Biography of 'Edinburgh Cine and Video Society (ECVS)'

Amateur Cine and Video Society

ECVS was founded in 1936 as the Waverley Cine Society. Within a year the new club had acquired premises at 23 Fettes Row, in Edinburgh’s New Town. On moving into what was to become a permanent home, the club changed its name to Edinburgh Cine Society.

The basement properties were rented out as a contribution to covering the mortgage costs, and the Society developed the ground floor of the premises for their use. There was a cinema, lounge, kitchen, a studio space and darkroom for film processing. The war naturally inhibited much of the film making activity with many of the male members in the Services and a shortage of film stock for the amateur. The ladies kept the Society going, organising fund-raising events to help with the mortgage payments. Post-war the Society enjoyed a resurgence, with refurbishment of the club rooms and regular meetings on Friday nights and film-making in groups at the weekends.

In the 1950’s the old bus seats in the cinema were replaced with stock from a local cinema that was closing, creating a 78 seat auditorium with a separate projection box.

The club flourished in the twenty years after the war, reaching its maximum permitted membership of 150 with a waiting list.

The club rooms were in premises designated as a listed building and major renovation works were required in the early 1970’s. The completion of those works, assisted by grants from the Edinburgh Conservation Committee was marked by a visit from the Queen Mother Patron of the Conservation Committee who unveiled a plaque on the wall of the building and enjoyed a tour of the club rooms. Like many earlier episodes in the Society’s history this was recorded on film. With a reduced membership, and a need to fund the share of the building works the ground floor was sold off and the club moved into the basement, no. 23A, creating a smaller 52 seat cinema.

In the 1980’s came videotape, formally adopted by the Society in 1990 when it was resolved to admit as members those who professed to be videographers. The name of the organisation was changed to reflect this - Edinburgh Cine and Video Society. Thursday nights became video nights whilst retaining the traditional Friday evenings for the main club activities. The new section of the club benefited from a donation from a local company of two Sony cameras and two U-matic recorders. Video projection equipment was installed at a later date.

[Extracted from article by Norman Speirs in ECVS Journal Cine Chat, Issue 29, October 1996.]

Researcher: Norman Speirs

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....AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH [6437]

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Amateur comedy short from the Edinburgh Cine Society, featuring a hypnotist who struggles to cope with his temperamental car.

1985

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11 PLUS AT SEABURN 65 [6555]

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Amateur general views of a family visit to seaside at Seaburn near Sunderland.

1965

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1938/39 EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY NEWS REVIEW / ROYAL VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION [6591]

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Amateur general views various events 1938 and 1939. Also a visit by the Queen and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow.

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1939

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1963 ALNWICK FETE CARNIVAL [6586]

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General views of the 1963 Fete / Carnival at Alnwick. Families relaxing, children playing, floats, fancy dress.

1963

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1963 RACING [6587]

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General views various racing events and the audience in attendance. Both in rain and sunny weather.

1963

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20 EXERCISES IN EDINBURGH CINE SOCIETY CLUBROOMS 1963-1969 [6622]

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Short film showreel featuring various examples of Edinburgh Cine Society film between 1963-1969.

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1969

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9.5 CAR JOURNEY [6658 ]

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Amateur footage car and bus in countryside, woman mowing lawn.

19501950

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9.5 DUCKS [6655]

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Amateur footage ducks in pond, child in boat.

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9.5 PICNIC [6657]

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Amateur footage women at picnic.

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9.5 RURAL [6656]

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Amateur footage people cycling, rural houses.

19501950

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9.5mm 1930 II [6538]

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Amateur general views people seated outside, sunny weather enjoying themselves.

1930

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9.5mm BOATS [6537]

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Amateur general views various small boats, Forth Rail Bridge and people.

1935

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9.5mm BRUNTSFIELD FETE [6539]

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Amateur general views Bruntsfield Féte, people disembarking from motor boat. General views people on beach.

1930

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9.5mm CAT'S CRADLE / BIRDS [6518]

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Amateur general views of women's hands as they play 'cat's cradle'. Man in park feeding birds.

1935

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9.5mm EDINBURGH ZOO [6516]

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Amateur general views of otters, penguins, polar bear and people visiting Edinburgh Zoo.

1930

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9.5mm ELEPHANTS [6517]

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Amateur general views elephant and other animals in zoo.

1930

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9.5mm PRINCES STREET [6569]

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Amateur general views tracking shot featuring Princes Street, Edinburgh.

1964

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9.5mm ZOO [6526]

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Amateur general views unidentified zoo. Various animals.

1935

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9.5mm ZOO 2 [6527]

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Amateur general views unidentified zoo. Various animals.

