Over 50 Years of History
|Using Cine Film in the early days|
For some 30 years the medium used was cine film, with the inevitable need for the manual cutting and splicing of cine filmstrips in order to edit films.
|Early Club Meetings at the Red Cross Hut, Bourne End|
Originally the club met in the Red Cross Hut in Bourne End until it closed in 2004. After five years in Marlow the club moved to its present venue, The Target Room, Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road in Bourne End.
The name of the club was changed to Bourne End Video Makers (BEVM) in 2015 but in 2017 it was changed to Bourne End Film Makers (BEFM) to better reflect the activities of the club.
BEFM has continued to participate in annual external competitions, including the Gateway Trophy competition against Staines and Reading video clubs and, in the IAC North Thames Region Knockout competition. In recent years the club has twice reached the final of this latter competition and won the competition in 2017.
|Using Analogue Video Tape|
Film production techniques for the amateur film maker has changed considerably since the early years. The days of cutting and slicing cine filmstrips was superseded, first of all by analogue video tape and then by digital camcorders with editing being done using computers and affordable software.
The development of high definition equipment has provided both opportunities and challenges for film makers. On the other hand the use of pocket sized digital cameras, smartphones and inexpensive editing software creates real opportunities for anyone wanting to produce great personal home movies. With the array of equipment and editing software available nowadays the sharing of expertise between club members has become an essential element of club activities.
With the advent of digital technology films can now be produced far more cheaply. It is no longer a 'rich man's' hobby.
50th Anniversary Celebrations
|50th Anniversary Film Show Audience|
If you are interested in making films, or gaining film making skills with other like minded people, why not come along to one of our regular club meetings. Alternatively you could email our Club Secretary, Bob High, for more information. We are a very friendly club and new members are always welcome whatever aspect of film making they are interested in.
Bob High, Club Secretary: email: enquiries@BEFM.club.