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May 28th, 2006

Home Movies

Last year, I gathered all of the old 8mm film from both sides of my family and got it converted to DVD. Both my grandfathers shot a few hours’ worth of footage, some dating back to the 1930s. There’s family history on those movies that’s really invaluable, and since the film was getting extremely brittle, the time had come to make sure it was preserved as well as possible in a digital format.

There was a few minutes of footage of me as a very little kid, but what I found most interesting was all the footage of my parents as kids and teenagers. There’s something about the moving picture (even if it’s silent) that stills can’t match.

Have you had your family footage converted yet? Anything particularly interesting on those reels?

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday May 28, 2006 -- 11:30:12 am
I'm out in MN right now (say hi to Prince!) and yesterday we were watching old footage of my nephew whose HS graduation party was yesterday.

The horrifying thing for my sister-in-law was that despite all the video footage that we could have watched, the part with her giving birth to my other nephew kept coming up. I counted SIX times. The first time it came up, she stood in front of the large-screen TV begging my brother to turn it off.

The older nephew used to love books so much, he would memorize them. There is one scene where my sister-in-law's twin sister witnesses this for the first time and is horrified because she thinks he can already read, therefore implying that her daughter, the same age, 2, has fallen severely behind.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 28, 2006 -- 11:32:46 am
What (or whom) did you use to convert it?

We have two filing cabinets stuffed with 8mm and slides -- mostly slides. Just the thought of converting it made me cringe...

FROM: Aanen
DATE: Sunday May 28, 2006 -- 12:51:50 pm
Last time I was in Norway, I was looking through the old films and found my parent's wedding video. I put it on VHS since DVD burners were not available at the time. I want to go through more of the films but the basement flooded at one time and may have runined the film.

Did you transfer them yourself or did u have someone do it?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2006 -- 10:35:50 am
I found a Super 8 projector and some old home movies in the trash the other day. So I fired up the projector, works fine, and the movies were total Americana: some big fat family gathered around the backyard pool bobbing up and down on a 4th of July or Memorial Day probably sometime around the country's bicentennial, judging by the Stars and Stripes overalls some girl was wearing.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 1, 2006 -- 2:14:26 pm
Very nice! Nothing like some found movies to brighten up a holiday.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday June 2, 2006 -- 2:48:45 pm
Well, my found movies may have been fleshy, but at least they were clean. Some people I knew about ten years ago found an old projector and some old 8mm silent films that turned out to be thirty-year old (forty now) homemade porn. So, they threw a party, set up a bar, made popcorn, set up chairs and projected the films to about fifty people, I guess.

I wasn't at the party, though. Most of the guests were creepy lamos and I was scared of being in the same room with them as much too much alcohol was being served and old porn was being viewed. Call me a prude if you want.

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