Monday, October 19, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This link leads to a YouTube reconstruction of an illustrated song set synced to a period recording of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." This set is more elaborate than most in terms of the number of slides; the producers of this presentation have also added cut-ins to resemble close-ups and the so-called "Ken Burns" effect, where the image seems to pan across the scene; consequently there is the appearance of an image change for almost every line. As I have not done much research on the magic lantern, I'm not certain which of these effects could have been accomplished by an experienced projectionist using a dissolving lantern apparatus, but the video as a whole strikes me as quite a bit more active than would have been typical for the time.

The rich coloring on these slides, which would have generally been done by hand, is completely characteristic of the more expensive sets available at the time. Cheaper sets without coloring were also available.