I set up an account on meetup.com several years ago at the suggestion of a college lecturer. I attended one meeting of a group that she was involved in that week. For years since I have been receiving sporadic emails from the website, trying to entice me back by letting me know about new groups that are in my area. Recently, one finally caught my attention to reel me in.
I have had an interest in the film making process for years, and in particular in video editing. My problem has been a lack of experience and a lack of contacts involved in film. So a meet up group for film makers in Dublin seemed perfect. I went along to the next meet up that had been organised, and within a few days had been involved in the making of a short film. Admittedly it was a small role helping out the main editor but it was great to see how quickly the entire process, from brainstorming ideas to finalising an edit, could flow.
The short was shown as part of a small event in Temple Bar, where a horror movie was shown each week. The organisers wanted a short film to show before each movie. For this week the film was Vampyr, so obviously we went with a vampire theme.
While by no means perfect, it is great to see a creative group of people get together and create something over the space of two or three days, and I will certainly be going back for more.