The Certificate below was presented to Jersey Camcorder Club member Charlie Blampied at the end of the Annual General Meeting, as a ‘Chairman’s Award’ given by Laurie Stewart. The sentiments were heartily endorsed by all the members, and Charlie has asked the editor to express his thanks for all the kind words and to say that he hopes the members can continue to put up with him for another few years.
CERTIFICATE PRESENTED TO CHARLIE BLAMPIED IN RECOGNITION OF DEDICATION & VALUE TO THE CLUB To cite just a few of the reasons for this award. The unfailing presentation of a film on projects night Always being there to assist in laying out & putting away the equipment. The producing of an article for every issue of the Club Newsletter Always attending any outside activity & taking part in any club organised project. Finally the knack of being able to amuse members in what only can be described as Charlie's way.
This year we were very pleased to have 9 films submitted for our Club Annual Competition, and particularly as we had a new winner, as well as entries from two members who had not before been involved. The winning film was chosen by ‘the audience’ as being the most entertaining and was the one created by Carol Thebault. This showed her enchanting shots of Juvenile Penguins, which she had very cleverly cut to music, and Carol was delighted when she was presented with her certificate and the Tony Brown Trophy. The video voted into second place was ‘Flying Trip to New Zealand’, entered by Roy Le Plongeon - on his first attempt at the competition. Roy achieved excellent results in creating an interesting, snappy film from his holiday footage. Third placed was Derek De Gruchy, who had re-edited his film Malvern Here We Come into a shorter version for the competition. The other entrants were:- Charlie Blampied with Looking Back to 2006, Annette Lowe with Like a Fishwife, Alan Michel with Babbacombe Model Village, Avril Rolls with Christmas Markets Rhine Cruise, Laurie Stewart with Jersey Air Display, and finally John Williams with Up the Sani Pass.
In the last edition of the Newsletter it was suggested that members may wish to enter some of their work into the Guernsey Eisteddfod which, unlike Jersey, still runs a Video Section and holds their Festival in March. As it happened only Annette Lowe took up the offer, and submitted two of her short films to Keith Tostevin, the Competition Secretary. She was delighted later to hear from Keith that the judges (staff from the Channel Television Group) had judged Way Down Under as the Most Artistic Film, and Like A Fishwife as the Best Other Film.
Keith Tostevin - who is also Chairman of the Camcorder Club of Guernsey - himself had won the Best Documentary, although the Best Film Overall this year went to an entry submitted by a student from Guernsey Grammar School. Annette travelled to Guernsey to attend the Presentation and receive her fine trophies. While viewing the Exhibition, she was particularly interested in the Guernsey Club equipment which Keith was using to show the films as it was a self contained DVD player and projector, which had integral speakers, and was thus extremely easy to transport and set up at different venues. This was the second visit Annette had made to our neighbouring island during the winter months, as she also had attended the Guernsey Lily Film Festival, and been as impressed as ever with the excellent films shown. This year the award for the Best Channel Island entry was made to a young Guernsey man Matt Thomas, for Zombie Enigma. But as well as being an opportunity to see first class amateur films, the Festival is also a gathering of many friendly faces from the video making world. Included this year were Rod and Liz Willerton from Haywards Heath, who frequently visit our club, and they had arranged a surprise for Annette. This was an extra presentation made at the end of the evening, of a silver cup from the Sussex Film Festival, as Annette’s film Pushkar had been awarded the trophy for Best Travelogue at that event. Such a thoughtful gesture!