Ron Taylor (1934-2012) at home in 2005. (© John Harding)
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).
Ron Taylor filming with his 35mm movie gear. (1967)
Shark adventure films 1965-66 were popular long before Jaws in 1975, but needed help from the surfing fraternity to guarantee box office success.
Surf girl Tanya Binning (1966)
Extraordinary lady of the underwater and art world.
USA cinema 1975
Ron Taylor was hired to shoot live shark footage with his 35mm camera for the first Jaws movie. Previously Ron had been one of three cameramen who filmed Blue Water – White Death (1971) – using half-frame 35mm (Techniscope ™) blown-up for release in Cinemascope™
Author of Jaws, Peter Benchley after swimming with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, ( a promotion for the release of Jaws – the movie).