TV SERIES

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R.Marlin Perkins – host of TV show in USA “Wild Kingdom” at Saumarez Reef in 1971. Cameraman Ralph J Nelson hired me to pick up 16mm underwater shots (cut-a-ways). We worked The Swains and then Saumarez. Sea snakes and sharks were the agenda. Almost did a night dive with a 22 foot Tiger shark under the boat. Ralph called it off at the last-minute – we were all geared up with tanks on our back, in the dinghy and ready to drop over the side into the darkness. Maybe Ralph was playing chicken to see who’d crack and complain first? He called it off at that point. Fortunately.

R. Marlin Perkins in The Coral Sea at Saumarez Reef (1971) for "Wild Kingdom"  © John Harding

R. Marlin Perkins in The Coral Sea at Saumarez Reef (1971) for “Wild Kingdom” © John Harding.

 

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RON TAYLOR – UNION THEATRE posters

Ron Taylor at home in 2005. (© John Harding)

Ron Taylor (1934-2012) at home in 2005. (© John Harding)

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Same show - returned by popular demand - with a better poster (at right).

Back by popular demand. Theatre had 624 seats. Full house every night. Simple poster at left tested demand. Better poster (at right) was for return showings. Ron narrated his 16mm films live while I played background music from records borrowed from radio station 2UW (who did our advertising). Slide show was excellent quality 6×6 medium format shots taken with a wide-angle Rolleiflex.  Film being projected was 16mm Kodachrome ORIGINAL footage and very sharp and colorful.  Picture filled the screen top to bottom.

I paid Ron 75% of the profits.  We were both happy with that.

For other future shows where the film was sound-tracked and not requiring any live narration by Ron, the split would have been 50-50 after expenses.

Val and Ron Taylor share a moment with a penguin. Montague Island, New South Wales 1966. (Photo © John Harding).

Val and Ron Taylor share a moment with a penguin. Montague Island, New South Wales 1966. (Photo © John Harding).

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1960s adventures.

Ron Taylor filming with his 35mm movie gear. (1967)

Ron Taylor filming with his 35mm movie gear. (1967)

SEA SAFARI – under construction

Poster designed by Roy Bisson.

Poster designed by Roy Bisson.

When home video rentals were a new idea in 1983, we made this 90 minute documentary film as a test. Original footage was super8. The more professional 16mm film was too expensive at the time. Other film makers were using the technique before me. (The Leyland Bros had a TV show that was all Super8 footage transferred to 2 inch video tape – with noticeable splices that were not professional yet no worse than the nightly network news). Some dive shops were using Sea Safari as part of their training. It was a collection of short stories. A bit of fun separating the more serious moments.

 

Lindblad 1981

“NORTHERN SAFARI” – SHOWMEN

 

 

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Stars of the film. 'Tiger' the fox terrier may have been the real favourite.

Stars of the film. ‘Tiger’ the fox terrier may have been the real favourite.

Western Queensland 1978

Western Queensland 1978

At Mt.Gambier, John Harding loading his equipment after a show at the town hall 1980

At Mt.Gambier, loading his equipment after a show at the town hall November 1980

Bolex H16 with 55mm Nikon macro lens

Bolex H16 with 55mm Nikon macro lens with F-C adapter.

Barry Holmes in South Australia after completing three years in South Africa and later the state of Victoria (his 'territories' plus South Australia).

Barry Holmes in South Australia after completing three years in South Africa and later the state of Victoria (his ‘territories’ plus South Australia).

Tom Stokes screened Northern Safari in the United Kingdom for three years before returning to his home in Perth, Western Australia.  A champion rifle shot  Tom was in the same gun club as Keith F. Adams.

Tom Stokes screened Northern Safari in the United Kingdom for three years before returning to his home in Perth, Western Australia. A champion rifle shot Tom was in the same gun club as Keith F. Adams.

John (joined the group in 1981) Keith and Tom Stokes in Sydney.

John , Keith and Tom Stokes in Sydney.

Barry Homes projecting North Safari at Wollongong Town Hall.  Projector gate was modified to present a wide screen image.

Barry Homes projecting North Safari at Wollongong Town Hall. Projector gate was modified to present a wide screen image.

 

Keith Adams at The Canberra Theatre Playhouse 1981

Keith Adams at The Canberra Theatre Playhouse 1981

John Harding at Huskisson Theatre with Northern Safari

John Harding at Huskisson Theatre with Northern Safari

Genius of film making and 16mm independent distribution, Keith F Adams.

Genius of film making and 16mm independent distribution, Keith F Adams.

Town Hall

 

Failed recognition (again)

Failed recognition (again)

 

The Canberra Theatre 1981

The Canberra  Playhouse and Keith F Adams in person outside.

Mike Walsh had a popular midday show on the Nine network.

Mike Walsh had a popular midday show on the Nine network. (3 picture stitched collage).

STILLS FROM 16mm

16mm film frames by John Harding (1975)

16mm film frames by John Harding (1975)

First images of a live White Pointer shark were made by Ron Taylor in March 1966 on 16mm Kodachrome.

First images of a live White Pointer shark were made by Ron Taylor in March 1966 on 16mm Kodachrome.

Fishing films made at Cairns in mid 1970s.

Best to make prints from original film – not release prints (or work prints, as above).

 

Ben Cropp AM made over one hundred television documentaries during his fifty year career on The Great Barrier Reef. (1972 magazine)

Ben Cropp AM made over one hundred television documentaries during his fifty year career on The Great Barrier Reef. (1972 magazine).

This whale shark formed an episode of Ron and Valerie Taylor's InnerSpace - the flagship film of the series. (© Photo by John Harding)

This whale shark formed an episode of Ron and Valerie Taylor’s InnerSpace® – the flagship film of the series. (© Photo by John Harding).

December 1967 off Seal Rocks NSW

December 1967 off Seal Rocks NSW  35mm Tri-X still film frame, at f22 for maximum depth of field.

 

Filming aboard Avalon with Captain Peter Bristow (1975)

Filming aboard Avalon with Captain Peter Bristow (1975).  Camera is a Beaulieu with Angenieux 9.5 to 57 mm zoom.

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Black and white is probably better than faded Ektachrome 16mm.

Black and white is probably better than faded Ektachrome 16mm.