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Come along and see what other clubs have entered - as well as the One Minute Film Competition.

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November 4th 2018

Competition Time!

Our annual competition for affiliated clubs - The Strathclyde Film Event takes place in it's usual setting in Carluke.

Films should be based on a theme and it's "What's Your Poison" this year - so why not come along and see what the clubs got up to?

There is also the One Minute Competition where the winner goes on to represent SAM at the next IAC AGM Mini Mermaid Competition.

And if that's not enough, we'll also be showing some short films from the last workshop groups followed by some terrific BIAFF Films.

Note: Membership fees are due now so please send your £28 subscription to Hugh asap - thank you!


A Brief Introduction to SAM

Born 1949

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We are an association of amateur film-makers and affiliated film-making clubs from all over Scotland, the Borders and Carlisle. We meet monthly, usually from October through to June in locations throughout the central belt and sometimes further afield.

Our membership is made up of clubs and individuals and has a wide range of abilities and technical know-how. What we may sometimes lack in skills we make up for with our warm welcome and willingness to share our knowledge and passion for making films.

We are also an affiliated club of the IAC and the "Scottish Region of the IAC"

Whether you want to make or learn to make films, show your work, enter competitions or simply watch other peoples films we have something for everyone.

SAM organises many events designed to provide an interesting, informative and entertaining syllabus for our members.

Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, and give us a try. We guarantee you won't be disappointed and our SAM teas are legendary!

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Registered as a Charity in Scotland No. SC 014975








2017-2018 Syllabus

The SAM Committee prides itself on bringing our members the very best Films
and amazing Guest Speakers to fill our Syllabus every year.

Download a copy of the Syllabus as a PDF A4 Poster

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Well, what a meeting! John came up to a rather wet Edinburgh and although the audience wasn't as large as we'd hoped for - everyone certainly enjoyed his presentation.

With such a varied mix of films, John certainly keeps himself challenged with the projects he takes on - from animations to rock band music videos! From documentaries to holiday films with a twist!

A very professional approach to his presentation and everyone had a very entertaining afternoon.

A full report will appear in the next SAM NEWS.

Guest Speaker - John Roberts

October 7th 2018, 3pm. ECVS, Edinburgh

An Afternoon with John Roberts

We've are very excited to announce that John Roberts is coming to SAM!! We've been trying for ages to get John up to Scotland and we're very pleased that it's finally going to happen!

John is a very accomplished film-maker and will be telling us all about them. We're hoping for a full house at ECVS so please be early to make sure you get a good seat!

John will be bringing a selection of films - some old, some new, seen and unseen for his amazing presentation - see you there!


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Winner of 2017 Strathclyde Competition - East Renfrewshire CC
Strathclyde Entry Form One Minute Entry Form

Strathclyde Film Event

November 4th 2018 - 3pm, St Andrews Church Hall, Carluke

Scotland's Inter-Club Film Competition

& the One Minute Film Competition

This long-running competition is based on a set theme which has been picked from the previous competition.

The theme for the 2018 competition is "What's Your Poison?" and all clubs affiliated to SAM are invited to take part.

It's sure to be an entertaining afternoon and you don't have to be a member of a Club particpating to come along and see the entries.

Voting is in the style of the Eurovision Song Contest with Clubs that have entered giving their results - and can sometimes be tense!

The winner of the One Minute Film Compeition will go forward to represent SAM in the Mini Mermaid Competition, at the IAC AGM Weekend.

SAM Christmas Social Event

December 2nd - 2:00pm, Grampian Hotel, Perth

SAM's take on a traditional Christmas Dinner!

With a change of venue this year but still with an emphasis on fun, frolics and good food, members will be entertained with a hand-picked selection of films, a fun quiz and of course, a tombola with lots of prizes - you'll have the best pre-Christmas afternoon Dinner possible!

We've managed to keep the price for this event to a very low charge of only £13.00 for starter, dinner & tea/coffee.

Christmas Social Booking Form

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SAM Social Afternoon

January 13th - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

And the January Meeting is Back!

Come along to the January meeting and bring along a film! It's a non-competitive meeting and all about the friendships we've all made in SAM.

Get welcomed in with a warm cuppa and have a blether with friends. Then we'll be showing some films from friends and members but in a purely non-competitive way so dig out that wee film that hasn't been seen for a while and hopefully we'll get to show it.

Shorter films will have a better chance of being shown - and while we might like to see your 45 minute documentary about spiders in Outer Mongolia, short films rule for this event!

If you can't make it to the meeting - why not send your film in to be shown? It's bound to be a very entertaining afternoon.

