Cleethorpes Camera Club

I produced a blog the other day about Cleethorpes Camera Club and felt I should follow it up with a little bit more about the group.

They are based in a clubhouse behind houses in the resort and meet most nights. They have a video section who meet on Thursday evening; multimedia section who meet on Friday and photography (digital stills) who meet on Monday evening.

The average age is, I would say 60ish, but they are all dedicated and every year have a film competition, which I have helped judge the last two years. The films range from travelogues to animations and news stories. There are certainly some very creative people there who do this for fun. There are one or two who are very serious and there is one chap in particular who even builds his own jibs, tracks and dollies to save money. How dedicated is that?

The club has been going for many years and would love to see young blood, but it seems many youngsters are not interested in joining the club. At the moment the club are fund raising to buy the club house (bit.ly/aYTf5q) .

Members also produce their own film each year, which they also act in, as local drama groups don’t seem to want to get involved. There is a lot of spirit here and good feeling with a lot of talent and experience. I would love to see this group keep going and have been persuading them to go online more and reach a bigger audience.

If anyone can help, whether it is through being a guest speaker, or judging or maybe ideas or financial help then visit the club website http://www.cleethorpescameraclub.co.uk/index.htm

I enjoyed delivering my talk and got a lovely e-mail to say how fantastic it was and how much they’d felt they have learnt from it. I would hate to see the club go, as it is community groups like these who need to be nurtured and engaged with.

Cleethorpes Camera Club

Last night I gave a talk to members of Cleethorpes Camera Club’s video section about my career as a video journalist and lecturer of media.

The average age must have been 60ish and I was extolling the virtues of social media and how it was a great way to engage with people globally. The club has its own youtube channel, but has not posted many items on it. Apart from friends, family and the club’s own in-house competitions; their material never gets a public viewing.

I asked them why they made films if people – an audience – were not going to engage with them. Ok, so they enjoy making films – travelogues, news items – and it is a hobby for these people, but surely you want others to see your work then for it to fester away somewhere.

And that is where social media can be used. I was encouraging them to use Twitter and get a Facebook page, as a means of sharing their hard labours with a greater audience. They said some of the their films were ten minutes – I suggested they repackage them in to bite size chunks.

The members had plenty of questions to ask about the kit I used (Sony Z1 and Final Cut Pro) and the types of stories I’ve covered and how I’ve treated them. They also wanted to know about legalities and ethics of filming and how I got consents. They were a great audience and enthusiastic to learn more.

However, the club is in jeopardy and needs funding to keep going. It seems not many young people want to join clubs now. They’re probably happiest sat at times playing with the cameras and edit suites – if they do that at all. If you can help the club then please get in touch with them – see the link below to their website.

http://www.cleethorpescameraclub.co.uk/

http://bit.ly/axaxIW