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Martin Dew
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If you're in the London area or S of E, please come to this event. I told the organiser David Tatham that I would make everyone on 8mm Forum aware. Doug has already posted the info in the Conventions and Events thread, but here it is:

Sunday, October 22nd 2017

Big Screen Time Revival

Harvey Road Primary School, Croxley Green, Herts. WD3 3BN
7 mins from Exit 18 on M25, 8 mins walk from Croxley underground station (Metropolitan line)
Car park for approx. 80 cars and plenty of parking on Harvey Road

Accommodation: Premier Inn, Croxley Green, Watford, WD18 8AD, 4 mins drive away

Hours: 10:00-17:30

£5 Standard, £8 Special

· Specialist Dealers

· Film shows - see below

· Bring and Buy

· Free table

· 2 screens

· Hot and cold refreshments available all day

Confirmed: 28mm talk & film show; 9.5mm optical sound show; Scopitone talk & film show; Super 8 ‘Saturday Morning Pictures’; Super 8 S C O P E show; 16mm Musical show

Tables available: £10 (2 x 4ft); £15 (2.3 x 6ft)

For details please contact: David at david.tatham@lonza.com or leave a text/message on 07968966440

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Colin Fish
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Well done Martin. This could be the event of the year! Really looking forward to it. Hope all dealers and collectors support it.

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Adrian Winchester
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I'm looking forward to this, and to presenting the Scopitone show, which I think will be a UK first. These highly-entertaining musical shorts on 16mm with magnetic soundtracks are occasionally shown in the cinemas in the USA, but are less well known in the UK. The majority in the show will be in stunning Technicolor.

1'm curious with regard to the difference between the "standard" and "special" admission?

[ October 09, 2017, 07:26 PM: Message edited by: Adrian Winchester ]

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Dominique De Bast
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I have the same question : what's the the difference between the £5 admission ticket and the £8 one ?

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Douglas Meltzer
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About £3.

Sorry, Adrian & Dominique. I couldn't help myself.

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Dominique De Bast
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[Big Grin]

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Guy Taylor, Jr.
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Free haircut with the special.

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Ali Hipperson
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My carer's duties for my mother (who will reach the grand old age of 90 later that week)permitting, I am hoping to attend this much welcome event.

After some 24 years away from this truly wonderful and magical pastime I am really looking forward to any 8mm convention that I am able to attend! [Smile]

I Look forward to seeing anyone from the forum there.

Ali.

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Stuart Reid
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Hoping to get up there too, Al it'd be great to see you.

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Brian Fretwell
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I will be there. I picked up information at the Rickmansworth event which included a map showing the school location - just down the road and a left turn from the Underground station in Croxley.

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David Tatham
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Looking forward to seeing you all there. It's been a bit of a whirlwind since I decided to go ahead with the convention and a lot of people have been very busy preparing!

Simon McConway and Mark Norton have put together Super 8 shows for Screen 1, that includes a great variety of items, hopefully something for all. I'll put some details about the 9.5mm, 16mm and 28mm shows in the relevant sections.

I know there is great mystery about the £8 Special; well I would have liked to charge £8 for everyone. The main reason being, that it will help ensure the future of the Big Screen Time Revival. I know that not everyone is able to stretch to this so offered a lower basic price. As a Thank You to hopefully the majority, I have put together a goodie bag, that includes several specially made gifts and a voucher to use at the cafe. [Smile] For the first 50 or so there is also a glossy brochure about an interesting local development at Denham!

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Dominique De Bast
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Looks great, David. I should be there 😀

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David Tatham
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Not long to go, 15 dealers in attendance, all gauges. Six shows in two screens on Super 8, 9.5mm, 16mm, and even 28mm. Local accommodation 4 minutes away. Hope to see lots of you there.

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Dominique De Bast
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What a great day ! I was impressed by the organization. For a first edition, I expected some little problems here and there but it seems that David was extremely well prepared.

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This the first you see when you arrive. Better than a small poster [Smile]

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The inauguration. If I understood well, the man with the cisors is Geoff Wheeler, the former organizator of the Big Screentime. At the right of the picture, David Tatham who is making the revival.

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Perrys Movie

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Where else than in convention can you see so many films for sale ?

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Definitely a success.

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Brian Fretwell
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And a bit of a forum members get together with Dominique, Adrian Winchester and myself together round the projector after Adrian's Scopitone talk and films. Also good to see Keith Wilton there, looking happy and taking pictures. It seems this did at least break even so high hopes for more of them in future years.

