8th February 2018

Part 1:  Film Language and Representation - Debbie Daniels

The first item in tonight's programme was Debbie's presentation on Film Language.  She took us through the basics of Semiotics (signs and symbols) and Mise-en-scene (everything that is in the frame).   We learnt how an image has two aspects: ‘denotation’ and ‘connotation’.  ‘Denotation’ is the description of an image, literally - at a simple level,

Debbie 1

e.g. a picture of a dog lying down.  ‘Connotation’ is how a viewer might interpret this image, the associations we make from it – for example if a dog is lying down we might interpret that as the dog feeling tired or relaxed.  Debbie explained that understanding these things can help us in our films.  When we plan our sets, we can have maximum impact if we give consideration to the connotations of clothes/hair/make-up/decor/furnishings/colour/lighting and so on.

Part 2:  Premiere of Debbie's new film - A Helping Hand

The first showing of this heartwarming film - written, directed and edited by Debbie Daniels.  A treat for us all!  Here's a link to the trailer of A Helping Hand.


Screengrabs from A Helping Hand

HelpingHand Cast

The Cast and Crew of A Helping Hand

Jill Lampert (Lighting), Fiona Dunn (Leah), Steve Jakab (Customer in cafe), Debbie Daniels (Writer, Director and Editor), Dave Kinnaird (Dave), Ann Fletcher (Ann), Arthur Fletcher (Arf), Alan Moore (Camera and Dr Spellman)

Part 3: Preview of Julian Austwick's film The Race to Death's Door

Julian is still editing this comedy, and cannot complete it until he has the music which he is hoping will be especially composed for the film.  But many members of the club took part in this film, and he wanted us to see how it is shaping up.  It was hugely enjoyed!

Julian and Gordon

Below: Screengrabs from The Race to Death's Door


And Finally - Part 4:  Steve Jakab on the experience of being in The Race To Death's Door

Steve clearly thoroughly enjoyed the experience!  He spoke in glowing terms about the joys of acting in our films.  He also mentioned a number of things which he felt would help actors. For example he pointed out that it can be difficult if the other actor in a dialogue hasn't learnt their lines as it can be unclear as to what is his cue.  He emphasised that it was helpful to have feedback about whether his performance was strong enough - or needed 'beefing up'.  He suggested that having a read through of the script before filming began would be very useful to help the actors to see their own words/characters in context.

Steve's talk
RTDD Party

Steve recommends having a party for every film!

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