Jump to content

Jazz on a Summer's Day film (1958)

Mark Eastman

Recommended Posts

I recently watched a video of the 1958 film "Jazz on a Summer's Afternoon" Directed by Bert Stern and Aram Avakian, a documentary of the Newport Jazz festival of that year. I'm assuming they were shooting with Arriflex 16mm cameras, but not sure. Before crystal sync, how was sound sync done with the cameras of this era?



Mark Eastman
Palo Alto, CA USA


Link to comment
Share on other sites


The camera generated a speed-dependent pulse which was recorded on 1/4" tape along with the production sound in a way which rendered it inaudible. When the sound was transferred to sprocketed magnetic film for editing, the mag film recorder in turn used the pulse as its speed reference.

Some over-generalisations here but a fair description:


BTW it's 35mm according to the references. I think I spy a 2C in the trailer as well.

Edited by Mark Dunn
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...