I'll add some of my photos later.

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Dominique De Bast
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As Brian pointed out, the projections were another attraction of the event. I was very happy to see that, unlike in other film convention, there has not been one single second of digital projection. It was film only as it should be.

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The first projection was a 28 mm one. Chris Bird used his 100 year old projector successfully ! You don't see often 28 mm projections, that was fantastic.

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The picture was bright for an old projector.

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There was a second projection room where super 8 films (flat and scope) were projected with an Elmo GS1200 and also 16 mm at the end of the day (I missed the last minutes as I had a train to catch and there were problems on the metro net in London).

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David Wyatt, well known by the British ninefivers, did a 9.5 sound projection without problem although a problem with the capacity of a take up spool. The audience did not notice anything.

In the same room, an interesting scopitone show was held. Most of them in Technicolor ! It seems that the scopitones in English were shooted on a very different way than the French ones. One French scopitone was shown. The singer is Stella and had some success in the '60. She made mostly parodic like songs. The one projected was "Si vous connaissez quelque chose de pire qu'un vampire" (If You Know Something Worse Than A Vampire"). I'm talking about this title because it has an anti-British singers sentence (Stella had another song in which she defended French songs). I couldn't help laughing when she said it as nobody else in the room I think understood French. In all the song she says that she's looking for blood, fear and so on. Then comes : "And when sometimes I dream of my charming prince, he won't need to be handsome, to be tall. So long as he is British and singer, I will remain in the horror field". [Big Grin]

I want to ad that the days was also a success thanks to the excellent food that was provided all the day long at reasonable cost. That's important when you spend the day somewhere. A few years ago, there has been a lot of complains at the Argenteuil film fair because the people who sold food changed and it was not as good as before.

I do hope there will be many more editions to come.

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Adrian Winchester
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I can't add much to the very positive report and photos from Dominique, but I also thought it was an exceptionally good day, with entertaining and unusual shows and a good turn out of dealers. There was a friendly mood and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were no shortage of bargains; I obtained a total of nine 8mm sound shorts from Perry's and Nigel Higgins - all new or excellent condition - for a mere £15! Great to see BST founder Geoff Wheeler involved. Very impressive catering with about eight different types of cake as well as baked potatoes, sandwiches, etc. It was a brave move to try and bring back BST in a new venue, so compliments to David and his very supportive family, as the quality of the event reflected all the hard work and care put into it. With a 2018 BST scheduled for May, it's great that we don't have to wait a year for the next one!

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Douglas Meltzer
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Looks amazing! Dominique, thank you for the photos.

Congratulations to David Tatham and co. for putting on a successful show.

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Paul Adsett
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Is Chris Bird related to John Bird (of Reels On Wheels fame)?

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Graham Ritchie
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Excellent photos Dominique, thanks for sharing them. It certainly looks like everyone was having a good time.

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Chris Bird
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Hi Paul, no, the name is just a coincidence! It was a superb event, huge congratulations to David Tatham and his family. If he wants me back, I hope to be able to put on a show on my 1911 Pathe 35mm projector next time!

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Paul Adsett
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Chris, that 28mm machine looks fabulous!
Looks like a great event! About 10 years ago I went to the Big Screen Time in Tadley, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Dominique De Bast
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Hopefully, other members will also post some pictures. I was not the only one with a camera [Wink]

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Barry Attwood
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This was a great day out, but the dealers hall between shows was very packed, perhaps David can look into using another room or two if he comes back with it next year, as one of the dealers said to me she thought it might get dangerous if too many are in the one room at one time, thankfully I only heard a tray go over on the day, nothing serious, but at times between shows it was very busy.
I thought the extra £3 was terrific value, you got a 'Mickey Mouse' carrier back, a high quality book about Denham Film Studios, a pen inscribed thanking you for supporting the Big Sceen Time Revival, a badge, a key ring, and a voucher for a FREE Tea or Coffee with a piece of cake, not bad for £3 extra (this was to the first 45 who paid the £8 entrance).
I saw and talked to many of my friends, saw some great shows, and had a great day out, all for £8, what more can you say, only looking forward to the next one (Here's Hoping!).

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Brian Fretwell
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Some of my photos.
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The Perry's Movies table.
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The dealers' room at a quieter time
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The Bring and Buy
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Dace Wyatt has a pre-show drink whilst Keith Wilton looks on.
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Inspecting the slightly over full take up spool after the 9.5mm show.
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Cinema 1, with Dominique just right of centre.
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Adrian Winchester starts his Scopitone talk.

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