THE ROCK CHRONICLES
history at 24 frames a second
|The beach location in Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire, has a
rock called Saltwick Nab which can be made the link in this unusual compilation. The subject of
this work is the 16mm films made by TONY BOOTH and IAN SYMONDS in the late 1960s and the 1970s.
Due to a series of unfortunate events most of the films, including the negatives, that they
made are lost. The sound track of most survive and can be digitised for use in this film.
The one remaining reel of the rock film is the only actual film left. The original 1/4" tape
recordings still exist and can be digitised and synchronised for use in the film. The first
16mm film made was in 1969 called "English Please" and was a documentary shot in a school in
Huddersfield. The pre-production for this film was done during a vacation in Whitby where the
Rock was first seen. This gives a link to the later "Rock Film" material and allows documents,
original synchronising equipment and any other archive material to be included. The two 8mm
documentaries, "A nation of little shopkeepers" and "October'68" were both remade in 1972 as
16mm films and so fit in the timescale after "English Please". A book with details of all the
work done on films from 1972 onwards exists and will be useful as reference or even images.
Some of the films used images not shot with sound and so can be re-created in short sections if
required. Research on the earlier films in various archives has already provided much information
and hard copy useful for images. These are just initial ideas for the work as a starting point
for future development.