8mm Film Australia

  1. This 8mm film, taken by my father, is of Sir Donald Campbell's Bluebird car and jet boat as they travelled up Glen Osmond Road in Adelaide, South Australia 1963. They stopped by the side of the road for a break on their way through the city, and he managed to capture these images there. This was the first year of the campaign to break the land and water speed records, and would have been around the March time frame. Sir Donald took the Bluebird north up to Lake Eyre, one of the worlds largest (usually dry) salt lakes, to make his attempt at the world land speed record at the time.

    You can read more on Wikipedia here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebird-Proteus_CN7

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    Technical:
    Filmed on 8mm silent movie film by John Willis - 1963 in Adelaide, South Australia
    Digital Transfer via a Tobin Cinema Systems TVT-D8-PHD projector/scanner
    Post Production Editing - Adobe Premiere CS6 + Magic Bullet Looks + Mercalli image stabilisation
    Music by Kevin MacLeod - "Plucky Daisy" (Licensed under Creative Commons by attribution license)

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  2. This short film was captured by my father, John Willis in 1963 on his standard 8mm movie camera. It gives a glimpse of how the community of South Australia was able to see Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip during their visit between 18 February - 27 March 1963.

    I have posted this now in part to mark in some small way the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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    Technical:
    This was transferred using a Tobin Cinema systems TVT-D8-PHD transfer machine and was post processed using Adobe Premiere CS5.5 for colour enhancement and stabiisation (not because of the machine, but a result of the original film).

    Music was licensed for personal web use via audionetwork.com/production-music/rule-britannia_12663.aspx
    Title: Rule Britannia
    Arranged by Simon Anderson
    Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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  3. Who was receiving the television signal from Apollo 11 when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface?

    This video provides some insight into one of the most-watched television events of the twentieth century – on Monday 21st July (Australian time) 1969.

    I made this in 2006 to go on the "Moonwalks as seen at Honeysuckle Creek" DVD – honeysucklecreek.net/dvds/dvd2.html – with Super 8 footage shot by Ed von Renouard at Honeysuckle Creek.

    Since then, our Apollo 11 tape search found other recordings, and NASA funded a restoration using the best material.

    More on the Apollo 11 television broadcast at honeysucklecreek.net/

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  4. Carnarvon Tracking Station in Western Australia was established by NASA to support Project Gemini and the Apollo Program.

    Hamish Lindsay filmed the construction of the station in 1963 and the opening in June 1964, using his Standard 8mm movie camera. More info at honeysucklecreek.net/other_stations/carnarvon

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  5. Do you want to be hip and groovy? Why not consider owning an "Amphicar"! It's all the latest rage!

    Back in the 1960's the company my father worked for began importing Amphicars into Australia. This one was on display in their showroom and was taken out for a demonstration in 1963 on the Patawalonga River in Glenelg, South Australia by Sven Kallin. This footage, shot on Standard 8mm film, was taken by my father, John Willis the day he went for a ride.

    How the film was converted:

    The video transfer was done using a Tobin Cinema Systems TVT-D8 PHD transfer projector which does frame by frame synchronised capture in 1024x768 resolution over a Firewire 400 connection to the PC. The capture is originally processed using a Y800 codec and is De-Bayered in the capture software to form an RGB24 raw video file. Post processing was done in Adobe Premiere for colour enhancement and noise reduction using Neat Video 3.1

    Music by:
    Emorej - "Auto" from the album "More Emorej"
    Licensed under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Available from jamendo.com/en/album/90802

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8mm Film Australia

Grant Willis (VK5GR) Plus

There is a rich history of Australian life through the 20th Century tucked away in people's bottom draws and stuffed into back cupboards. The aim of this channel is to encourage people to dust off those memories, transfer them to video and post them here,


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There is a rich history of Australian life through the 20th Century tucked away in people's bottom draws and stuffed into back cupboards. The aim of this channel is to encourage people to dust off those memories, transfer them to video and post them here, so that together we can build a unique picture of the Australian way of life in the golden age of the home movie.

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  • 33hirtz

    Cheers Grant, great idea for a channel!
    :-)

    by 33hirtz

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