Next Club Meeting 19th March
Spring Park Film Makers
The Movie Making Club in West Wickham
The voice of Spring Park
Last month we heard the very sad news that Mike Shaw had died. Mike joined Spring Park in 2002 after he retired from a career in advertising. Mike immediately became a big asset to the club. He became our projectionist and also promoted the use of video editing particularly Pinnacle Studio ( he “beta tested” software development of their software.
In 2004, the then chairman, Eddie Edwards, suggested that Mike should succeed him in the chair. Although he was chairman for only 3 years, the club made great strides under his leadership, including club clothing with a badge he designed himself. He was producer and editor of the club comedy film, “Flat Out” which won the national “North v South” club film competition in 2005 and also the “Mermaid Award”.
Mike also worked with the Bromley History Society and produced ‘Bromley’s Best Kept Secret’ a film about Bromley Colleges. Mike introduced the awards evening too (with more awards). Mike was a prolific film maker and specialised in comedy films and special effects. He loved new gadgets and novel software (in the photo above Mike is giving a talk very recently about the versatility of smart phones).
Mike joined Richard and Brenda Troughton to make longer films about local history as Footprint Productions, including “Enid” about Enid Blyton’s early life in Beckenham and with a grant, digitized old films in Bromley’s Library archive. Later, he joined the Orpington Video and Film Makers, and in recent years was a member of both this club and Spring Park. Mike had been an active member and chairman of SERIAC and was the projectionist for some years at the Kent Film Festival. He was made a Fellow of the IAC (FACI) for his contribution to amateur film making and won countless awards for his films. Most of all Mike was a generous, kind, energetic and humorous man and those that knew him will miss him. Our thoughts are with his wife Annie and his family.
Graham Evans - Chairman
We were so sorry to hear the sad news that Mike Shaw passed away on 8th December 2019. We first met Mike back in 2004 when he was Chairman of Spring Park Cine and Video Society as it was then called.
It is absolutely no exaggeration to say that without Mike’s fantastic support when we first joined the club it is doubtful that we would have continued with filmmaking.
Later, the three of us formed a company called Footprint Productions and made several local history films including one on Enid Blyton which won several major awards.
It was during this period that we really got to know Mike and to appreciate his editing abilities. We are delighted to announce that there will be a new Mike Shaw Award for Special Effects in the SERIAC Film Festival this year.
Mike was just about the most intelligent and knowledgeable person we have met but above all it was his humour and generosity we will remember and miss the most. His signature sign-off used on his own many and uniquely entertaining films was ‘Mike Made It’ and we cannot think of a better epitaph for his life.
Our condolences to Mike’s family especial his wife Annie.
Richard and Brenda