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  • New "Movie of the Month" announcement
  • Listing of new film entries entered during the previous month
  • Give away information
  • New pages added and other site changes
  • "Behind the scene" site news
  • Statistics and other tidbits of information not found anywhere on the site
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Here are some brief articles that have appeared in past updates:
2005, A year in Review      Film and Media Chronology Popularity by Links Filmmaker’s Dictionary Reading Screenplays
Correspondence Five Types of Documentary Films      Seeking DVD Releases
DVD Player Information The "Olympic Effect" Who Do You Hear?

2005, A year in Review:

  • 60 New film listing added this past year.
  • 19 movies released in 2005 were identified.
  • New pages added this past year include:
    Movie Trailers and Cover Art.
  • Changed internal Search engine to Google.
  • Dozens of films have been added to the Availability Index, 10 new ones this last week alone.
  • 14 movies were given away this past year through the video give away. tracks web site traffic and says people who visit also visit:

USA Track & Field
International Association of Athletics Federations
The Runner's Schedule
Runner's World Online
Civic Video
The BFI 100
Google Directory


In order to insure that I am receiving all correspondence, please note the new mailing address. If you are wanting to share your film, or other correspondence, please send it to:

Mark Hale-Brown
P.O. Box 86091
Portland, OR 97286-0091

DVD Player Information:

With DVD players becoming more widely available you may want to spend some time considering the format and machines that you want to purchase to get the most out of digital imaging. The DVD-R format seems to play better, on average, than the DVD+R format, although you want to be careful about the player you have to insure the best performance. Visit if you want to see listings of thousands of models of players (including the newest Blu-ray format) and how consumers have ranked their performance, using a 5-star rating.

Film and Media Chronology:

For an extensive 30 page chronology of film and media development I would refer you to James Monaco’s book: How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia (Oxford Press, 2000). Here are the seven periods that are outlined:

To 1895: Prehistory
1896-1915: The Birth of Film
1916-1930: Silent Film, the Births of Radio and Sound Film
1931-1945: The Great Age of Hollywood and Radio
1946-1960: The Growth of Television
1961-1980: The Media World
1981- Present: The Digital World

Filmmaker’s Dictionary:

From a book of the same title by Ralph S. Singleton, 2000.
If you have any interest in one day shooting a film, or being knowledgeable on the set, then here are a few terms that may perk up your running ears. But wait, there is no need to lace up the shoes until you hear that you are to appear in the "running shot".

Run Lines: To rehearse dialogue, something actors typically do before shooting a scene , so as to be well prepared.
Run-by: Shot in which a moving car (or other vehicle) travels past a stationary camera.
Running Shot: Shot in which a moving camera keeps pace with a moving object or person. Related terms: tracking shot, dolly shot, traveling shot.
Running Speed: Rate at which film runs through a camera or projector, or at which tape runs through a recorder or playback machine. The running speed for film is measured in frames per second; for tape, it is in inches per second. Related terms: fps, ips.
Running Time: Length of time a movie, TV program, video, commercial or stage presentation runs, from start to finish. A theatrical film's running time is clocked from the head frame to the last frame of the end credit sequence. Most feature films are between 85 and 120 minutes long, though in recent years running time has increased.
Run Through: Complete rehearsal of actors without film running in the camera. Related term: walk-through.

Five Types of Documentary Films:

Next time you watch a documentary ask yourself, "What type of documentary is this?" (Film Studies by Warren Buckland, Hodder & Stoughton, 1998.)

Expository: A series of images that aim to be descriptive and informative with a disembodied and authoritative voiceover commentary.
Observational: A direct representation of the events with the film maker completely invisible.
Interactive: The film maker is prominent and interacts with the people and events often with interviews to draw out specific comments and responses.
Reflective: Rather than focusing on events and people, this type focuses on how they are filmed with the film making process becoming the main focus of attention.
Performative: The poetic and expressive dimensions of the film areemphasizedd over the events that are captured

"Motivation for Rent":

In the May 2006 issue of Runner’s World Magazine there is an article on pages 68 and 69 about 10 running movies to "help motivate and kick-start a deeper dedication to and enjoyment of running". Even got a nod as a place to get more information. The ten titles mention, in order of appearance were:

1) The Games (1970)
2) The Four Minute Mile (1988)
3) The Jericho Mile (1979)
4) Run Lola Run (1998)
5) Fire on The Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story (1995)
6) Forrest Gump (1994)
7) Across the Tracks (1991)
8) Second Wind (1976)
9) Personal Best (1982)
10) Chariots of Fire (1981)

As noted in the film listings, The Games has never been released or distributed to the public. Hopefully with more exposure and awareness of these types of films, folks will pull these classic productions off the shelf, dust them off, and make them available in DVD format for folks to enjoy.

