last month i blogged about the hello kitty disposable camera my sister gave me for christmas. well, i’ve finished a few rolls with it now. above you can see what you get with the original film. a hello kitty frame with whatever you shoot within it.

i wasn’t sure what i’d get once i reloaded it, but i was looking forward to it. i reloaded the camera with a roll of DNP Konica 100 ASA film. the camera calls for either 400 or 800 ASA film depending on whether you believe the box or what the camera itself says. i decided to double the processing time(basically pushing the film a few stops) and develop the colour film in black and white chemistry. the results were much better than i expected. some have this subtle sepiaish look:

and others have a bit of a an orange cast:

i love how extreme a vignetting the images have. they give the horizontal shots a certain cinematic feel that i’m quite happy with.


one of the christmas presents i got from my sister was this hello kitty disposable camera. the fun thing about this is the film is pre-exposed with hello kitty frames so every picture you take is in a hello kitty frame:

the camera is surprisingly fun too. i shot a roll over the weekend. i’m starting to upload the set.

the packaging says “made in usa”. i was surprised as i’d expect it to have been made in japan or china. as it turns out the made in the usa is inaccurate. the box and paper packaging may be made in the usa, but once you take the actual camera out of its hello kitty skin it’s just a plain old kodak disposable camera. one that says “made in mexico” and “800 film”. the camera had been taped shut with electrical tape too. so this obviously had been re-used or recycled. when i took the film out the cannister was for konica centuria 400(this explains why the camera said to always use flash). konica is no more. today centuria is made by dnp.

i already have plans to try to reload the camera and see what i get.

recently, a package arrived from my brother containing a late birthday gift and an early christmas gift. the birthday gift was:

one of my favourite movies that i haven’t seen in years and am happy to report still love. at some point we’d taped this off tv and watched it countless times. just about all our friends were forced to watch it, but i don’t recall any complaining so they must have appreciated it as well.

the whole thing is up on youtube. here’s the first part for the curious:

katherine hepburn doesn’t make an entrance until part two though.

the christmas gift was the busby berkeley collection:

I’d put this on my amazon wishlist not really thinking anyone would really buy it for me. but i’m quite happy to have it. i’ve only watched a few so far, but i’m enjoying what i’m seeing. often the rest of the film(s) pale in comparison to the big surrealistic dance numbers, but i’m not complaining. the extras on the discs are nice too. some musical shorts as well as some vintage cartoons. in one of the sort of making of bits john waters mentions that these were the first midnight movies. this is what inspired the hippies to start raiding thrift stores for clothes from the 20s. considering that in the cockettes documentary there is mention of a commune devoted to the 20s and 30s where members dressed in clothes from that time and collected records from that period – it all sort of makes sense.

microcinema is having a holiday sale. lots of interesting things on discount. eventhough i shouldn’t – i’ll probably put in an order. some things that have caught my eye: these su friedrich films, this release by negativland(dvd+cd!), a jack smith documentary, and this collection of experimental films by takahiko iimura. there are short clips of most of the films to give you an idea of what some of the films are like. lots of temptation.

interesting. a list with you tube goodness of christmas specials. though calling santa claus conquers the martians abominable seems rather suspect especially for someone that included pariah carey in their list of supposedly good christmas music. but aside from that a pretty decent list. there were a few things i’d not seen before, among them this max fleischer cartoon of rudolph the red nosed reindeer from 1948:


christmas cameras. this year, christmas was all about photography. box cameras, polaroids, even a slide printer! now to just find the time to shoot most of these new cameras.

this is an interesting. an article on how vince guaraldi’s music for the peanuts christmas special may be the most succesful jazz recording of all time. i wouldn’t doubut that – just because most people think of it as the soundtrack to the special not as “jazz”. i found it odd in the article that there was no mention of henry mancini. surely his jazz was gracing tv soundtracks about the same time, but the article might lead you to believe the only jazz on tv was this special. maybe the year it aired it was, but i somehow doubt it. via the sound-scavengers list.

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