There will also be the infamous SAM Tea at the break!


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Guest Speaker - Diane Brooks

February 3rd 2019 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

Come along and listen to what's involved in the work of a Voice Over Artist. Diane Brooks is a well-known voice on radio and television and will amaze you with her insight into her work.

If you're serious about voice over techniques for your documentaries - you've got to be here to hear what Diane has to say. Learn from the expert!


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Guest Speaker - Rob Wallace

March 3rd 2019 - 3pm, Parklands Centre, Alva

Filming on a Mobile Phone

Come along to hear Rob and be inspired to get out there filming with your mobile phone.

Rob will also have copies of his book for sale which should make for some interesting reading.


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Members Entry Form


Members Competition

April 8th 2018 - 2:30pm, ECVS, Edinburgh

also Novice & 5 Minute Competition

Judge: Michael & Linda Gough

The one we've all been waiting for! Make sure your entry is in nice and early.

NOTE! The earlier start time of 2:30pm We want to show as many entries as possible.

This competition attracts the best films that have been produced over the year.

Come along and see what other Clubs and indiviual film-makers have been up to this year. Our adjudicators are Michael & Linda Gough, who are well-known at SAM both as presenters and judges and we're really pleased to have them judge this years competition. This is the first year that the Members Comp includes awards for both the Novice and the Five Minute trophies.

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Annual Workshop

May 12th 2018 - 9:30am, Parklands Centre, Alva

Change of Date & Venue!

The date & venue might have changed but this is going to be a terrific workshop!

Our guest presenter this year is Geof Cauldwell, chairman of CEMRIAC and a well known amateur film-maker.

The subject will be music based - more details to follow as soon as we get them, so follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Final details are still being ironed out but this is sure to be a popular event.

The price of the workshop has been kept to a very low £20 per person. Members of affiliated clubs are welcome to come along as well.

9:30 prompt - if you want coffee!


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Annual General Meeting

June 3rd 2018 - 3pm, ECVS, Edinburgh`

AGM and Presentation of Trophies

The end of another season.

Every year the Committee try to put together an exciting, informative and competitive syllabus - but we do need some help to acheive this!

Organisations, like SAM, can't succeed if there's very little input from its members. Getting involved couldn't be easier - Just come along to the AGM!

You can volunteer for the Committee, or if that's not for you, but you have ideas that you think the Committee should be exploring and possibly adding to next years Syllabus - speak up and let us know! You can also write articles for the Newsletter about your filming or your Club or help out at the Events!

None of the events "just" happen, there is alot of discussion and plannng that happens behind the scenes - why not be part of it?

There will also be a presentation of award certificates and trophies to the all the winners from the season, followed by a showing of the winning films.

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    John Roberts

    An Afternoon with John Roberts

    October 7th 2018 - 3pm

    ECVS - Edinburgh

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    Strathclyde Film Event

    & One Minute Film Competitions

    November 4th 2018 - 3pm

    St Andrews Church Hall, Carluke

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    SAM Christmas Social Event

    Turkey and all the trimmings!

    December 2nd 2018 - 2:30pm

    Grampian Hotel, Perth

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    SAM Social Day

    It's All About Friends

    January 13th 2019 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    Diane Brooks

    Working as a Voice Over Artist

    February 3rd 2019 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    Rob Wallace

    Filming on a Mobile Phone

    March 3rd 2019 - 3pm

    Parklands Centre, Alva.

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    Members Competition

    Inc 5 Min & Novice Awards

    April 7th 2019 - 2:30pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

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    SAM Workshop

    Our Annual Workshop

    May 4th 2019 - 9:30am-6pm

    Parklands Centre, Alva

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    Annual General Meeting

    AGM & Presentation of Trophies

    May 19th 2019 - 3pm

    ECVS, Edinburgh

Meet the SAM Committee

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Frank Ramsay

SAM Chairperson

The Boss. If you don't ask....

Top Man

Keeps a tight ship and guide SAM for the next 2 years

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Deputy Chairperson

Come on board!

Deputy Chair

Enjoys all sorts of film-making but most importantly, the team camaraderie.

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Phil Walker

Honorary Secretary

Always on the keyboard

Always Busy!

Active in all of Perth Film-makers clubs productions.

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Hugh Trevor

Honorary Treasurer

No Ordinary Scooter Enthusiast

I Love Scooters!

Enjoys making quirky travelogue films.

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Pat Mahon

Website & Newsletter

One day Rodney.....


One Half of XDL - Passionate about fiction films.

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Sandra Heap

Committee - Catering

Enjoy your Cuppa!