The "Olympic Effect":

Visitors to tripled during the Olympic competition in Athens (August 2004). I hope that everyone enjoyed the games from a variety of sources (print, on-line, television, and live viewing). Over the next several months there will likely be numerous video and DVD releases resulting from these games and I will do the best that I can to post the new productions in a timely manner. I look forward to increased film entries over the next several months. It will be interesting to see what type of increase happens in 2008.

Popularity Based on Links:

Here are the top 12 films, by link tracking, from The most current ranking is based on the 2005 results with previous rankings from 2004 and 2003 listed after the date of the production. Endurance has now topped this list 3 years in a row. Interestingly, the top four productions have yet to be released in DVD format and four movies broke their way into the top 12 that were not present last year. It will be interesting to see if readers reach a similar voting this year (See Voting Page for more information).

Endurance (1998), 1/1
Read Film DescriptionFire on the Track (1995), 3/2
Olympiad Series: The Persistent Ones (1996), 11/-
Jericho Mile (1979), 10/6
Running on the Sun (1999, DVD) 9/-
100 Years of Olympic Glory (1996) 2/4
Running Brave (1983 DVD or VHS) -/3
The Olympic Series (2004, DVD) 5/-
Tokyo Olympiad (1965, DVD) 4/-
Without Limits (1998, DVD) -/11
Marathon of the Sands (1999) 7/7
Prefontaine (1997, DVD) -/10
Olympic Century (2004) -/-

Reading Screenplays:

You can now link to a screenplay, The Legend of Tarzan Brown, written by David Gary Wilson, from Canada, about "Tarzan" Brown, a two time Boston Marathon winner (competing in Boston nine times between 1934 to 1946) and participant in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the marathon. He was a Narragansett Indian runner from Rhode Island whose tribal name was Deerfoot and this movie concept is based on the remarkable and true story of this amazing athlete. If you have never read a screenplay before here is some help on the jargon you may find:

OS = Off Screen
VO = Voice Over
POV = Point of View
SUPER = Superimposed over visuals on screen
EXT = Exterior Shot
INT = Interior Shot
BEAT= A very brief pause in dialogue
CLOSE = Close up camera shot
DISOLVE TO = One scene fades into the next

Seeking DVD Releases: writes: "Do you have a list of favorite flicks that still haven't been released on DVD? We know how frustrating that can be, so we've added hundreds of currently unavailable titles to our DVD catalog. When you search for these titles, you'll see a page that allows you to sign up for a free notification service. Entering your e-mail address ensures that you'll receive an e-mail the moment the title is available for purchase. This system also helps us keep track of what customers are clamoring for, so we can encourage the studios to get those much-loved movies on DVD. Take a look at the current list of most popular requests below, and be sure to sign up for all the films you're itchin' to own." Here is a list of the running titles:

16 Days of Glory Highlighting the 1984 Olypmic games in Los Angeles
100 Years of Olympic Glory A three hour compilation video
Endurance Featuring Haille Gabresallasie in the 1996 10,000 meter final
Lonliness of a Long Distance Runner The black and white film from 1962
Running Brave The Billy Mills biographical film from 1983 (released April 2005)

Who do you Hear?:

From the Filmmaker’s Dictionary, see entry below, comes the following definitions:

Announcer: An individual who reads the voiceover copy for the television spots. Also called an off-screen or off-camera announcer.
Commentator: An individual describing the proceedings of a live or recorded event. Typically they add planned or spontaneous comments.
Host: On screen individual who conducts the activities of a television, stage, or radio program.
Narrator: An individual who provides an oral guide to the story or course of events. A narrator usually follows a planned script and does not offer spontaneous personal comments. A narrator may be visible to an audience or positioned off screen.
Voice Over: Dialogue or narration coming from off-screen, the source of which is not seen.

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