A Century Of Sound
A Century of Sound — The History of Sound in Motion Pictures is a two-part educational DVD and Blu-Ray disc program featuring world-renowned film restoration expert Robert Gitt, Preservation Officer Emeritus for the UCLA Film & Television Archive (UCLA). Gitt first presented a live version of this program in San Francisco, in 1992, to fellow archivists at the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference. Over the years and in preparation for the production of the discs, Gitt continued to enhance the talk. With production assistance from The Rick Chace Foundation (TRCF) A Century of Sound has emerged as the most comprehensive presentation of sound in motion pictures ever developed. The programs contain unique demonstrations, rare technical films and numerous illustrative film excerpts that entertain and inform the viewer. UCLA and TRFC are proud to distribute these programs free-of-charge to educational institutions and other non-profit qualifying organizations and individuals.
A Century Of Sound - Part 1
The History of Sound in Motion Pictures: The Beginning: 1876-1932 offers an in-depth look at early sound recording technologies, based on an illustrated lecture presented by former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt. Beginning in the 19th century with the invention of the telephone and the phonograph, the film chronicles the development of motion picture sound recording, production and exhibition technology through 1932. It features many rarely-seen film excerpts showing the progress of recording methods as varied as Vitaphone and Movietone sound of film. The documentary is supplemented by a timeline of events, an oral history by pioneer sound engineer George Groves, and other special features.
Written, Produced and Directed by: Robert Gitt. Total Runtime: 183 min. Year: 2007. Color: Color/B&W. Audio: Dolby Digital. Language: English. Region Code: NTSC Region Free. Format: DVD.
Special Thanks: Funding for A Century of Sound generously provided by: The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Association of Moving Image Archivists, The Rick Chace Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive. The producers gratefully acknowledge the donation of services by: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Film Archive, Chace Audio, Crest Digital, Film Technology Company, Inc., FotoKem, Phase Three Productions.
A Century Of Sound - Part 2
The History of Sound in Motion Pictures: The Sound of Movies 1933-1975 is the second installment of former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt's series, A Century of Sound. This 4-disc Blu-ray set constitutes a virtual encyclopedia on sound in motion pictures, illustrated with more than 90 excerpts from feature films and shorts, all of which have been transferred in high definition from the best available 35mm nitrate and safety film elements or high definition video and audio masters. In addition, more than 1,200 photographs, drawings, diagrams and articles are used to help tell the story of sound in motion pictures. Finally, Gitt provides a brief on camera introduction and a voice over narration for each chapter.
Written, Produced and Directed by: Robert Gitt. Total Runtime: 737 min. Year: 2015. Color: Color/B&W. Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9; 1080p High Definition. Audio: Dolby Digital. Language: English. Region Code: NTSC Region Free. Format: Blu-ray.
Funding for A Century of Sound – The Sound of Movies 1933 – 1975 generously provided by: The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, The Rick Chace Foundation, Tuscan Corporation, and Underground Vaults and Storage.
The producers also gratefully acknowledge the donation of services from: Audio Mechanics, California Digital Post, Deluxe Media - Chace Audio, DJ Audio, Endpoint Audio Labs, History for Hire, Phase Three Productions, Point.360 Digital Film Labs, Post Interactive, Simon Daniel Sound, and Sony Colorworks.