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Collection Overview

Creator:
Windborne Productions
Title:
Windborne Productions Recordings of Ernest Gordon
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/np193f09w
Dates:
1991-05/1991-05
Size:
1 box
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of eleven Betacam video tapes containing an interview of Ernest Gordon (1916-2002) about his capture and internment in the Japanese camps in Burma and Siam (now Myanmar and Thailand) during World War II, along with raw scenes, stills, and B-roll. The videos were shot in the Princeton University Chapel in May 1991 by Windborne Productions, which was then working on a project to turn Gordon's book Through the Valley of the Kwai into a feature film.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of eleven Betacam video tapes containing recordings of an interview of Ernest Gordon (1916-2002), along with raw scenes, stills, and B-roll. The videos were shot in the Princeton University Chapel in May 1991 by Windborne Productions under the direction of Karen Pascal. At the time, Windborne had optioned Gordon's book Through the Valley of the Kwai to make a feature film, so the interview focuses on Gordon's capture and internment in the Japanese camps in Burma and Siam (now Myanmar and Thailand) during World War II. The company did not ultimately succeed in making the film, but portions of these interviews were later used to create short episodes for a Canadian television program called 100 Huntley Street.

Arrangement:

Arrangement follows a numerical scheme implemented by the creator.

Collection Creator Biography:

Windborne Productions

Windborne Productions is a Canadian television and film production company that specializes in documentaries and dramas. Filmmaker Karen Pascal is the founder and president.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Karen Pascal in 2018 (AM 2018-64).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in January 2019. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in January 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. The Special Collections does not have playback equipment and facilities, and all original media, especially in obsolete formats, must be digitally remastered or converted in accordance with prevailing preservation standards in order to be safely accessed. Subject to staffial approval, patrons may request duplicates of such original media, but will be responsible for both the cost of digital conversion and the cost of the duplicate, payable in advance. Public Services staff handles all such requests. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Windborne Productions Recordings of Ernest Gordon; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/np193f09w
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184