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 and stick every bit of footage into their clips. This is fine for the family looking to relive their fun in the sun but not so much for the rest of us.
For that reason it has been decreed that the time limit for holiday films is between 5 and 10 minutes maximum – any longer and the projectionist has the right to stop the film and move on to the next one. But don’t look at this as being harsh – modern filmmakers are able to deliver succinct yet still plentiful travelogue clips inside 5 minutes or less, so it is possible to apply the “less is more” ethos to your edits and end up with good results.
Here’s a couple of examples:
I appreciate a lot of the editing techniques might be a little “modern” for some of you, but hopefully you can recognise at least the power of shot choice and flow over flashy technique is still a valid part of the narrative without having each shot drag on beyond their use. So please, be inspired by these clips for future reference and not be intimidated or put off by them. This is how we all grow as filmmakers, by always learning and adapting.
Now the bit everyone seems to ignore – if you are bringing a film this week it would be very much appreciated if you could PLEASE REPLY TO THIS POST in the comments/reply section below, letting us know the following information:
Format (DVD, Blu-ray, USB Stick)
File Format and Resolution (MP4 -1080p etc)
Picture ratio (4:3 or 16:9)
This is a great help for us when planning the evening out and helping things run smoothly.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your films this coming Tuesday!