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The University of Utah has posted “Rainbow Trail,” a short film by Orland Lavell “Brig” Tapp on its YouTube channel. The film about a fishing trip was named to the Amateur Cinema League’s list of Top 10 best amateur films in 1948.  Tapp (1909-1964) was the owner of O.L. Tapp Electrical and Heating Company in Salt Lake City and a president of the Utah Cine Arts Club.  His movies and scrapbooks are held by the Mariott Library at the University of Utah.

Anyone who has a lick of sense knows about the wealth of downloadable films available from the Prelinger Collection of ephemeral films on Fewer people, however, know about the equally fantastic Prelinger Library, and its role in digitizing orphaned books and journals. Among the books available in multiple forms (including PDF) is The ACL Movie Book: A Guide to Making Better Movies (1949). This book was distributed to all members of the Amateur Cinema League, America’s largest organization of amateur filmmakers. An earlier ACL book, Making Better Movies, was written by Arthur Gale and Russell Holslag, two frequent contributors to the ACL’s monthly magazine Movie Makers.

Also available from, but not from the Prelinger Library, are two other guidebooks for amateur filmmakers: Story Telling Home Movies (Leo Salkin, 1958, McGraw-Hill) and Making 8mm Movies (Philip Grosset, 1959, Fountain Press).