faking a fading light

asccessory for clever fades between scenes

Toronto. Earlier this year we discussed movie fades in relation to a polarizing filter set that could be affixed to many movie lenses for 8mm or 16mm cameras (a May 1940 article). A few month earlier, in October, 1939 another device was announced for use on most movie cameras. This gizmo was slowly closed with a cable release to do a fadein and reversed by slowly easing the release.

This allowed the amateur to ape the professional by using fades to end/begin a scene. The ad itself is a bit confusing since the film strip next to the gadget shows a sharp vignette,  – something perhaps not possible with such an attachment. The idea is certainly of interest and our thanks to my good friend, George Dunbar for once again sharing some of the results of his research.

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