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Bill grows up, montage 1918 - 1930s--Birch--home movies

This remarkable home movie from the Harry and William Birch collection, spanning almost two full decades, is a montage of images showing William “Bill” Birch growing from a newborn to a young man in Chicago, IL. The Birch collection documents the careers of two distinguished news cameramen who were also father and son. Their home movies provide rare insight into the personal lives of news cameramen from the silent and early sound period.

Bill Birch would go on to become a staff cameraman for Fox Movietone News shortly before World War II. During the war he filmed with the 834th Signal Photographic Detachment (the unit of the Signal Corp run by Major Frank Capra).
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MIRC ACE Spring 2012 Winner
The Award for Creative Editing (ACE) celebrates innovative use of archival film footage for an editing exercise in MART 371: The Moving Image. View Past Winners.

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