It’s a short one today, as time hasn’t been on my side here. I do have some good things to report though: Technicolor Dreams should be back from the replicator about another week or so, finally, and will be shipping to the advance orders as well as being available on Amazon. Whew.
I really thought that there would be LESS projects going on as the summer commenced, but as I’m looking at what is really happening, there are actually more projects then ever. While I’m told the DVD market has dried up, it’s an excellent time for tiny label products and projects in many ways; getting the logistics correct (how to get it to market, the price point, etc) may be the key to making them viable. My interest continues in producing sets of weird and rare things, but I also like the idea of expanding into more live action as well as licensing. I’m very much enjoying working on some of the new projects, though an animated commercial stopped many of them in their tracks these last few weeks. In the past week, it’s head spinning how many pieces of different projects passed through two different telecine machines.
Being a small company, it’s possible to spend many years producing a project, not worrying as much about the bottom line as its going. A Conversation with Walter Lantz was a project that benefited greatly from this production model. It allowed this unique disc to have time in incubate, and for Chris Buchman and Rex Schneider to design the program exactly how they both wanted. Without a specific deadline and without the pressures of high volume distribution, Chris wrote, designed graphics, hunted down old photographs and master tapes; he worked on creating an experience rather than just a disc of films, as would most likely be the main mandate had it been made by a bigger company. As I was watching this program over the weekend I was reminded of what a good job he did on the project; I’m especially thrilled that it is finding it’s audience.
I’m organizing the transfer sessions from the last few months finally on the hard drives, and as I’m going through them, this little gem popped up, and I remembered why I had transferred it.
There’s a wonderful scene in Cinema Paradiso (1988) when, after the projectionist dies, the child who worked at the theatre comes back and watches a whole reel of scenes cut out of movies – censored by the local priest. I recently transferred what collectors sometimes refer to as a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ reel. This is a reel of 35mm nitrate film clips, most likely gathered by a projectionist, perhaps because a print was trashed or left behind for some reason. At one time, projection booths were full of these sorts of things, kept over the years. A well known collector lent this little reel to me and was nice enough to let me transfer it.
The clips here are in both IB Technicolor and 2 Color Technicolor. We did our best to transfer the reel as close as possible to it’s original color content to give you a pretty good idea of what a 35mm Technicolor print looked like in the mid 30s. I know all these cartoons, but see if you can identify them yourself as you watch…