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Image from Movie Makers, Dec. 1938, 597.

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Frederick W. Brock

Languages:

English

Length:

450 ft

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

ACL Ten Best 1938 - Honorable Mention General Class

Description:

"The eagerness of a movie maker to use a new cine camera is the clever introduction and leitmotivof Movie Bugs, an exceedingly well photographed picture by Dr. Frederick W. Brock. The picture tells how the movie maker protagonist gets in touch with a science teacher and how the two of them construct a support for the camera for use with it in filming through a microscope. The succeeding shots of hydrae and paramecia and other microscopic organisms are beautifully filmed, and the picture infers the obvious conclusion that any university zoology department should be equipped to make such studies. Clean cut interior lighting and a well knit story distinguish this fine filming job." Movie Makers, Dec. 1938, 620.

Resources:

Discussed by Dr. Brock in "Movie Bugs on Parade" (Movie Makers, Oct. 1942, 403, 424-425). "Pitfalls" of filming through a microscope are listed, and film stills are featured.

"Moving Pictures of Microscopic Animals Made by an Ex-Nebraskan," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star, July 31, 1938, 3 (via Wagner University).

The film won top award in an Eastern seaboard interclub movie contest sponsored by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1938 (Movie Makers, April 1938, 181).

"Archival Film Festival: ‘Campus Life’ & ‘Movie Bugs’ (1938)." Wagner College Newsroom, September 25, 2015.

The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.

Locations:

  • Staten Island, New York (Filming)

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Repository:

Wagner College Archive

Screenings:

  • Premiered at Wagner College in 1938, New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1938, New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Washington Society of Amateur Cinematographers in 1939, Washington, D.C.
  • Screened by the Norfolk Amateur Movie Club in 1941, Norfolk, VA
  • Screened by the Greater New Bedford Movie Makers in 1941, New Bedford, MA
  • Screened by the Movie Makers Club of Oklahoma City in 1942, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Screened at the Wagner College Archival Film Festival in 2015, New York City, N.Y.

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