Sunny Days (clip)
Scotland's first synchronised sound film
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This film is Scotland's first film with synchronised sound. The sound was recorded on a gramophone record and played simultaneously with the film. The animal sound affects were made by the producers of the film in a studio.
The film is one of a series of fund-raising films produced in aid of the Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund, Glasgow. The fund was set up to raise money to help poor children have a holiday in the countryside or seaside away from a summer playing in the dirty tenement backcourts and streets. The film was shown in cinemas and a collection taken after the screening.
This clip shows Glasgow children at a farm where they see cows, chickens and puppy dogs and playing in the hay field.
Questions & Activities
- Would you want to be one of these children? Why or why not?
- Why do you think there are no girls in this clip?
- How do you think the animal sound effects were made?
- How have harvesting methods changed since 1931?
Write a journal entry from the point of view of one of the children after the visit.
Make an alternative soundtrack using 'instruments' made from objects you have found.
Create a promotional film to make people want to visit your school, or for a special trip away.
Make contact with a farm and ask if you can keep a logged entry of how they spend a week in maintaining the farm. Create a graph to show the percentage of a time the farmer gives to each aspect of his work.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|Genre||Documentary, Sponsored, Charitable|
|School Subject||History, Social History, Modern Studies, Music, Mathematics|
|Subject Matter||Children, holidays, Leisure, charity|
|Who||Glasgow Corporation Education Authority (sponsor), Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund (sponsor), Ronald L Jay (director)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Sound|