Mine was in Primary school, we were all assembled in the hall at Stuart Road School, i watched the teachers go into the side cupboard and he rolled out a stand, on it was the Bell & Howell 16mm projector. It was the Christmas film show and the film the was the great race. I dont remember too much about the film because i kept looking back and watching the big spools going around and the light beam projecting the film onto the white painted wall. I was fixated and from there on the rest is history for me.
My first cinema films where the guns of Navarone and Where Eagle Dare.
Our first home movie only ever came about because of my Brothers huge interest in the American Civil war and in Frampton Camera in Plymouth he spotted a rack of Standard 8 films,he asked about the little 50ft b/w silent box which stated "a tale set during the American civil war" and some time later left with that reel and a Eumig P8. That was the start of our collection and i think then i was about 9 or 10. He also bought a STD 8 cine camera to take our own films, the first was was simply my mum filming me and my two Brothers kicking a ball about in Central Park here in Plymouth. We went onto sound home making and eventually with the help of Gordon Clarke,(employee of Frampton cameras and armature film maker), also the local actor boys and a WW2 gun collector we went onto make a film which we put into the IAC, (institute of ameture cinematographers) competition and won a blue seal award as well as a Kodak gold tar certificate. It was a great day out and firing off £500 worth of rifle blanks was a group of young mans best day out. Paint-ball?? bollocks!
Would any of you boys like me to put a bit on you tube for you to see? (long as you promise not to laugh or take the piss) suffice to say these days we just collect.
These were great days off work & pushed my love of film collecting forward even more. Every gun you see here were authentic pices and not models or plastic. Unfortunately the owner had to give all these up when the poxy gun laws changed thanks to lunatic twats who thought they were Rambo.
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