Club Night, Members A.V. Evening - Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

At the first meeting of the club in 2018, members enjoyed a wide variety of subjects and themes in the clubs annual A.V.
night where members are invited to showcase their work with the addition of music to produce an audio visual presentation.

The opening sequence was Sue Dawson’s first venture into the genre with Aspects of Northumberland. Set to traditional
Northumbrian music, it included scenes of evening lit stepping stones and churches in Morpeth, big skies over the cheviots,
bridges, villages, lakes, horse riders on Bamburgh beach and stunning shots of castles, sand dunes, wild flowers and bird life.
It perfectly illustrated the beauty of Northumberland, Chairman Mark Harrison commenting that with our lovely local scenery
why anyone would prefer to go abroad.

Next on was Alan Barker, firstly with Watching Wildlife which opened with Alan in a safari suit, a tiger walking past followed
by an elephant. The next scene showed him being eaten by a shark. This was followed by beautiful shots of birds of prey,
wildlife of every description and animated flying birds. Mark commented on the great use of 3D effects. His next piece entitled
Pickering included re-enactment shots of WWII scenes and set to 1940’s music, on the station platform were spivs, women in
the jaunty hats of the day, railway workers, old cars, German, American and British service personnel all dressed in character
which Mark said was well handled and contained no 21st century intrusions. Alan concluded his presentation with Dogfight; a
sharp, exciting piece which re enacted a wartime dog fight. The scramble bell was sounded; spitfires took off and from a pilots
point of view enemy planes flew across the screen with sound effects of gunfire, ending with pilots parachuting from their
aircraft. Mark commented on Alan’s extraordinary use of effects and transitions.

Glyn Trueman came next with Isle of Skye, a gentle audio visual set to highland music. Views of the skye bridge at sunset,
atmospheric mountains in low cloud, rocky coves, towering cliffs, in dramatic monochrome, a shot of Old Man of Storr,
Dunvegan castle, shiny seaweed, seals resting on kelp and stunning waterfalls. Colourful coastal cottages were followed by
seabirds in flight, and on the Strathaird Peninsular an ancient graveyard. An atmospheric piece which Mark said would make
anyone want to return.

Paul Appleby’s All About Colours followed with vibrant shots taken in Italy, the Lakes, Manchester and also still life. An array
of colourful shots of Lucca’s Cathedral and Piazza with its café society, Livorno, Pisa’s Tower and Camposanto, terracotta roof
tiles, a glowing cityscape of Florence in brilliant evening light and Pont Vecchio. The Lake District followed with tranquil views
of Elterwater, Grasmere, the Langdales, Rydalwater, with golden bracken and milky waterfalls. Evening views of the dramatically
lit Salford Quays, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Lowry Centre followed. Pressed flowers, back lit in vibrant colours of vivid
purple, yellow and blue, butterflies, bronze autumn leaves, window boxes and colourful shutters concluded Paul’s presentation.

Stephanie Robson continued with I’m New. The scene opens with a group of already seen AV files lined up on a computer screen.
A new file, labelled ‘I’m New’ struts across the screen and the others all gather around it to see what’s new. The new file then
opens up to a series of colourful images of graffiti, street signs, posters, bicycles, abstract statuary and unusual objects spotted throughout the summer holidays. Finally the file closes and then joins the other files on the screen which have been seen.

Mark then went on to show his Av entitled What I did this Summer which included photographs taken at steam rallies, Beamish, Durham, of old wrecks and shacks, seabirds, butterflies and insects, The Sage roof reflections, views of the river Tyne and the
pier at Saltburn. He finished off the evening with a humourous Av of photographs taken when out on the clubs’ summer walks,
candid shots of club members on location, cruising on the River Tyne, hill walking, on Amble beach at sunset and finally studio
portraits taken on portrait night. The evening encouraged much conversation where the audience were given hints and tips on
technique and composition when making an audio visual presentation, after which coffee was served.