1935

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A ROYAL OCCASION : The Queen Mother visits Fettes Row 24 June 1975 [6664]

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Queen Mother's visit to Fettes Row in Edinburgh and the refurbished Edinburgh Cine (& Video) Society premises. Interior and exterior views.

1975

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ABERDEEN [6641]

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Amateur general views Aberdeen and North east as well as the Tay and Crieff. People, scenery, animals.

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ABERDEEN AGRICULTURAL SHOW [6530]

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Amateur footage of stone-clearing on a beach and shots of an agricultural show.

1930

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ACTORS [6546]

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Amateur footage of a fete at a country house, featuring a Boys Brigade pipe band and dance and theatrical performances.

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1935

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ADBEN FETE [6521]

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Amateur general views of people at fete. Women perform traditional dancing in different styles, film includes a brief shot of an amateur drama.

1935

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ADVERTS - AN ECS EXERCISE [6407]

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Sequence of amateur spoof adverts for various fictional products including 'Iron Brew' with real iron and Highland air in a can.

1966

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AFRICAN SAFARI [6666]

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Amateur overview of voyage to South Africa by liner. General views and multiple panning shots of landscape. Occasional view people and wildlife. Includes footage in Rhodesia.

1951

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AGRICULTURAL SHOW [6529]

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Amateur footage of traction engines and trade stalls at an agricultural show, including shots of equestrian events and a bowling green.

1930

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AINTREE / OULTON PARK [6499]

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General views of motor racing at Oulton Park Spring Meeting and Aintree.

1961

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ALLOA [6549]

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Amateur general views agricultural and livestock show in Alloa (?)

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1930

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ALMOUTH 64 [6561]

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Amateur general views family on beach in Alnmouth, North East England.

1964

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ALNMOUTH 1958 [6498]

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A family goes to the seaside, plays in the sand and row boats.

1958

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ALNMOUTH 1959 [6649]

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Amateur general views family holiday in Alnmouth, Wooler. General views beach, scenery, hotel, archaeology.

1959

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AMATEUR [6644]

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Amateur general views people on boat, swimming, in countryside.

1950

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AMATEUR FILM FROM THE EDINBURGH CINE AND VIDEO SOCIETY [6660]

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Two reels of amateur film made by members of the Edinburgh Cine and Video Society.

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AMATEUR II [6642]

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Amateur general views golf, wedding, families, landscape and street scenes. [Both bw and col stock].

1950

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AN H... OF A HITCH! [6474]

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Amateur short about a hitchiker who is successful in obtaining a lift, only for the vehicle to breakdown.

1968

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ANNUAL DINNER AND SOCIAL 1968 [6408]

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Overview of the Edinburgh Cine Society's Annual dinner and social in 1968, held at the Woodside Hotel, Musselburgh. Speeches, presentations and lively party games follow.

1968

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AT HOME 1958 [6639]

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Amateur general views children playing in garden, family at home, visiting Roman ruins, at funfair and sledging in snow.

1958

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BALLOON MAN, the [6440]

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Light-hearted amateur film about children swapping clothes with an elderly rag and bone man, in exchange for balloons.

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1978

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BALMAHA [6456]

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Amateur footage of Balmaha, Kelso and Edinburgh. General views of ramblers/amateur geologists walking in countryside, looking at monuments and occasionally examining stones.

1972

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BANFF [6643]

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Amateur general views Banff, coastal scene.

1950

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BANG GOES THE SHOW [5850]

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A series of short comedy sketches.

1951

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BANK HOLIDAY [6293]

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General views of a beach holiday in Bournemouth on a sunny bank holiday.

1962

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BASIC TRAINING [6612]

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Amateur film demonstrating a variety of equipment and basic film-making techniques. Rounded off with four comedy shorts.

1966

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BEACH [6535]

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Amateur general views smartly dressed people on beach, eating ice creams. On small boat, in gardens.

1935

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BEACH TEA PARTY [6536]

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Amateur general views family picnic tea party on rocky beach.

1935

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE SCOTTISH CENTRAL FILM LIBRARY [6665]

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Both reels are unedited footage of behind the scenes at the Scottish Central Film Library. Staff at work and films in storage on shelves.

1970

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BERNE / ZURICH [6475]

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Amateur general views of Berne and Zurich in Switzerland, including visit to zoo.

1956

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BLIND MAN, DEAF WOMAN [6548]

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Amateur general views of people outside, walking. Blind man with white cane and dog. Also people using sign language in a garden (possibly Kirkcaldy).

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1935

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BOULMER LIFEBOAT [6562]

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Amateur general views lifeboat and rescue helicopter demonstration at Boulmer beach in Northumbria.

1964

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