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May, 2017
iMovie Workshop Set for May 30 with Ron Plain and Steve Carman

“Laguna Woods Stories” Debuts on Village TV6
Upcoming Classes: “Intro to Video Production” Dates Changed to June
"Indexing Video for Oral History" Is May General Meeting Topicg
Bringing Stories to Life with Cyndee Whitney
197 Videos Now on Club YouTube Channel
Lab Supervisors to Hold Round Table May 23
Video One Plans Meetings and Training Sessions
Video One Members Assist in Video Shoot of Clown Graduation



 How to Access Video Club Banquet Photos: You can download and print or otherwise share pictures of you and your guests! Go to these Google Photos links for pictures from our 7th Annual "Academy" Awards Banquet, February 19, 2017.
Individual Video Editing Assistance: If you have a problem editing video or would simply like to improve your skills, one-on-one coaching is available for both PC and Mac users.

A donation to the Video Club for individual coaching services would be greatly appreciated.
Documentary Film Links: Prof. Sally Rubin, who heads the Documentary Film Program at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, has sent us the following links from her March 16 General Meeting presentation on “Documentary Filmmaking: The Art of Earning People's Trust.”
Her current project, “Hillbilly”:
Her funding reel:, password: mountains
Here’s a link to the presentation she gave:
N2L DVD Available: A DVD of the latest “Never Too Late to Be Great” show is now available. Edited by Lisa Aoki, the show aired on Village TV6 in March and April, featuring both “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate.” For info, contact the show's producer-director, Phil Doran,, 949-421-9788.


iMovie Workshop Set for May 30 with Ron Plain and Steve Carman

The Video Club is happy to announce that Ron Plain, one of the Mac Club's leading instructors and an iPad expert, will join President Steve Carman in leading an iMovie Workshop on Tuesday, May 30, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab. The Workshop will include lessons for the iPad as well as for MacBook and iMac computers. Depending on demand (how many members show up), the Workshop will continue on a twice-a-month basis. Open to Video Club members without charge. Village residents pay $15 (includes 2017 club membership). Click here for flier.
The Video Lab has several iMacs available (all recently updated by Ron Plain), but participants are encouraged to bring their own MacBooks or iPads, if possible. No pre-enrollment is required. For more information, contact Steve Carman,, (424) 254-6583.
iMovie has been called "the world’s best beginning video editing program" because it’s easy to learn and easy to use. Yet iMovie is very powerful, capable of producing polished movies with many pro touches. Participants will learn or review the basics: how to import video clips and still photos; create a
timeline, add titles, music, and narration--and more. Instruction will be tailored to participants’ needs.


“Laguna Woods Stories” Debuts on Village TV6

The “Laguna Woods Stories” series, profiling residents with fascinating tales to tell, produced and directed by Tom Nash (who also conducts the interviews, as shown as left), will have its first showing on Village TV6 in May. Airtimes are below.

Laguna Woods Stories
Thursday, May 4 at 10 am
Wednesday, May 10 at 3:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17 at 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 am
Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 pm

Other Village TV6 programs of interest to Video Club members include:

Sy Wellikson Song Parodies
Short videos of longtime resident Sy Wellikson’s song parodies, produced and directed this spring by Club President Steve Carman, will be broadcast beginning in May as filler for the “ThisDay” news program which airs weekday mornings at 8:30 am on Channels 6, 6.1 and 406. The shows repeat later in the day and are also posted on YouTube. Watch for these hilarious tidbits!

Emily Dickinson Poetry
An hour-long video, shot and edited by Publicity Chair Lucy Parker, presents an in-depth study of American poet Emily Dickinson and analyzes three of her best-known poems. The program was presented last fall by poet and scholar Robbi Nester of Lake Forest as part of the Village's monthly Exciting Women Writers & Poets series. Lucy predicts: "Poetry lovers planning to see the just-released and widely-acclaimed film on Emily Dickinson, “A Quiet Passion,” will get more out of the film if they first view this video." 

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 am
Friday, May 19 at 6 pm
Wednesday, May 24 at 4 pm
Saturday, May 27 at 8:30 am
Tuesday, May 30 at 2 pm
Thrive Show (short videos showing how residents are thriving in Laguna Woods Village) -- Every Thursday at 9:30 am

Camera Club (showcasing still photography by Camera Club members) -- Every Wednesday at 11:30 am


“Intro to Video Production” Class Dates Changed to June

There's still time to get in on Dr. Tom Nash's new two-session class, “The Role of the Producer,” which begins Saturday, May 6. Click here for flier. Learn the steps in making a video happen!

Dates have been changed from May to June on the repeat of Tom's “Introduction to Video Production” class. All three sessions will now be offered in June, starting June 3.At left, Lisa Aoki and Marj Huggins study camcorder operation. Click here for flier.

