AN INSIGHT INTO HOJO TOWERS by Howard Johnson
Remember the spoof take on the EU Referendum? It came about following a brainstorming of our Programming Sub-Committee early May. Originally planned for production on the night prior to EU Referendum of 22 June, it was brought forward by popular demand and with Alan Cross at the helm on special effects and with me as Director on the night, it turned out to be a fun evening with great participation from all those members present. This was an idea that came out of nowhere but which became an impromptu and unscripted evening with ideas flowing all round. Although we didn’t quite get to do the rumba on the night as planned, I’m sure everyone was pleased with the outturn whichever way they voted. The EU POLLSTARS was widely circulated to members and various organisations within 3 days of its productions thanks to Alan and I wonder if we made a difference?
The second part of the evening on 15th, was followed by a new production from ‘Hojo Productions’ called HEADY’S which has been on the back burner for some time having completed the prose almost 12 months ago. The thought process for this came from a Birthday Card I received a while back from one of our members and he knows who he is! Unsure of where I was heading (excuse the pun), our club meeting provided an ideal way of rehearsing the prose and to gauge people’s reaction. Again it was a chance coming together of a bunch of actors and technicians with an idea, at a location suited to the script. It also allowed members the use and familiarisation of the club cameras, lightning & sound equipment, green screen as well as auto-cueing. I’m glad to say that the film is making some headway, albeit slowly, and it would be good to complete the prose at a later club meeting as the most laughs came during the ‘head’ inspection and parade when we unfortunately ran out of time, or as some would like to say ’cut off in their prime’.
Howard Johnson @ HOJO Towers
Read more about Hojo’s exploits of recent months here and in the September edition of Freeze Frame.
The bench by the sea
Cast & Crew of ‘The Bench by the Sea’ sheltering from the bitterly cold wind after 2 days shooting on the beach in late April.
From left to right:
– Sam Hoye, actor
– Emily Sly, actor
– Becky Simmons, producer and assistant director
– Matt Beaumont, sound recordist
– Mary Waugh, actor
– Mike Spanton, cameraman
– Alan Cross, writer and director.
Photo: Alan Cross
SDFM MOVIE SHOWCASE
Ferring Film Society will be presenting a public screening of SDFM films at Ferring Village Hall on Friday 19th August commencing at 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm).
The film society usually entertain the Ferring audience by showing cinema movies once a month, but last August tried a varied programme of SDFM films, which received a high approval rating from the capacity audience and benefited our club which received a handsome donation from the profits.
This August, Ferring Film Society will be screening the second showcase, again incorporating a wide variety of films including comedy, drama, documentary and Hot Shorts, all produced by SDFM over the years.
Projection is handled by Cinema 2 U, a professional company using rear projection, and tea, coffee and soft drinks are served in the interval as part of the £5 entrance price.
SDFM will receive a donation from the profits, so come along, enjoy the show and support your club.
Tickets will be available from early July through Paul Webster on 01903 244935 and mid- July onwards from the Ferring Co-op (a few steps down from the Village Hall) and from the Premier Supermarket in South Ferring.
Remember the date: Friday 19th August, Ferring Village Hall, doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7.00pm.
See you there!
All pics are from films to be screened as part of the show.
Bob and Dave at Seaside Radio in Shoreham Hospital
David and Bob visit Seaside Hospital Radio
From their impressive studios at Southlands Hospital, Seaside Hospital Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day to patients, staff and visitors at Southlands and Worthing Hospitals.
They have also recently added a podcast to their output, being only the third hospital radio station in the UK to offer this facility, so members of the wider general public can also hear their broadcasts.
On 29th June, David and Bob were invited to attend the studios for a recorded interview with Andy Wolage, the station’s chief presenter.
Andy Wolage – Seaside Radio
Andy made the whole experience very relaxed and enjoyable and with only one take being required, the recording was completed in just half an hour. It was a great chance for David and Bob to promote SDFM and we are very grateful to Seaside Hospital Radio for giving us this opportunity.
The date of the broadcast will be advised. For more details visit http://www.seasidehr.com/
HoJo’s exploits – June 2016 by Howard Johnson
Members may be interested to learn that John Lovell’s new film ‘I SPY’ is nearing completion and involves 6 club members including myself (Jim Anderson, Irina Pitman, Ken Grainger and Brian Meetens). The plot is so secret I’m not at liberty to say without fear of death. All I can say is that John has wall papered over the evidence and all will be revealed in due course.
This was another of those occasions where I stood in for Brian as Director on one scene where I had no knowledge of the script nor of John’s new 4k Sony camera used on the occasion.
It was a case of the blind leading the blind but hopefully by the end of the production there will be at least one member trained in using 4K technology and ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.
Origin of the EU Pollstars by Howard Johnson
Ideas for a spoof take on the EU Referendum came about following a brainstorming of our Programming sub Committee early May. Originally planned for Production on the night prior to EU Referendum of 22 June, it was brought forward by popular demand and with Alan Cross at the helm on special effects and with me as Director on the night it turned out to be a fun evening with great participation from all those members present.
This was an idea that came out of nowhere but which became an impromptu and unscripted evening with ideas flowing all round. Although we didn’t quite get to do the rumba on the night as planned, I’m sure everyone was pleased with the outturn whichever way they voted.
The EU POLLSTARS was widely circulated to members and various organisations within 3 days of its productions thanks to Alan, and let’s hope we made a difference.
See video post here http://www.southdownsfilmmakers.org.uk/eu-pollstars/
or video here