Submitted by ColinT on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 20:58
As the years roll by I have seen MY film and video footage used illegally on websites and in television clips with no credit ever being acknowledged. Although others have made false claims I have financed and produced THREE surfing flicks.
"ECSTASY" in 1971, "ALL TIME BELLS" in 1981 and "THE LEGEND OF BELLS" in 1982. These feature length surfing flicks will be re-released in the near future. As the only person at Bells Beach in 1981 with professional video equipment I was lucky enough to capture all of the action in the giant surf that year and the end result was "ALL TIME BELLS" which is still sought after and talked about today.
In the mid 1960s when I was active in the ASA (Australian Surfriders Association) I came up with the idea of a "Bell" as a trophy for the contest and I went into Flinders St to a shipwright and bought the FIRST three bronze bells. Rod Brooks who was a carpenter provided the timber stands for the trophies and that is exactly how the "BELL" trophy came into being and it has been duplicated ever since.
Tim Bonython was at Bells in 1981, and filmed the proceedings (although I'm unsure if he had 'professional video equipment' at the time).
Is that your footage used in Storm Riders then Colin? Nice. Would love to see All Time Bells when it comes out.
There's also a history of the Bells trophy in a recent Surfers Journal issue, can't remeber which one but it was written by Andrew Lewis. Have to look it up now.
Answer to two questions. I don't think any of my footage was used in Storm Riders. I also understand Tim Bonython used an 8mm camera in 1981 and called his roadshow All Time Bells after the release of my video.
Each day after the 1981 contest uncut footage was shown that evening at the Torquay Hotel. The finished edited tape was released within weeks on VHS and Beracord which were the formats at the time.
how do u post pix up here like i don't want put like a long a$$ url there cuz it looks like so ugly nd like giberish braw, what do u think i should do. Like i want the pic to come up on the page not think link, is that possible?
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