Providing summer activity at the Video Club will be a new class, “Simple Video Animation,” starting July 8. This will be the first time (in recent memory, at least) that the Video Club has taught animation – an area of great importance in video. 

For info on all classes, contact Tom at, 714 381-0781.
NEW CLASS: "The Role of the Producer,"
2 sessions. How do video programs happen? Beyond those doing creative work in front of and behind the cameras, the essential role of “putting it all together” is played by the producer – initial planning, funding and budgeting, lining up key personnel, overall scheduling, handling legal issues, arranging distribution, and more. Does this challenging,managerial kind of creativity interest you? Come and find out! $10 for members, $25 for non-members.
Tom Nash (may team with Phil Doran) – Saturdays, May 6, 13; 10 am-noon; Video Studio. Click here for flier.
“Introduction to Video Production,” 3 sessions. A repeat of Tom's popular video basics class, covering cameras (June 3), lighting (June 10), and audio (June 17). Video editing, formerly part of this class,is now being covered in our introductory PC and Mac video editing classes. Get a basic understanding of essential elements that go into every video, amateur or professional. Also great for review! Retake the whole series or just the sessions you need – and have your questions answered. $15 for members, $30 for non-members, or $5 per session.
Tom Nash – Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17; 10 am-noon; Video Studio. Click here for flier.
NEW CLASS: "Simple Video Animation," 2 sessions. Learn some basic animation techniques and add a new dimension to your videos.
Tom Nash – Saturdays, July 8,15; Video Lab and Studio.


“Indexing Video for Oral History” Is May 18 General Meeting Topic

Two local historians are making history of their own, using modern digital techniques in their work for the Laguna Woods History Center. At our May 18 General Meeting in the Video Lab, sisters Jennifer and Cindy Keil (left) of the Balboa Island Museum will explain their methods for “Indexing Video for Oral History.” In what they describe as a mini-workshop titled “Digital Oral History Methodology,” they will show how their collection management methods can be used with any project to digitize material and index video

The two are creating a digitally-accessible repository using YouTube and Oral History Meta Synchronizer (OHMS) to virtually index Village historical materials so they may be accessed through a website. As part of the process, the Keils create video interviews of longtime residents which are integrated into the project. Both women hold master's degrees from CSU Fullerton and are Orange County history consultants through their business, ChismeChick. Jennifer Keil is the California Delegate for the Southwest Oral History Association.

Open free to residents and their guests. Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. For more information, contact Steve Carman,, (424) 254-6583. Click here for flier.

FUTURE GENERAL MEETINGS: Thursday, June 15, 2017. Chuck Holland, Information Technology Director for Village Management Services, Inc., and newly-appointed as head of Broadband Services, will provide an “Update on Broadband Services and Village TV6.” No General Meetings in July and August. General Meetings will resume on Thursday, September 21, 2017.


Bringing Stories to Life with Cyndee Whitney

Encouraging members of her large audience to “keep telling their stories,” resident and Video Club member Cyndee Whitney (below), who hosts Village TV6's “Discovering Laguna Woods Village” show, listed several key factors that make stories memorable in her April 20 General Meeting presentation, “Storytelling: It's Everywhere.”

“People remember the beginning and end of your story. Make them meaningful,” she advised. “They also remember things that are repeated, whether images or words. They remember something relevant to themselves and elements that are unexpected. If you start with a strong character,” she added. “the story can develop around that person.”

Cyndee explained that one purpose of her popular Village TV6 show is to draw residents out of their homes to come, see, and experience the many opportunities available in our community. Cyndee was a Disney animator before moving into the human development field. She holds a Ph.D. In human and organizational systems.

An outstanding storytelling resource Cyndee recommends is National Public Radio's StoryCorps. Not only are these “conversations of a lifetime” compelling as entertainment, but they provide prime examples of how to tell stories that matter. They're collected from ordinary people nationwide and are available online. Aided by a facilitator, the subject and a friend “have a conversation” about a past experience which is brought to life as the subject verbally relives the tale, she said, while sharing examples with the audience..


197 Videos Now on New Club YouTube Channel

Months of effort have paid off for longtime member Chuck Hale, shown at right reporting to the Board of Directors on April 13, He has completed the set-up of a new YouTube channel for the Video Club with 197 videos uploaded. Many were culled from our former YouTube channel; others came from DVDs of member work stored in club archives. To access the new channel, after going to YouTube, search for "videocluboflagunawoods" or "vcoflw." This channel is in the correct club name (Video Club of Laguna Woods), Chuck pointed out. Our previous YouTube address ( was in an incorrect club name and no longer works.

Chuck has organized the videos to help users find them easily, employing four key words.

