I’ve been poking around the video vaults over at Archive.org recently. Much of this is due to the fact that I have been itching to edit video for about six months now, ever since my 2004 Canon Optura 10 died for the last time. Archive.org’s large and downloadable cache of public domain documents, ranging from videos, to e-books, to archived websites, make it an excellent resource for any videographer searching for production elements (or inspiration) on the cheap. Recent excursions into Archive.org’s vaults have me working on some re-edits of Things To Come, which is basically a British Metropolis (as well as another movie which George Lucas must have seen before he conceived the Death Star).
Then I stumbled upon this fascinating piece of newspaper cinematography from 1924, a early example of a newspaper attempting to engage its readers with motion-picture content (sound like a familiar topic anyone?) Try pitching this to your editor on Monday and see what looks you get: readers send in descriptions of their bizarre dreams which the newspaper then makes into a movie starring the dreamers.
The challenges which news organizations face are not new. As new communication avenues have opened up, newspapers have often been at the forefront of that change, be it dabbling in early radio ventures (mobile journalists should dig the picture showing how they did live remotes in 1922), interpreting dreams for the big screen, or today, with multimedia and social journalism.