About this site

Here is some background information to this site www.ian-partridge.com

You may be searching for information about preservation and viewing of cine film, or wish to have old family cine films transfered into a viewable digital format like DVD. I have assembled this site to be informative about the necessity for film preservation, and also about the transfer and digital video copying of cine films.

I am empassioned by film, especially old British films which are now sadly neglected and unseen. I believe that film is a window to our past that resonates still. I believe the photographic medium, over the last one hundred and fifty years, has shaped the present as we perceive it, and live it, day to day.

The first films I projected were 'Cathy Come Home' and the Polish animated cartoon, 'Pozor' (Attention) when pressed into operating the empty projection box by an audience of 800 striking students. From then on I have projected many hundreds of films.

It was antique watch and clock repairing to the trade for no money over years until eyesight changed and I stuck with clocks. Supplemented my income with photography and articles about the clocks I restored but did not own.

Acmade Editing Documentary editing at home in 1978

I always used Weston lightmeters since an Art student and independent film maker in the 1970's. I used to repair film and editing equipment too. Ran the local film society so I got to handle classic film prints and more appreciate the art of cinematography which I was able to complete a local documentary and Arts Council film with my old tutor at Art School, Bruce Killeen. This is how I dropped my Euro-master onto concrete when transporting an Arriflex on my bicycle rack. Easy to repair as I was doing watch work at the time and of course the cell was good as the meter was thirty-five years younger than they all are today.

I was selling antique clocks on the internet and in those early days when digital cameras were beyond my means I was photographing with medium format Ektachrome transparencies that I scanned. This way my photography was outstanding at the  time. I used to include an animated gif of each clock pendulum swinging on the web pages that was not replicated by anyone over the years I was selling. I first sold a Weston Euromaster in 2001 and got 100 which was so encouraging I invested in new cells from Megatron in Tottenham and restored a number of meters in anticipation. I sold only six meters over the next nine years. However by 2010, the frequency had increased and I soon tried to order more cells. Of course, Megatron had just ceased trading and making new cells.

The demand for my restored meters has picked up very gradualy. Lately, I have had no time for clock repairs because of demand for my restored Weston meters and meter repairs. Also this website is realy growing in interest. It needs to, because I cannot think of a time when I have had to work so hard just to live, at an age when people retire. I must be paying back for my indolent past!

Ian Partridge,
July, 2009 (revised September, 2015)

Colchester Film Workshop


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