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Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra, The

Date produced: 1927

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Florey

Slavko Vorkapich

Description:

"Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich created one of the most creative (particularly in light of its reputed $97 budget) and bleakest of the early avant-garde films. Photographed by Gregg Toland, who would become best known for his work on "Citizen Kane," the film is the time-worn tale of a movie extra (Jules Raucort) marginalized by one casting director after another until he's seen only as a number symbolically appearing on his forehead. The ultra simplistic sets and props, made of toys and cardboard buildings projected like shadows, help to create intricate German Expressionistic cityscapes reminiscent at times of "Metropolis." " National Film Registry.


Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Frank S. Zach

Description:

"Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers opens with a montage of classic San Francisco sights, setting the backdrop for the first meeting of the San Francisco Movie Makers Club. After an introduction of the club’s members and its activities, filmmaker Dr. Frank S. Zach, along with his wife Helga, proceeds to demonstrate the proper use of 8mm and 16mm cameras and film sound recording techniques. Shot, scripted, edited, hand titled and over dubbed with music by Dr. Zach, this film seeks to encourage, teach, and recruit image makers." centerforhomemovies.org


Shots and Angles

Date produced: 1956

Description:

"Film is a documentary on how to perform certain special effects in motion picture film. Film shows Toronto Movie Club members creating a double exposure, a humorous illusion, animation; shooting with a mirror and reversing motion" Archives of Ontario.


Picnic

Date produced: 1955

Filmmaker(s):

Walker Lynch

Description:

"Film depicts a club picnic held at a Eaton Hall Farm. Film includes title cards. Footage includes families at picnic, playing games, canoeing, swimming and people filming with motion picture cameras" Archives of Ontario.


This Is a Hobby?

Date produced: 1958

Filmmaker(s):

John R. Kibar

Evelyn Kibar

Description:

"An amateur film made by and starring the husband and wife duo, John & Evelyn Kibar. The Kibars are on a search for a hobby, and decide upon filmmaking. A domestic mishap by Mrs. Kibar results in their film being edited incorrectly. Title cards displaying dialogue are dispersed throughout the film." Chicago Film Archives


Here We Go Again

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Evelyn Kibar

John R. Kibar

Description:

"An amateur film made by and starring the husband and wife duo, John & Evelyn Kibar. The film documents the couples’ struggles to make and complete a travelogue film of their travels to Colorado. Title cards with dialogue are dispersed throughout the film." Chicago Film Archives


Now a Word From…

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

Keith Pfohl

Description:

"Amateur film in one continuous shot parodying a talk show, where the guests promoting an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) gathering in the next year get carried away with their enthusiasm, much to the chagrin of the host." Chicago Film Archives


More Experiments

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Duncan MacD. Little


Experiments

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Edward K. Warren


Lessons for Beginners

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Duncan MacD. Little


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