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March-April, 2022 

The Videogram is published every other month, except during the summer, linking you to the latest information on the club website (see links below). When news can't wait, Videogram ALERTS keep you informed. 

Past Videograms are archived on the club website
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CONTENTS

Next Short Film Showcase Set for March 7 in Video Lab
Q&A for VideoStudio Forum, Photo App for Apple Forum
Kirkpatrick, Starkey, Berman Win Video Contest at Goldies Awards Banquet
Video One Productions: Putting the Video Club on Village Television
Meet Ward Cushman, Our New YouTube Administrator
How the Video Club Met the Covid Pandemic During 2021
What's Up With “The Hole in One”?
March-April Video Club Calendar

NoteMARK YOUR CALENDAR! 
As a follow-up to Tom Nash's new 6-session Cinematography Lighting Workshop which ends March 23, Tom will offer a new 4-session Cinematic Audio Workshop starting Wednesday, April 13, 10-11:30 am in the Video Studio.

 

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Next Short Film Showcase Set for March 7 in Video Lab

Click here for more information on the club website.

The popular Short Film Showcase series has resumed holding quarterly in-person meetings. The next session, Short Film Showcase #20, compiled by Stephanie Brasher, will be held on Monday, March 7, at 1 pm in the Video Lab. A selections of dramas, comedies, documentaries, and animations will be featured, chosen to entertain, inspire, and motivate your own video projects. Group discussion led by Dr. Tom Nash will follow each video. The program is open without charge to all Village residents and their guests. Masks are required for those not vaccinated.

 

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Q&A for VideoStudio Forum, Photo App for Apple Forum 


Get your questions about Corel VideoStudio ready! The next Corel VideoStudio Forum will tackle them on Monday, March 21, at 10 am via Zoom. Share your work, and learn new tricks and techniques. This Forum is held on third Mondays for Windows PC users who edit in Corel VideoStudio and is open free to all residents and their guests. For Zoom link, contact Facilitator: Wolfgang Kutter, wkutter7@gmail.com.

Editing video and photos in Apple's Photo app will be the special focus of the Apple Forum on Monday, March 21, at 1 pm, Video Lab, led by Facilitator: Stephanie Brasher, sjgardiner1@gmail.com. This Forum is held on third Mondays for users of iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers and is open free to all residents and their guests. Each session highlights an Apple feature, plus questions about Apple devices and video applications such as iMovie, Clips, and Keynote. Share your work and get advice. Masks required for those non vaccinated.

 

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Kirkpatrick, Starkey, Berman Win Video Contest at Goldies Awards Banquet
 


Goldie Awards Winners (from left) Marsha Berman, Sidney Kirkpatrick, and Starkey. 
Photo by Barbel Dagostino

Click here for the full banquet story with selected photos on the club website.
Click here to view and/or download 121 banquet photos, including guest portraits.

 

Club members Sidney Kirkpatrick, Starkey, and Marsha Berman were chosen as the three top winners by members present February 24 at the Video Club's 11th Annual Goldie Awards Banquet in the 19 Restaurant. The successful event was chaired by Marsha Berman with Joan Carman handling reservations for the buffet dinner. Club Vice-President Tom Nash hosted the program, substituting for President Steve Carman, who was not feeling well. Fifty-six members and guests attended.

As in past years, all the entries will be compiled into an hour-long TV program, which, combined with winner interviews and Banquet photos, will air on Village Television and later be uploaded to the club's YouTube channel.

Download and Print Your Portrait

A popular traditional feature of the banquet – photo portraits of dressed-up attendees before a Video Club logo screen – was held outside the restaurant on the balcony. Club member Farrokh Motahedi took the 37 portraits, which may be viewed and/or downloaded along with 84 other banquet photos by Barbel Dagostino and Lucy Parker. To access them, click here to be taken to the Video Club's Google Photos account.

Video Entries

Eleven video entries, all under four minutes, were shown by Stephanie Brasher, who edited the presentation. Other entries were “No More Ties” by Gila Zalon, “Air Show” by Jim Rohrs, “Greenfields: A Paradoxical Music Video” by Sheryl Martin, “Lemming” by Fred Harshbarger, “Sheri’s Christmas Gift” by Steve Carman, “In Loving Memory” by Stephanie Brasher, “Architectural Journey Through Europe” by Wolfgang Kutter, and “Biplane Adventure” by Robert Matonti. Topics range from comedy to a music video to family memories, travel scenes, and air-borne adventures.

The Apology”

Sidney Kirkpatrick's memoir video, “The Apology,” took first place. The video recalls how, as a child, Sidney joined with other boys, tormenting the noted actor Hurd Hatfield, who owned an elegant residence in their town, and calling him a “faggot.” An unexpected kindness Hatfield paid to young Sidney, offering him scones and tea and asking “What is a faggot?” (Sidney didn't know) led the videographer, as an adult, to a supportive view of gay rights. Many years later, life offered Sidney an opportunity to right his childhood wrong.

