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November, 2016



ANNOUNCEMENTS
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From the Veep

Try it. You’ll like it!  While Video Club President Steve Carman (the miracle man) and his wife, Joan, are vacationing in (read more)
 


Video Club Plans “Open House” at Clubhouse 2 Grand Opening

On Friday, November 4, from 2-4 pm, hundreds of Village residents are expected to attend the long-awaited Grand Opening of  (read more)


Video Contest Deadline Is February 3, "Academy Awards" Banquet Is February 25

The Video Club's 7th Annual “Academy Awards” Banquet has been moved from late January to Saturday, February 25, to be  (read more)


Another Opportunity to Tour Chapman Film School–November 16

If you missed the Video Club's very successful tour of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts last  (read more)


General Meeting November 16 – Getting Folks to “Open Up” for Filmmaking

Back again after her very successful presentation at our March 17, 2016, General Meeting, documentary filmmaker Sally (read more)


Fall Class Schedule: Organizing Photos/Videos, Intro to Video Production “Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production” (2 sessions remaining in 3-part series) Saturdays, November 5, 12; 10 am-noon, Video Studio, Dr. Tom (read more)


Video One to Start Producing “Laguna Woods Stories”
At a meeting October 14 in the Video Studio, the Video One production group decided to hold monthly meetings, combining group (read more)


Thrive Project Seeks Participants to Create Resident Video Profiles

Four 30-minute “Thrive” shows have been developed so far, according to GRF member Beth Perak and videographer Scott (read more)


Status Report on N2L2D and N2L2KYM:
Both shows (the senior TV game shows “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate”) are being edited with help from Tom Nash and Lisa Aoki. It's (read more)



OTHER TECH CLUBS (read more)
 


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ladies Who Edit: Two club members who learned video editing in Tom Nash's introductory Corel VideoStudio class are currently tackling big editing jobs. Valerie Link (left), director of the Aquadettes, has been editing the group's hour-long 2016 show, painstakingly dubbing music to match the swimmers' moves as she fixes failed audio on one of the video clips supplied to her. Lisa Aoki ((right), part of the Video One team which shot the “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” senior TV game show on October 7, has completed a rough cut of the files from the switcher for review by producer-director Phil Doran. You go, gals!

 

Project Day Rescheduled: Project Day Coordinator Betsy Martin has announced that this series of meetings – where members share recent work and work-in-progress for critique and discussion – has been rescheduled from monthly to three times a year. Meetings will remain on the first Monday when possible. The next Project Day will be Monday, January 9, 2017, from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. Additional Project Days in 2017 are planned for April 3 and October 2. For information or to present your project at an upcoming Project Day, please contact Betsy at bmartin125@comline.com. 707-540-1955.

 

Supervisors Hold Round Table: Led by longtime Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, the Lab Supervisors held one of their periodic Round Table meetings on Monday, October 31, in the Video Lab for planning, training, and discussion. At left, Past President Charles Higginson (left) gave a demonstration of two additional VHS-to-DVD conversion stations which have been added to the Lab. The group welcomed Jim Rohrs (front center), who has joined Lucy Parker on Thursdays. Other Supervisors are Bob Kulpa (Tuesdays), and Betsy Martin and Andy Cullinane (Wednesdays). Substitute Supervisors are Norma Benner, Chuck Hale, and Ralph Vanderlinde. More Supervisors are needed. If you enjoy helping others, training is available to qualify you for this key job. For more info or to volunteer, please contact Wolfgang at wkutter@comline.com, 949-457-1259.

 

Try Pinnacle 19: If you're a Pinnacle 15 user, you may want to try Pinnacle's latest version, 19, which is now on all Video Lab computers. Several years ago, Chuck Hale trained many members to use Pinnacle 15 video editing software, before the club switched to Corel VideoStudio. For their convenience, Pinnacle 15 remains on all Lab computers. However, Pinnacle 19 offers quite a few new features, according to Chuck, who currently maintains the Lab computers.

 

Renew Your Membership: Membership Chair Evelyn Chang has begun accepting membership renewals for 2017 at an increased rate approved this year by the Board – the first increase in modern memory. Cost is now $15 a year for one person, $20 for two at the same address. Non-residents are $20 a year for one, $30 for two at the same address. New members signing up now for 2017 will receive free membership for the rest of 2016. For more information or to check your membership status, contact Evelyn at evelyn.gc03@gmail.com, (951) 809-6434. Click here for a membership form to complete and mail with your renewal check.

