Re: [Frameworks] science film query

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Date: Sat Jan 01 2011 - 05:50:15 PST

In England, around the 1970s, there was an organisation called Oxford
Scientific Films, which made some wonderful films, including one where
the camera zooms into a singe drop of pond water, to reveal all the
microbes swimming around,

Nicky Hamlyn.

On 29 Dec 2010, at 18:22, Rob Danielson wrote:

> I've been trying to recall the title of the
> influential "scientific" camera techniques B&W
> 16mm film made by Shell Oil Film Unit in the late
> 30's(?). Lays out many visualization models with
> lots of microcinematography and time
> manipulations including the famous slow motion
> milk splash shot. Fred or Urbanski might recall
> the title. Perhaps something along the lines of,
> "Wondrous Eye." Sorry, I'm not getting any useful
> matches from terms I'm trying. Rob D.
> = = = =
> At 11:01 PM -0500 12/28/10, Tony Conrad wrote:
>> While teaching film at Antioch College in the
>> '70s I rented and showed a series
>> of demonstration films produced at Ohio State. These were unusually
>> simple and
>> elegant silent documents of key physics experiments, covering (and
>> displaying)
>> such things as double slit interference, cryogenics, etc. Each film
>> was under
>> 400' of color. I don't know if any of these beautiful films remains
>> anywhere.
>> Don't neglect the inimitable "Microcultural
>> Incidents at Ten Zoos," the Milgram
>> experiment documentary, etc... which I'm sure you've already
>> obtained.
>> One of my personal faves is the mindbending "Not Knot" (animated
>> math video).
>> ---------t0ny
>> On Tue 12/28/10 9:15 PM , craig baldwin email suppressed sent:
>>> Serge, Tho you probably already know about it, I should anyway
>>> remind you of Marina McDougall and Andy Bellows' excellent Brico
>>> Press volume on Jean Painleve: "Science Is Fiction".And while I have
>>> you on the line, so to speak, and with all due respect, I must say
>>> your claim that you (or most any one really) have tracked down all
>>> commercially available films on science (maybe I don't understand
>>> this part) seems, well, rather preposterous on the face of it!
>>> Craig Baldwin
>>> -------------------------
>>> Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:46:51 -0600
>>> From: email suppressed
>>> To: email suppressed
>>> Subject: [Frameworks] science film query
>>> Hello FWs -
>>> I am trying to put together a proposal for a course in film history,
>>> dealing primarily with the evolution of science/research and
>>> educational film. Plenty has been written on the general history of
>>> these relatively marginal genres - especially on their origins (i.e.
>>> on Muybridge, Marey, etc.) - but I wonder if anyone has done work on
>>> any kind of cross-breeding between sci/research/edu film and
>>> experimental film (or even arthouse film).
>>> Jean Painlevé is the only one coming to mind who could be said to
>>> straddle both domains. A few of Peter Greenaway's films
>>> (particularly
>>> A Zed and Two Noughts) borrow some themes/techniques from research
>>> film - in this case time-lapse cinematography.
>>> (At the risk of saddling Tony Conrad with another string of
>>> inanities) I'd love to get some input - both in terms of artistic
>>> films that reference the sci/research/edu genres and books/articles
>>> that deal with such borrowing. I expect borrowing in the other
>>> direction took place as well, but that may be a good deal harder to
>>> trace.
>>> Also - on the off chance that someone on the list knows of major
>>> repositories of sci/research/edu films - I mean archives, museums,
>>> hospitals, etc. - from all eras, I would love to hear about it as
>>> well. I think I have tracked down the majority of commercially
>>> available films.
>>> Many many thanks for reading and giving some thought to the matter.
>>> happy holidays, and best regards
>>> serge
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