Oxen Park Cinema Club Film Unit started in 2004 when a group of members got together using their own video equipment to make a short advert for ‘The Tinners’ Rabbit’ who were sponsoring one of the evening film shows.
Since then it has come on in leaps and bounds. Four of us did an evening course at UVHS on low-budget film making and we got a big boost when a grant from the Neighbourhood Forum enabled OPCC to buy a Mini-DV camera and tripod. Since then we have also been able to take advantage of grant-funded courses run by Shoreline Films on camerawork and editing. We now have a great PD170 camcorder a variety of other camcorders, 4 tripods, microphones and other film making equipment including two Apple Mac editing computers which are used by ourselves and with the film –making workshops we run every year. We use Imovie, Pinnacle Studio and Final Cut Express/Final Cut Pro editing software.
Films finished and in production include:
- Local news items
- Other ‘adverts’ for sponsors (North Country Furniture Makers, Esthwaite Trout Fishery and Two by Two)
- Features on local people and places (New path and planting at Ickenthwaite with Miles Dickenson, and The Low Wood Gunpowder Works with Ron Mein, the first of two to three films on The Lost Industries of the Leven Valley)
- Always Has Always Will – a film made with the Kendal film festival – make a film in 48 hours.
- We have even been commissioned to make a couple of training films for British Orienteering.
- We have finished our half-hour documentary film on The Backbarrow Blue Mill.
Everyone says we have got better! But there is still plenty of room for improvement. We swop jobs to gain experience in all aspects of film making though some of us are better behind the camera than in front of it.
Film – Making workshops
We have run workshops for adults and children. It’s a bit of supply and demand as well as promoting the art of film making with local primary school children.
We have always tried to encourage children to develop all the skills to make films from directing, editing, shooting and using the camera and acting. Entry into the annual film making class at the Rusland Valley Horticultural Show has been a target.
New people are always welcome, no experience/equipment necessary, time and enthusiasm are the only qualifications.
Contact Roger Layfield 01539530092 or Carol McNeill 01229861507
Oxen Park Cinema Club Film Unit