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Posts from the ‘Film editing’ Category

Podcast: In Melbourne Tonight, 6th May 1957

In the last podcast of the series, Terry recalls preparations for the first ever episode of “In Melbourne Tonight” with host Graham Kennedy at GTV9, on the 6th May 1957.  The series ran until 1970. Read more

Podcast: A typical working day at GTV9 1957

In the second podcast of the series, Terry describes a typical day for him, editing the early evening and late news for GTV9, starting at 9am and ending at 11pm.

The first newsreader Terry worked with was Tom Miller, and later Eric Pearce,in the early days the cameramen were Peter Hansford and Bill Beams and later Peter Purvis and Bob Lord. Read more

Podcast: GTV9’s Opening Night 1957

Today, 19th January 2017, is the 60th anniversary of GTV9‘s opening night in Melbourne, Australia. To mark the occasion here is the first in a series of interviews given by Terry Gallacher about his time in Australia during the early days of Australian Television.

In April 2011 I recorded an interview with my father, Terry Gallacher, for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Oral History program, it was meant as a record of his career and experiences in Australia, covering looking for work since his arrival in Melbourne in 1956 and including his time at GTV9 as Senior Film Editor and later at ABV2 as Supervising Film Editor. Read more

55 years ago today – Operation Crowflight Film ABV2

On the 15th December 1960, 55 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.

My father Terence Gallacher was the director of the film, in 2010 he wrote three articles on the making, production and reaction to the film, in the interview below he ends by saying, “I was very proud of working on that film and very proud to have been working with the people who worked with me on it, terrific team.” Read more

Editing news and documentary film at GTV9

By the winter of 1957, I was editing most of the twice nightly news service, at GTV-9 in Melbourne, as well as the Focus documentary shown on a Sunday.

The early evening news would include around four or five stories that need complete editing while another three or four would need partial editing.   For the second news programme of the night, there would be an additional two or three stories to edit, stories that had taken place during the late afternoon or evening.   For some time, I was the only film editor in the studio.  My assistant had had no experience of editing and was in the process of learning. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty four

“Movietone editor Charles Ridley”

Charles Ridley was an editor and an expert in the art of manipulating movie film negative, the result of his most famous example of film manipulation proved an enormous morale boost to the Allies during the Second World War.

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Thoughts on documentary film production

Almost twenty years ago, I was confronted by a group of American university students who were reading Mass Communications, or something like that.  I was to give them a lecture on the production of documentary films.

When I stood up in front of them, they were lolling about in their chairs, some with their feet on the tables.  They looked totally disinterested. Read more

Filming the Watney Cup

In the early seventies, I had been making small films for Watney Mann, when they asked me if I could film their football tournament, The Watney Cup.  This was an intriguing tournament which consisted of eight teams.

The first two teams were the highest placed First Division teams that had not qualified for any European tournament.  The third and fourth teams came from the Second Division and were the teams that had come third and fourth  The fifth and sixth teams came from the Third  Divisions and were in third and fourth place.  The last two teams were the third and fourth teams in the Fourth Division. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode thirty two

“Movietone cameraman Norman Fisher”

Previous podcasts have been about my experiences at British Movietone News, the events and the staff, from now on the remaining episodes will concentrate on some of my Movietone colleagues, the first of these is about cameraman Norman Fisher.

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The Movietone Years Podcast – recap

After thirty one episodes of “The Movietone Years” podcast, we’re having a break for a week.  All episodes so far have been my recollections of British Movietone News from the time I arrived in October 1945 until leaving for Australia in 1956 and from my return in 1961 until leaving for UPITN, as Assignments manager.

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