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Posts tagged ‘Cinemascope’

Colleagues: Jack Ramsden

Jack Ramsden was born in Blackpool around 1902.  He became involved in camerawork at an early age.  I was once told that he was one of the people who would film local events, process and edit the film and show it to the locals the same night.  This type of film making had been developed by the pioneers, before the first World War, especially in the north of England. Read more

At the Drive-in

From 1956 to 1961, I worked in Melbourne, Australia.  I was Senior Film Editor with GTV9 (General Television Corporation) and Supervising Film Editor with ABV2 (Australian Broadcasting Commission).

In 1956 I lodged with an English family at Frankston.   This was some months before the start of television in Melbourne and there was no cinema in Frankston, our nearest town.  However, I was told that there was a Drive-in Cinema which had opened at Dandenong on May 4th 1956..  I was curious as to what it would be like watching a film from inside a car. Read more

Colleagues: Victor Mardon – Movietone

Victor Mardon first joined Pathe at the age of 21 in 1921.  Movietone produced the first sound newsreel in 1929 and in the following year, Victor joined them as an engineer working out of a workshop in Conway Street, close to Fitzroy Square.

Victor Mardon was a brilliant engineer and proved that he was, on more than one occasion, during his long career with the company. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode fourteen

“The Flight of the White Heron”

This week’s podcast concerns Movietone’s feature length documentary on the Queen’s tour of the commonwealth, filmed in Cinemascope. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode thirteen

“My Day in Court”

The story concerns a visit to the Old Bailey, as a witness on behalf of British Movietone News in 1953 when I was General Office Manager, to confirm a Movietone story was shown on a certain date. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode twelve

“A sound idea”

This week’s podcast recalls coming up with an idea for sound at the time cinema was looking for innovation. Cinema had to compete with the growing influence of television, it was the time too of Cinemascope, 3D. Read more

Colleagues: Pat Wyand – Movietone

Pat Wyand was the younger brother of cameraman Paul Wyand.    He joined Movietonews in March 1934 as a sound recordist. He claimed that he became a location sound engineer after only three weeks training.  Like other sound engineers at Movietone, he was called into the Royal Navy, but his departure would have meant that Movietone had no soundman in London.  It is thought that the Ministry of Information stepped in to prevent him going. He worked as a sound engineer in the Sound Department within Movietonews. He became a sound mixer whereby he would operate the equipment to re-record the music and commentary for the newsreel. Read more

Cameraman tales: Caught in the draft

The Forth Road Bridge was opened on September 4th, 1964.  For reasons I do not remember, someone requested some aerial shots of the new bridge.  The request was that it should be shot in Eastmancolor and in CinemaScope. Read more

Flight of the White Heron 1954

In December 1952, Spyros P. Skouras, President of 20th Century Fox, and Earl Sponable, Fox’s head of development were in Nice, France, where they witnessed a demonstration of an anamorphic lenses put on by its inventor Professor Henry Chrétien.  They were impressed. Read more