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
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
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.
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.
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!
July, 2009 (revised September, 2015)
Colchester Film Workshop
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