• Short Summary

    The film making activites in the Pathe Wardour Street studios in Soho.

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    Duplicate copy of documentary on tape PM2979 - check for best quality.

    High angle shot looking down on Eros. Pan with Pathe's sound recording van as it drives past Eros and into Shaftsbury Avenue. It pulls up in Wardour Street. Name plate reads "Associated British Pathe Ltd." pan up building. Interior small studio with set construction in progress. A tree is positioned and steps placed next to it, both are nailed to the floor. A large camera blimp is tracked across the floor and a 35 mm camera put in the blimp. Racks of lights, electrician fixes a top light and an assistant puts a magazine of film onto the camera. CU lacing the Newall camera and setting the lens. Assistant looks through the eyepiece as the set director looks at the plans in a drawing room set. Three men in suits walk onto the set as activity goes on around them. They inspect the set as the lights come on. A man walks through the set and the sound men set the mic and check the levels. Thumbs up. Camera man does a final check and the warning light flashes from "Rehearsal to Silence". The clapper board is clapped and the camera starts to dolly in. Previous studio shoots show :
    Another set of a continental cafe scene with actors, and a tracking shot over objects in an attic for the "Scrapbook" series.
    Sequence from a feature film "Heights of Danger" shot in the studio and another sequence recreation a French office. Exterior shot of cars driving through puddles for a race scene. Studio shoot using a travelling matt with actors talking as they drive their racing car. A live action shot mixed with a studio shot. A Montage of studio shoots; A tracking in shot of David Niven, MS Donald Peers, pan up girls legs (wearing bikini) to her face, Anna Neagle dance sequence, a South sea island dance sequence, CU Attlee speaking, CU Churchill talking to camera, a smart drawing room scene with Norman Woolan, James Laver, Veronica Hurst and Lord Brabazon.
    Showing the making of the Pathe Cockerel logo in the studio.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:53:00 / 02:01:28:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    "Shaftsbury Avenue" should read Shaftesbury Avenue.

    Possibly helping to reduce the clip's current date range of 1950-59, the film referred to, "Heights of Danger", was made in 1953.

    "Norman Woolan" should read Norman Wooland.

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