ALCF Leonard Wood Sizemore Home Movies Clip 9718
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- home movies, amateur cinema, super 8 film, 8mm film, 1980s, 1980s America, 1980s lifestyle, 1980s fashion, Ludington MI, Michigan, Canada Geese, Leonard Wood Sizemore, Melissa Sizemore, Pro8mm, Al Larvick Fund, gender roles, recreation, lake cabin, feeding birds, Summer, American parades, fish, lake fishing, Lake Michigan, lake shore, lake swimming, beach, overexposed film, camper, speed boat, dog, dog swimming, swimming fish, dog running, cottage, pine trees, fishing boats, pier, cattails, lake foliage, life vest, 4th of July parade, Black Shriners, fez hats, baton twirlers, 35mm camera, 1928 Coupe, roller skating, Ford Courier, car mechanic, picnic, picnic basket
This clip (#9718) is part of the Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire Collection. Leonard Sizemore is the primary filmmaker of the collection though the films were selected specifically to include other family members perspectives who are behind the camera. It was a Sizemore family legacy of filmmaking and photography, each viewing the family’s lives together, and through their independent eye, with varied framing, panning, and topics chosen to record. His daughter, Lillian Sizemore is the current custodian of the family films.
This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through the 2017 National grant awarded to Lillian Sizemore by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm.
This reel was shot almost entirely by Leonard's daughter, Melissa, using her Dad’s equipment. A medley reel spliced to highlight events that occurred with her new husband, Joe Hurley, (married in August, 1980) and his family. Labels show the same precision Leonard used. Melissa has taken on the same themes: vacations, family, friends from high school, her husband, Joe Hurley, their apartment, the parks, parades, and picnics. Her parents are now subjects, Leonard is in front of the camera rather than behind. This is the only clip in the collection that is film on Super8 vs 8mm film. A different camera was used as well. A “zoom” feature is used frequently. The color quality is slightly washed out on the film, images are softer than the 8mm film.
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father: Leonard W. Sizemore, Feb. 4, 1920 - Nov. 17, 2000
Mother: Gisella C. Sizemore, March 14 1928
Son: Norman E. Sizemore, b.1952
Daughter: Lillian Sizemore b. 1957
Daughter: Melissa K. Sizemore (Hurley) b. 1959
Others in this specific footage include:
Joe Hurley, (Melissa’s husband)
Carol and Larry Hurley Sr.,
Ellen and Larry Hurley Jr.,
Trace and Beth Embry (Joe’s sister and brother in law)
Coreen Lamantia, Michael and Tony Lamantia (Melissa’s friend and her children)
Patty Mulcahey, Penny Sterin (?) Melissa’s co-workers
Collection title: Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire
Original format: 8mm & Super 8 film, color, silent
Digital format: Footage captured at 2k resolution of 2048 x 1556
Collection size: Approx. 2300 ft
Label on original can:
LS Archive REEL 18 - Brown Yankee plastic box, 8 mm. 400 ft.
Label handwritten written by Melissa.
Ludington, Mich. Hurley’s 1981, 4th of July Parade Munster, Coreen and kids
Moraine Trace Apt. Backyard Mom & Dads 1981, Race Car, Picnic at the Park, Patti, Penny, Melissa.
The Films of Leonard W. Sizemore, Descriptions by Lillian Sizemore.
The main filmmaker of this clip 9718 is Melissa Sizemore, daughter of filmmaker Leonard Wood Sizemore. Primarily Collection Filmmaker is Leonard Wood Sizemore (1920-2000) who was an American soldier, a mechanic, a watchmaker, and an early adaptor of new technologies. Leonard married his Italian bride, Gisella, in Milan, Italy in 1947 and together they came to America to begin anew. Leonard always managed to have the latest "gizmos". He had good cameras, and he knew how to use them. Leonard taught the whole family how to pan and shoot and they all had a hand in filming over the years. Leonard made great strides in his life after having grown up in poverty in rural Kentucky, his 8mm home movies from the 1950s-80s depict a white 'Middle America' with a love of family and friends, antique cars, parades and picnics. Leonard kept the campfires glowing around his meaty grills and lively home movie nights. This poignant footage depicts a pursuit of the 'American Dream' taking place in-the-midst of political assassinations, cold war friction and civil rights marches.
Location: The Hurley Family Cabin in Ludington, MI. The cabin belonged to Joe’s grandparents. Several Canada Geese gosslings climbing up to shore, feeding in the grass, shore of a lake or river. Long 360º pan around the yard: to Larry Sr. and Joe tossing bread for the birds. Birds eating bread. Ellen in a blue swimsuit lounges on an aluminum chaise lawn chair, Larry Jr. in red coach pants, white polo shirt, cap, and sunglasses, sits on the grass nearby with back to the garage, pan back to Joe and Larry Sr throwing bread to geese.