Championing Young Lives”

Starkey's documentary, “Championing Young Lives,” took second place. In the words of Kathleen Pawluk, Assistance League chapter President, her video “provides an excellent visual overview of (the) Assistance League of Laguna Beach, our philanthropic programs – particularly the Early Intervention Program – and our Thrift Shop that funds our programs,”. Especially memorable are views of activity programs for developmentally delayed infants and toddlers and their parents, along with views of shoppers seeking bargains in the League's thrift shop.

An Amazing Adventure”

In her first submission to the Video Club's Annual Short Video Contest, “An Amazing Adventure,” Membership Director Marsha Berman won third-place. Her travel video takes viewers on an educational and fun-filled trip to Alaska. With narration by Marsha and upbeat music, the video keeps us on track as we visit traditional Alaska highlights, plus a few surprises, riding in a comfy travel rig with Marsha, her husband – and their dog.

Door Prize Donors

Many guests left the Banquet smiling over door prizes they had won. Marsha Berman and Tom Nash pulled winning tickets, and Betsy Martin distributed the prizes. Door prize donors were Snooty Fox, Laguna Care, Rodrigo's Mexican Grill, Stater Brothers, Woody's Diner, Jolanda's, Jersey Mike's, the 19 Restaurant, and Trader Joe's.

Click here for the full banquet story with selected photos on the club website.
Click here to view and/or download banquet photos, including guest portraits.

 


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Video One Productions: Putting the Video Club on Village Television
Click here for details about Video Club-produced TV shows in March.

A round-up of Video Club TV show topics in March is included in the new website post linked above. (“Beyond the Gates” visits the Nixon Library for starters.) The post also provides a glimpse into a typical Video One Productions Zoom meeting, where TV show ideas are often hatched and planned.

Currently, the Video Club has five monthly shows airing over Village Television: “Laguna Woods Stories,” “Beyond the Gates,” “Eyes on Books,” “Video Club Spotlight,” and “Jazzing Around.”

 


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Meet Ward Cushman, Our New YouTube Administrator

New Village resident Ward Cushman is a retired Christian pastor with a long history of producing his own Bible study videos and a desire to learn more about videography. In February, Ward joined the Video Club Board of Directors as our new YouTube Administrator.

Ward replaces John Glassco, who took a leave of absence from Video Club duties last year due to pressing personal commitments – but promises to be back. John, in turn, replaced veteran Video Club instructor Chuck Hale, who, with his wife, is enjoying a traveling lifestyle, while still a Village resident.

Ward, his wife Margaret, and his special needs brother Ray, moved to Laguna Woods Village in May 2021 after living in Northern Illinois for the last 30 years. They moved here to be close to their oldest and youngest sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren.

Ward started his business career in sales and marketing. At 30, while working as the director of wholesale for Lillian Vernon, he left the marketplace to go into full-time ministry. Over the years Ward has served as a pastor, Christian school administrator in Germany, camp director with the Salvation Army, and Bible college instructor at Moody Bible Institute. He currently works as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University and with three nonprofit organizations. He leads To Every Nation Ministries, an international Bible teaching ministry. He is part of the leadership team of Integrity Bible College, a free Bible college for prisoners. And he raises funds for Love Children's Home, a small Christian orphanage in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in the Bay of Bengal, one of the remotest parts of the earth.

Says Ward, “I enjoy technology and am looking forward to serving with the video club as YouTube Administrator.”

 



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How the Video Club Met the Covid Pandemic During 2021
 
Click here to read the full “2021 Video Club Review” on the club website.

We lost members and we lost money – but we survived a second year of Covid pandemic restrictions with enthusiasm and creativity, achieving several “firsts” in the process. This was the message delivered by Lucy Parker, club Publicity Director and Past-President, in a "2021 Video Club Review" presented on February 24 at the 11th Annual Goldie Awards Banquet. Read the full text of Lucy's presentation by clicking the link above.
 



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What's Up With “The Hole in One”?

Click here to view a video by Video One Productions Facilitator Fred Harshbarger on the filming of “The Hole in One”

The Covid pandemic paused – but did not stop – production of the Video Club's third short dramatic film, according to a “2021 Video Club Review” presented by the film's director, Lucy Parker, at the 11th Annual Goldie Awards Banquet on February 24.

Our first two short dramatic films were successfully produced by Video One Productions, starting in 2018, Lucy recalled.  “Write It Down” premiered with a gala Video Club Open House in January, 2019, but Covid abruptly cancelled the similar premiere for “What? You, Too?” – planned for March 17, 2020, For the rest of the year, the club did not try to produce an original dramatic film.

The effort was restarted last summer, according to Lucy. The Video One Productions team solicited original scripts from residents and past-residents, selecting “The Hole in One” by club member Doug Sainsbury from eight entries. Next, the team completed the pre-production phase, polishing the script, casting, building a crew, and planning the shoots. During November and December, the film was shot in several Village locations with a cast of resident actors (see below).

