Thursday, March 09, 2006

USELESS FLIM!!

In 1994 or so, Craig McEwen and I got ourselves jobs as "gutters" for Woodwards. We moved office furniture, equipment, filing cabinets etc from various floors down to an "auction floor" where Woodwards sold whatever they could. While working there, Craig ran up to me, white as a ghost, and uttered these words: "I FOUND THE MEDIA ROOM." He ran off and I immediately followed him up the dead escalators. Through the empty department store we ran, passing the defunct nurse's station/hospital wing until we arrived at a door which read "MEDIA ROOM." Craig lead me inside and there, before our eyes sat shelves of 16mm sound projectors, opaque projectors, over-head projectors, slide projectors, trays and trays of slides, projection screens, cameras, filing cabinets full of 16mm film, and a little box which read "USELESS FLIM." F-L-I-M. Craig and I love "useless flim." We piled everything onto 4 or 5 palettes, and asked our boss what a fair exchange in wages for the collection would be. He told us that he would look into it. Craig and I were willing to part with 2-weeks worth of wages EACH in exchange. A few hours later our boss said, "Gimme 10 bucks each and buy me some beer at the Cambie after work." We accepted of course and made true on our end of the deal. We eventually moved all this gear (and cockroaches) to Craig's parent's basement for storage. For years, a decade pretty much, Craig and I have made little mention of our "treasure trove" but it wasn't until earlier this week that Craig and I had to move the "gold" out of his parents' house and into mine. LOOK AT IT FOR DEAD BABY CHRIST'S SAKE!!!!!




This is just a sample. Here's an old-timey security camera that I am going to hook up to my iPod:


I will soon do a comprehensive cataloguing of this film. They are mostly wierd salesmen training films from the 50's, 60's & 70's and there are some really bizarre titles that intrigue me to no end. Here are just some of the titles:



I am going to have to break open one of the projectors and start digitizing the film. Stay posted because I'll be soon archiving our gold.

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DRINK-BOT said...

I can't wait ! What is the next level above gold ? Platinum ? Because that is what those films are.

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