Did you know the Wayback Machine has a searchable TV News Archive with 1.7 million TV shows? In case you didn’t know, the Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the web. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive. While exploring the TV News Archive I discovered everything from news clips, Bugs Bunny cartoons, a PSA touting Home Movie Day to name a few. So what? The last thing we need is another internet time waster, but this is quite a resource for researchers and it is commercial free. Search the TV News Archives.
Documentary Streaming Site
Another site called Folkstreams.net is the oldest streaming site in the US. It’s mission is to preserve hard to find documentaries about ordinary Americans and folk culture. Many of the films are long form docs made by independent filmmakers working in 16 mm film from the 1960s through the 1990s. This non-profit is supported by grants. A film I discovered is called “Good Mornin’ Blues (1978)” which showcases Delta blues. Great music and story.
Another film is called “The Cameraman Has Visited Our Town.” See the film. In the 1930s and 40s there was a man who would go town to various small towns with a 16mm camera and a projector and make neighborhood films for neighborhood people. He would rent a local theater to show his films. To finance the operation he made commercials for local businesses which were included in the films. He experimented with camera tricks of all kinds like time lapse and reverse motion. H. Lee Waters was the consummate independent filmmaker – handling production, distribution, and exhibition.
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. Theatrical subscription service MoviePass is dropping its monthly fee to $9.95 for all users. That is any movie (excluding IMAX and 3-D) at any theater in the system for any screening—even the opening night of a blockbuster. That includes some 36,000 screens in the U.S. which […]Read More
Panasonic’s handheld AJ-PX270 camcorder records 10-bit, 4:2:2 video using a new codec based on its AVC-Ultra recording format. The new camcorder has 1/3-inch 3MOS sensors and a 22x optical zoom lens with separate zoom, focus and iris rings. Video recording is to microP2 cards (list prices: 32GB microP2 card: $250, 64GB microP2 card: $380). The […]Read More
The Sigma 200 – 500mm with a Nikon F mount is an amazing lens. It has an aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm end and F5.6 at the 1000mm focal length. It’s a heavy one at 35 pounds. It’s pretty amazing. The only real catch I see is its price : $25,999.00. The customer reviewers […]Read More