 

Nominating Committee Names 2017 Candidates: The Nominating Committee, Betsy Martin and Evelyn Chang, announced the club's slate of officers for 2017 at the October 20 General Meeting. They are Steve Carman, President; Tom Nash, Vice President; Stephanie Brasher, Secretary; and Bob Kulpa, Treasurer. Nominees will be accepted from the floor at the November 17 General Meeting, and an election will be held. A By-Laws change will also be presented and voted on – to have new officers take over on January 1 instead of after the Annual Awards Banquet. Plan to attend.

 

Individual Video Editing Assistance: If you have a problem editing video or would simply like to improve your skills, one-on-one coaching if available for both PC and Mac users.

Chuck suggests a $10-an-hour donation to the Video Club for his services and, of course, donations are always welcome.

 

Laguna Woods Show Features Phil Doran: Club member Esther Grossfield, host of the Laguna Woods Show on Channel 6, interviewed director-producer-writer Phil Doran (right), also a club member, for her November show. Listen, as Phil shares stories from the time he arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960's, leading to his involvement with such top shows as “All In The Family” and “Sanford and Son.” Phil also discusses his latest Video Club-related project, the senior TV game show “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate.” The interview airs:
            Wednesday, November 9, 10 am
            Thursday, November 17, noon
            Thursday, Nov, 24, noon



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From the Veep

Try it. You’ll like it!

While Video Club President Steve Carman (the miracle man) and his wife, Joan, are vacationing in Hawaii, I’ve been asked to fill in. My challenge to you is to try something new, something ambitious, something different in video production. If you have never entered our annual video competition, do it! You will learn a lot, you will have fun, and you will discover new possibilities of creativity – maybe some you didn’t know you had.

Like to work as part of a team? Join our “Laguna Woods Stories” team. We need producers, videographers, sound mixers, editors, etc. to shoot studio segments and the occasional out-of-studio assignment. Never done this before? Nooo problem. We will train you. It’s fun and you will enjoy seeing your work on Channel 6 and Facebook.

At the Video Club we have the equipment, the facilities, and the expertise. We just need you to join the team. Come on. Try it! You’ll like it.

Tom Nash, Video Club Vice-President
 



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CONSTRUCTION VIDEO TO BE SHOWN
Video Club Plans “Open House” at Clubhouse 2 Grand Opening

On Friday, November 4, from 2-4 pm, hundreds of Village residents are expected to attend the long-awaited Grand Opening of Clubhouse 2. They've been invited to tour the multi-million-dollar makeover, enjoy free appetizers from local caterers and restaurants, and watch special entertainment – including the 15-minute remodeling progress video produced over the past year by Video Club member Chuck Hale (below) with assistance from Betsy Martin.

Since we're the “neighbors next door,” the Video Club is inviting Clubhouse 2 visitors to drop in at our Lab and Studio. Both facilities will be open with information about our programs and members on hand to greet our guests. VMS is even providing two large signs to point the way. If you can spare some time between 2 and 4 pm on November 4, join our “welcoming committee.”

Beginning November 14, 2015, (after the October 13 start of construction), Chuck and Betsy took some 3,300 photos and 80 videos (5 seconds to 1:30 minutes each) during over 40 weekly visits to the construction site. Chuck had previously produced a video documenting construction of the Greens Building, but the volume of material, both interior and exterior, collected on Clubhouse 2 presented new editing challenges. Chuck broke the video down into segments covering new features which were added to the building, such as the new rear patio (or "loggia," shown above) and the new office, as well as restoring the front of the building, re-roofing, and re-landscaping. Other segments focus on “men and work” and the wide variety of “machines” needed for the job. Bravo to Chuck and Betsy for a job well done! 



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BARBEL DAGOSTINO TO CHAIR BANQUET
Video Contest Deadline Is February 3, "Academy Awards" Banquet Is February 25

The Video Club's 7th Annual “Academy Awards” Banquet has been moved from late January to Saturday, February 25, to be closer to the actual 89th Academy Awards (to be held Sunday, February 26, in Hollywood and broadcast on ABC). As a result, the deadline for the Video Club's 2016 Annual Short Video Contest has also been moved forward. According to Roland Harrison, serving again this year as Contest Coordinator, the top 10 entries will be selected by the Contest Committee and screened at the banquet with attendees voting for first, second, and third-place winners.