1:08 Cut To: large sturgeon(?) in a homemade pen made of chicken wire, to hold fish after catching, the fish is alive and squirming about. Larry Jr. and Joe try to pick it up. Larry gets it and lays in on the grass for Melissa’s camera. The fish flexes a bit, Joe grabs its tail.
1:35 cut to Melissa and Ellen lounging on chaise lawn chairs, A popup camper in background, they are set up near the garage. A zoom in, Ellen calls something out, and Melissa waves. then zoom back out.
Joe must be filming now.
1:45, Melissa films Joe in overexposed beach scene. Almost white, you can see small figures in the distance. Joe sprints toward the camera, from edge of water all the way to the camera, Melissa pulls away to Ellen sitting on a blanket in the sand.
2:22 swimming out in Lake Michgan, filming from shore.
2:33 Ellen and Melissa on the chaises in front of camper, wave to camera (Joe)
2:39 - a planned directed shot - Mel and Joe step from around the corner of the garage, waving, holding hands and walk across the lawn toward the camera and stop again to wave and smile. Joe trips a little on the gutter downspout and they laugh. They are in “beach casual” bathing suit top and cut-offs for Mel, and Red shorts and white tank top for Joe. barefoot. (who is filming?)
2:46 Larry Jr in striped tank and jeans walks across the lawn right up to camera. Speedboat and house in the background.
2:54 a dog, Larry Jr and Ellen in an orange rain poncho at edge of yard and lake, Ellen throws a stick into water for the dog to fetch. Dog swims out, pan over to Joe and his Dad sit on the pier. Larry Sr. in red plaid shirt, holds up a handmade sign made of driftwood and sticks that spells out the HURLEY’S, and meanwhile Joe, holds up a smaller fish on a tether, looks like a bluegill or maybe a walleye.
pan back over to dog in water, Ellen, Larry Jr. and their mom, Carol in the yard.
3:24 the fish pen has more fish in it now, and the dog is racing around it. Joe holds the lid open. They are wearing warmer clothes now, jackets and sweatshirts.
3:57 Melissa and Ellen swing together on a hammock, wearing sweatshirts, jeans and hat. laughing.
4:01 Cut to front of cottage, surrounded by big and small pine trees. The “Hurley’s” sign is now hung in front.
Another Set up/Directed shot: Melissa comes out of the cottage front door, does a little walk over to the sign and points at it, Joes zooms in a bit, Melissa skips toward the camera, as Joe adjusts the zoom. Melissa comes right up for a CU, and then ducks under the lens to exit the scene. Joe zooms in to the new homemade sign on the cottage. This was all one long shot.
4:27 Both Larrys standing out on the pier, small fishing boats flank the wooden pier, reeds, cattails at the edge of the lake. Larry Sr. is taking off an orange life-vest. They both walk toward the camera, Larry Jr. then ducks down to get out of the frame in a stealth “now you see me now you don’t” maneuver.
4:38 View of the edge of the yard from out on the pier. water shimmering, pan across to the full cottage and yard.
5:03 CUT to MUNSTER PARADE
Mom, Dad, and Joe are set up in folding aluminum chairs at the edge of the street waiting for a parade to start. Mom waves. Dad is wearing one of his many “trucker hats”. Mom’s hair is now shorter and gone gray, she’s wearing a red top and blue pants. Joe also is wearing red-white-blue t-shirt. Clearly this is a 4th of July parade. They all look over to the camera, Mom combs her hair briskly.
5:11 Parade, young baton twirlers in blue uniforms with cowboy hats., cut to men on horse galloping down the parade route Melissa follows them with the camera.
next up: “Native Americans” or people dressed as “Indians”
5:43 Joe is filming Mom Dad and Mels in the chairs at edge of street, they wave, Dad tips the brim of his trucker hat in a slow salute. He has a 35mm camera around his neck - the Yashika?
cut to a marching band coming in formation down the street in uniform of black pants, gold blazers.
5:58, a group of about 12 Black Shriners ( possibly of the Black Prince Hall Affiliated Shriners) do a precision synchronized movement and then march forward in step. They are wearing a kind of Middle Eastern style uniform: green satin blouses with an emblem embroidered on the back, red sashes, white gloves, their pants are tucked into high boots. They wear the signature tall burgundy fez (hat) decorated with an emblem in the front. They carry scimitars/swords.(source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shriners and http://www.mwphglin.org/)
6:09 Squad cars
6:14 CUT TO Coreen holding a baby and little boy, about 2 years old, in the grass at an apartment complex. She holds up her little baby for the camera. (This is the same friend who was pregnant in Clip #9717). the wave at the camera, Melissa is filming. they kneel, she zooms in. Melissa holds the baby and Coreen films. CU of Melissa. She kisses the baby and smiles. Coreen comes out of the apartment with her kids. The little boy looks up to camera and waves. He’s wearing a little Chicago Bears football jersey.