You can't keep Sandra away from the Rapids!

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Dorothy Borrie

Committee Member

So many talents!

The Organiser

Keeps us all on the straight and narrow!.

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Alistair Biggar

Committee Member

A Sound Man

Sounding Off!

Newest Committee Members - with some great ideas!

About us....

As members of the SAM Committee, we are all passionate about SAM and all its activities.

Whether that's one of our own putting on a film presentation or entertaining our well-travelled guest speakers.

Our resources allow us to bring the very best amateur film-makers to Scotland for our members to learn related skills such as lighting, sound, filming techniques - and we always attract the very best there is.

Being in the Committee is not an arduous task - with only a couple of meetings to attend (usually in Edinburgh or via Skype) and we would love to have some new faces on board.

But there's other ways you can help SAM. Helping to set up meeting rooms, assisting with the catering or even just letting us know of an idea you have for an event or a guest speaker - we'd want to hear from you!

If you'd like to volunteer to help, even if in an unofficial capacity, please get in touch or mention it to one of the Committee at the next meeting.

You won't regret it and you'll find it very rewarding!

It couldn't be easier to join SAM!

Why Join SAM?

Why not come along and join SAM? It's a Bargain - it'll honestly be the best thing you ever do!

You're welcome to come along to any meeting and see what we have to offer before committing to a membership. You're first meeting is free (only pay for your tea!) and we're sure that you'll enjoy the experience so much that you'll want to join.

Joining Scottish Association of Moviemakers couldn't be easier. We have meetings in various parts of the country to encourage as many members as possible to attend - and we also have a regularly produced Newsletter, with film-making articles, which is delivered to all members and Clubs. Membership is only £28 per season for individuals or Clubs. Click the button and we'll send you full details!

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tick Value for Money - we have a very reasonable membership fee of only £28 per season.
tick Competitions for both Clubs and Individual Film-makers.
tick Varied Syllabus - Our meetings attract the very best UK Moviemaking speakers.
tick Annual Workshop - with the very best amateur film-making practitioners.
tick Meet Like-minded Enthuisasts from other Clubs and individuals.
tick Our Famed Teas! At every meeting you'll get to sample some delicious sandwiches and cakes!
tick Regular Newsletter with reports of meetings and film-making related articles

For Scottish Amateur Moviemakers

Film-Making Competitions

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Competitions for both Individuals and Clubs.

Value for Money

Coming Soon 2

Our Annual Membership fees are very reasonable.

Exciting Syllabus

Coming Soon 03

Our meetings attract the best Guest Speakers

Annual Workshop

Coming Soon 4

With talented film-makers taking the helm!

Regular Newsletter

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Receive a copy of our regular Newsletter.

Christmas Social

Coming Soon 6

End the year with the SAM Christmas Event.

History of SAM

SAM organises many event designed to provide an interesting, informative and entertaining syllabus for our members

Who are we?

We've been around a while, in fact, you might be surprised to hear that we've been around a long time and we have always supported the aims and ambitions of amateur film-makers.

Founded as "The Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers" (SAAC) in 1949 by a group of cine enthusiasts, mainly for the purpose of sharing experiences and possibly holding a festival or competition.

After a preliminary meeting the SAAC was formally constituted on the 17th December 1949 with Frank Marshall, a well known businessman and enthusiastic filmmaker, elected as Chairman. Right from the start the membership was to include individuals and corporate members such as clubs, societies and groups - a practice that continues to this day. The subscription was set at ten shillings (50p) for individuals and £1 for the corporate members. Accommodation was provided by the Scottish Film Council (SFC) at their premises in 16 Woodside Terrace in Glasgow.

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SAM News - the Online Version!

"SAM NEWS" - The newsletter for SAM Members

You have to be a fully-paid up member to receive a hard copy of our SAM News - but we have decided to make our 200th edition available as an online copy.

Check back soon as we are working on releasing all the previous issues of SAM News!

Click on the image to open the newsletter in a new page

Sam News

Contact SAM

We love to chat at Logo

We're a friendly bunch and welcome your questions and comments.

Because our meetings are all over the Central Region in Scotland we don't have an "office" - so hopefully this will make it easy for you to contact us using the enquiry form above or if you prefer, send us a letter to the address in Edinburgh - but be warned snail mail is the slowest method!

Postal Address:
Scottish Association of Moviemakers,
c/o Edinburgh Cine & Video Society,
23A, Fettes Row,
Edinburgh. EH3 6RH

© Scottish Association of Moviemakers.

Registered as a Charity in Scotland No. SC 014975