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Hightlights of Post 2003 Past Mettings and Films

Highlights of Past Meetings and Films Prior to 2004:

December 11, 2003

Minutes of December 11, 2003 SAMM Meeting

Sue, Barbara, Erick, Bob, Bosco, and Herb discuss upcoming film projects at the December 11, 2003 SAMM meeting.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

November 13, 2003

Members met and Erick distributed DVDs of SAMM's past works.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

October 9, 2003

Members met and showed films from the recent contest, where "The Switch II: The Session" tied for first place. Members received copies of "The Switch II: The Session".

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

September 11, 2003

Erick, Jeff, Bob, Bosco, and myself met. Erick showed us some of the editing he has done to "The Switch II: The Session". He also showed us some editing techniques.

Bob gave us information on the Saturday October 4, 2003 1:00 p.m. Inter Club Banquet and Contest at 1661 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA We are encouraged to attend this Contest to see how "The Switch II: The Session" does in competition.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

August 14, 2003

Barbara, Herb, Erick, Jeff, Bob, Bosco, and myself met. We discussed "The Session", which Bob and Erick have renamed "The Switch II: The Session". We then watched some of the parts of this film that Herb filmed. Erick expects to have a finished product by October 5, 2003.

Barbara, Herb, Erick, Jeff, Bob, and Bosco watch parts of 'Switch II: The Session' at the August 14, 2003 SAMM meeting.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

July 26, 2003

Bob, Herb, Erick, Joy, Janice, Roger, and Vallerie met and filmed"The Session".

Erick, Roger, Janice, and Herb film a scene of "The Session" at the July 26, 2003 SAMM shoot.
Bob, Erick, Janice, Roger, Herb, Joy, and Vallerie break from filming "The Session" on July 26, 2003.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

July 10, 2003

Bob, Herb, Erick, Matt, Joy, Janice, Roger, and Vallerie met and rehearsed "The Session".

Shooting will be at 8:00 a.m. on July 26, 2003, Saturday, at 1733 Carmelo Drive in Carmichael, CA.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

June 12, 2003

Herb Bennett chaired the meeting. Bosco, Erick, Jeff, and myself enjoyed a presentation by Eric H. Leas, Videographer, of Acti-Video and DVD Productions . Acti-Video and DVd Productions does about 90 productions a year - weddings, special events, and special promotions. Eric discussed his advertising, his production, and his editing, using a brochure, a magazine, and video clips to illustrate his points.

We liked his presentation, and we hope we can hear him again - around September at his worksite in Roseville.

Errick Lorrenz asked that we think about our "The Session" script, and figure out ways to make it more visual. The script is now is almost all conversation. It needs more visual components.

Bernard E. Scoville, SAMM ( ) Webmaster

May 8, 2003

Eric Lorrenz brought a version of our script that he had modified. We each assumed a part and together we acted out the new script. We made suggestions for improvement. We then adjourned.

April 10, 2003

March 13, 2003

February 13, 2003

January 9, 2003

Photographs from Night on the River, 2002

On September 28, 2002 SAMM won San Francisco Bay area inter-club film prize for Night on the River. Bob White wrote the script. Erick Lorenz provided these photographs, which can be copied, downloaded (full size), and printed. 4 by 6 photos from Club Photo are inexpensive and nice.

December 12, 2002

Erick discusses editing with SAMM members (Herb, Jeff , Bob) at the December 12, 2002 meeting.Erick Lorenz gave us an outstanding talk about the doís and doníts of video editing which included video examples. Unfortunately, only a few of our regular members were present but Erick recorded the presentation on his digital camera so that those who missed the meeting will have a chance to see his video at some future date.

Bob and Sue White

November 14, 2002

October 10, 2002

September 28, 2002

  • SAMM's film, "A Night on the River" won first prize in the Bay Area Inter-Club Film Contest.

August 8, 2002

July 11, 2002

June 13, 2002

  • Instead of having a separate meeting SAMM members were encouraged to attend Access Sacramento's annual award program. Erick and I did attend. Many Access Sacramento radio and television producers received awards.

April 11, 2002

    Erick, Herb, Bosco, and Bob getting ready for our April 11, 2002 Meeting.
  • Erick Lorenz again showed us an improved "Night on the River". Bob White will submit this film in the next local film contest. We welcomed a new member, Randy Ott.

March 14, 2002

  • Erick showed us the improvements he had made to "Night on the River". Especially clarifying was the special voice he used to let the main character "think out loud", so viewers can very easily understand what is happening in the film.

January 10, 2002

  • We watched Erick's more perfect editing of "Night on the River", a film about the homeless, and suggested possible improvements. Erick is going to dub in some dialog at the beginning and end to improve the film's sound quality.
  • We are going to have a film contest, but we will wait a while.
  • Bernie mentioned that our website ( now has an email group that can be used to write all of our members. If this email group is used, afterwards the message can also be available to anyone visiting the website.

November 8, 2001

    SAMM members (Bosco, Erick, Bob, Herb) review film contest proposal at their November 8, 2001 meeting.

  • Erick Lorenz presented his proposal that SAMM should have a film contest. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click to see this proposal. Click if you need a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

October 11, 2001

  • Erick Lorenz described a clicking problem he has been having with Final Cut Pro and the steps he has taken to solve the problem. We discussed ways to solve his problem. He also described some of the edits he plans to finish his project. When completed, the video will be aired on Access Channel 73.

  • Bernie Scoville explained that web site development is a never ending cycle of improvement. One important part of this cycle is promotion of the web site Sue White will look at Yahoo email and discussion groups. Bernie will add some non video links, especially when they are reciprocated.

  • Erick Lorenz suggested that SAMM should have a film contest. Erick will work up an outline on this proposed film contest. Bob White will talk with Access Sacramento and some possible sponsors.

September 13, 2001


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