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Videogram ALERT

January 2, 2018

Your monthly Videogram will be a little late in January because, this year, we're integrating it with our club website. The Videogram's new role role will be to provide you with brief news highlights plus links to website updates. If you'd like to learn more, see below.

January dates to remember:

  • "Making Travel Videos" class starts this Friday, January 5 (see below)
  • Video One meets Friday, January 5, and Friday, January 19.
  • Video Club-Mac Club's joint iMovie class starts Wednesday, January 10.
  • Dr. Tom Nash's "Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production" class starts Saturday, January 13.
  • General Meeting, Thursday, January 18, will feature Dr. Tom Nash discussing the production of a movie.

Details to come.


“Making Travel Videos That People LOVE

This four-session class will be held. Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018, from 9:30 am to noon in the Video Lab and Studio, taught by professional videographer and resident Scott Marvel. Learn to quickly create and share a short, interesting travel video that people will LOVE TO WATCH! Pre-registration is not required.

NOTE: Scott will be interviewed about the class tomorrow, Wednesday, January 3, on Village TV's "This Day" show, airing at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 5 pm.

Open to any resident who has an Apple or Android smartphone (or other camera that shoots video). $20 for members, $35 for non-members (includes 2018 club membership). For information, contact Scott Marvel,, 626-826-8818. Click here for flier.
Says Scott: “I want to help everyone in the Village who has a smartphone (or any camera that shoots video) learn how to tell the story in the camera. That's the goal of this class. I'm going to give you the mindset to help you get good at making videos that are not boring. “You'll make your own video in class. We'll be focusing on travel, but the same guidelines apply elsewhere. Every shot has to count.

"When you're done shooting,
I'll teach you how to edit on your smartphone. Bring your clips into the editing program. Review them and make a rough-cut of your movie. Then re-arrange your clips for maximum impact and eliminate unwanted footage. Finally, add titles, music, and narration." 

 Above, Scott is seen in a selfie he took at Orlando's Epcot Center -- part of a travel video he produced, which was shown on Village Television during December as a promotion for this class. The half-hour program -- including Scott's excellent video -- may be seen online at . 


Designing Our Club's Website

Video Club webmaster Connie Shaw (right) has built our new site in Wordpress, rather than on the club websites section of the Village website. A link in the club section takes users to our site. Connie recommended Wordpress to take advantage of its functionality -- indexing and archiving posts, easily allowing comments and replies, and much more.

News posts will go on the "Latest News" page as they happen. This page is linked to the "Home" page (sometime known as the "welcome" or "landing" page), in effect, making it the first thing users see. Each post will be permanently indexed and archived, for easy retrieval. thus automatically preserving club history. While current, posts about classes, General Meetings, and other specific activities, will also appear on their own pages, making them even easier to find and providing a quick overview for visitors who want to learn more about our club.

The "Comments and replies" function will be central to the "Upcoming Shoots" page, to be managed by External Video Coordinator John Kelly (left). Here -- available 24/7 to all concerned -- John can post details about video shoots in progress. In turn, Video One production team members can volunteer for and comment on current shoots, and John can reply. Although we expect this system to take some tweaking, it's designed to facilitate shoots in progress, while keeping everyone informed.

The Videogram has been published monthly by the Video Club of Laguna Woods as an email newsletter since May, 2014, and was named in honor of a print newsletter once edited by Past-President Tom Martin.

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