Exhibition Loop (NFU at Work)
National Film Unit, 1947
[Actor] What are you making, a loose cover?
[Actress] That, my lad, is a Paris model!
[Director] Shot three, take two.
OK for sound?
[Camera Operator] No, I'd like a retake. Pete, put a barn door on number four and flat please.
[Director] I want you, as you speak, to sit up and, as she sits up, I want you to go back.
[Camera Operator] Ready for retake.
[Director] Quiet please! Camera . Action
[Narrator] But a great deal of preparation goes into a film before it's shot.
Directors are allotted stories and information is gathered from every possible source when preparing the script.
When completed, the script is submitted for the producers approval.
He may make alterations and perhaps discuss it with the technical director and assistant producer.
The script finally approved, the director goes ahead with the job.
The success of a film depends upon the cooperation of every department and every person concerned.
The director and the cameraman get together and plan the shooting from the script. And so the story goes on film.
Back at the studios the film keeps moving.
It's developed in the negative machine.
Then a light grading card is made out as a guide to the printer who runs off a positive copy on the printing machine.
This goes to the positive machine where it's developed, fixed, washed, and dried at a rate of two thousand feet an hour.
In the editing room, the film is first viewed in the Moviola and is then cut into sequences of the required lengths and arranged in bins in the correct order for the proposed picture.
These are spliced together. Music and commentary are carefully timed to fit the action and so Weekly Review is ready for recording.
In sound recording the projector runs synchronously with the sound camera.
At this stage, I have to introduce myself.
[Sound Recorder] All set for a tape? Okay, she's away.
[Narrator] The recordist switches on and the commentator's voice, music, and effects are mixed to the panel and transcribed onto sound film in the recording camera.
The cues flash on the screen and the cuer brings me in.
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To outsiders the most glamorous side of picture making is shooting on the sound stage but this entails hard work and patience.
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