In The IAC Bulletin — the official journal of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers — made the following declaration in relation to amateur productions:. The serious worker believes that if a technically correct result is wedded to a careful arrangement of the material, and treated with some thought regarding sequence of shots a film will be vastly more interesting than if it had been blown together as if by accident. With the majority of such films remaining inside the archive, often with only one original, invaluable viewing copy accessible, there is less chance of the casual viewer or the academic researcher understanding the fuller range and aesthetic content of amateur film work. New digital techniques and digitization tools clearly offer the potential to address issues around materiality, space and place, but there is also a danger that they replicate those patterns rather than resolving them and introducing new perspectives. What we are suggesting, then, is that this bias towards the claimed evidentiary nature of amateur film does not fully represent what many amateur filmmakers were doing in terms of aesthetic experimentation or genre-based practice. These projects —Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain hereafter WAF and The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, —85 hereafter ECR — are part of a broader push to recalibrate amateur film production in relation to other areas within film and cultural history, and to gauge the importance of new digital tools to exploring such collections.
Close Menu. Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you. A collection of historical films documenting the importance of amateur ham radio communications during WWII. Also includes a look at the Military Affiliate Radio System during the s.
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I have been making films for over 15 years now. But mostly I have worked without title, in no collaboration with others. Why then have critics, teachers, and other guardians of the public life come to use the term derogatorily? Beauty overwhelms only in the form of drama; and love overwhelms only when it has become possessive. Actually, this latter proclivity at its ultimate is one of the most endearing qualities of amateurism, but also, like any self-protectiveness, it prevents a deeper experiencing and knowledge of the person and his films and, indeed, of the whole amateur filmmaking medium.