Guy Burns here, from near Devonport.Background
I’m transferring my three-screen slide shows from the 1980s and 1990s onto Blu-ray. They’re wilderness audio-visuals, mostly set in Tasmania. I’m aiming for the visual and sound quality to be the best possible, suitable for showing on a 12-metre cinema screen. I’m about ⅔ the way through this 10-year project.
The end result will be a Blu-ray which will probably only be made available to people who contributed material. This isn’t a money-making commercial project, it’s a hobby. I want to preserve certain aspects of Tasmanian bushwalking, and I’ve chosen high-definition Blu-ray as the format.My New AVs
As part of the project, I’m putting together three new AVs about wilderness Tasmania:
• Lake Pedder
• The North West Walking Club
(NWWC) and what its members got up to in the 1960s (70 minutes).
• Eric Sargent
. Eric launched CraClair Tours in 1968, the first bloke to run tours through the Reserve since Bert Nichols in the 1930s (40 mins).
While working on the latter, Eric told me that Alan Richmond – the leader of his party through the reserve in 1947, across the Eldons the next year, and from Mole Creek to Tullah the following year – had a movie camera with him. That changed things a bit. Eric’s AV now has to include excerpts from the 8mm movies taken on the trips.
I can scan slides at home using my Nikon Coolscan, but movies? Well, I’ve worked out how to have them scanned, and then I thought: why not ask around for movies taken in the Tasmanian wilderness? There might be some treasure in a shed somewhere.What I’m looking for
• Tasmanian bushwalking movies taken prior to 1972.
• Slides of Lake Pedder. I have already scanned about 700, but I would like a few more images in a few areas: walking in on the Scotts Pk Track and Sentinel Range track; the lake being inundated by the encroaching floodwaters; the Truganini statue on the beach; images showing the entire lake. And any other esoteric images that show Pedder in a different way, not just that fabulous beach.How I’ll scan
If you have Lake Pedder slides, and you live in Tasmania, I’ll come to you with my iMac and Nikon Coolscan. But it’s better if I can borrow them for a few days. For the movies, they’ll have to go to Boston, via me. Or you can arrange it yourself, of course.What’s in it for you?
Three reasons you may want to think seriously about this if you have suitable material:
1. You’ll get a copy of the high-resolution scans, and it won’t cost you anything. I’m paying.
2. From my experience of looking through about 30,000 slides and scanning 7000 of them over the last four years, obtaining a good scan is become more and more difficult with every passing year: mould, dust, fading, lack of good scanning equipment (Nikon stopped production years ago). Re the latter: my scanner now sells secondhand for more than what I paid for it new ten years ago.
3. Most slides, and some movies, eventually end up at the tip. I am now the proud owner of 60 Lake Pedder slides that I rescued. Husband died. Wife couldn’t be bothered going through his slides. Emptied fifty years of yellow boxes into four Coles plastic shopping bags and was disposing of them one bag a week. I’m missed the first bag, but I got the other three.But who’s this Guy Burns bloke?
To convince you of my bonafides:
1. I’m the partner of Jenny Pearce, Life Member of the NWWC.
2. I’ve scanned slides from all the club’s Life Members, and almost everyone in the club who took slides in the 1960s.
3. Check out my 200+ page PDF on how to scan Kodachrome: http://www.mediafire.com/download/qc67n ... 29.pdf.zip
4. This thread, http://www.cinematography.com/index.php ... ntry455986
, tells you how I’ll be having the movies scanned.
5. To see the type of thing I do, download a short sketch from the Lake Pedder AV: http://www.mediafire.com/download/gyhug ... 60p%29.mp4
6. Or download the closing credits from an AV about the western lakes: http://www.mediafire.com/download/up8if ... its%29.mp4
The video downloads are heavily compressed and reduced in resolution to 360p (from 1080p) for small file size, but they should give you an idea of my style of AV.
If you like what you see, and you have material I’m chasing, please get in contact. Gmail me at gdburns, or phone 03 6428 2976.