It is fact that both prior and since becoming a member, it was quite common to see me somewhere or other, with a cine camera. I wanted to make the epics of epics with casts of thousands, millions even zillions. But still found myself brought down to earth by producing films of friends, family or any visits and events. I did on occasion, make the odd experiment for a few frames here and there. Eventually, I started to take the plunge and commenced making productions that were for entertaining. Some were even animated.
Unfortunately, my Brownie and Canon cine cameras were silent. My Brownie Eight 58 and Eumig Dual 8 projectors were likewise. My films demanded more specially made soundtracks. Originally the the soundtracks were made and played on sound equipment. But by the time the demand increased, I was in the super 8 gauge. I purchased a Norris sound projector. For fear of film becoming obsolete, an Elmo was purchased some years later. The purchase of these meant that I could now get my films striped. For the uninitiated, stripe was a thin piece of magnetic tape stuck on the edge of the film. There was also a method using magnetic paste.
The video scene was gradually, and then rapidly, becoming more domesticated. Not only could television programmes be recorded, but also one could make motion pictures with video cameras. At first, like a lot of people, I could get better results with my Nikon R8 cine camera. This resulted in me not going headlong into the video scene at first.
There are other things outside of the film making scenario that I am also interested in, and every-so often, they have taken priority. Plus, some things of necessity. Problems do arise with film equipment, which can also have a knock on effect with regard to the progress of that film epic. As a result there are some films gathering dust for want of soundtracks. And of course, my affluence, or lack of it, has also had a knock on effect. There is also the fact that different activities cancel one another out.
Having said this, I did eventually go in for video. I thought that may be I would return to my former Stephen Spielberg et al ambitions. Unfortunately, a build up of condensation infiltrated the internal structure of my Panasonic video camera at a much later date. Without going into the full details, I then after making some enquiries, decided upon a return to a subsidence in my film making activities. However, I still retain my membership for this club. But I still have a fear of obsolesnce.
One odd thing that I found out long before this, is the following. When I visit a place, I find that I see it more, as a non photographer. Irrespective whether it is as a movie maker or a still photographer, there is a certain amount of freedom not experienced when I am taking pictures. I do not spend time studying my subject matter. I do not try positioning myself and camera before pressing the button. Also, post cards and videos or DVD's can quite often do a better job than me.
Will I recommence making productions? I do not know. But I have been dabbling with, mainly on Powerpoint, the possibility of computer slide shows in the Library. So who knows? French Films may ride again! And when you see them, you will say,"Oh! Dear! Not again!"
Alan French. 2009.
Since the original submission of this blog, certain things have happened.
I did get involved in my personal productions again. They were more techninally produced. A mixed bag of still, and animated images.
However, I did try some experimental material, at a later date, on a mobile telephone. The finished results were completed on computer.
Most notable were IMAGINE ON THE STREETS OF WATFORD and QUEST FOR THE MYSTERY GREEN MAN.
Regrettably, the computer is now kaput. The mobile telephone is no good anymore.
I am particularly upset, as I tried a new approach to cartoons. Before I could copy what I consider a major improvement; and possible my best cartoon, was the time the equipment packed up.
But while this was happening, a new building was under construction. It is now complete. The now new located library in this building, named The Forum, has now incorporated some new computers for creative activities. 3D printing and movie making. I shall be investigating this in the not-too-distant future.
Again, French Films may ride again.