This Revere 8mm movie projector was gifted to me today, in excellent condition. How many of you have threaded film through one of these? Or watched as the film would catch and burn...and then splice it back together so the show could continue? Long before DVDs and even VHS tapes, if you wanted to view a recorded, moving image, this was the only way.
8mm movies are really where my passion for photography began. Before ever picking up a still camera I was playing around with the family movie camera, filming everything around me. Though the shutter speed was fixed, the front of our Bell & Howell had an adjustable aperture and that's where I learned the basics of exposure. Like many still photographers, there's probably a frustrated cinematographer inside of me somewhere that's trying to get out.
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wow, this is just beautiful
love the lights
yz on 10th February 2009 @ 2:38am
One of my grandfathers was one of the men who did some of everything in his small town during his life. During the Great Depression he had been a migrant farmer and sent money back to his family. He had been everything from dog catcher, to police chief, to blacksmith, to newspaper editor. He had also run the small theater in the town at one point. My mother told me that one of the things she had to do at that time was rewind the films which was done by hand of course. The worst was when they got "Gone with the Wind" and it arrived unrewound. So, she had to rewind it by hand to meet the film's first showing.
This photo and the sepia treatment reminded me of that and some other fond memories of the grandfather.
Craig on 10th February 2009 @ 7:06am
What an impressive looking beast! Now where did you put all those old Tom & Jerry movies from when you were a kid...?
Graham W on 10th February 2009 @ 7:30am
That was our old family projector. I don't know where it is now. Probably tossed when VHS came out. I still have all of the old family movies though. I guess I should xfer to DVD before they rot.
Bill Drago on 10th February 2009 @ 9:16am
The best pictures tell a story. I find myself making up a story for my best photos.
Dave on 10th February 2009 @ 9:27am
Craig, that's a great story about the theater. In some ways it was yesterday, in some ways a million years ago.
I still have the Popeye cartoons and the NFL films from the 60s...
Jim T. on 10th February 2009 @ 8:29pm
I love our old family movies. I like that they're silent, too. Someone mentioned the Tom and Jerry movies. We had them as well as a Harlem Globetrotters movie that was just a blast to watch.
mstrub on 25th February 2009 @ 8:24am
Well, this certainly made me misty-eyed. I remember my dad, the best friend I ever had bought a Bell & Howell in the 60s, and he tried to capture family life with it, and yes, there was some splicing to be done occasionally. My brothers and I would frustrate his efforts by doing jerky 8mm movements - it drove him crazy, but he was fun-loving father, so he saw the humor in our foolishness. Thanks for sharing this.
Ramón on 27th February 2009 @ 1:23am