Reel Families

Reel Families

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Amateur film has been seen as the junkheap of private culture. Yet music videos recycle home movies as authenticity; commercials copy its style to sell intimacy; documentaries use it to recount history qfrom below.q Reel Families is the first historical study of amateur film, the most pervasive of media. Patricia Zimmerman charts the history of this medium from 1897 to the present, examining how ideological, technical, and social constraints have stunted amateur film's potential for extending media production beyond corporate monopolies and into the hands of everyday people. She draws on an array of sourcesa€”camera manufacturers, patents, early film and photography technology journals, amateur filmmaking magazines, professional magazines, and family-oriented popular magazinesa€”to investigate how the concept of amateur film was transformed within evolving contexts of technology, aesthetics, social relations, and politics.... These three designs were not only precision engineered, with calibrations on each model, but they also solved the flicker problem. The 2709 Standard Camera , for example, used two pins in the film gate to position and secure the film for exposure. ... the companya#39;s own policy of refusing to repair motion picture equipment that did not correspond to these elaborate ... Along with other licensees, Essanay submitted their Bell and Howell perforation design to Edison for review in 1908;anbsp;...

Title:Reel Families
Author: Patricia Rodden Zimmermann
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 1995

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