River Gipping 1968 – a video created from two 8mm cine films.

This 40 minute video was created from an 8mm cine film discovered by Ted Nash. It was made by Jeffrey Burton who along with Ted was a director of D Quinton & Sons, Corn Merchants of Station Yard, Needham Market. Ted found the film in Jeffrey’s effects after he died.

The film was shot in July 1968 and records a walk along the River Gipping from Ipswich Docks to Pickerel Bridge, Stowmarket. The walk took place before the creation of the long distance footpath alongside the river and it shows parts of the path were virtually impassable.

There are some interesting shots in the film – West End Bathing Place, a new water control sluice being constructed next to Bramford Lock and a long sequence that shows how the turbines worked under Hawks Mill.

For the technically minded, the original film was in 2 parts – 32 mins and 10 mins. Both films were converted to video by a professional company. I then used Windows Live Movie Maker to splice them together and posted the result on YouTube. I then took advantage of the YouTube edit facilities to stabilise the film (remove camera shake) and enhance the colour. I also added notes throughout the film to indicate the locations.