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Elstree Project film historians
Stories of the borough’s rich film history have been recorded for posterity by a group of cinema enthusiasts.
Film historians at the Elstree Project have been busy tracking down actors, cameramen and set designers to share their memories about Elstree Studios, in Shenley Road, Borehamwood.
Hertfordshire University lecturer Howard Berry is leading the project with his students, and Bob Redman and Paul Welsh.
So far, the group have put online 32 videos with interviews from people who worked in the studios from the 1960s.
Elstree is the place where Stanley Kubrick directed The Shining and where Roger Moore starred in The Saint.
During the project, members have spoken to everyone from The Avengers director John Hoffman, to the artists who designed the set in The Shining.
Mr Berry, who is 29, said: “It is fascinating. It has been wonderful because we have got to met so many people who worked on some really iconic productions.
“It is important we keep the film heritage of the borough alive and I am having so much fun with it. My students are loving it too - it is great hands-on experience for them.
“Elstree Studios is something to be proud of.”
In an interview with set artist Ron Punter, he recalled the day he spent his lunch break looking for the “right colour typewriter” for Stanley Kubrick, during the filming of The Shining.
The group were thrilled after the interview - which has been uploaded to video sharing site Vimeo - received more than 91,000 hits in just a few months.
See the interview here.
They are also due to meet people who worked behind the scenes on Mr Berry’s personal favourite film - The Muppet Show.
And last year, he met Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, in California to discuss the Elstree Project and the making of The Shining.
Bob Redman, who is also part of the project, said: “It is great for volunteers who believe it is essential to record, preserve and share our unique film and TV heritage.
“You don’t realise it but carpenters, lighting and sound technicians and cameramen all played a huge part in making these films.
“If we don’t record their stories now, they could be lost forever.”
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