This week we lost a giant of film preservation, exhibition and all things vintage film. Dr. Dennis Atkinson was a long-time collector, writer, editor, film documentary producer, preservationist and show organizer. He ran the The Great Lakes Cinephile Society for many years. During his career, he saved an untold amount of film through collecting and making sure many things were preserved, both personally and by giving and lending material to AFI and the Library of Congress. He remains the biggest single donor of materials to LOC, and was a colorful presence in the film collector and preservation world. I knew Dennis a little through the years from the film shows as well as attending ‘Cinesation’, the convention/ festival Dennis ran for many, many years.
I’m thankful that I got to know him a little bit. He was helpful in lending films for what became the More Stop Motion Marvels set as well as selling me some really cool 35mm things. I produced a Blu-ray set for him of the ‘Poetic Gems’ films from the early 30s based on the poetry of Edgar Guest. While not long the lines of what I’d usually produce, I think he liked the set!
Dennis was also a great lover of frogs, and lent some other really cool things to scan besides the stop motion reels. His little ‘Cinema-Paradiso’ reel of cartoon clips included part of the lost segment from the Warners Cartoons Hollywood Steps Out.
Thanks for everything you did, Dennis. History is much more complete thanks to your efforts.
In Thunderbean News:
Things have really been wrapping up for Rainbow Parades, volume 1, in progress since 2017. I’m really liking the project and am happy to be letting it go, although that’s been hard to do on this one! Working with all the different materials and all the challenges of cleaning these films up has been interesting, frustrating and overall rewarding in the end. Seeing them looking the best they can makes me really happy, and I hope it will make you happy too.
Here is the cover for the set, just finished, by Shawn Dickinson.
Now– in your opinion, would you leave the National Recovery Administration logo, or should I worry that it would be mistaken for the ‘other’ NRA? Would love some feedback on this heretofore internally debated subject!
We wanted to do something special and different for this set, and one of those unusual things was and finished this weekend. This is the main menu of the Rainbow Parades V1 set- an animated menu featuring many of the characters from the films. A bunch of people worked on the sequence, so I thought I’d share it this week as a little sneak peak. Artists Kat Huff and Sarah Mazurek did a wonderful job illustrating and animating the clouds and Rainbow title.
Animator and designer Sarah Yagley did a great job in color design for the scene. The animation, clean up color crew includes Mike Kazaleh, Ken Preibe, Alyssa Hollingsworth, Gabrielle Lafuente, Mel McCann, Bob Jaques, Aria Huges, Chloe Fedewa, Michael Azar, Jordan Falk, Mat Gorski, Rick Farmiloe, Melanie Mrozek, Elyse Mcleod, Alec Giles and Jesse Oliver- and myself. I think it’s a fun little tribute to the films on the set. Watch it even LARGER on You Tube!
I hope to have the set sent off to replication this week, so it should be back within this month.
Have a good week everyone!