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Halloween Hallucinations home movie from October 31, 1931

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Halloween Hallucinations 1931 D. D. Teoli Jr. A. C. : D. D. Teoli Jr. A. C. : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Here is an interesting 16mm home movie from a Halloween costume party made on the evening of October 31, 1931, called Halloween Hallucinations. It was made 91 years ago today. In 1931 the Great Depression was underway, the Roaring Twenties was over and flappers will soon become a thing of the past. 


Selection from Flappers artist book by D.D.Teoli Jr. A.C.

The guy who shot this film, Reg Bergen, was pretty creative. Too bad he didn't spend a little more creativity time on basics like focus, as it is off for a good part of the film. Well, he may have had a fixed focus camera or shot wide open because of low light or maybe he wanted the film to look more dreamlike and soft...dunno.  Everyone you see in the film is just a shadow in time and dead now...so, no one to ask.

The film was shrunken and warped. Apparently, the mothball treatment and humidor film can couldn't keep the VS away. 


Humidor Film Can - D.D.Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Reel and Can Archive

Or maybe the humidor did work some and it would have been much worse without the fumigation? We just don't know how things would have turned out one way or another. I left all the glue splices in, as was suggested to me in a thread here discussing doctoring archival material.


Homemade Humidor Film Can - D.D.Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Reel and Can Archive


Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive

Although humidor cans were meant for adding humidity from water; I was told people would add camphor oil and other things to the humidor to try and preserve the film - hence the stink!

Bergen was pretty good with exposure, at least a lot better than he was with focus. Most of the film could be scanned as a 'best light' scan with only a couple of sections needing a 'timed scan' rerun. At the end is a cute End card animation made with a string. I'm thinking he may have pirated it from a commercial film.

This film is an example of a museum quality home movie that would possibly be in an Institution's permanent film collection. This film was kinda pricey as films go, selling at auction for about $230. I normally don't buy such $$ films due to being on a low budget. I'm more into $5 - $15 films and try to keep a film's acquisition cost at under $35. But I had got good news about an upcoming 8.7% cost of living raise in Social Security payouts due to the big rise in inflation. And in anticipation for the small windfall, I spent the raise before I even got it for this special film! 

Can you imagine the excitement that a picker must have experienced finding this film at a yard sale for .50 or $1. I mean, forget the profit they made...I'm talking about the excitement of finding such a gem of a time capsule and seeing it for the first time in 80 or 90 years. The film archivist can get the same excitement as they dive into an unknown historical time capsule like this.

There are lots of exceptional 16mm films that come up for sale. But you have to have the $$ to buy them. If a special film does come up for sale and I can't afford it, I write to the seller and ask if they have a scan of the film to sell. But I have yet to acquire any films like that. Either they don't have a scan or they want hundreds of $$ for a scan. 

One seller, who turned out to be a stock footage company, wanted to sell me scans that were priced by the second! Stock footage companies are always bidding up films on eBay to sell them by the second. Who knows, maybe a stock footage company bid this film up. I've posted here before how some films can sell for as little as .01 on eBay...as long as no one bids on them.

Now, I have purchased lots of scans of photos in the past...but no films. The closest thing to films was one seller sold me a standard def DVD of some films someone had scanned. But it only cost about $1 a film. Cine' scans would be an ideal way for me to acquire films...as long as they were decent quality and cheap. I'm not a film collector, I don't actually need the physical film. I'm just interested in the cine' scanner's digital output.

Halloween Hallucinations was scanned on a Retroscan Universal 2K scanner by D.D.Teoli Jr..






Edited by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
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