I don't have volume 2 of the F.F.T.C. series of magazines to date but I do now have volume 3. I shall again post some interesting artifacts surrounding this edition shortly.
Issue 3 was already showing signs of popularity and growth for the magazines distribution base. It was released in April 1986 and featured a colourful outer and rear cover, something the first edition sadly lacked.
It also had increased considerably in volume size. From 19 to 26 pages if you include the outer pages.
Here are the outer cover pages:
From the outer cover, it is clear to see that the big push from Derann around this time was to promote their forthcoming release "The Snowman".
This is a film I truly love still to this day. It' s a timeless classic that can be replayed to every new generation of film lovers around this time of the year. I shall be posting some screen shots of this superb full length release in my Christmas film posts in the near future, but it was really interesting for me to read the negotiations surrounding it's release from the small article written in the magazine.
Derann expressed their interest to the owners of this film regarding their desire to release it on Super 8 in both mono and stereo variants.
The owners seemed apparently quite happy to allow Derann to release this film on Super 8mm when asked, however they did instruct Derann that like many, they did look upon this work of art as a "Premiere Product" and as such it should be treated this way.
By that they meant they wished for it to be given a full colour box label (thankfully!) and Derann would have to endure the prospect of paying out much higher royalty payments to the owners, than they usually did.
At this stage, negotiations were still underway but thankfully, as we all know now, the film did get released and is an absolute belter on 8, one I truly treasure.
Derann also stated it would be a 600ft full length release and expected it to go to market for the princely sum of £54.95 at the time of release.
Here are the opening two pages from this edition:
Page 2 as you can see, features an array of advertising from such companies as Walton, Delta film in Salford Manchester, PM Films and even DFS themselves. The advertisement that both amused me and surprised me the most was the one that looks similar to those you used to find regularly in the tabloids during the mid 70's for a cheap and rather nasty Super 8mm Silent projector and an "enlargement" lens.
The projector was selling for £17.50 and came complete with a f1.4 zoom lens (Schneider of course! lol), auto threading facility and a whopping 8v 50w (no doubt spaceman type) lamp!!
I say surprised as well as amused simply because you wouldn't have thought Derann would have wanted this type of projector going anywhere near any of their films, but I guess money talks I suppose in the world of advertising.
Anyhow, moving onto page 3 and the editors letter (Dave Worrall) back then, the big topic of conversation occupied that of the fact the BBC and particular "Film 86" were to feature an episode on British television surrounding the world of 8mm film collecting.
It would be very interesting to see a re run of that now, I have to say.
The contents index included such items as Brian Murphy's visit to Derann, a further instalment of the Techno saga as featured in editions 1 and presumably 2, an interesting centre spread of the Carry On films on super 8mm and another interesting article regarding Optical airline prints which I will describe more fully.