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



In June this year we held our annual Alvin Awards night at the Helensvale Cultural Centre. We had a great turn out of around 70 people.

Videos played on Alvin Night are viewed prior to the night by 3 independent judges, Narelle & Leith Lather, Kathryn & David Fennell and Eric Summers. Each video is assessed on objective and appeal of the video, camera work, editing and sound. This year we had 17 entries.

The winners of the night were Jorg Fedler with his film called "Michael", a short documentary about Michael Ward - Liqueur Maker from Tamborine Mountain. Jorg also took out the prize for best documentary and audience appeal prize. (94 points)

Second place was Colin Usher with his documentary video "Australian Artist – Robert Lovett". Robert Lovett is famous for his "Man from Snowy River" paintings reflecting on his life as a world-renowned Australian artist. (89 points)

Third place went to Heather Hayward for her documentary titled "Kangaroo" a combination video/time-lapse of a Danish Recycle Artist showing how he recycles wooden pallets into a kangaroo. (87 points)

"Both Colin and Jorg's videos have featured on the site, ABC Facebook page and the 24 Hour ABC channel.

Congratulations also go to Joe Davies for winning best travel video called "The Kimberly Experience", and Lorraine Lutz for winning the best audio/visual video called "Port Stephens Revisited".

Congratulations to all who entered the competition on a job well done and thank you to the judges for their time and effort.

The Federation of Australian Movie Makers Limited is the umbrella organization for many of this country's independent and non-commercial moviemakers.

(There are some interesting articles and helpful tips on this site. You go to the Home page, click on the 'Resources' button, then 'Magazines'.)

In February 2016 FAMM held their National Convention in the Hunter Valley, NSW. At the convention the GCVCC was awarded the Australian Federation Shield for scoring the highest points in the 'Five Best Competition'.

First place was "Jess" by Colin Usher. Colin chanced upon Jess Irwin while visiting the Central Coast of NSW. Wheelchair bound Jess was born with cerebral palsy. Jess communicates via her ipad and mobile phone. With the help of carers she leads a very active life. She runs her own web design and photography business and is a graphic artist. Jess's love for life and her positive outlook is an inspiration to others. Visit Jess's YouTube channel to view the film

Coming in, in 4th place was "The Amazing Honey Bee" by Garth & Glenda Threlfall, an interesting video about the life of the honeybee. Australia has its own native bees, but the English honeybee was introduced to Australia. The video shows how they collect pollen to make the honey and how valuable they are to our food production. It also shows us how they take honey out of a hive and a new invention taking amateur beekeepers by storm where the honey flows out of the hive without having to disturb the bees.

Congratulations also go to Jorg Fedler "She Is Wonderful", Jean-Pierre Checillot "Australian Mailboxes" and Heather Hayward "Inked Up". The combined points scored by the five movies allowed our club to win the award for the "five best" at the convention.

I was lucky enough to receive an award for being one of the 4 Most Improved Moviemaker.

Heather Hayward
President GCVCC

Alwin Award Winners 2016 Movie Title Winners Name
Jorg Fedler First Place Michael Jorg Fedler
 Second Place Australian Artist - Robert Lovett Colin Usher
Third Place Kangaroo Heather Hayward
Glenda Threlfall, Secretary

Heather Hayward,



Hi All,
Our club meeting went well with good attendance and a good selection of movies shown.

Inter-Club Weekend with Brisbane
At the moment there are only about 8 or 10 people attending the Inter-Club Weekend. This event is a yearly occurrence shared by the Gold Coast, Brisbane Movie Makers and Darling Downs Film & Video Club. As you are all aware video clubs memberships are dropping in numbers, so it's important to offer support to member clubs. If you could just attend the night time dinner at the Capalaba Sports Club and afterwards the inter-club video viewing it would be a great way of showing support for both our club and other videographers as well. Everyone likes to show their videos to a large range of people, so please make an effort to attend this function. I am sure you would enjoy it.

Colin Usher, Claude and myself all took on the comments made about our videos made on the previous club meeting. Colin re-coloured his video on 'Unfinished Business', I recoloured and shortened the length on my video 'Timber Creek'. Claude made huge changes to his video 'Kitchen Rules'. It was suggested to him on his first viewing that the video would "have a lot more punch" if he cut the number of clips to make the video move along more quickly. To his credit, Claude did just that; he cut his video down from around 5 minutes down to 2 minutes. What a difference it made. In fact, after the viewing Claude received a round of applause for his efforts. Congratulations Claude on a job well done.

It's always hard to know what shots to put in to make a great story, but it's always harder to kill a shot if it doesn't make the story pop and move along, especially one that you really like.

The ABC Open site has lots of great videos stories to watch and learn by, but it also has tips/workshops on different subjects.

This particular tutorial is called  'Killing babies'  for better storytelling, by Jo Joyce Killing our babies  'Killing your babies'  or 'killing your darlings' is a term that writers and journalists use to describe the process of cutting out parts of writing that you really love, in order to shorten a story, and to make it a better, stronger piece. In editing video, it's the same thing. This particular video saw us kill a lot of our babies.

Have a read through the article and watch the accompanying video and next meeting we can discuss our thoughts on the subject.

Thanks go out to Roy Bonning, Dawn Coleman, Joe Davies, and John Freeman for their contributions for the night.

Next months video assignments are
- The Beauty of Trees
- Favourite Beach

Nature Night videos are to be given to Colin Usher by 12th October. Don't forget to put a 3 second black clip at the beginning and end of each video. This is to help Colin make breaks between each video as it's shown on the night.

Thanks to Lorraine Lutz and Maryann Davies for providing a very enjoyable supper for everyone.

Colin Usher has been taking the projector and associated equipment home. There will be occasions when he is unable to do so, so we require volunteers to look after the equipment, otherwise we will be holding meetings with no projector.

Happy videoing everyone!
Heather Hayward


Interesting Movie - Also Alvin Award Winner 2016   (ABC short version)

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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