16mm Film Editing: Using Filmed Simulation as a Hands-on Approach to TV History

Two television editors who once worked with 16mm film discuss and explore their former working methods and demonstrate how to make a picture cut using film. The method of ‘hands-on history’ used for this simulation is discussed, as are the problems of presenting such data.<div><br></div><div>This video essay was original published in <i>VIEW: </i><i>Journal of European Television History and Culture.</i></div><div><i><br></i></div><div><div><b>About the project</b></div><div>ADAPT (2013-8) is a European Research Council project at Royal Holloway University of London. The project studies the history of technologies in television, focussing on their everyday use in production activities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>ADAPT examines what technologies were adopted and why; how they worked; and how people worked with them. As well as publishing written accounts, the project carries out 'simulations' that reunite retired equipment with the people who used to use it.</div><div><br></div><div>Participants in these simulations explain how each machine worked and how different machines worked together as an 'array'; how they adapted the machines; and how they worked together as teams within the overall production process.</div></div>