About eight months ago, I was preparing for South by SouthWest and realized I needed some business cards. I wanted to do more than just order them online so I looked around for a local printer who could work with different papers and methods. I was also dying to see a real working linotype to quench my thirst for anything typography. This lead me to scouring google for local printers. Eventually I found a guy about 100 miles away who maintains a little linotype museum of sorts in his garage. After some e-mails, he recommend someone who, as it turns out, is right in my own town, BnS Letterpress.
Run by Bob Giles, a semi-retired third generation pressman, BnS Letterpress is a small printing outfit operating in what used to be a backyard garage. More that just a small printshop, BnS and its proprietor are pieces of printing history. The presses, the working Type-31 linotype, the endless drawers of fonts and sorts, et al were mostly plucked from dead or dying newspapers around Lane and Linn county and all are in good working order. This place is a true type-geek's paradise.
After some e-mails, Bob was great enough to invite me and my entire Designing for Media class from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for a tour. On that trip, and when I went for a private tour / business card expedition, I brought along my Canon 7D to take some video and interview Bob.
Months later, I finally got around to stringing these clips together. It was a very memorable experience, and Bob is an absolute wealth of information and great stories. The archival b-roll is from archive.org, which a has nice handful of printing and linotype movies.
Shot entirely on a Canon 7D. I wish now that I had invested the time to get a light kit as I am unhappy with the high-ISO performance when making 60P footage.
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