Nick, Magda, Swithun, Duncan
The mission statement of the group was discussed. We couldn't think of anything good at the meeting, but we have a bunch of phrases and 3 points that the statement should cover. The points are:
a good atmosphere for watching films
good films to watch
promoting good locally made films
A good atmosphere is discussed below. Good films to watch is intended to cover not just arthouse films, but also the occasional mainstream film that we want to show. It should however exclude most mainstream films that might get suggested. Good locally made films means that we won't show just anything made in Edinburgh (plus environs). Such a film would have to go well with a main feature.
Rather than use the word 'good' everywhere, some other phrases might be:
experimental, cult, obscure, enducational, cinema as artform not entertainment. If anyone can weave these 3 ideas and some phrases toghether into a mission statement, please do.
Get submissions of locally made short films. Have to view films first - not show just anything. Find a good feature film that it would go with.
This will happen later on, when the film night has become more established.
What films to show
We plan to show more non-feature films - documentaries etc.
Those present at the meeting will each suggest 5 films (on the BB) and these will be discussed at the next meeting, or on the BB.
A good atmosphere
At the moment, customers and staff often disrupt the film. To make the film night more like a cinema, we propose the following:
Shut kitchen during film
Turn off all lights
Announce that film is going to be shown
Move furniture (get help from customers)
Turn off wifi
Break between films (kitchen open)
Sign for curtain to say that film is in progress
2 people in charge each night
So that kitchen staff don't have to wait until after film to clean kitchen, film staff could help before and after film. We can see how this goes and how much time/help is needed.
We couldn't decide on whether to start later. At 8pm, some people are still eating dinner. If the film was put on later, say 9pm, then we would have a more dedicated crowd. The reason for not starting later is that we could then show, say, 4 hours of films.
Get video from freecycle (must have NICAM sound) (AP Swithun)
Price a popcorn machine (AP Magda)
Clean lens of projector before each film
Move projector closer as picture is too big (AP Magda)
Before we finalise the programme and publicity, we need to find out how legit the operation is. Nick will ask Dan/Ryan about this.
Depending on how many films we can show, we will advertise on the Forest boards, the website, university and colleges.
Write-ups for films will be done.
The new programme will start the 2nd week of January. Films will be finalised 6 weeks in advance.
Next meeting 2 weeks time (12/12), monthly in future, more often just now.