DEADLINE: Contest entries will be due on or before Friday, February 3, at 4 pm in the Video Lab. Entries may be brought to the Video Lab during open hours (Tue-Fri, 1-4 pm), where a storage box and sign-in sheet will be provided. Click here for a contest information sheet. For contest information, contact Roland at walt_herd@hotmail.com, 949-830-6803. Click here for a contest entry information sheet.

All entries must be:

  1. Member-produced

  2. 4 minutes or less

  3. Submitted in DVD format (playable on a DVD player, Blu-Ray OK)

  4. One entry per member

Entrant's ID in video is OK. Help from Video Club members is OK. Avoid copyrighted material, if possible. If copyrighted material is included, the video cannot be put on YouTube.

Below are some additional guidelines for success:

  1. Tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Consider hero definition, obstacle identification, and how the hero prevails and creates something new.

  2. Content is king. Content factors include script/story, creativity, and originality.

  3. Technical excellence factors include picture (exposure, focus, white balance), sound design and soundtrack, editing, and effective use of special effects (if any).

  4. Special considerations include emotional response, enjoyment factor, meaningfulness, and replay value.

Banquet chair Barbel Dagostino has already made some exciting changes to the event, planning a sit-down dinner of roasted chicken or steamed salmon (vs. a buffet), to be catered this year by Jolanda. The banquet location is still not available from the Recreation Department, but socializing for the dress-up evening will begin at 5:30 pm. More banquet news to come. For banquet info or to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Barbel at irelocateyou@yahoo.com, 858-232-2427.



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Another Opportunity to Tour Chapman Film School–November 16

If you missed the Video Club's very successful tour of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts last October, you're in luck! Inspired by what he saw and learned on the tour, club member Leon Goldberg has helped plan a similar tour, which will also include a visit to Chapman's Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library on Wednesday, November 16, leaving from Gate 3 at 9 am and returning around 4 pm. Chapman's 76,000-square-foot Marion Knott Studios (above), part of the Dodge College, was designed from the ground up to replicate a working production studio with sound stages, mixing studios, TV and Foley stages, audition rooms, set design shop, and editing suites. You'll see cutting edge technology!

The tour is sponsored by the Men's Club, Reform Temple Laguna Woods. Included in the cost is a gourmet lunch in Chapman's amazing Randall Dining Hall, operated for Chapman students and staff by a former Wolfgang Puck sous chef and replete with enticing food court choices from vegan to Italian to Mexican to Mediterranean to Chinese. The all-inclusive charge for guests is $40 ($35 for Temple and Men's Club members). For information and reservations, call John Dorman, Men's Club President and Tour Leader, 949-859-2215.



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GENERAL MEETING NOVEMBER 17
Getting Folks to “Open Up” for Documentary Filmmaking

Back again after her very successful presentation at our March 17, 2016, General Meeting, documentary filmmaker Sally Rubin, (left) a full-time faculty member in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will discuss "“Documentary Filmmaking: the Art of Gaining Access to People’s Lives and Stories – how to get folks to open up on camera” at our next General Meeting, Thursday, November 17. Snacks and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7. Open free to members and residents and their guests.

"’Access’ in the documentary world just means permission to film, trust, being let into someone's life,” explains Rubin. She’ll talk about how you get people to to share about their lives on film. While most of us don’t expect to see our work on PBS, like Rubin has, we often “document” the lives of loved ones as well as events we want to share and remember. How much better our results can be, using methods that work for professional documentarians!

With nearly 20 years’ experience as a documentary filmmaker and editor, Rubin recently completed “Life on the Line,” a KAET Phoenix co-production and Fledgling Fund recipient, about a teenage girl living on the border of the US and Mexico. Her previous film, “Deep Down” (co-directed by Jen Gilomen), was an ITVS-funded feature-length documentary about two friends in eastern Kentucky who find themselves divided over mountaintop-removal coal mining. The film was part of the 2010-2011 Independent Lens Emmy-winning PBS series, and has reached almost 1.5 million people.

In 2004 Rubin founded the groundbreaking Straight Outta Grrrlville Film Festival in San Francisco, and she continues to produce local events for artists and filmmakers, in conjunction with her own continued work. Rubin is a graduate of the MA program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. For more information, contact Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.

