Hi, I’m Dave Glass, and I have a passion for early film comedy.
Lloyd Hamilton was an important comedian, who was influential in the development of screen comedy and was highly respected by fellow comedians like Chaplin, Keaton and Charley Chase. It’s tragic that only a small proportion of his output survives.
Well, I’m very excited to announce that, in association with Dave Wyatt, we’re campaigning to bring to DVD some of Lloyd Hamilton’s rare surviving shorts. So what are the titles?
Well, we have FOUR films from his first series at Mermaid –
DYNAMITE; THE SIMP; APRIL FOOL and MOONSHINE.
These were all released in 1920, back to back, in the order above.
These are wonderful 16mm prints which will be scanned digitally to provide the best possible quality and gently restored where necessary. (These are the same rare prints that were taken by myself and Mr Wyatt to show at Slapsticon at Indiana in 2013).
It’s worth mentioning that these are complete 2 reelers. The 9.5mm versions that are in circulation, are heavily edited versions. The quality of these 16mm prints is also vastly superior. For example, here’s a frame grab from the 16mm Moonshine print we have:
So those four films should be enough, yes?
Welllllll….. there's more!
In addition to these four rarities, we’re delighted to announce that the Danish Film Institute have kindly agreed to let us include the recently discovered Lloyd Hamilton Fox comedy HIS MUSICAL SNEEZE (1919). We (you) will be paying for the best possible quality transfer (ProRes) to tickle your eye balls with.
AND... if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, we’ll also include a recently discovered 16mm print of one of his later shorts, A HOME MADE MAN made in 1928. Phew!
So you’ll be getting SIX 2 reelers – that’s 2 hours of ultra rare Ham!
All films on the DVD will be provided by a top UK accompanist (to be announced) and the DVD box art will be produced by a professional graphic designer.
Now, we’re aware that MOST of the interest shown in this project will probably NOT be from the UK. Therefore the disc will be Region Free and made to NTSC (USA standard) which also plays on UK/Euro machines.
Also, if you’re non-UK based, then there's the usual additional postage cost on top of the pledge (just as there is for overseas backers who pledge USA projects).
However, we've made it as low as possible PLUS we’re offering an option to receive the DVD disc, with or without the usual DVD case & art work, which will help towards reducing your shipping cost bill, if you so desire. Details are shown against the various pledge options.
So, if successful, we aim to get this thing done and dusted at least by the end of November (and sooner if we can!)
To finish, a couple of IMPORTANT points:
1) This DVD will be produced purely for those that back it. At the moment there are no plans to make it generally available afterwards.
2) This project is only set to run for 21 days, so if you dither you miss it! Don’t delay…. pledge today!!
Before closing, I’d just like to thank Ben Model for his encouragement, advice and support for this project. Thanks Ben!
Lloyd Hamilton was a huge comedy star and deserves greater appreciation and recognition.
Hopefully you’ll be able to make a pledge and discover the artistry of Lloyd Hamilton yourself.
Thanks so much,
The Dave’s (Glass and Wyatt)
Risks and challenges
Other than not reaching our funding goal, the risks and challenges are very low. We have all the films in our possession (except for the Danish Film Institute scan which will be sent following payment), so can get them scanned and worked on immediately.
There's always a chance of an unforeseen technical issue arising, but if it does, it should only delay the production a few weeks at most.
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