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October 16 - Join Us!
th Anniversary Celebration 

“Video Club of Laguna Woods: 25 Years of Achievement,” a new video produced by Betsy Martin and Tom Martin, will have its first public showing this Thursday, October 16, during our 25th Anniversary Celebration at 6:30 p.m. the Video Lab. The event will also include a panel of four longtime members, Tom Martin, Carly Luetzow, Mike Evans, and Mike Ayotte, sharing selected memories. To start the evening, special refreshments will be served in the Video Studio. Our club was founded on October 25, 1989. Open free to the public. 
See flier for more details.

Video Club History
Interview Available on YouTube

Channel 6 TV host Ken Goldenberg interviewed two longtime Video Club members, Mike Evans and Mike Ayotte, about our 25th Anniversary during his  “This Day” news show on October 9. Both Mikes recalled highlights of our club's past achievements and the two will also be panelists at Thursday evening's 25th Anniversary Celebration. The interview may be seen on YouTube at

“Never Too Late to Date” Holds Candidate Callbacks with Tech Rehearsal
A contestant callback and first tech rehearsal for the “Never Too Late to Date” production filled the Video Studio on October 3 with cameras, lights, audience members, and general enthusiasm. Actual shooting is expected later this month with the show airing on Channel 6 later this year. If you'd like to get involved (and learn more about video production), contact Studio Forum Facilitator Allen Fortson   949-235-8000  
Also check with Allen about future Friday morning Studio Forum meetings. This ambitious project grew out of the Studio Forum.

iMovie Class
Begins October 22

Al Koch will be offering our “Introduction to iMovie” class in the Mac Club's Learning Center, 3rd Floor, Village Community Center, for four weekly sessions starting Wednesday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. (Many thanks to the Mac Club for making their facilities available!) Students must have a working knowledge of the Macintosh computer and know how to use a HD (high definition) camera. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes Video Club membership through 2015). For information or to enroll, see flier for details.

“Introduction to Video Production”
Starts Nov 15
Tom Nash to Repeat
A four-week class providing an overview of video cameras, lighting, audio, and editing was a huge hit last spring with members of the Studio Forum, then meeting weekly in the Studio to learn about the advanced equipment and to develop future projects. (A major project which came out of these Forum meetings –  maybe buoyed with confidence by Tom's class – was the current “Never Too Late to Date” production, led by Phil Doran. Another was Allen Fortson's “Happy Video,” featuring Villagers dancing to Pharrell Williams' viral YouTube song, now being readied for editing.)

As the retired Head of the Mass Communications Department at Biola University in La Mirada, Tom has taught virtually all aspects of video production. A Village resident and member of the Video Club, he has agreed to teach for us and will repeat this popular class on four consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Video Lab and Studio, starting Saturday, November 15. Cost will be $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2014 and 2015 club membership). Flier to come. For more information or to enroll, contact Education Chair Betsy Martin   707-540-1955  (Flier to come.)

Corel Forum to Explore
“VideoStudio” Software
October 21

The next meeting of our new Corel Forum group will be Tuesday, October 21, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab (the group meets every third Tuesday). People with all levels of expertise are welcome. The Forum is not a class, but an informal exchange about features of Corel VideoStudio. Meetings usually have a main topic, but are otherwise be unstructured. For more information, contact Wolfgang Kutter   949-457-1259  See flier for more details.

Steve Carman to Head
2015 Officer Candidate Slate

The Nominating Committee report, naming candidates for 2015 club leadership, will be presented to the membership on October 16 during our 25th Anniversary Celebration, at which time nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Candidates are Steve Carman, President; Dr. Tom Nash, Vice President; Lisa Kirsoff, Secretary; and Bob Kulpa, Treasurer. Election of officers will take place at the November 20 General Meeting

Club By-Laws to Be Ratified
at November 20 General Meeting

Video Club members are hereby asked to read the club By-Laws.  CLICK HERE. 

The club By-Laws will be submitted to the membership for ratification at the November 20 General Meeting. Prepared in 2012, under then-presidenrt Charles Higginson, the By-Laws were never ratified by the membership. Recently edited by a Board committee, they were approved by the Board of Directors at their October 2 meeting.

