his collection consists of 2,295 rolls 35mm film, 1,914 rolls of 16mm film, 17 rolls of 17.5mm magnetic sound track, and 12 U-Matic video tapes. The collection contains training films and documentary footage. Typically, the training film sets contain all of the preprint material such as the A and B rolls, the separate sound track, and an answer or composite print. In a few cases there are additional Spanish and Vietnamese narration tracks. The documentary footage typically includes camera original negative and a print or a cameral original reversal only. Most of the documentary footage is silent. This collection also contains six record center boxes of documents relating to the production of the films including contracts, scripts, shipping lists, and other documents. The paper files also contain one copy of the index cards used to catalogue the film.
Biographical / Historical:
Norton Air Force Base, California housed the Department of Defense Motion Media Depository until the 1980s when a new facility was planned at March Air Force Base, California. As part of the move to the new facility, many of the items in the depository were to be disposed of by offering them first to the originating agency and then to the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). Items deemed obsolete and not wanted by either the originating agency or NARA were offered to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). NASM selected a number of the films based on collection criteria in place at the time of the donation
Department of Defense Motion Media Depository, Gift, 1986
No restrictions on access.
This accession consists of laserdisc versions of films produced for the National Air and Space Museum. The laserdisc versions were created by Lumivision Corporation
from existing IMAX Corporation films. "To Fly!" celebrates the fulfillment of man's ancient dream of flight, chronicling man's successful attempt to overcome time and distance
by conquering the sky. The original film was released in 1976 and presented by Conoco Inc. "The Dream is Alive" was the first large-format film to be shot on location in space
and includes footage taken by astronauts on several space shuttle missions. The original film was released in 1985 and was funded by the Lockheed Corporation. "Flyers" tells
the story of the coming of age of an inexperienced stunt pilot. The original film was released 1982 and presented by Conoco Inc.
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