RUBBISH We kick off 2020 with our first Film to a Theme project and one we think you can have some fun with. Rubbish might conjure up what we throw away on a daily basis that ends up stinking the house out and being a eyesore on the landscape. But this is just […]
OVFM started in the days of cine-film, formed by Ian Dunbar in 1958, but we have progressed a long way since then with members keeping up to date with the latest filming, editing and projection technologies. Now we have 40 members, aged 16 to 86, and all are welcome either to learn or to pass on their knowledge to others, or most importantly to make and show us their films
Meetings are held from 8 – 10pm on alternate Tuesdays at the Barnard Room, St. Augustine’s Church, Southborough Lane, Petts Wood BR2 8AT
You can attend for a couple of ‘free’ visits and then we hope you will want to join.
Social Events: As well as Club evenings, we also hold social events such as the Summer and Christmas Socials, and the Annual Dinner. All members can contribute to our Newsreel of interesting events in the Bromley Borough which is shown at our Spring and Autumn Film Shows in a larger venue to over 100 friends and family, or our specialised film shows we put on for other clubs and organisations.
Club films are made by groups including experts and “novices”, we run annual in-house competitions but also encourage members to take part in regular Films to a Theme project which are not competitive, along with one night practical evenings, based on an idea or particular filming technique, like green screen or improvising with props.
We are affiliated to the IAC, the film and video institute – www.theiac.org.uk, and enjoy meeting fellow enthusiasts at inter-club, regional and international film festivals.
OVFM often does well at the Kent Film Festival www.kentfilmfestival.com
We have Tutorial Evenings in the winter and have some Practical Evenings but more knowledge is probably passed around between members. So many different cameras and editing equipment are used that someone will have ideas about any problems that you need to be solved.
We always say, it’s the FILM MAKER and not the equipment that makes a good film!!
So, whether you learned about OVFM from friends, the ‘Net or local newspapers and magazines, please visit the JOIN US page for more information.
YOU WILL BE VERY WELCOME IN OUR CLUB!
We have members from Bromley, Orpington, Chislehurst, Petts Wood, Bickley, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Otford, Knockholt and Kemsing! So wherever you live, we're your local film or video making club!
In Memory of Mike Shaw by Jane Oliver, OVFM Chairman We were sorry to hear that Mike Shaw passed away on 8th December 2019. Members of OVFM join me in offering condolences to his wife Annie and all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are you sad time. Many knew Mike much better […]
Directing and On Set Instructions Here at OVFM one of our primary aims is to share our knowledge of filmmaking to help everyone improve their skills either in front or behind the camera, pre-or post production. In a recent double practical sessions of making joke films, some club members found themselves stepping into the role […]
Logging In To The Website An Illustrated Guide (Updated January 8th 2019) Back in April 2011, I took over the running of the club website from Chris Coulson, transforming it from a simple web page with the basic club contact information to the fact filled, up to the minute source of news, information and […]
It’s that dreaded time of year again – the annual screening of club members’ holiday films! Not that there is anything wrong with well shot, picturesque footage of foreign climes in all their glorious splendour but there is something about holiday films that seems to cause filmmakers to take off their sensible editor hat […]
No, I can’t believe it is 2020 already but it is and the start of a new year means concluding some unfinished business from 2019, namely the TOP TEN competition! The three individual qualifying rounds were held over the latter half of the year and from that the ten films with the highest scores […]
2019 is about to come to an end which means the last club meeting of the year is the annual Christmas Social, a once a year event that only happens every 12 months or every 365 days in old money. For the benefit of our newcomers and a reminder for the rest of you, […]
And so we enter the final stretch of 2019 with our last regular meeting of the year, the final round of our annual club competition films! Offering club members a chance to test their creativity in three separate categories that pay tribute to past club members, this is one of the more unique and […]
No this isn’t a case of deja vu, we have a second week where the theme of the meeting is another practical evening. No this isn’t a case of deja vu, we have a… hold on didn’t I type that already? Anyway, the idea behind this week’s session is to follow up what was […]
It’s time to get out hands dirty again by putting what we’ve learned to good use for another OVFM practical evening. This time however, the session will be more of an educational one as we delve into the subject of lighting, one which has proven a perennial thorn in the side for filmmakers the […]
OVFM members are invited to join Spring Park Film Makers for an evening with one of their prominent filmmakers Peter Macpherson on Thursday November 7th at the Griffiths-Jones Hall, Emmanuel Church, West Wickham, BR4 9JL. Peter is a prolific filmmaker with a record number of 4 star awards for his films at BIAFF […]
BIT(RATE)S AND PIECES During the recent Top Ten competition Jim Morton-Robertson’s film wouldn’t play on the club’s Blu-ray player. The picture would stutter every few frames as it struggled to process the footage. I noticed that the file size was 1.42Gb which was ludicrously large for a 3 minute film so I asked Jim […]