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Thank you for completing the picture in such useful detail. Indeed the HLF-funded project could not have got off the ground without the great effort undertaken o prepare the films in the first place. It was clearly a massive undertaking. As I say in the post, HLF only supplied half (or roughly so) of the funding; the rest was Pathé, and though it boosted their business it was of major cultural benefit too, and continues to be so.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2014 on Pathé goes to YouTube at The Newsroom blog
This is an issue for the archives of news producers, and for those of us (such as the British Library) who manage news archives designed for academic researchers. More thought should go into investing in future as well as present use, certainly.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Taming the news beast at The Newsroom blog
Agh, thanks for the correction. I fear this was a case of my copying text from a previous post of mine and forgetting to update the figures. I've amended the text.
The Lee and Turner footage wasn't 'lost' - it's has been known about for years, it's just been publicised as lost because that's what the news media like to hear. The films have not been copied before now, nor digitised, and the colour is certainly remarkable and better than one might have expected. However it's important to realise that the Lee and Turner system did not work in 1901 because they couldn't work out how to make the projection system operate (there is an eye-witness account of huge judderiness, though the eye-witness is Smith, who had reason to decry these earlier efforts). So what we see in 2012 is what could not be seen in 1901. Kinemacolor, derived in part from Turner's work, was patented in 1906, commercialised in 1908 and given its trademark name in 1909, was the first successful natural colour motion picture system. The National Media Museum's discovery shows what history might have been - but wasn't.
I'd love to have your thoughts on the service when you have. Luke
And would you believe it, the name of the 11-year-old boy who sang 'Jerusalem' at the start of ceremony was ... Humphrey. "While I think his voice is brilliant, I admit I wasn't sure why they picked him at first" says Humphrey Keeper's schoolteacher in a Times interview.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2012 on Pandaemonium and the Isles of Wonder at Moving Image
Points duly noted, Karel. Integration is the key, at least as far as I'm concerned. Implementation may take a while, but we'll get there.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2011 on The BFI and the British Library at Moving Image
Thanks Deac. We're gradually putting the pieces of the puzzle together. This is one of those essentially corner pieces without which you're never going to see how the whole picture gets made.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on The BFI and the British Library at Moving Image
Please don't lose heart and do please keep going with the mission. I've valued your blog for a long while now, and many more do, even if we are neglectful when it comes commenting on such informative and well researched posts. Will try to do better in the future. Luke
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2010 on Awakenings at Bigger Picture Research
Check out to the lyrics to Bob Dylan's Clothes Line Saga - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/clothes-line-saga. Dry humour.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on The Right to Dry at American Collections blog
Hi Deac, Thank you for the memories of Johnny Dankworth, and for being the first person to add a comment to the Moving Image blog. It was watching Accident just a couple of weeks ago that opened my eyes (or ears) to his considerable contribution to British Sixties films. It is good to learn that it was grounded in a deep appreciation of the medium. Luke
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2010 on Ian and Johnny at Moving Image
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