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Dr. Tom Nash's Presentation
Now Available on DVD

Dr. Tom Nash's talk on “Seven Ways You Can Make Your Videos More Interesting,” presented it at our September 18 General Meeting, is now available in the Video Lab on DVD. We also hope to put the video on our club YouTube channel. Stay tuned.

Enter Our 2014 Short Video Contest

Entries are being accepted in the Video Club's 2014 Short Video Contest. Work must be member-produced, 4 minutes or less, and submitted on DVD to the Video Lab by 4 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 (one entry per member). The top 10 entries will be presented at our Annual “Academy Awards” Banquet, Saturday, January 17, in CH7. Banquet attendees will vote to select top winners in three categories: Best Videography, Best Editing, and Best Picture. Click to see full contest information

A 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer – plus
A Guide for Shooting Serious Films on Smartphones

Past-president and iPhone/iPad evangelist Scott Marvel has recommended that the club purchase a 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer for Smartphones which allows smartphones to capture professional-looking tracking shots. Unfortunately, our 2014 GRF budget is committed, but a purchase out of club funds or from our anticipated GRF 2015 funds remains a possibility. In the meantime, the device's $299 price puts it in range for those who are serious about smartphone videography. Check it out. The YouTube videos show the stabilizer in action as well as how to set up the equipment. Says Scott: “Watch the YouTube video. It makes anyone with a smartphone shoot video like a pro! Only $299!”

Scott's second tip is a link to an excellent article, “Shoot A Movie for Under $1,800,” from Videomaker Magazine (September, 2014), detailing the equipment one would need to shoot a serious movie with a smartphone (or smartphones – the filmmaker mentioned in the article used five of them!).

Videomaker Magazine has long been an important voice in the video world, and now much of it can be accessed online. We suggest you bookmark and check it often.

Intermediate Video Editing Class 
Starts October 13

Our six-week “Intermediate Video Editing” class starts Monday, October 13, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, taught by Chuck Hale and Pat Burr. $20 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership for 2014 and 2015).  Click here for more info


Monday, October 13
Intermediate Video Editing” class starts, 10 a.m.-noon, Video Lab. Six-week series of classes to be taught by Chuck Hale and Pat Burr. $20 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership for 2014 and 2015). See flier for more information.

Thursday, October 16
25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:30 p.m., Video Studio and Video Lab. Our club is 25 years old and we're celebrating with a panel of longtime members and a new historical video. See flier for more information.

Tuesday, October 21
Corel VideoStudio Forum (every third Tuesday), 10 a.m., Video Lab. For more information, contact Corel Forum Facilitator Wolfgang Kutter

Wednesday, October 22
Introduction to iMovie” class starts, 10 a.m.-noon, Mac Club Learning Center, 3rd Floor, Village Community Center. Four-week class to be taught by Al Koch. See flier for more information.

Monday, November 3
Project Day, 1-3 p.m., Video Lab. For information or to present at a future Project Day, contact Project Day Coordinator Lucille Roberts  949-552-5014

Thursday, November 6
Video Club Board Meeting, 9 a.m., Video Lab.

Saturday, November 15
“Introduction to Video Production” class starts. Four weekly sessions taught by Dr. Tom Nash, 10 a.m.-noon, Video Lab and Studio. $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2014 and 2015 club membership). For more information, contact Education Chair Betsy Martin   707-540-1955 (flier to come)

Tuesday, November 18
Corel VideoStudio Forum (every third Tuesday), 10 a.m., Video Lab. For more information, contact Corel Forum Facilitator Wolfgang Kutter   949-457-1259  
Thursday, November 20
General Meeting

If you have a calendar listing for The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, acting Publicity Chair   949-456-4657  

PC Club Meets Tuesday Oct 14
to discuss Printers. Flier.
Camera Club Meets Monday Oct 13
Guest Presenter 

“Journey Through the Wild” 
Presented by Robert O’Toole, 6:30pm, 
Clubhouse 3 Dining Room 2
  see flier

Joel Goldstein, Nominating Committee Chairperson, will introduce the slate of nominees for the 2015 Camera Club Board of Directors.  

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If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, acting Publicity Chair   949-456-4657  -  Material should normally be submitted by Friday for publication early the following week.

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