“Hin1” is now in post-production, and its premiere is anticipated in late spring as part of a Video Club Open House, Lucy told the banquet crowd.

“The Hole in One” tells the story of Don (Jules Zalon), a retiree facing terminal leukemia and determined to score a hole in one to complete his bucket list. Don is befriended by Greg (Arti Rosenstein), a retiree and skilled golfer, who helps him improve his game while widening Don's perspective about life goals.


Above, Director of Photography Jack Crawbuck shoots a scene from “The Hole in One,” with Don (Jules Zalon, left) and Greg (Artie Rosenstein) as Director Lucy Parker observes.  Photo by Joe Lorhan



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March-April Video Club Calendar

NOTE: MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
As a follow-up to Tom Nash's new 6-session Cinematography Lighting Workshop which ends March 23, Tom will offer a new 4-session Cinematic Audio Workshop starting Wednesday, April 13, 10-11:30 am in the Video Studio.

 
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE #20, Monday, March 7, 1 pm, Video Lab. Held quarterly.  A selection of dramas, comedies, documentaries, and animations chosen to entertain, inspire, and motivate your own video projects. Group discussion will follow each video. Free to Village residents and their guests. 
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY LIGHTING WORKSHOP, Session 4, Wednesday, March 9, 10-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated. 
 
VIDEO ONE PRODUCTIONS MEETING, Friday, March 11, 1 pm, via Zoom. Held on second and fourth Fridays. Special interest group (Forum) for club members who want to participate and gain skills in  team-based video production. For info or a meeting link, contact Facilitator Fred Harshbarger, f.harshbarger@sbcglobal.net.
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY LIGHTING WORKSHOP, Session 5, Wednesday, March 16, 10-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated. 
 
COREL VIDEOSTUDIO FORUM, Monday, March 21, 10 am, via Zoom. Special focus this month will be on Q and A. Held on third Mondays, for Windows PC users who edit in Corel VideoStudio. Have your questions answered, share your work, and learn new tricks and techniques. Open free to all residents and their guests. For  Zoom link, contact Facilitator: Wolfgang Kutter, wkutter7@gmail.com

APPLE FORUM, Monday, March 21, 1 pm, Video Lab. Special focus this month will be on editing video and photos in Apple's Photo app. Held on the third Mondays for users of iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Each session highlights an Apple feature, plus questions about Apple devices and video applications such as iMovie, Clips, and Keynote . Share your work and get advice. Open free to all residents and their guests. Masks required for those non vaccinated. Facilitator: Stephanie Brasher, sjgardiner1@gmail.com.
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY LIGHTING WORKSHOP, Session 6, Wednesday, March 23, 10 am-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated. 
 
VIDEO ONE PRODUCTIONS MEETING, Friday, March 25, 1 pm, via Zoom. Held on second and fourth Fridays. Special interest group (Forum) for club members who want to participate and gain skills in  team-based video production. For info or a meeting link, contact Facilitator Fred Harshbarger, f.harshbarger@sbcglobal.net.
 
VIDEO ONE PRODUCTIONS MEETING, Friday, April 8, 1 pm, via Zoom. Held on second and fourth Fridays. Special interest group (Forum) for club members who want to participate and gain skills in team-based video production. For info or a meeting link, contact Facilitator Fred Harshbarger, f.harshbarger@sbcglobal.net.

CINEMATIC AUDIO WORKSHOP, Session 1, Wednesday, April 13, 10 am-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. $20 for the series of 4 sessions. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated.
 
COREL VIDEOSTUDIO FORUM, Monday, April 16, 10 am, via Zoom. Held on third Mondays, for Windows PC users who edit in Corel VideoStudio. Have your questions answered, share your work, and learn new tricks and techniques. Special focus this month will be on Q and A. Open free to all residents and their guests. For  Zoom link, contact Facilitator: Wolfgang Kutter, wkutter7@gmail.com

APPLE FORUM, Monday, April 16, 1 pm, Video Lab. Held on the third Mondays for users of iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Each session highlights an Apple feature, plus questions about Apple devices and video applications such as iMovie, Clips, and Keynote. Share your work and get advice. Open free to all residents and their guests. Masks required for those non vaccinated. Facilitator: Stephanie Brasher, sjgardiner1@gmail.com

CINEMATIC AUDIO WORKSHOP, Session 2, Wednesday, April 20, 10 am-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated.
 
VIDEO ONE PRODUCTIONS MEETING, Friday, April 22, 1 pm, via Zoom. Held on second and fourth Fridays. Special interest group (Forum) for club members who want to participate and gain skills in  team-based video production. For info or a meeting link, contact Facilitator Fred Harshbarger, f.harshbarger@sbcglobal.net.


CINEMATIC AUDIO WORKSHOP, Session 3, Wednesday, April 27, 10 am-11:30 am, Video Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash. Open to all members and residents. Individual sessions are $5 for members; additional $15 for non-members covers 2022 club membership. Masks required for those non vaccinated.

 
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