the Zapruder Film
Now that we've got the
film magazine/film reel issue cleared up (thanks again to Phil) let's
After the assassination it appears Zapruder used some common sense
by leaving the film in the camera. When Zapruder and Associates showed
up at Kodak-Dallas,Tx. front door, Phil Chamberlin and Richard Blair
(both of Dallas - Kodak) cite that was when the film was removed from
the camera (Zavada 3a.pdf). I'm assuming here it was STILL in it's
Double 8mm Split format, based on what I've read, it WAS.
The film was then processed (developed) at Kodak - Dallas in the Double
8mm - 16mm width config. Of course ALL interested parties waited around,
none of this drop it off and we'll call you when it's ready stuff.
The developed Zapruder Double 8mm filmstrip was given Kodak perforation
ID #0183, I believe the perf # is located at the headend of the film.
Zapruder ALSO wanted 3 copies (at whose request? His? I hardly believe
that BullShit) in the Double 8mm-16mm width config - he was told by
Kodak - Dallas Chamberlin, nope, not here, it'll have to go to Kodak
- Rochester, NY. No one was going to stand for that, so, Kodak-Dallas
Pat Pattist contacted Jamieson Film Co of Dallas and made arrangement
for them (Jamieson) to do the 3 copies of Zapruder Double 8mm Split.
(I want to explain something here, making copies of a motion picture
film, means in it's purist form one thing and one thing only: *Optical
Printing*, I don't care how many copies -- they're optically printed
1 at a time, in THIS case using the Camera Original Double 8mm Split
16mm width as the NON-destructive Optical Print [I'll define the NON
dest... stuff later]
Jamieson agreed to do the deed, they had handy a 3 head Optical Printer
(you've seen one of these here shown in graphics earlier) with a 16mm
width gate assembly for the Zapruder Double 8mm Split 16mm. SO, we
can do ALL this right here in Dallas. And they DID.
Dallas - Kodak - Blair provided Zapruder with 3 rolls of Kodacolr
II Type A camera film to be used for PRINT stock ...
So now the Zapruder camera original is in the hands of Jamieson Film
Company, Dall Tx. (the company still exists by the way - pretty sure
it does, did up till '98 anyway) of course Zapruder and associates
are ALL right there ...
Well everyones here --
Jamieson Film Company, Dallas. The whole megallah, all these people.
I know, I know it's the *chain of evidence* stuff, amazing how serious
they took the film, would of been nice if the authorities took the
same care with the other evidence but I digress...
The Double 8mm_unSplit processed Zapruder Film Kodak perf #0183 has
arrived at Jamieson, 3 (Three) prints were struck and *NOT* processed
at Jamieson. I've got a few, what I consider important questions here:
1) WHY only 3 (Three)
copies? Why not 5, 6, 8, 10?
2) Little housekeeping here -- What happened to Kodak #0184?
I understand Kodak-Dallas
did free processing for any assassination related photo's that day[s],
so IF the perf. number was assigned to someone else's film, who and
what film was it? Well, it's time for the parade to move back to Kodak
- Dallas for processing the 3 - optical prints of the Zapruder Double
8mm_unsplit 16mm width camera original. The un-processed prints are
processed perforation numbers assigned ; 0185, 0186, 0187. I understand
there's an affidavit signed somewhere that there was problems with
one of these numbers, I believe it was 0187, if someone knows please
jump on in. At this time the Zap Double 8mm film and the Double 8mm
16mm width prints were compared, declared close enough for government
work, next we're going to SPLIT the Double 8mm_Split 16mm width camera
(there's one thing I want to check, that's who got what as far as
the optical prints went)
For old time argument sake; I posit 4(Four) optical print's were struck
at Jamieson Film Company. BTW, where was Zapruder during this time?
Maybe at the television station? This may create a fire storm in some
circles, but then again it's only a theroy.
As an aside Roland Zavada's report ALSO cites; after further conversation
with Jamieson Film Company the 3 optical prints of Zapruders Double
8mm_Split 16mm width were NOT created on Jamieson's 3 head optical
printer, they were in fact created on a Jamieson's Bell & Howell
Model J optical printer. How many people know B & H got an Academy
Award for technical achievement in the creation of a COLOR optical
printer for the film industry in 1962> These guy's are busssss
-ey ( note: Anyone got a picture of the Model J? I can't get a copy
of the Zavada addendum that has the manual and the operator's guide
for this thing? )
I've been informed by a source that Roland Zavada is NOT a fan of
Zapruder film alteration - editing time factors or some such. Nor
is Mr. Jamieson. Mr. Jamieson's film facility in Dallas has evidently
closed, possibly last year or 1999, but in any event closed. Thanks
for the info ...
Okay we're back here at
Kodak - Dallas, it's a couple of hours after the deed, the optical
prints have been made and processed, NONE have been split, the Secret
Service has blessed the prints in that they're good enough for their
purposes, which is: Evidence of ther assassination and for making
COPIES, which means theirs will be split at sometime. So what's left
here with all this film business at Kodak Dallas, well let's SPLIT
Zapruders film (the graphic is self explanatory)
It's done, I think the accompanying graphic is all the explanation
anyone need to understand the results of splitting the Double 8mm
note: Side A of the Zapruder film is what could be classified as "around
the home filming" (there are a few affidavits (or film content
notes) around regarding just what is on this A-side of the Double
8mm Split film, to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever seen that
footage, nor the footage that precedes the assassination footage on
Side-B (which maybe more than we think). 50 feet of the most viewed
film footage in the history of film and nobody gives a shit what's
on half of it, ... Incredible! When I find those affidavits or notes
in the next few day's I'll post where you can find them. If memory
serves me they are part of the Zavada addendum[s] attached to the
final Zavada report.
Zavada accidently films the assassination
Zavada and film taken to Kodak - Dallas - camera original film into
the soup -------pref #0183
Zavada and film taken to Jamieson Film Co. Dallas for striking 3 Optical
Zavada and film and Optical prints to Kodak - Dallas Optical prints
into the soup --pref #0185, pref #0186, pref #0187
(time span = a few hours)
Secret Service satisfied with the prints
Zavada camera original Split
Secret Service left with Optical Print pref #0186 (at least)
Zavada left with pref #0183
? pref #0185 (who has it)
? pref #0187 (who has it)
? pref#0184 (out of sheer curiosity who has this one)
That about rounds this out, I'll get to the simple and NOT so simple
optical film printing stuff next and how the basic printers work.
You only have to remember one thing, forget all the esoteric bullshit
and voodoo about film printing, the basic[s] are this: One (1) film
projector (transmitting) aimed (by various means) into a film camera
(recieving -- more commonly called a process camera). We'll make a
few comparisons with your home VHS deck and camera ...