  • vcoflw will get all our videos
  • vcoflw awards will get 12 videos of our awards banquets
  • vcoflw tutorials will get 47 tutorials
  • vcoflw projects will get 49 projects
  • vcoflw people will get 91 videos attached to member names

Forty-one videos had copyright issues, Chuck reported, but are "OK as is" as long as they can have ads attached by third parties and as long we we do not show for profit

The new channel is linked to the club's email address,, which both Chuck and Lucy Parker, Publicity Director, check. In addition to managing the club's YouTube channel and teaching a course in using YouTube (with his own video tutorials), Chuck manages Video Lab computers, teaches PC photo and file management, and provides individual Pinnacle training. Chuck has also placed a large supply of copyright-free music from the YouTube Library on all Lab computers.

NOTE: All of these videos were uploaded to YouTube without member permission. If anyone wants their video removed, please notify Chuck at, 949-770-4589.


Lab Supervisors to Hold Round Table May 23

Led by longtime Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, the Video Club's Lab Supervisors will hold their next Round Table for planning, training, and sharing information on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 am in the Video Lab. Thursday Supervisor Jim Rohrs (left) will report on his recent efforts, upgrading Lab equipment instructions using a PowerPoint-based presentation style. Jim is also working with Video One members to develop new switcher instructions for the Video Studio. Another topic under discussion will be improving consumer camcorder loan procedures and augmenting camcorder accessories available for loan.
Other Supervisors include Bob Kulpa and Lillian Winkler (Tuesdays), Betsy Martin and Andy Cullinane (Wednesdays), and Lucy Parker (Thursdays). If you'd like to volunteer for this rewarding activity – helping residents with video-related projects – please contact Wolfgang at, 949-457-1259. Training is available.


Video One Plans Meetings and Training Sessions

Video One's next regular meeting will be Friday, May 5, at 1 pm in the Video Studio
Sixteen members of Video One, our club's video production team, attended the April 21 meeting, welcoming six new members who completed Tom Nash's three-week “Multi-Camera Studio Production” class on March 4. The new participants are Bonnie Beaux Fullerton (second from left, a long-time Video Club member), Tom and Sylvia Sheng (foreground right), Dr. Jeanne Mayer, Ghattai Pourazai, and Paul Chiang.
Video One member and resident Marge Kinney, a noted artist who exhibits annually at Art-A-Fair, was interviewed following the meeting as part of a newly-proposed video series on Village artists and their work. A “Laguna Woods Stories” interview with Video Club member and resident Roland Harrison (below), who has excelled in both fashion photography and football coaching, was also recorded. "Laguna Woods Stories" will start airing on VTV Channel 6 in May. See scheduled times.
A decision was taken to hold short Video One meetings (limited to an hour) on the first and third Fridays at 1 pm in the Video Studio to handle planning and follow-up for video projects (both club projects, such as the “Laguna Woods Stories” series, and individual member projects requiring Video One assistance). Usually, these meetings will be followed by a scheduled shoot.
To build member skills, it was decided to hold training sessions on the 2nd, 4th (and occasionally 5th) Fridays at 1 pm in the Video Studio. The decision grew out of a training proposal from Bob D'Evelyn. Club VP and Director of Learning Opportunities Tom Nash has agreed to attend most of these sessions, which may also be followed by a scheduled shoot. For more info, contact Video One Co-Facilitator Phil Doran,, 949-421-9788.


Video One Members Assist in Video Shoot of Clown Graduation

In photos by Barbel Dagostino, Video One member Andy Cullinane (below,left) is shown taking video at Laguna Woods Senior Clown Alley graduation ceremonies (below, right) April 8 in Clubhouse 6. Other Video One members participating included Bob D'Evelyn, Lisa Aoki, and Gloria D'Simone Shute. Filmmaker David Bukstein (pictured with camera at right), grandson of residents Paul and Selma Bukstein, had requested help collecting footage for a documentary film he's making on our Village clowns, the largest senior clown organization in the world.



PC Club
Using Google Photos: If you missed the PC Club's April 11 General Meeting, featuring nationally-known trainers Jim and Chris Guld of Geeks-on-Tour explaining how to use Google Photos, PC Club President Bob Sellards has passed along a YouTube link for the same presentation at another event: The Gulds' handout can be obtained on the PC Club's website; – click on “Additional Links.”

Camera Club
The Camera Club is offering a class in “Photography for Phones and Tablets” Tuesday, May 9, at 1:30 pm in the Photo Lab Classroom, Clubhouse 4. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Click here for flier with details and registration instructions.

Have News for The Videogram?
The Videogram is written and edited by Lucy Parker. Production by Misako Katayama. If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, Publicity Director,, 949-456-4657.

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