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We are a club whose members enjoy a common interest in short films and videos.

The club meets weekly between September and April. Weekly activities include:

  • External speakers. These are usually professionals who earn their living out of the film and television industry. Recent speakers have included professional video makers, television or film producers, T V actors, news and sports T V Camera operators and Northwest Film Achieves. It is common for them to show examples of their work and to talk about it.
  • Internal speakers are members, who talk about their filming activities. More experienced members will talk about technical topics such as the use of drones, editing techniques and software, the use of sound and animation.
  • Competitions are held periodically. Members wishing to do so can enter short films in categories such as local interest, 60 second film, documentaries and holiday. One completion is specifically for novices.

Our full programme is displayed here on the website

Club nights run on a Monday evening at St Christopher’s church hall, Bare, Morecambe. They commence at 7.30pm and run till 10pm with a break for tea and biscuits. During the summer we meet up once a month, to keep in touch and plan any projects

In addition we are often invited to film local events. These provide the opportunity to work as part of a team using multiple cameras. This gives members the opportunity to take part in events that could not be undertaken as individuals. Such projects have included shows and outdoor events. One, major, recent project was the filming of the construction of the Heysham to M6 link road. Costain, the contractors, invited us on to site and gave us access and support, not available to the public.

Membership costs £20 per year, plus £1 per night attended. We prefer interested individuals to come as guests a few times to see if it suits them, prior to deciding on whether to join.
We welcome individuals who are just starting out and people who have built up some experience. Please feel free to turn up at a meeting. If you prefer, or want more information, phone Ken on 01524 416074 or Richard on 01524 823243. We will be happy to look out for you and make you welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One member's experience of joining

I joined Morecambe Bay Movie Makers several years ago, when I was looking to take up a new hobby. At the time I did not have a camera or editing suite, but was intending obtain these. Members were helpful in assisting me in deciding which ones to get and facilities to look out for.

Gradually from attending meetings and watching what others did and how they went about it, I picked up enough knowledge to be able to produce reasonable films. It was some time however before I entered my first competition. I had purchased a second hand cheap camera to take on holiday and used it during a short break to Carcassonne in France. Despite struggling with the controls I ended up with some reasonable footage. I edited it into a short film and entered it the Cumbria Trophy, a competition for novice members. I was pleased and a bit surprised when it won the competition.

One of my first group projects was to film Olympic flame bearers when we filmed the Olympic torch coming through the area. One of the torch bearers, I had been assigned to, turned out to be a high profile individual. I found myself in the middle of a media scrum competing with television and newspaper photographers. Even so I came away with some decent footage which was included in the clubs film. Since that time I have been involved in a number of club projects, including the recent Heysham to M6 road project. This included a trip to Belfast to film the canal bridge span units being manufactured.

I would recommend the club to anybody with an interest in the subject. It is an ideal way of picking up ideas and knowledge. In addition it is an enjoyable and entertaining way of spending time.

Richard J Gaskell

June 2017