Gold Coast Video Camera Club
Gold Coast Video Camera Club
Gold Coast Video Camera Club

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Col Lutz, Past President

Col Lutz,
Past President

Past President Report

The 2015/2016 year started with our hosting of the Annual Interclub Event. We started the Saturday in the Gold Coast Botanical gardens and after wandering the grounds, we lunched under gazebos on the lawn near the kiosk. A tasty lunch, in pleasant surroundings and with good company. We then moved to Mudgeeraba to visit the heritage Museum. Afternoon tea was served there and we eventually arrived at the Wallaby Hotel for dinner and the showing of movies.Next morning saw us at the Southport Sand Pumping Jetty for a great photo op.

The kiosk on site looked after our luncheon needs with delicious crab sangers before we bid our visitors farewell until the next year.
Nature night was held, as usual, in November and we used the Halcyon Leisure Club as our venue. This was a very enjoyable night with Garth & Glenda taking out first place. Congratulations.Later the same month, we had our Xmas party, this time back at our old familiar stamping grounds of Joe & Maryann’s lovely home. The club ladies catered for the night and we had a magnificent feast followed by entertainment by ex member Tony Puls.

Since Xmas, we have continued with the mini workshops on the first meeting of the month, generally had very good attendances and plenty of videos to watch.Up until recently, we have had regular full workshops on the Saturday following the last meeting of the month. These have been great social get-togethers with plenty of questions and answers.A full program for Alvin was shown at the Helensvale Cultural Centre with the little fellow (Alvin) going to a well-deserving Jorg. Pity he was overseas at the time and missed out on being presented the trophy in front of the audience.

Thank you to all who put entries in to make it a memorable night.
A big thank you must go to Secretary, Glenda for her untiring efforts to keep the club on the straight and narrow. Thank you also to Don who looked after all our finances. Neville was one member we didn't want to lose as he was so very reliable looking after our gear and running the equipment every night. Sadly, he felt the time had come to leave and I thank Joe for stepping in and taking over the task of projectionist. Jorg has kept the web site active and we have reduced the monthly Klips to about three-monthly, as there has been little to report most of the time.The year concluded with a workshop held in the Halcyon Cinema and conducted by Jeff Licence from ABC Open. This was to gauge interest in members contributing to the Back Roads project. Lots of great tips on conducting interviews.

It would be very remiss of me to not express my gratitude to Lorraine for all her support during this time and for all the workshop morning teas and help in so many ways.I thank the rest of the committee for their support and especially to vice President Colin for looking after the gear when Neville moved house. A big thanks must go to all the ladies that bring the suppers to all our meetings. Always delicious and plentiful.

I am looking forward to Heather taking the helm and I am sure she has some good ideas to keep our great club ticking along.
Lorraine and I hope to do some caravanning in the coming months so we need a member to look after the school keys and the gear.
I thank you all for allowing me to be your president for the last two years and for your support. I am happy to help in any way I can as Immediate Past President and wish the Heather and the club all the best for the future.

Col Lutz

Nature Night 2015
Glenda ThrelfallGarth Threlfall First Place The Amazing Honey Bee Garth & Glenda Threlfall
Lorraine Lutz, Assistant Secretary   Second Place Nature's Many Faces Lorraine Lutz
Colin Usher    Third Place Mr. Kelley's Concert Colin Usher
Glenda Threlfall, Secretary

Glenda Threlfall,


Once again we come to the end of another year – our 26th in the history of the Club.
Although not as big as in our hey-day, we are doing very well – plenty ofenthusiasm, with a great variation of videos being brought in every Clubmeeting. Col is an inspiring President – never failing to have somethinginteresting to show us, and he and Lorraine put a great deal of work into the Club.

It was especially encouraging to see the great response for our InterClub weekend – most ofour members joined in, and we welcomed our friends from the Brisbane Movie Makers Cluband some from the Darling Downs also. The weather was kind to us and I think the weekendwas enjoyed by all.

Nature Night over once again – another enjoyable night – and thanks to Col & Lorraine forproviding another last minute rescue with a change of venue to their Halcyon complex. Garth& I were thrilled to be the winners this year – congratulations also to Lorraine for second placeand Colin Usher for third. Col’s photos from the night elsewhere in KlipsOur Christmas Party was a great success – aren’t we lucky to have generous members whoopen up their homes for our get-togethers – remembering the days of Joan’s “Barn” and Val &Harry’s hilltop home, we were once again back at Joe and Maryann’s with a perfect setting of afull moon over the water - and as always – a wonderful spread. Thank you Lorraine for all thehard work and organising, assisted by Jan and Gila, and all others who helped.We hope to see you all again on the second Wednesday in January with renewed enthusiasm.Can’t wait to see videos from all those who were tripping round the countryside and the worldduring the year!

Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New year – with special wishesto those few that couldn’t make it to our party this time.

Happy videoing


FAMM Shield

Our Club has won the
"Australian Federation Shield "
for the second time in 2016

Congratulations to the winners:

Colin Usher Usher (first prize),
Glenda and Garth Threlfall (fourth prize)

Colin UsherGlenda Threlfall Garth Threlfall




Chance meeting leads to film tribute

Kara Sonter

FILM maker Colin Usher wasn't expecting to meet anyone special on the beach last Christmas Eve, but then he met Jess.

