Brian R Pritchard - Motion Picture and Film Archive Consultant






How Films Were Made and Shown

by David Cleveland and Brian Pritchard.

453 pages, over 900 illustrations



A few soft cover digital reprints are available. 
They can be ordered here: 

The cost is £60 including postage and packing to a UK Address

A new book that looks at the developments of motion picture film technology from a British perspective from 1895 to 2015.

Kevin Brownlow says: 'the book is not only unputdownable - it's heavy enough to be unpickupable!’

Please click on the thumbnails to see the cover and selected pages




For film archivists and those interested in the technical side of film, there are chapters on How It Worked; The Film Business Gets Going; The 1920s - Time of Change; A Quest For Colour; The 1930s and 40s; New Film, New Colour, New Sound, New Screens of the 1950s and 60s; The Film Laboratory, and Slow Fade Out covering from the 70s to 2015.

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The chapters cover the very first cameras and projectors and how they worked; the development of equipment for both professional and amateur film making; colour and sound; Kodak and other manufacturer’s motion picture film stocks; how film was developed and printed at the laboratory; and cinema, non-theatric and home projection.

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