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John Adderley
 

I am involved in a history project concerning shooting film during the Great War. There's a lot on line but far far more in libraries and books and people's memory. I am going to demonstrate to some PhD graduates and students at Pembroke College next year after having shot some 35mm footage on my Williamson wooden camera. I have several wooden cameras and there's Moy and Bastie, Prestwich, Aeroscope etc but my main concern at the moment is to find out if Newman SInclair made any cameras that were used in The Great War. John Noel used a NS when he shot a film in TIbet and going up Everest. I have the same model as John Noel used in 1923 and it has been said that it was specially made for him. The long lens was certainly made for him by Cooke and it was an aerial camera lens specially prepared for the 35mm format. I know that there might still be some people who had connections or worked at the NS factory so any information about NS during the Great War would be welcome. I'd specially like to know how early the No3 "NS" Kine Camera was built. In Graces guide there's an advert for the No3 but it's a bit ambiguous as to whether it was used in the Great War. Some clarity outside the web from personal knowledge would be great.

The historian who is running this research is currently scouring the Bodleian Library and coming up with some very interesting material.

I have also not been able to find any information about which cine camera that Frank Hurley used when he went to take those amazing stills of WW1. Maybe he did not take a movie camera? I know he used a Prestwich No5 for "South" when he shot with Shackleton. I also have one of those which still is able to shoot film.

John Adderley London UK
Kinematogrpaher
john@...
www.adderley.net

 

Looking forward to seeing the final products John and what a great project need…..should you ever want to tap into anything regarding the Forces in Gibraltar I have great contacts with the museum, historians and archives locally.

Stephen Perera
Design + Photography
Gibraltar
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On 22 Oct 2018, at 13:44, John Adderley <john@...> wrote:

I am involved in a history project concerning shooting film during the Great War. There's a lot on line but far far more in libraries and books and people's memory. I am going to demonstrate to some PhD graduates and students at Pembroke College next year after having shot some 35mm footage on my Williamson wooden camera. I have several wooden cameras and there's Moy and Bastie, Prestwich, Aeroscope etc but my main concern at the moment is to find out if Newman SInclair made any cameras that were used in The Great War. John Noel used a NS when he shot a film in TIbet and going up Everest. I have the same model as John Noel used in 1923 and it has been said that it was specially made for him. The long lens was certainly made for him by Cooke and it was an aerial camera lens specially prepared for the 35mm format. I know that there might still be some people who had connections or worked at the NS factory so any information about NS during the Great War would be welcome. I'd specially like to know how early the No3 "NS" Kine Camera was built. In Graces guide there's an advert for the No3 but it's a bit ambiguous as to whether it was used in the Great War. Some clarity outside the web from personal knowledge would be great.

The historian who is running this research is currently scouring the Bodleian Library and coming up with some very interesting material.

I have also not been able to find any information about which cine camera that Frank Hurley used when he went to take those amazing stills of WW1. Maybe he did not take a movie camera? I know he used a Prestwich No5 for "South" when he shot with Shackleton. I also have one of those which still is able to shoot film.

John Adderley London UK
Kinematogrpaher
john@...
www.adderley.net

John Adderley
 

Thanks Stephen

I shall extend that offer to Andrew McCarthy who came to me with the request for information on how film was shot in the Great War.

Looking for pictures of cameras circa 1915 on the web I was astounded to see how many pictures of camera were back to front, including a NS Kine camera on German Wiki... laughable. It's also bad that in describing the activities of the early cinematographers many sites on the web do not mention makes of cameras that were used or any technical details.

BTW my No3 NS Kine camera (used by John Noel) was bought at auction many years ago and it looked well used and sat in its box for quite some time. I wanted to show it at the RGS when they showed John Noel's films on the big screen. I took it out of its box and oiled it and cleaned it and now it is working as if it is brand new. It purred through 400' of gash stock hand cranked like a brand new sewing machine. If this camera model was used during the Great War I shall be shooting with it and showing the huge differences made in just a short time in the war years. Le Prince would be astounded.

John Adderley London UK
Kinematogrpaher
john@...
www.adderley.net