BIRTH OF A NEW SOUND

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Places:

  • Dundee
  • Perth and Perthshire

Subjects:

  • Media, communication and the creative industries

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1980s

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Title: BIRTH OF A NEW SOUND

Reference number: 2126

Date: 1980

Director: filmed by Colin Johnston

Sound: sound

Original format: super 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 22.56

Description: Amateur documentary about the opening of the independent radio station, Radio Tay.

Prize-winning film at the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1981.

Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers. Winner of the Louden Salver, January 1981.

Credits: produced by Colin Johnston
Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers. Winner of the Louden Salver, January 1981.

Shotlist: [Note: Shotlisted at 24fps. Actual running time is 22.56 mins at 18fps].

Credits. (0.24) shot car leaving Isla St building; exts. former jute premises at North Isla Street in Dundee (1:15) i/v with Daniel Burt [?]; businessman involved with starting Radio Tay (1.44) shots of studios being constructed; upwards pan transmitter; shots BT technician installing telephone lines etc. (2.56) plastering new studios (3.16) Interview with Allen MacKenzie, Managing Director, on the plans for the station. intercut with shots Radio Tay promotional material and Marilyn Steadman, secretary (4.34) street scenes in Dundee (5.00) Interview with George McIntosh, head of programmes. (6.46) gvs workmen; architect carrying out acoustics test in studio (7.24) ints studio interior, decorated with tartan wallpaper; studio equipment (8.12) testing transmitters in Dundee and Perth (8.42) shots training and rehearsals for staff, including Valerie Dunbar [folk singer?] (11.05); ints. station; Gerry Quinn goes on the air for the first time [playing the first tune "The Road to Dundee" 17 October 1980].; v/o Allen MacKenzie introduction to the station; men walk down studio corridor, passing a urinal mounted on the wall; Graham Stuart introduces the "Tay Action" feature (13.41) Interview with Ken McLeod, Tay Action team [joint project CSV and Radio Tay]. (14.38) Interview with Job Centre worker on link with radio station; brief link with Tony Donald (15.32) i/v George McIntosh on the stations' first day (15.51) General views of Dundee (16.22) The End (16.30)