmakers


1st January – Informal evening. Come along for a chat.  

15th January Review Evening

Review of Mini Epics and short films shot at club meetings during the past year. Plus planning new films. 15 Minute Teach In

5th February Guest Speaker – details to be announced

19th February AGM

5th March Guest Speaker – details to be announced

19th March Competition Evening

2nd April John Howden – The Quiet Boffin  

(computer animation and CGI)

We review the amazing animation and CGI work of the late Doctor John Howden

16th April Planning The Mini Epic

2 January  Hands-0n Filmmaking

We will be shooting a two-minute drama written by one of our members.

We will be shooting the whole film in only a couple of hours so we will be working with a big crew. This will need everybody there to participate, so it really will be hands-on filmmaking. It is likely that everybody who comes will have a task. Lots of film crew jobs to be filled, particularly helping with lighting and sound + clapper board, make-up and including assistant director etc.

Photographs of the August 15th shoot HERE