Viewfinders’ Digital Video Club (formerly Cupertino Viewfinders Camcorder Club) will now be meeting each month from 7:30-9:30pm at the Historic Santa Clara Depot, 1005 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Guests of Club members and visitors from the general public are welcome to attend. Admission is free. Please see the Club Calendar on the Meetings page for upcoming monthly programs and dates.
The Group has made national and internationally acclaimed award winning movies that include "Maybe Today" 2006, "Dearly Departed" 2007, "Two Left Feet" 2008, "The Interrogation" 2009 and "Through the Dark Glass" 2010.
February 17, 2016 (3rd Wed.)
Club Meeting 7:30-9:30pm
Film Making Magic: Sean McCarthy, local film writer/director, will lift the curtain on filmaking magic. Plus the screening of PSA's by our Club members and a short workshop on making a shot list from a script. This Club meeting will be the second at our new venue, the Historic Santa Clara Depot, so be sure to find its location on your map and start out on the road early enough to accommodate the road traffic.
Historic Santa Clara Depot
1005 Railroad Avenue,
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Jan 20th Meeting Hi-lights
President, John Dietrich, kicked-off the new year with his presentation on "Creating PSA's" [Public Service Announcements] along with a challenge to Club attendees to make a 1-minute PSA from a set of supplied video clips for screening at the Feb meeting. John also explained the various microphones and techniques for capturing good sound along with your video footage. Finally Jack Gorham introduced the topic of "Making Shot Lists from Scripts".
Living for the View
Checkout this July 2011 news article about the Viewfinders Club written by staff writer Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt for the locally distributed Cupertino Courier. In the article Cathy tells about how the "love of movie-making brings the Club members together" to produce better and better movies with each production as individuals as well as collectively in the Club Production Group.
Viewfinders Digital Video Club Member Benefits
The annual dues for 2016 are just $30 for individuals and $35 for families (prorated quarterly for new members). If you're not already a Club member, you can download our Membership Form, fill it out and mail it in with your dues check to our Club Treasurer.
The more significant benefits of membership are:
1. Viewfinders Monthly Meetings. Every Club member is strongly encouraged to attend our monthly general meetings where you'll have the opportunity to not only learn something new about your hobby of videography, but also get the chance to make new and stronger relationships with others who have the same interest in movie-making as you. Watch the short promo clip that the Club made in 2012.
2. Viewfinders Monthly Newsletter. This colorful publication is not being produced this year as the Club continues to seek a new Editor. In the meantime, we urge you to peruse the Newsletter page of this website to locate articles in past issues that may interest and help you produce better quality videos.
3. Screening Eligibility. By being a Club member you'll be able to have your video(s) screened during our monthly general meetings which will give you the opportunity to receive feedback from the audience on the good and bad of your production.
4. Club Movie-making Production Crew. A special interest group of the Club called the Viewfinders Video Productions Group produces an annual Club movie designed to compete in amateur movie festivals around the world. Our award-winning movies include "Maybe Today", “Dearly Departed”, “Two Left Feet” and "Through the Dark Glass" which won an award by the Society of Canadian Cine Amateurs. All of these movies plus “The Interrogation” are available on DVD for purchase at our meetings for $5 each. If you'd like to order one or more of them, contact our Club Treasurer. Note: see our Productions page for trailers of most of them.
5. Club Annual Membership Video Contest. Movie entries for this annual October event is limited to Club members only. Besides this major contest event, there are throughout the year several special video "theme challenge" events for Club members.
6. Viewfinders Communications. To receive a copy of the Club Membership Roster and E-mail notifications of offline special events, activities or offers, you must be a Club member. The Club Roster contains member names, phone numbers, E-mail addresses, and videography equipment that each of us uses. Regarding events, in the past several years we have spent an evening at Lucas Films at the San Francisco Presidio, at Pixar Films in Emeryville, at the Dolby Sound Studios in San Francisco, the NBC Channel 3 news studio in San Jose,
and most recently the San Jose Tech Museum where we witnessed the taping of Scott Budman's TechNow show that aired March 10, 2012.
7. The AMPS [American Motion Picture Society] and SCCA [Society of Canadian Cine Amateurs]. Since the Viewfinders Club has a membership in each of them, Viewfinders Club members qualify to enter their annual movie contests held in late Summer and Fall. For example, Club member Frank Swanson, won the SCCA's "Best Use of Sound" Award in 2010 for his movie EMMA.