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The nomadic life of the early itinerant filmmakers posed unique challenges. In this clip from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, Hugh V. Jamieson recalls his early years as an itinerant filmmaker, long before the era of digital cameras and Final Cut Pro. He describes how he would develop film in hotel room bathtubs and demonstrates how he would lay out the wet film to dry on the bed. The career often led to adventure, too. Jamieson also recounts making his first aerial picture for the Southern Methodist University Campus, hand cranking the camera as he sat on the wing of the plane.


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You can watch early itinerant films in WE’RE IN THE MOVIES: PALACE OF SILENTS & ITINERANT FILMMAKING, now available on Blu-ray/DVD.

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