Monday, February 16, 2009

Enter Brakhage.

This is a test of sorts.

So far, everything I've posted on this blog in terms of photos/information has been done with the permission of the filmmakers (in some cases, like with Robert Nelson, the permission is implicit).

Marilyn Brakhage and I talked several months ago about starting to put Stan Brakhage related material on this blog as well.

For some time, we've periodically talked about the idea of a major website with lots of info about Stan and all of his work, ever expanding, but that's still a little ways off. (By the way, if you'd be interested in volunteering your help on that hypothetical project, contact me through this blog. Can't promise anything right now, but it'd be nice to gauge interest.)

In the meantime, Marilyn was OK with the idea of posting some stuff here, and I have tons of pictures and info I could share here, not that I want it to become an exclusively Brakhage blog or anything, but it's still quite a lot of fascinating stuff. One particular thing we agreed on would be to watermark the photos somehow, just to keep them from being circulated without some kind of notice of copyright and provenance attached. Fair enough?

So I'll give it a shot here today. I've put a lame, homemade watermark on the photo which will appear in the following post. Hopefully it's not too annoying or intrusive. Please let me know if you have a better suggestion, I'm all ears. What do you think?

Also, when I step back a bit, and take a gander at this blog, I realize that it isn't terribly specifically about film preservation, is it? It's more about unique, weird, amazing, or anomalous findings in the course of my working on the preservation of (primarily) experimental films, frequently having to do with unique production practices.

So should I include more preservation information? Is anybody curious about that kind of stuff and would like more of it? I'm extremely open to suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

4 comments:

Ekrem Serdar said...

"It's more about unique, weird, amazing, or anomalous findings in the course of my working on the preservation of (primarily) experimental films, frequently having to do with unique production practices."
Yes! All this is tremendously fascinating. But I don't see any reason why you shouldn't post about preservation practices either and I'd be very interested in reading it; your posts so infrequently anyway, all is welcome!

Mark T said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's hard to know who could even be looking at such an esoteric thing, and I'm always surprised to hear that someone's actually checking up on what I'm posting. I'll try to post more frequently, too.

d.a. johnston said...

Hi Mark, this blog is great. I followed the link from your FRAMEWORKS posting. I'd love to help out when the Brakhage site gets rolling. As he has been a great inspiration to me I'd be happy to assist. I would also be interested in preservation practices and details!

Mark T said...

Thanks much - and if/when the Brakhage website thing gets to the planning stages, I'll keep it in mind. Thanks for reading!