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Open Air Films

Where the OPEN AIR FILMS name came from.
Where the OPEN AIR FILMS name came from.

Open Air Films

OPEN AIR FILMS is the copyrighted name of the web film making studio that I have formed as a way of releasing my personally made films on YOUTUBE since 2006. Over 310 films and counting with over 1,632,800 views..! (Must've done something right...)

The name is a tribute to the BURRILL LAKE OPEN AIR THEATRE as written elsewhere in other Hubs I have created to remember the theatre. Check out the MAGIC LANTERN Hubs of mine.

Now because of the Adsense partnership that OPEN AIR FILMS enjoys with YOUTUBE, the copyright on any films from OPEN AIR FILMS is individually registered with the Australia Performing Rights Association (APRA).

Copyright is automatically applied in Australia for any creativity on material that is personally created.

So with the films I place all licenses from Apple etc on the relevant video web sites, along with the registered APRA ids (on the films where applicable) and it looks like this:

OPEN AIR FILMS is the sole producer of this video and/or music/sound and special effects soundtrack using Apple's Final Cut Pro program which includes Soundtrack Pro, Motion and GarageBand. Here is a link to the license terms for Apple software http://www.apple.com/legal/sla and

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/finalcutstudio2.pdf

APRA http://www.apra-amcos.com.au

Australian Copyright web site: http://www.copyright.org.au

Convoluted? You bet. Works effectively? Who knows!!!!

With improved facilities on Youtube, the latest films can now be viewed in HD, High Definition.

Films and Video

With a library of 8mm films reaching back from when I first got an 8mm Nizo(!) wind-up movie camera in 1967, I certainly have my work cut out me for as I slowly can afford to have the 8mms converted to mini-DV tapes for downloading to my Mac with the Final Cut pro facilities.

Here I am able to restore the 8mms even to a 16:9 (widescreen) ratio. In some of films from the 1970s, I even shot a cinemascope type 1:2:35 format... pretty keen amateur, eh!!

Some of these films are already on offering through other Hubs I have created. They are a mix of Standard 8; Super 8 and video.

But now is a good time to say a few things about OPEN AIR FILMS and the cameras involved.

Things Ain't What They Use to Be

Wind up Cameras - Bolex 8mm Zoom

Yes, that's wind up, not the wind is up and blowing steadily!

Why, you could even shoot one frame at time and come up with cute little films like THINGS above.....

Wind up cameras had a spring in them and when fully wound would let the camera run for about 25 seconds or so. It taught you not to waste 25 seconds!! Unlike today's video, digital camera where you film your dog walking around for 25 minutes or what seems like 25 hours and during an earthquake...

Here's an example of a windup camera that I graduated to after the Nizo (great name, wonder what ever happened to that brand.... GOOGLE!!)

It is a Bolex Standard 8mm Zoom Lens camera and went everywhere with me for the next 12 years or so till I graduated to my Nikon Super 8, but more on that later...

BOLEX 8mm ZOOM

BEWDY BOLEX and still have the same desk I filmed THINGS on!!
BEWDY BOLEX and still have the same desk I filmed THINGS on!!
Showing the film making controls on the camera. Set for 24frames a second. You could also do fade ins; fade outs and cross dissolves.
Showing the film making controls on the camera. Set for 24frames a second. You could also do fade ins; fade outs and cross dissolves.
Nice profile with battery operated zoom controls.
Nice profile with battery operated zoom controls.
The Bolex Back and manual zoom lever...
The Bolex Back and manual zoom lever...
and open showing where the roll of film goes. Now you had to do this in a film change bag, working with her fingers and feeling in the dark...!! Hmm, you learn a lot from film making!!
and open showing where the roll of film goes. Now you had to do this in a film change bag, working with her fingers and feeling in the dark...!! Hmm, you learn a lot from film making!!

Glorious Kowascope!!

KOWASCOPE?? KOWASCOPE?? It is an anamorphic lens you could buy to stick in front of your 8mm lens, usually through a holder attachment.

I shot a lot of film in good old Kowascope, 1:2.35 ratio.

Here's a few pics of it...

Glorious Kowascope - Putting in the Squeeze

GLORIOUS KOWASCOPE anamorphic lens, still here with a few slight marks...
GLORIOUS KOWASCOPE anamorphic lens, still here with a few slight marks...
Looking through the front end...
Looking through the front end...
Looking through the camera end showing the anamorphic squeeze as compared to the normal shot part of the image... my backyard, nice, eh?
Looking through the camera end showing the anamorphic squeeze as compared to the normal shot part of the image... my backyard, nice, eh?

Glorious Kowascope Films

Here's a couple of recent scope 8mm films I have restored and scored the music tracks too, as we step back in time to the mid to late 70s...!!

Grand Canyon -1974

Making Movies

During the 70s I set about with friends to make short story films, usually action horror set out in the bush type..... not the sort of norm for those far off days.

Film making clubs usually did inside movies with lots of talking and house sets with full control and not much fun....

Mine featured people in fights of all kind... well, we were adventurous.... Those films are featured else where in my Hubs under the Bad Dreams heading.

But as time went on, people just weren't interested in being in these little movies ( well, after all this was Australia, not Hollywood and all points east).... so I graduated into these social club type movies of young adults off for trips etc, hence FUN TIME CRUISE....

FUN TIME CRUISE

Mr Superduper 8 - the Nikon R10

So finally graduating in the late 70s to Super 8, I eventually bought, 2nd hand,this tremendous Nikon R10 for a healthy 600 bucks.

I even bought an underwater Super 8 camera with water protected housing.

But the Nikon R10 was a rare camera, as Nikon apparently only made 2 movie cameras. (Memory search, not Google).

This camera I shot (and probably should have buried) more social group movies over the next few years. But what happened was, soon after buying this, something called a video camera came out and the rest they say is history.


Mr Superduper 8 Nikon R 10

MR SUPERDUPER 8 NIKON R10 in all his glory.
MR SUPERDUPER 8 NIKON R10 in all his glory.
Close up of some of the controls. This guy could do anything and probably have a baby as well!!
Close up of some of the controls. This guy could do anything and probably have a baby as well!!
Handsome Profile!
Handsome Profile!
The rear side (well, I could have said back side..)
The rear side (well, I could have said back side..)
 If you look hard enough you'll still a film in there... wonder what's on it???
If you look hard enough you'll still a film in there... wonder what's on it???
So the old with the new, film camera vs mini-DV Sony cam cord... life goes on....
So the old with the new, film camera vs mini-DV Sony cam cord... life goes on....

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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

How cool - subscribed to your YouTube channel :)


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alan2rich 2 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks very muchly.... hope you enjoy exploring the short films...

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