Wednesday, March 20, 2013

TV fame for the Australasian Radio Productions book of correspondence

People who have been following this blog for a while might recall that, as well as stumbling on the Lewis and Skinner signwriting documents at a demolition site in 2012, I also found books of correspondence from a company called Australasian Radio Productions, which made radio serials from 1946 to the 1950s. (that's why this blog is called 'Finding the Radio Book').

Well, the tattered book of ARP's 1947-1948 incoming correspondence now has a starring cameo role in the new opening titles for the ABC show Gardening Australia, created by the talented motion designer Julia Bourke. Julia grabbed the book for the titles, repurposed it as the 'gardening diary' sitting on a bench in a suburban backyard, and added lots of beautiful effects.

You can see a higher resolution version of the titles here on Julia's Vimeo site:

ABC TV_Gardening Australia_opening titles from Julia Bourke on Vimeo.

Or you view it (at lower res) on the ABC site:

Lastly, if you're interested in the ARP documents, I've started to scan and upload them to a subsection of the Lewis & Skinner archive: Some of the scans are dodgy (the books are hard to scan on a flatbed scanner and so we did them using a phone app) but we will be returning to them and improving them soon.

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