Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Julia Child Shows You How to Edit Video Tape

I am posting this blog in hopes that someone can help me to find this elusive gem. When I was taking courses at San Francisco State in the late 80s, one of the instructors, who used to work at KQED channel 9 in San Francisco had a copy of a short film called "Julia Child Shows You How to Edit Video Tape" that was made for NET, the network that preceded PBS.

It was hysterically funny short black and white video in which Julia takes out a huge meat cleaver and literally chops a reel of 2" video tape in two. Then, she cuts it in another spots and splices the two ends together with mashed potatoes. Great, funny stuff!!

I cannot even remember the instructor's name who showed this, and I'm sure he's long retired or even dead by now. This was 20 years ago and he seemed to be fairly old then.

If anyone has any information on how to get a copy of this elusive film, I would be forever grateful. I haven't seen it on YouTube, so it's not there.


somoflange said...

Did it end with "Let's Drink to Master Control?"
If so, I know what you are talking about and I've been searching as well. I think I'm getting close!

Mark Arnold said...

I think so, but honestly I don't remember.

Pigboy said...

I was just searching for that. My friend--a technician at the Detroit NET/PBS station had a copy. I don't know if he still does, and whether it's in a format that can be easily translated, but it would be great to see again and share on the internets.

Mark Arnold said...

I found it! I will post it as a new entry on my blog.