Existing Groups

Monterey Peninsula Underwater Videographers and Photographers

17675 Riverbend Rd.
Salinas, CA 93908
Contact: Richard and Gayle Todd
Phone: (408) 455-2000
E-mail: scuba2me@msn.com
Meetings: Monthly

Lane Videographers

P.O. Box 40512
Eugene, OR 97404
Contact: Don Schmidt
Phone: (541) 461-2441
Meetings: Monthly

Utah Movie Maker’s Club
470 E. 1350 N
Bountiful, UT 84010
Contact: Dave McNeill
Phone: (801) 295-4744
Meetings: Monthly

Seeking Group or Will Organize

Adam H. Fink
1450 Palisade Ave.
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Randall Wilson
1301 Fulton St. #304
San Francisco, CA 94117

Brian Easterling
680 Wayskin Dr.
Covington, KY 41051

Videomaker’s User Group Resources

Free Listings
Let new members know about your group. For inclusion in our user group listing, submit your request to "User Groups," c/o Videomaker, P.O. Box 4591, Chico, CA 95927; fax (530) 891-8443; e-mail editor@videomaker.com. For a list of existing user groups and/or video enthusiasts seeking or willing to organize a group in your area, send a SASE to our mailing address.

Web Listings
Expand your user group’s horizons by posting your information on the Videomaker Web site. Send your request to "User Groups" at the above address or visit http://www.videomaker.com/usergroups/.

Online Forum

Visit the Videomaker Online Forums at http://www.videomaker.com/forument.htm to network with other user group members and organizers.

User Group Startup Kit Videomaker’s user group startup kit contains everything you need to start and run a successful user group: how to find members, publicize meetings and conduct screenings; sample newsletter, newspaper ad and meeting agenda; discounts off Videomaker merchandise and more. For more information, call (530) 891-8410, ext. 242 or e-mail customerservice@videomaker.com.

Web Watch

Association for Independent Video and Film

www.aivf.org

This national organization has created a Web site that is very comprehensive. It features the organization’s mission statement and membership requirements, along with several sub-menus offering forums on such topics as production techniques, advocacy issues, product distribution and festival information.

Entry Deadlines
Entries are now being accepted through November 16, 1998 for the 18th annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival. This festival is international in scope and open to all independent film and video producers. Entries up to 90 minutes in length will be accepted on VHS tape format or 16mm film. Entry fees are $35 for productions up to 30 minutes in length and $45 for productions between 31 and 90 minutes in length. Categories of special interest include; experimental, artistic, animation, documentary and narrative. For more information call (201) 200-2043.

The entry deadline for the One Minute World Festival is September 30th, 1998. All works submitted must be between one and 60 seconds. An additional 10 seconds will be allowed for production credits. The festival is open to all productions that use any type of equipment that produces moving pictures. All entries must be submitted on VHS tape. Participants can submit up to three entries but each production must be submitted on an individual tape. There is a $10 fee for each entry. For more information, contact the festival’s Website at: www2.uol.com.br/1minuto/ .

Quick Focus

Courage on 8mm
Barry Gaines, an advertising copywriter, had never operated a video camera when he used an 8mm camcorder to record his friend Louis "Lou" Garfinkle’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. "My Cousin Lou" evolved into a four-year international odyssey and an 80-minute personal video documentary.

"I was playing two roles: friend/caregiver and documentarian," says Gaines. "I felt uncomfortable at first but Lou encouraged me; I had to teach myself to bring the camera every time I saw Lou." From restaurants, to doctor’s offices, to a medical facility in France, Garfinkle (the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Deerhunter) used his knowledge of the film industry to coach Gaines’ chronicle of a courageous fight against a debilitating disease.

When Gaines wrapped up shooting he had 27 hours of footage, and knew he would have a big post-production problem. "I asked friends and family for money and finally got enough funding to go ahead," he says, "I just didn’t know yet how I was going to do it." It took him over a year to edit down to two hours on paper. Using time code he copied to BetaSP and VHS. He used the VHS to cut the two hours down to a final 80 minutes, then produced a final edited master on BetaSP.

"So many people in the film industry want to make their own films without scrutiny," Gaines says. "This was my first and only chance to do it. I just didn’t know how involved it would be."

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