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"Circlorama Cavalcade" Credits

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Compiled December 2006 by: Stanley Long and Thomas Hauerslev Date: 15. January 2007
Original title: Circlorama Cavalcade. Filmed in: Eleven x 16mm, 1 perforation, 24 frames per second. Principal cinematography filmed in: Circlorama. Presented in: Circlorama, Eleven x 16mm. Aspect ratio: 360 degrees (11 screens arranged to form a complete circular screen). Country of origin: United Kingdom. Year of production: (month) 1963 - (Month) 1963. Released by: Circlorama Theatres Ltd. World premiere: Circlorama Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, England __.__.1964. The introduction with Huw Thomas standing with a background of Piccadilly Circus Started on one screen, he ended by saying ‘This then is CIRCLORAMA’ all the other ten screens then opened up one by one each side to form the complete circle accompanied with a fanfare of music.

Director: Stanley Long. Screenplay: There was no script. Only an outline of sequences. Director of photography: Stanley Long. Camera assist: Don Lord. Film editor: Stephen Cross. Music: Library. Sound: Stan Phillips, Malcolm Stewart and Cyril Collick. Lighting: Johnny Lee and Benny Lee. Cast (role): “Swinging Blue Jeans” pop group. Production company: Searchlight Films. Producer: Leonard Urry & Leon Hepner. Concept and scenario: Stanley Long. Production manager: Harry Green. Sound mixer: Stan Phillips and Malcolm Stewart. Sound system: The location sound was recorded in 1-track mono and electronically spread out to a 3-track mix. Music recorded in _- channels in 3x tracks on 35mm magnetic. Original soundtrack: Not available.

Locations (by sequences): A view from inside a cage of lions (Chipperfield circus winter qauters I remember hearing of the assassination of JFK as I was going to the Lab to drop the rushes off so that would be 22.11.1963). A scenic railway ride (Big Dipper) at Kersall amusment Park Southend on Sea. A shot from the middle of the rail track at the busy Clapham Junction during a rush hour (courtesy British Rail). A lifeboat launch Southend lifeboat RNLI. Various shots around London, camera car was a Volkswagen Minibus with sliding sun roof. A grand finale with ‘The Swinging Blue Jeans’ singing their hit ‘Hippy,Hippy Shake’ was filmed at the Leicester Square Ballroom, Saturday Morning with 500 screaming teenage fans attracted by advert that week in Evening Standard. E type Jag and had a racing driver go round Snetterton Race track in the middle of a gaggle of formula two cars. Beauty contest was filmed at the Café de Paris in Coventry Street W1. Ice skating sequence filmed at Streatham Ice rink (south London).

Original Cinema design: Dr Leslie Knopp. Portable version of Circlorama Theatre: Harkness Ltd. Technicians responsible for moving tent show from West Pier at Blackpool to the Kelvin Hall Glasgow for Christmas season of 1965: Alan Lavender (Burgess Lane Ltd, Chiswick, West London) and Stanley Long. Film stock: 16mm Kodak Ektachrome reversal stock. Camera system: Beaulieu 16mm 100’ loading cameras with 15mm lenses. Running time: 20 minutes 0 seconds. ___ Metres. ____ Feet. Notes about the filming: Film produced to be shown at the Circlorama Theatre in Denman Street just behind Piccadilly Circus. Synopsis: The one and only British Circlorama travelogue film. Various:  A short test demonstrating the Circlorama system was made in 35mm B&W preceding "Circlorama Cavalcade". Stan Phillips died in 1999. Arnold Miller was a Director of Searchlight. Johnny and Benny Lee later founded Lee’s Lighting. Harry Green died in 1984. Leon Heppner died in the eighties. Leonard Urry retired in 1978 and went to live in Spain where he died in the mid eighties.
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