PopMatters article about kickstarted DVDs from Undercrank
This great article was just posted on the PopMatters website, all about my new business model of crowd-sourcing DVDs of rare/lost silent films. Your backing the first Accidentally Preserveddisc... Read more
DVDTalk interview with Ben Model
This week the DVDTalk site posted an interview that their senior editor John Sinnott did with me about all my Undercrank Productions DVDs and about my silent film accompaniment... Read more
volume 3 kickstarter launched!
I'm writing you since you were such a fan of Accidentally Preserved when I did the Kickstarter for it back in November 2012.
The kickstarter for Accidentally Preserved: volume 3... Read more
DVDtalk.com says AccPres v1 is "Highly recommended"!
This just in!
DVDtalk's senior editor John Sinnott posted a review for Accidentally Preserved: volume 1 last Friday, and it's a doozy!
"Historically important, very entertaining, and featuring some talented... Read more
Elgin film continues to inspire watch fans
Who knew that that "House of Wonders" film would mean so much to so many people? Not me.
Yesterday I got a notification email that someone had posted a comment... Read more
Kickstarter blog mentions AccPres!
Thanks for Dennis Doros of Milestone Films, there's a nice mention of the Accidentally Preserved DVD on today's Kickstarter Blog!
our man in Iran
Remember that guy in Iran who I mentioned in the promo video?
I wrote him the other day to let him know I was going to be releasing more silent... Read more
AccPres "Season 2" starts Weds, July 9th!
Well, I've gone and done it. I've uploaded and scheduled the releases for the films from "Accidentally Preserved: volume 2" on YouTube. The 'new season' starts this Weds, and will... Read more
Accidentally Preserved vol 2 on YouTube this summer
It's about time I posted the films from Accidentally Preserved: volume 2 on YouTube!
I was wondering when the first volume's films got posted, and so I took a look... Read more
Nice review for AP: vol 2, plus Perez news
I want to thank everyone who's already pledged to the Marcel Perez Collection DVD Kickstarter. The campaign was 100% funded within 24 hours, and is currently $600 over the funding... Read more
Accidentally Preserved "newsletter"
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Accidentally Preserved vols 1 & 2 and the companion booklet continue to sell on Amazon.
I'm slowly... Read more
touching comment posted on "The House of Wonders"
"The House of Wonders" was posted on YouTube in Sept 2013, and more impressive than the 7000+ views the film has logged are the comments, like this one that was... Read more
more love for that Elgin watch film
Who knew "The House of Wonders" would be such a hit? Already 5,300+ views since I posted it last September, and this comment was posted on the video this morning:... Read more
A few more reviews for AccidPres vol 2
There have been a few nice write-ups online recently for volume 2, and I thought I'd share the links to them with you.
- four-star review on "Film Threat": "All told,... Read more
Here's why I included that Elgin watch film
You really never know who's going to be interested in some obscure silent film, even if it is an unknown industrial/educational short about the making of a pocket watch.
Here... Read more
Vol 2 in a "holding pattern"
Volume 2 has been approved (provisionally) by CreateSpace and I am waiting to be able to order a proof copy.
Usually the approval happens and immediately there's a link for... Read more
Accidentally Preserved: volume 2
Just a quick note before I head out of town for shows this weekend…
- Raymond Griffith in "Paths To Paradise" at Library of Congress Packard Campus Theatre, Culpeper VA -... Read more
YouTube series launch
The "Accidentally Preserved" YouTube series launches next week! Hundred and hundreds of people, thousands even, will now be able to see these 9 rare/lost silent films in quality transfers and... Read more
Tucson here we come!
Just got notification from a media contact at Cox cable in Tucson that they'll be promoting the Accidentally PreservedDVD this week on their “My Entertainment” spot that airs across... Read more
My next silent film DVD Kickstarter
If you liked Accidentally Preserved, you'll love "The Mishaps of Musty Suffer" (1916-17)! You've seen what I can do with films I have on a shelf... Read more
still more reviews for "Accidentally Preserved"
Review and blog postings keep coming in for "Accidentally Preserved"! Here's a bunch that have come in over the last week:
- Paul Gaita's write-up on the "Armchair Commentary" amazon blog ... Read more
N.Y. Times review of "Accidentally Preserved"
You'll have to scroll past a write-up of some old movie about a guy who climbs up the side of a building, but there's a really nice review of "Accidentally... Read more
a thumbs up from animation guru Jerry Beck
Animation historian Jerry Beck posted a very positive review of "Accidentally Preserved: Voluime 1" on his Cartoon Researchsite this morning! Pretty cool, considering there's only one toon on the... Read more
our first review!
