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Reference number: 2451

Date: 1985

Director: d. Gordon Thomson

Sponsor: University of Strathclyde, Dept. of History

Production company: University of Strathclyde - Audio Visual Services

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.00 mins

Description: Shot at the premises of Armadale Brick in West Lothian, showing the manufacture of building bricks from crushing to firing. [The kilns shown in use were demolished shortly after filming].

Credits: research Graham Douglas
commentary John Hume
ph. Jim Harold
sd. Grahame Paterson
production assistant Marlene Laird
grips Martin Laycock
ed. William Sleigh
acknowledgements to Directors and Staff of Armadale Brick

Shotlist: [shot-listed from VC2451, manual control track]

title - gvs of Etna brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian - piles of bricks in yard - shots of front-loader depositing clay in hopper - shots of colliery waste, conveyors taking material to crushing plant and storage bin - gvs hoppers in storage bin - gvs machinery in pan mill - shot of brick press mixer - gvs of 1930s Bradley & Craven double brick press in operation - gvs of five double brick presses in operation, bricks being stamped - gvs kiln setters at work (3.13) shots of fork-lift drivers taking bricks to Hoffman continuous kiln for firing - c/u shots of forks and rubber strips on fork-lift truck - shots of green bricks being loaded into kiln - shots of ready-made sections of kiln wall being put in place to seal kiln - shot of worker on roof of kiln removing cover to show inside - gvs of 28-chamber kiln - shots of workers removing seals from kiln to assist cooling - shots of fork-lift removing packs of fired bricks - ext and int gvs of 1880s continuous kilns - gvs of kiln chimneys (7.58) gvs of yard and piles of bricks - ecs (9.00)