February 6, 2019 – “Familiar Sites and Behind the Scenes of Movies”

Hello, everyone!

At the Archives, Barron Richter’s donated footage in the Home Movie Collection continues to feature more familiar sites in the Orlando or Orange County area. Most notably, Lake Eola Park and I am very familiar with that area. Another file contained something unexpected: footage of a movie being filmed! My cinema knowledge came in handy in correcting some information left by my predecessors. In short, my shift engaged me and I enjoyed.

As the day began, I resumed watching the Florida-related Richter films to discover his relatives visited a place I am very familiar with: Lake Eola Park! The iconic fountain in the middle of the lake remained in the background as the people in the footage fed the seagulls, pigeons, and ducks. In fact, a good majority of the Lake Eola footage centered around the various waterfowl (including some very hungry Muscovy ducks) swimming or flying around the area.

Besides the birds and fountain, the other landmark noted in the film includes the Confederate Monument. Erected in 1911, “Johnny Reb” (as people nicknamed the statue) moved to Lake Eola in 1917 after traffic concerns. The monument remained to overlook the lake area until 2017 when the statue was removed in the midst of a nation-wide call for the removal of Confederate memorials from public spaces following the 2015 Charleston shooting. The statue currently sits in the Confederate section of Greenwood Cemetery.

Strangely,  the family did not get footage of the World War I memorial. The memorial originally stood in front of Memorial High School but was transferred to Lake Eola when the school was demolished in 1961.  The memorial certainly stood in Lake Eola Park when the Richters filmed their visit. Likewise, the family did not show the Orlando Reeves, which was erected in 1939. The memorial that understandably would not have been there was the Battle of the Bulge Memorial as that was erected in 1999.

Another film file contained something very interesting: a behind the scenes look of the filming of a movie! My predecessors wrote that the film in question was the 1980 comedy, Airplane! I am very familiar with the movie and after watching the scenes Richter somehow managed to capture, I realized that the movie seen in Richter’s footage was not Airplane! Instead, the signs of the fictional Lincoln International Airport revealed that the scenes being filmed belonged to the 1970s Airport film series (I do not know which film as I have never seen any of them).

Besides the “Lincoln International Airport” signs, another big giveaway was the presence of someone dressed as Frankenstein’s monster visiting the cast and crew. Paramount Pictures produced and distributed Airplane! and Universal Studios produced and distributed the Airport series. Universal Studios have the film rights to the classic movie monsters such as the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dracula.

Before my shift ended, Mr. Ogreten asked me to breakdown some boxes to be placed in the supplies shelves in the stacks. After packing and returning the Home Movie Collection, I began breaking down said boxes. I eventually finished and I bid farewell to the staff as I left.

In review, I continued to watch and correct information regarding the video film files of the Home Movie Collection and broke down boxes. I resume the former on Friday. Until, enjoy the short break and stay safe! Bye!


Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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