OUR CLUB HISTORY PART 3
Originally all films produced by members were screened silent, sometimes with a running commentary given by the exhibitor with possibly a musical background from records (3 minutes long) which seldom matched or suited the pictures on the screen. We were all very new at the game and pleased with our results! As we progressed and became more ambitious, several members arranged for Nicholsons Radio Studio to produce a record of the commentary of their “masterpiece”. This sometimes meant several attempts before a satisfactory result was obtained and was very time consuming. Even then it was difficult to play it in “sync”. As the record was still only about 3 minutes long, this meant that all films were short and had to be carefully timed and edited. With the advent of long play microgroove records with multiple tracks, great ingenuity appeared and many weird and wonderful arrangements emerged. The most popular was the twin turntable with the ability to switch tracks and fade out and fade in the portion considered suitable for the scene (if you were quick and not too absorbedAbout this time Kirke Hearder of Telecom fame brought along his wire recorder which recorded on a long spool of soft, thin wire, enabling longer films to be produced. We were certainly improving
Arthur Jenks from one of the
[Note from Jenny - All this gear had to be carried and set up and all these adjustments made every time the film was shown, of course.]To record a commentary on tape, the script was carefully written for the reader (usually not the producer of the film) who would be tapped on the shoulder by an observer who watched the screen, thus enabling the reader to concentrate on the words without having to look at the screen. The projectionist concentrated on the strobe while another member added the music and another any sound effects. Very often, mistakes were made and the whole process had to be started again in an attempt to achieve the best possible results. Everyone except the projectionist had to be in another room looking through glass at the screen to avoid recording the projector noise. Lloyd Henshilwood purchased one of the new twin track stereo tape recorders made by National in
This was an era of great technical innovation and invention!