"DRAMATIZATION OF HOW PICTURES ARE TRANSMITTED BY WIRE." STUNT PICTURED IS AIRPLANE TAKING OFF ROOF OF CAR DRIVING IN DESERT. GOOD MATERIAL NEWSPAPER CITY ROOM AND PRINTING PLANT. VARIOUS STOCK SHOTS.
Ken Smith sez: Much as in AROUND THE CORNER, this Jam Handy film takes a complex technical subject and makes it easy to understand. In this case, it's "the latest miracle in news" -- wire photo transmission. Features a brief appearance by "MacIntyre," who later starred in JUST IMAGINE. Great production and visuals.
CHEVROLET ADVERTISING AUTOMOBILES TRANSPORTATIONS NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHING PRINTING COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA WIREPHOTOS PHOTOGRAPHY TELEPHONES CAMERAS TRUCKS DARKROOMS STUNTS AIRPLANES AIRCRAFT TAKEOFFS DESERTS PRINTING PRESSES EDITORS REPORTERS CITY ROOMS SPEED SLANG
Subject: News, out of the box!
The makeshift telephone hookup is great, but watch out for the acoustic modem set for the candlestick telephone!
Subject: Truly there's nothing new under the sun.
Subject: "Your cat did WHAT?"
Subject: Ken Burns Effect?
On page 60 of the April 4, 2005 issue of Studio Monthly, Beth Marchant has a great article on archival footage that credits Ken BurnsÃÂ brother Ric Burns with "pioneering the moving still image".
This is a common misnomer. (The effect is even called "The Ken Burns Effect" in the menu of the grandma-ware video program iMovie.)
The Burns brothers make cool flicks, but neither Burns came up with the idea of turning stills into moving footage. This technique has been around almost as long as movies, and certainly years before Ken and Ric Burns were born (1953 and 1955, respectively).
For instance, the 1937 industrial short "Spot News" uses this technique on a newspaper headline. ItÃÂs starts at 8 minutes and 51 seconds in.
This film is available for download on from the Prelinger Archive at
Michael W. Dean,
ÃÂ$30 Film SchoolÃÂ
Michael W. Dean
Squitten Pix, L.L.C.
"It's not what you do it with, it's what you do with it."
Subject: Very informative!!!
Subject: Interesting - a proto-fax machine.