What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

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samjohnson@39

What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby samjohnson@39 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:28 am

hey guys, found this picture of an old camera booth and I have always heard stories about putting the camera in a small booth to insulate the sound when the takies first started. Now i see why the silent Mitchells became so popular in the 30s. I cant imagine having to shoot a scene inside one of these!
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oldguydp

Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby oldguydp » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:24 pm

OK, I'll play. Great shot here but look Like a Bell and Howell 2709 and not a Mitchell Standard.
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21442_alwal

Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby 21442_alwal » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:28 pm

Those are good but I found this one and IMHO I think I have you all beat. Classic old Hollywood complete with So. Cal tiled roofs and "cutting room no. 12" on the door. Of course we have not one but 3 camera booths so 3 of a kind beats what you posted, no? - Simmonl
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ezeecomeezgo

Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby ezeecomeezgo » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:37 pm

this one rolls around on wheels, i think that makes a lot of sense. how did they even position those little miniature house with the cameras inside? not sure which camera is inside this one. but you fellas found some good ones
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portable sound booth.jpg

LongTakeHarry

Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby LongTakeHarry » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:27 pm

... a camera booth cartoon. Looks like a Mitchell.
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marop
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Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby marop » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:34 pm

Fantastic photos! Thanks to all who posted them! I have not seen very many of these with the booths. I have never seen the smaller booths as in the photo with three cameras. I'll have to did out a couple I have....

Mark

Cinemachinery
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Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby Cinemachinery » Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:15 pm

I found a couple of "Ice Box" photos in an article about the early days of sound filming.

Great photos in this thread! Mark, did you ever find your pics?
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71-4  Mitchells in Sound Boxes 01.jpg
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Mechtec
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Re: What they did on the set before the Mitchell BNC and NC

Postby Mechtec » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:50 am

ezeecomeezgo, it’s a Bell & Howell Standard with 1000-ft. mag on. One can tell by the shiny housing frame and the size.


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