• Short Summary

    A story about a man who combines art and mechanics to create animated models which he exhibits.

  • Description

    Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxfordshire.

    M/S of 68 year old Francis Deeks in his workshop, he is working on a wooden model on a bench in front of him. C/U of the model of a cart and his hands filing one of the wheels. C/U of his face, C/U of his hands fitting the wheel to the cart, C/U as he turns the cart the right way up and fits a model of a man holding a sack to the top. He lifts the sack up a couple of times to make sure the mechanism works. C/U of his face as he works, he lifts the cart up and looks underneath. The narrator tells us he makes "animated dioramas".

    Exterior. M/S of a large sign saying 'Exhibition You Should Not Miss' with various models of mechanical men attached to the sign sawing and painting it. The camera pans over to a small marquee with the sign 'Working Models' outside it, this is in the grounds of Chester House. A man, woman and little girl walk towards the entrance. M/S of the interior of the marquee, Mr B Modley and his daughter and son, Peter, are looking at a working model of mechanical horses and hounds. Mr J Cook and his daughter Sheila are in the background looking at another picture. C/U of the mechanism making it work, with wire going round various pulleys and motors. C/U of another similar mechanism. M/S of the hunting scene, the horses and hounds appear to be walking along, the camera pans across the model. C/U of the horse and rider moving, C/U of one of the hounds moving and wagging its tail. C/U of Peter watching. M/S of a miniature farmyard scene with many different buildings animals and people, the narrator says there are over 50 moving pieces to the model. C/U of part of the model with the figures doing various things. C/U of a moving conveyor belt used to take hay up to the loft, there are various moving figures working up there. Various shots of the model farm. C/U of Mr Cook and Sheila watching the scene.

    M/S of a red gypsy caravan model being pulled by horses, C/U of the horses moving, C/U of the horses and dog at the back. C/U of Sheila looking. M/S of a mill with a turning wheel and a stream running by it. C/U of Peter. M/S of mechanical race horses. C/U of one horse moving along.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:17:00 / 01:46:38:00
    CP 142

Comments (1)

  1. fuller says

    This is my late Grandfather Francis "Tom" Deeks. He died in 1979.
    We never knew of this Pathe newsreel and it is wonderful to find this.
    We knew he was a modelmaker and he was an artist too and I have some of his paintings at home.
    Just one error - Bourton-on-the-Water is in Gloucestershire, not Oxfordshire.
    Tim Deeks

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