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#1 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:19 AM

For those of you interested in film labs and processing I have a 16mm film made in the 70s streaming on my web site. The film is not quite of Academy Award standard! However it does have some interest. It was made by Humphries Film Labs and is called 'The Small Film Unit and the Labs'

You will find it here: http://www.brianprit...ritish Labs.htm

Humphries Film Labs was around from about 1927 until 1984 when it was closed down; I was technical director at the time, The lab also owned satellite labs in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. The Leeds lab eventually became Film Lab North and finally closed earlier this year.

I hope one or two of you will find it of interest. Until recently only the first 7 minutes was available on my site due to using a free file sharing site. I have now converted it to flash and the full film is available.
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#2 Simon Wyss

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:14 AM

Wonderful. I like the noise track. Funny production. Soothes the soul that old time rock ā€˜nā€™ roll.
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#3 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:02 AM

A wonderful, very informative film. Thanx a lot for this.
Additional info: Film is stuck here at 22:06 here, can you check?
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#4 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:18 PM

A wonderful, very informative film. Thanx a lot for this.
Additional info: Film is stuck here at 22:06 here, can you check?

just opens as a black window for me...There is a play button if I mouse over but it does not seem to do anything. I have the latest version of Flash installed
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#5 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:43 PM

just opens as a black window for me...There is a play button if I mouse over but it does not seem to do anything. I have the latest version of Flash installed

Sorry about the difficulties I will check to see what the problem is; I have just used Opera and that seems to be working OK, I will try Firefox and Internet Explorer.
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#6 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:06 PM

Now it's gone. All black - no play :-(
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#7 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:13 PM

Now it's gone. All black - no play :-(

It seems to be playing OK on Opera and Internet Explorer but I couldn't get it to play on Firefox.

I will keep trying to sort it out.
Sorry.
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#8 John Holland

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 11:45 AM

I got to just about the end of film , then stopped that was on Chrome . I used them a lot during the period the film was shot , i have some really good stories about their so could collection etc for rushes , but they were a great lab , but never made money at the end on Release Prints where the big money is .
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#9 Christian Appelt

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 01:05 PM

Brian, I'd love to see your film!

I did install the latest Opera version. Scrolling down the page

http://www.brianprit...ritish Labs.htm

I see just a grey window.

Internet Explorer does show a black window with a [PLAY] symbol, but nothing more. If I copy & paste the adress , the URL changes immediately to

http://e.freewebhost...ame-account.gif

If the problem is difficult to solve, would you consider an upload to youtube.com ?
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#10 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:15 AM

Brian, I'd love to see your film!

I did install the latest Opera version. Scrolling down the page

http://www.brianprit...ritish Labs.htm

I see just a grey window.

Internet Explorer does show a black window with a [PLAY] symbol, but nothing more. If I copy & paste the adress , the URL changes immediately to

http://e.freewebhost...ame-account.gif

If the problem is difficult to solve, would you consider an upload to youtube.com ?


Thanks for the reply. Yes, maybe I have to put it on youtube. The problem maybe with the free internet provider I use.
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#11 Tom Sykes

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:02 AM

Hello Brian,

I am extremely intrigued by this video, although unfortunately I can only manage up to 22 seconds.

I understand that this has been an issue for quite sometime and I noticed you have updated the web page last month...

I know somebody has asked already but are you in a position at all to upload it to another video hosting site?

I would love to watch it.

Thanks,

Tom.
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#12 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:55 AM

Hello Tom
I am sorry it has been a problem.. Unfortunately I have to use a free website server - I don't receive any money from my website. The free servers restrict the size of file that can be uploaded; the free file sharing website only allows a few seconds viewing. I think the only alternative at present is to allow people to download the video file. I will post a link so that the file can be downloaded.
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#13 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:08 AM

You can download the file here:

http://www.4shared.c...and_the_La.html

Unfortunately you have to wait before the download starts and probably get adverts as well. If anyone can suggest a better method please let me know.
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#14 Tom Sykes

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:32 PM

That's brilliant and very kind of you Brian.

I am downloading it as of now, and will notify you if there are adverts etc, regardless at least I/we can watch it now.

Magic!!

Thanks again.
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#15 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:18 PM

That's brilliant and very kind of you Brian.



Interesting bit of history. File downloaded fine, the file name did not have an extension on it, but Linux identified it as an MP4. Presumably Windows users may have to re-name the file with that extension. (years since I used wondows so I am not sure if it has gotten better with identifying file types.)

The production itself is a nice example of a "sponsored " film of the era. One wonders why they felt the need to explain the process twice, but who are we of the midia generation to judge. Possibly the need was based on trouble spots they had had with their customers.

Thank you very much Brian.
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