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To Spring 2009

Spring 2009.
We seem to have been quite busy as a club recently with group filming, and on this occasion we had an urgent plea to help a gentleman called Ralph Mauger prepare a film record of a local ceremony due to take place within a few days of the request. The event was to be the unveiling of a plaque at St Aubin to mark the centuries old fishing links between Jersey and the Gaspé region of Quebec in Canada. Apparently Jerseyman Charles Robin, who       
lived at St. Aubin, set sail for Newfoundland in 1766, and there he founded a fishing and ship building business which sowed the seeds for Quebec’s lasting prosperity.

This relationship between Jersey and the Gaspé was to be commemorated by the placing of granite maps of the two areas in the each country, and a film of Jersey’s unveiling ceremony was required so that it may be shown in Canada.

We could hardly refuse a Jerseyman in this crisis, so a film crew of Carol Thebault, Charlie Blampied and Annette Lowe was  gathered and between them managed to complete a 28 minute film of the ceremony.
This year, for the first time since 1998 (when we entered The Bathing Pool), the Jersey Camcorder Club has produced a film that has been awarded the Best Channel Island Entry in the Guernsey Lily Film Festival. Although we were very proud in 2005 when club member Alan English received the award in his own right.
But on this occasion the crystal trophy was awarded for our film ‘In the Trenches’, which involved several club members during the lengthy period of filming, and which was edited by Annette Lowe. The film was also awarded a Very Highly Commended certificate, which again was an unusually high honour.

Accordingly Annette and Carol Thebault are set to attend the Festival in Guernsey in mid October to watch all the excellent films which will undoubtedly be shown, and to receive the trophy on behalf of the club.
Although as a club we have so far never been involved in the annual North versus South competition, when Trapped was announced in the magazines as the theme for this year and mentioned at a springtime meeting, it struck a chord with two Jersey Camcorder Club members who each decided to make films to that theme.
Firstly Wally Rowe set out to make a short drama, using club members for the cast. Fortunately he found some willing actors, all set to have a laugh and make fools of     


themselves if necessary. Plus club Treasurer and farmer Derek was able to provide a suitable dank and dismal venue in which to film the wicked tale. One of the scenes was to involve two club members trying to push a reluctant other member into the boot of a car. As the poor victim (Dieter) is quite a well built chap, this proved very difficult, so after a few failed attempts they had to get him in the boot via the fold down rear seats. Naturally this will be disguised with some nifty editing!

While this was going on some came along and said they would immediately call the police and inform them someone was being kidnapped. The crew explained they were making a film, so satisfied they walked off smiling. They probably thought the planned remake of Bergerac had already started, or maybe that all Jersey people really are crooks – or mad.

The other planned Trapped film also involved some unexpected drama, although it is not aimed at being a dramatic film as such. It is being produced by Annette Lowe with the main purpose of being a safety awareness film with regard to the dangers in respect of the tides in Jersey, particularly around the Seymour Tower area.

The film is planned to give advice on various safety measures to be undertaken, but one of the chief ones is to be aware of the position of the Refuge and its usefulness. In order to illustrate this Annette decide to recreate a scenario with two apparent visitors meandering about without concern, getting cut off and then being rescued. This was of course a moderately dangerous enterprise to set up and film as it was imperative that no one was put in any real danger. Two brave volunteer ‘visitors’ were recruited and a camera crew located from club members. Although these people would be standing on shore, they also had to watch out for the tide and their filming would mainly be done at a high level of zoom.

The plan was for the two volunteers to climb the Refuge as they were being surrounded by the tide, and then be noticed and rescued by a local kayaker, Ken Moore, who had already retrieved several people in danger over the years. The local Coastguard Service were notified about all this, and were fully in agreement about the film being made as it would add to their portfolio of material on Safety Awareness around the coast.

On the actual day the weather was perfect and all went according to plan, except that of course a great many local residents also look out from their gardens and windows, spot that someone is in trouble and dial 999. And although the Coastguard Service had been forewarned the correct messages did not seem to have been passed on, with the result that the Fire and Rescue Service RIB came screaming out and was launched on a salvage mission.

So all ended well in the end, as the point was proved that if you are in trouble, climb the Refuge and help will come.