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  1. Hello, a new member here. Love spotting FPs in movies. Came across one in the movie A Single Man, but couldn't identify it. No luck on the internet either. Can anyone help id this? Thanks! https://i.imgur.com/i6dNljx.png
  2. I've been acting in a short film for just over a week now, and today my character was taking down notes. The director asked me if I had a pen, and I told her I had fountain pens with me, and I got to use one on camera~! It was such a happy little squee moment and I'm super glad I had the pens in my bag. This being the fountain pen network, I'm sure there are other people with stories like mine. Was there ever a moment when having a fountain pen with you was more exciting and fun than just "I have a pen in my pocket"? (Much as it's a great feeling, I think we've all experienced that!) Do you always make sure you have a fountain pen on you in anticipation of such an event?
  3. AAAndrew

    Sheaffer Sales Training Video 1943

    I'm double posting this, to here and to the Pen History forum. If this violates the rules too badly, I apologize and will delete this one if necessary. I have been converting our old VHS tapes to DVD and in our very large collection I ran across one that I had gotten some years ago (over 11 at least). I don't remember where I got it but I believe it may have been someone from this or some other fountain pen forum back earlier this century. https://youtu.be/A8BiarUbUJE The video is from 1943 and is, I believe, a training film for Sheaffer salesmen. It's made by Jam Handy Productions, known for their training and industrial films. In the film a salesman expresses frustration to his boss about the number of pens Sheaffer is producing, which is not enough to satisfy his dealers. The boss then explains about everything that Sheaffer is doing for the war effort and explains why they are producing fewer pens. The film then goes on to address several other "concerns" of the dealers the salesmen works with, including quality of construction of the pens and consistency of leadership. These questions give us then the opportunity to lean about the new Sheaffer Triumph nib, Scrip writing fluid (they never use the term "ink"), and even to see old W.A. Sheaffer himself as well as his son Craig who has been running the business since 1937. The quality is not great since it's most likely a multi-generational VHS copy that's over a decade old, but it's still fun to watch. I tried searching the archives and the only Sheaffer film I can find referenced is the old 26 letters one. https://youtu.be/A8BiarUbUJE
  4. tonybelding

    Film Ferrania

    I thought this was some of the more interesting photography news in a while: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmferrania/100-more-years-of-analog-film The video is good, but in a nutshell: Some people in Italy are trying to restart production at the old Ferrania film factory. This is the only color film production line in the world that is sitting idle and available to salvage, refurbish and put back into operation. There are two catches. First, the factory complex was designed to produce vast quantities of film in the pre-digital era. Nobody shoots that much film anymore. Second, they only have until the end of this year to salvage the equipment from several of the larger buildings before they are scheduled to be demolished. The Kickstarter is raising money to accomplish that. They've already hit their goal, which means this is going to happen. I went ahead and put in my pledge for $70 and a "reward" of four rolls of 120 film. That's pretty expensive if all I wanted to do was buy some film. All the film from this first batch is coming off the small production line in the old 3M (yes, that 3M!) R&D laboratory on the site, which they already have complete and ready to run. That'll fund the setup of the new full-scale production line. Then the R&D lab will, presumably, go back to doing R&D on new films. I find this exciting for some reasons that aren't even touched on in the video. This will be the first truly modern color film business, right-sized for the market and run by film people, not as a mere footnote or sideline to a giant conglomerate. They'll be able to do their own R&D on site, do their own chemical synthesis, and create products for niches that Fuji and Kodak would never look at. (Rumors persist that Fuji and Kodak would like to get out of the color film business entirely, though of course they can't say that openly.) Ilford have found their niche making B&W film, and The Impossible Project have, amazingly, found their niche making Polaroid film and refurbishing old cameras -- reputedly they've overhauled and re-sold over 30,000 vintage Polaroid cameras and are now planning their first new production camera! So, it seems like FILM Ferrania should be able to make a viable business out of color film. Then film photography will be around for a long time to come.

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