FILM HISTORY


INTRODUCTION

The films described below are listed under four major headings. The background to the films, stories associated with their making and links to further details of the technologies involved are covered here. This last aspect had a real impact on what could be done in our films. However, many problems were overcome by "thinking outside the box", modifications to existing equipment and devices developed and built by ourselves.
The story of some of the films described continue into the present day. One outstanding example is the use of some of our early 8mm films being used, as digitally remastered videos, to help support the teaching of English in a school in Slovakia.

8mm FILMS FROM THE 1960s

These films were made by a group of young film makers in a Cine Club in York called the Apollo Film Unit. The group were often called the "Junior Section" by older members but were not discouraged by the term. Most films were made by the whole group, but sometimes smaller teams would work on projects that did not require a large team. Many years later, some of the films were discovered in the attic of two team members, Pat and Bill thomson, who contacted other team members with the news. The films were deposited in the Yorkshire Film Archive and the team given video copies of their work. The 50th aniversary of the making of the most ambitious film, "When the Moon is High", was celebrated by an exhibition in York in 2017.

16mm FILMS FROM 1969 ONWARDS

These films were made by Tony Booth and Ian Symonds starting with their first film in 1969. This was called "English Please" and financed as part of a Community Relations Commission grant to the Language Teaching Centre at the University of York. . The others were also documentaries eccept for a film shot on the beach near Whitby. This was a strange film with a small cast of actors and even stranger props. The film was not completed for a variety of reasons but the existing fragment shows a work inspired by Monty Python!

16mm YORK UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE FILMS

These films were made during the 1970s as part of a DES funded film project run by the language teaching centre at the Universty of York. The aim was to document good practice and innovation in the area of language teaching. The production team was drawn from university staff. Mike Dawson [Sound], Dave Whiteley [Camera], Brian Howson [Director] and Ian Symonds [Producer & Editor].

16mm PERSONAL FILMS

These films were made by Ian Symonds from the end of 1979. They cover a range of topics from a family holiday to a very personal political documentary about events from 1979 to 1983. The last film, "Musical Chair", is still in post production.


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