A glowing review of the "Accidentally Preserved" DVD has just been posted on the "Curtains" blog.
It leads off with:
"There's been a lot of discussion lately about the guarantees... Read more
It shouldn't be too long now…
The master DVD and artwork for Accidentally Preservedhas been sent to the duplicators! Once I receive and approve a proof disc from them, things will finally roll ahead with... Read more
Leonard Lopate wants to know…
Yesterday, Christel Schmidt – historian and the editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies– and I were guests on the Leonard Lopate Radio Show on WNYC/NPR. We were... Read more
Some early press!
Hi! Just wanted to let you know the project is getting closer to being finished. I've made a 2nd test DVD, which I'll look at once I drop in the... Read more
Sleeves still rolled up…
I'm still hoping to have the "Accidentally Preserved" DVD finished by the end of April, and I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know where I... Read more
I burned the first test DVD of "Accidentally Preserved" late this afternoon! The next task before me is to sit down and watch it on a TV and look at... Read more
"How's the DVD coming?"
I'm writing with a production update, as I know I'd estimated to have the DVD finished this month. The question "How's the DVD coming?" actually came up during a Q&A... Read more
Frame-grabs of Franey
While I'm waiting for the final drafts of the DVD box design to come in – the initial draft is fantastic, BTW – as well as the re-transferred footage, I'll... Read more
DVD production: in the home stretch
The DVD box design by the fabulous Marlene Weisman is under way! I've designed the menus for the DVD, and they'll be finalized once... Read more
CreateSpace test-drive: sofa sogud
Look what came in the mail yesterday!
My proof copy of "The Crackerjack" (1925) starring Johnny Hines, that's what. As I mentioned in Update #9 (Jan 8), I thought it... Read more
Time for another lost film…a REALLY lost film.
Announcing the 7th of the 9 films on the "Accidentally Preserved" DVD!
Here's a film I won on eBay in December of 2011 that turned out to be way, way... Read more
Just recorded…an exclusive for backers only!
CreateSpace progress report
The DVD of "The Crackerjack" continues to go through steps toward eventual release, ideally during February. I've made a very minor gaffe or two in making up... Read more
Musical scoring finished!
Another phase completed!
Today I recorded piano scores for the 3 shorts I hadn't scored on organ on Monday, and so the scoring work on the nine films for the... Read more
Musical scoring begins this week!
Onward to stage #2!
Greetings! With the initial editing and titling for the nine shorts done last week, I've spent today recording theatre organ scores for six of the "Accidentally... Read more
Be vewwy quiet…
Editing and preparing for scoring
I've spent the last week working on each of the films on "Accidentally Preserved", creating new main titles where needed, editing out bad frames, extending... Read more
Bubblin' emulsion and a Stooge director
Another entry on the "Accidentally Preserved" DVD/YouTube playlist almost didn't make it.
In February of 2012, I won a one-reel comedy short on eBay that I thought might be a... Read more
A test drive and a first peek
Happy new year!
I hope you had a safe and joyful holiday season. The hard-drive with the film transfers arrived during the week after Xmas. I've now reviewed the transfers,... Read more
Holiday cheer from "Accidentally Preserved"
Film transfer update
The film transfers for "Accidentally Preserved" are done, and the hard drive with the digital files is on its way to me now! The drive should arrive... Read more
educational silents lost & found
No, I'm not talking about comedy shorts released by Educational Pictures (see update #2) – there were many films made in the silent era that are categorized as educational or... Read more
We're 102% funded!
Holy Kodascopes, kids – the funding target has been reached (and with 7 more days left)!!
I am happy to introduce you to the brand new, professionally designed Accidentally Preserved... Read more
ID'ing a lost film at the Library of Congress…using one of my 16mm's
A kickstarter thanks-giving
As the tryptophan haze of this holiday weekend slowly lifts, I'd like to share my appreciation for your support of "Accidentally Preserved". I was overwhelmed, flummoxed even,... Read more
Lost and found "cameos"
A number of silent film comedians made comedy shorts for release by Educational Pictures during the 1920s; the 2-reel shorts were a series known as "Mermaid" comedies and the 1-reelers... Read more
More than half-way there…!
I just wanted to thank everyone who has pledged support for "Accidentally Preserved". We're at 53% already, and the project has only been "live" for a week.
Graphics designer Marlene... Read more