NEXT MEETINGS: No General Meeting in December. Our next General Meeting will be Thursday, January 19, 2017.



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FALL CLASS SCHEDULE
Classes in November: Organizing Photos/Videos, Intro to Video Production

Two classes remain in our fall lineup. See below. On October 27, Chuck Hale's “Introduction to YouTube” class was enthusiastically received by some dozen students, leading, we hope, to more resident-produced videos going online. On October 29, 10 members enrolled in the “Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production” class to learn new production techniques while reinforcing their camera, audio, and switcher skills. If you are interested in learning to work as a team to produce videos – for Channel 6 and YouTube, for yourself, your club or church, or other purposes – feel free to drop in and observe the remaining two sessions (see below). To learn what our new production group, Video One, is up to, click here.

FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production”

(2 sessions remaining in 3-part series) Saturdays, November 5, 12; 10 am-noon, Video Studio

Dr. Tom Nash, Instructor

Building on the skills learned in the introductory class. Students in the November 5 session will each produce a 30-second commercial. The November 12 session will introduce hands-on green screen techniques. Individual sessions are $5, and drop-ins are welcome to observe (and participate). For more information, contact Dr. Nash, Vice President and Learning Opportunitities Committee Chair, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.

Organizing Your Photos and Videos”

(1 session) Thursday, November 10, 10 am-noon, Video Lab

Chuck Hale, Instructor

This PC-based class will teach you how to use folders, sub-folders, alphanumeric labeling, and re-naming to control files and to know where your files are. The class will include lecture,demonstrations, and hands-on assignments. Lab computers will be available, but students are encouraged to bringing their own laptops. Cost is $5. You are welcome to make copies of class materials to take home. Bring a flash drive. For info, contact Chuck at Classic2@comline.com, 949-770-4589. Click here for flier.

“Introduction to Video Production: Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing”

(4 sessions) Saturdays, November 12, 19 and December 3, 10; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

Dr. Tom Nash, Instructor

Back by popular demand! In Tom's useful overview class, you'll gain a basic understanding of the four elements that go into every video production – lighting, cameras, audio, and editing. Whether it’s a professional shoot or your own family video, proper use of these elements is key to your video’s success. Detailed handouts are provided on each topic. If you've taken this class before, you're welcome to return for review. Cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership). Individual sessions are $5. For info, contacty Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.



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Video One to Start Producing “Laguna Woods Stories”

At a meeting October 14 in the Video Studio, the Video One production group decided to hold monthly meetings, combining group business with actual shoots. The next meeting will be Friday, November 11, 2016, and part of the meeting will be devoted to shooting a “Laguna Woods Stories” interview. Proposed and headed by Tom Nash, “Laguna Woods Stories” will consist of short segments exploring memorable moments recalled by Village residents. For more information on “Laguna Woods Stories” or to suggest interviewees for the series, contact Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.

Below, Video One members attended "Advance Multi-Camera Studio Production" class on October 29, taught by Dr. Tom Nash, to improve their production skills. They're sitting in the Studio's new green screen set.
 


Attending the meeting was actor/director John Perak, a longtime Village resident, who discussed a TV show concept he has been developing at the request of the Channel 6 Programming Task Force, a sub-committee of the GRF Media & Communications Committee. The Task Force has been asked to come up with ideas to improve Channel 6 programming. John's idea is for a show delving into stories behind the words we use, with production anticipated in late spring.

The group also laid out preliminary criteria for proposed projects:

VIDEO ONE GUIDELINES

  1. USE (Does the project in some way benefit the Village or the Video Club?)

  2. TECHNICAL ASPECTS (Can we shoot it with our staff and equipment? Who will edit it?)

  3. STAFF & TIMELINE (Will Video One crew members be available?)

  4. COST (How will any costs be met?)

Another guideline: As a benefit of helping with Video One shoots, members may call on other members to help them with personal projects.

For more information on Video One, contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran at Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788. or Lucy Parker at lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.



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Thrive Project Seeks Participants to Create Resident Video Profiles

Four 30-minute “Thrive” shows have been developed so far, according to GRF member Beth Perak (left) and videographer Scott Marvel (below), who discussed the Thrive Project at our October 20 General Meeting in the Video Lab. Beth, a member of the GRF Media & Communications Committee, described how the project grew from an initial idea she had into a persuasive video showcase for Village residents, living and telling their stories inour community. Thrive videos appear on Channel 6 and online. To watch an upcoming Thrive Show, check the Channel 6 TV listing.

