THE UNDERWATER WORLD of RON TAYLOR (1967)

 

Ron Taylor Union Theatre

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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)

RON TAYLOR’S SHARK FIGHTERS – 3 short films (1965)

Shark adventure films 1965

Shark adventure films 1965-66  were popular long before Jaws in 1975, but needed help from the surfing fraternity to guarantee box office success.

Underwater cameramen. Ron Taylor (AM) and John H Harding in 2001
Underwater cameramen. Ron Taylor (AM) and John H Harding in 2001

Tanya Binning helped promote Surf Scene with this shark on the beach - although Ron did not include the movie scene in the finished film.
Tanya Binning helped promote Surf Scene  (included with two shark-themed short films) with this bull shark on the beach – scene not include in the finished film.

Suzanne Davies appears in Surf Scene at Noosa Heads.

Suzanne Davies appears in Surf Scene at Noosa Heads.

Surf girl Tanya Binning (1966)

Surf girl Tanya Binning (1966)

 

Extraordinary lady of the underwater and art world.

Extraordinary lady of the underwater and art world.

USA cinema 1975

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).

Author of Jaws, Peter Benchley after swimming with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, ( a promotion for the release of Jaws – the movie).