Twenty-six-year-old Jess was sitting at the beach with a camera on her lap but there was something about her that caught and held Colin's attention.

You see,the obviously talented,capable and · outgoing photographer was wheelchair-bound because of cerebralpalsy.After a 10-minute chat with Jess,who speaks through an iPad,he decid· ed to introduce the in· spirational woman to the world. And so the short-film Jess was created.It features this after·noon as part of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival at the Civic Centre.

As Colin, from the Gold Coast and a one-man-band as far as film makers go, told The Gymph:Times yesterday about working with Jess and who she was to him,he admitted to getting emotional.
Colin said he hoped the film he made about her life, and all the wonderful things she does with it, would inspire his audience as much as Jess inspired him.

The film shows how Jess,despite her limitations,has mastered amazing talents including photography,graphic design and can even fly a plane.Be inspired by Jess at today's 2pm screening.

Colin Usher

Colin Usher (right) is a member of the
Gold Coast Video Camera Club


Interesting Movie

Interesting Movie

Our Club is proud to announce to
be the Federation Shield Winner for

FAMM Shield

"Australia's Five Best Movies 2014"

This is the first time in our club's history that we have won this award.

Congratulations to the winners: Colin Usher Usher (second), Jorg Fedler (fifth), Glenda and Garth Threlfall, Joe Davies and Val Leftwich.

Colin UsherJorg Fedler Glenda Threlfall
Garth Threlfall Joe Davis Valerie Leftwich

What We Do

Club Nights Club Nights
Mudgeeraba Primary School
Old Coach Road    Mudgeeraba QLD

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
7.15pm for 7.30 start.
Video Night
(Second Wednesday)

Videos you have completed, on any topic are welcome for viewing.
Always 'tell a story' with your video and never present an un-edited video for viewing.

This night allows members to show
longer holiday videos.
Video Night
Assignment Night
(Fourth Wednesday)

Mostly preceeded by a short demonstration or talk.

Monthly assignment topics for the year are listed here.

These are short videos of about 5 minutes to encourage discplined editing. Shorter videos from 2 minutes are quite acceptable.

Open discussion on these videos is encouraged, but a non-confidential judging sheet can be provided to assist you to improve your videos.
Workshops Workshops
Held on the Saturday following assignment night at 9.15am for 9.30 start.

Venues at members' home are advised prior to the date.
Workshops cover many subjects including documentary making, framing your shots, focusing, interviewing techniques and particulary editing your videos.

Members $4, visitors $6 including morning tea.
Often lunch (BYO) or discussion afternoon sessions.   
Club Outings
Club OutingsYour Club usually has a 'shoot' or social function, every month.

Members make their own videos, often collecting footage for future assignments or projects.
Alvin Award Night

This is the Club's prestigious annual event held in mid year.
A competition solely for Club members. Every member is encouraged to enter.

Videos can be up to a maximum of twelve minutes.

Between three and five qualified people within the film and video industry, and from outside the Club, judge each video entered. Awards are given for various categories.

The perpetual Alvin Award is presented to the overall winner.
Alvin Award Night is held annually and is open to the public.
Nature Night Movie Event Nature Night
November is our Nature Award Night.

Clubs from South East Queensland are invited to enter.

Videos can be up to a maximum of twelve minutes. Competition winner is decided by audience appeal, with the winner receiving a trophy.
Nature Night is held annually and is open to the public.
Klips NewsletterKLIPS

Our Club's 2-monthly website Newsletter.

Contains reviews of recent Club events, diary and items of interest to videographers and members.
Contributions to KLIPS are very welcome.

E-mail to   Editor
Library and Magazines Library and Magazines

Your Club has many DVDs, CDs and books which members are welcome to borrow.
A complete list is available on our web site.

Copyright free music CDs are also available for hire at a cost of $5.
Annual General Meeting AGM
At the August Club Assignment Night, nominations are called for all committee positions, as covered by the Club Rules.

The Annual General Meeting is on the fourth Wednesday in September and all positions are declared vacant.

A copy of the Club Rules is available from the Secretary on request.    
Subscriptions Subscriptions

Membership renewals are due on 31st December. Renewal forms can be downloaded

from the Club web site or just apply here

Payments to be forwarded with this form to the Treasurer, posted to the Secretary or direct credited to the Clubs bank account. Account details can be obtained from the Treasurer.

Membership is only $45 per year for a single member or couple. In addition local members pay a one-off joining fee of $25.
FAMM (Federation of Australian Movie Makers) FAMM Federation of Australian Movie Makers

Our Club is associated with FAMM.

Included in the annual Club subscription is a levy for your association with FAMM, including you in a group public liability insurance cover.

HousekeepingWe appreciate the Principal of Mudgeeraba Primary School, allowing us to use the staff room for our Club nights.

To ensure continued use, we would appreciate assistance returning the chairs to the teachers preferred groupng, after our videos have been screened.
Join us todayAre you tired of doing the same thing over and over again with no apparent improvements?

Join our Club and learn how to edit your videos, how to get the soundtrack right, how to record voiceovers and create a movie that everyone finds interesting and captures the attention of your audience. Join us today

Remember: your video is interesting when your audience want to watch it again!
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