Scott played a short resident-profile video which he had shot and edited on his iPhone just the day before. He stressed how easy videomaking has become with smartphone technology. Backing Scott up on that claim was club member Al Koch, whose one-day class, “Making Movies with iMovie on Your iPhone and iPad,” drew an enthusiastic group of students to the Video Lab on September 28. Al also showed an iPhone video he had shot of Hurricane Matthew on his recent trip East.

Scott is seeking residents to work on the Thrive Project in December. Enthusiasm is the main qualificagtion. Scott will teach you the rest. Contact him at scottmarvel1@mac.comAt left, Scott demonstrates iPhone video-making.
 



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A MESSAGE FROM PHIL DORAN
Status Report on N2L2D and N2L2KYM:

Below, team gathers for photo following N2L2KYM shoot in Video Studio October 7. Back, from left, David Dearing (MC), Lisa Aoki, Lucy Parker, Tom Nash, Leon Goldberg, Joan Carman; front, from left, Barbel Dagostino, Phil Doran (producer-director), Ellen Van Houten, Eydie Bowles. Below, Lucy Parker on switcher and Leon Goldberg on audio. Photos by Barbel Dagostino.

Both shows (the senior TV game shows “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate”) are being edited with help from Tom Nash and Lisa Aoki. It's slow-going because we're dealing with green-screen/switcher issues that we're in the process of learning. (N2L2KYM was shot on October 7 in the Video Studio by members of the Video One team.) For more “N2L” info, contact Phil Doran, Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788.

Applause to Brad Hudson (CEO of VSM) and Paul Ortiz (Channel 6 Station Manager) for acknowledging the lack of broad-based appeal of the current programming and launching an ambitious agenda to better serve, enlighten, and entertain our residents.

The success of VTV offers great opportunities for all of us in the Video Club. (Village TV, or VTV, is a major re-conceptualizing of our TV channel proposed by Brad Hudson in a formal presentation to the GRF Media & Communications Committee on October 26.)

Phil Doran



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OTHER TECH CLUBS

PC Club

The final meeting for 2016 will be on Monday, November 7, at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7 (not the usual Tuesday, which is Election Day). The presenter will be Abby Stokos, nationally-known author, instructor, and speaker, discussing “Seniors and Social Media.” She will share updates to her best-selling book, “Is This Thing On?”

The annual Fall Dinner will be held Sunday, November 13 at CH5. Appetizers at 5 pm, dinner at 6. Members are $20, non-members are $25. Dinner by Jolanda. Please register online at the club website or come to the workshop for a flier to complete or to get help with online registration.

The PC Workshop is open, providing PCs for all residents to use (some equipped with video editing software), 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday. It's not necessary to be a PC Club member to use this facility. More information on the club website. If you're interested in either the Genealogy & Family History Research Group or the Skype Special Interest Group, you can register online by going to the club website and selecting “Online Registration” on the left.

 

Mac Club

The Mac Club offers classes and personal assistance in using Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones in the Anne and Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center, which is open 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. Early November classes include an “Intermediate iPad” class covering the app settings on Thursday, November 3, at 1 pm with Ron Plain. More information on the club website.

 

Camera Club

“Getting More from Your Camera” will be presented by Robert Shelley, Sony Corporation, on Tuesday, November 8, from 1:30-3:30 pm in CH4, Photography Classroom. Learn about the evolving technologies of photography from Sony's senior technical representative. Rob will discuss in which direction the industry is moving, why, and how demands on a global scale effect industry trends. Everyone is welcome. Members, $5, non-members, $10, or become a Camera Club member for $20, which includes this presentation and membership through 2017. The fee will be collected at the door. The first 45 people to arrive will be accepted.

The Camera Club is celebrating its 50th year. The club's Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and on Saturday from 9 am-noon. Supervisors are present to monitor equipment and activity, but are not expected to have knowledge of all equipment and software programs. You can reserve slots of time on any computer by signing up in advance on the reservation schedule. For other Camera Club news, visit the club website.


 

Have News for The Videogram?

If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, Publicity Director, lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.

The Videogram Archive online at our club website provides links to all past Videograms and Videogram ALERTS. Videogram writing and production by Lucy Parker.


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