7:32 CUT TO PARADE the Highland marching Trojans, in blue and gold, in formation in a parking lot on a gloomy, rainy day, Pan across the lot, a glimpse of an antique car.
cut to DAD wearing a giant ridiculously oversize foam cowboy hat. He’s carrying his 35mm camera, wears a crisp white shirt, (Mom ironed all his shirts) clip-on glasses case in pocket, and brown trousers. He smiles, saunters slowly to the camera. Melissa holds the shot.
7:53 Dad in the big hat and Melissa also wearing a similar hat, gather together with other cars and people in prep for the parade. They are standing next to the yellow Parade Car…the umbrella is UP!
cut to baton twirler girls practicing, camping it up, and twirling for the camera. Girls on horses, horses are restless. Cut to Model A car line up - Dad’s 1928 Coupe, and the Parade Car in the lineup. Joe is in the Parade Car, he is also wearing a giant foam cowboy hat. Long pan down the queue of cars, the cut to more horses gallop by. A CLOWN applies his makeup from his car. More marching bands practicing and warming up, majorettes shake red and white pompoms.
The clown close up, applies his round red nose. Girls pass by on roller skates.
10:04 CUT TO Hurley Cabin in MI, Larry Sr. is filleting a fish on temporary worktable made of saw horses, at the back of the house. He’s wearing a red plaid shirt and a fisherman hat. He holds up the filet for the camera. Melissa comes into the scene and makes a gagging face and sticks out her tongue, laughs, then plugs her nose in an exaggerated way. She leans in to watch the process. Larry Jr. is in the background with a bucket.
10:42, a “set-up shot” Joe filming: Melissa walks around the corner of the cottage, there is a picnic table and gas grill in the shot. She waves, then campily opens her sweatshirt in a dramatic flare and shows a shoulder. She removes the sweatshirt. She’s wearing a tank and shorts, walks up the stairs into the house.
11:15 - Melissa and Ellen are inside the cabin, cleaning and scrubbing the kitchen.
11:23 CUT TO Main St. driveway
Joe filming? Melissa is by a black pickup truck - a Ford Courier. She’s in a one-piece dark swimsuit and washing the truck in the drive way. She sees the camera and runs behind the house.
11:46 -back to the Parade, Dad walks by the Parade Car with Umbrella, in the jumbo cowboy hat. he’s holding is camera, the case is open. Leonard often documented events with both print and slide film, and movies or video tape. Pan across the car, there’s Joe, ad a few other antique car club people, down the row of autos parked in the lot. Kuiper Funeral home horse-drawn hearse.
12:30 Joe stands by the back of Parade Car, and you see the “Mr. Natural” wheel cover, reads, “Just Passin Thru”, painted by Norman.
12:31 cut to Schererville Apt. where Melissa and Joe lived. Melissa wears a dark red racer back t-shirt and hi-waisted wide leg jeans, walks out to parked truck. They pass the camera, then Melissa films Joe coming out the door, wearing blue short-shorts, white t-shirt, sunglasses and sandals, he swings a small blue and white cooler. Melissa films Joe driving away in the truck.
13:12 Dad in the driveway of Main St. He saunters up to the camera, lifts a glass of ice tea and smiles, and sips, smacks his lips, “mmm that’s good!” like an advertisement for the tea!
13:24 Joe sits at the picnic table in the back yard, with Richie the family terrier, he makes Richie wave with one arm. Richie runs away. Joe walks up then “ducks” out of the shot.
13:41 Gisella is watering one of her many lush perennial flower beds. She’s wearing aqua slacks, and diagonal striped t-shirt, earrings, and glasses. Her gray hair is coiffed. She directs the spray-hose onto the flowerbed, there’s a slow pan across the whole flower bed: red roses, pink Flocks in bloom, and allium just starting to bloom. In the background you see activity at the neighbors back yard, at the Stutler’s house.
14:10 Dad and Melissa sitting on a long bench/banquette in the driveway area Richie is sniffing nearby, Melissa gestures for Richie to “sit up” which he does beautifully, Dad and Melissa smile and Richie gets a treat and a snuggle. Dad looks over at Melissa and grabs her arm playfully, they laugh and struggle , Melissa moves closer to Dad and gives him a smooch on the cheek, they hug, smile for the camera.
14:33 Cu of red roses in bloom in the garden, and quick zoom in for a CU
14:37 cut to Joe and Dad and Mom at the picnic table, having some grilled meat, ice tea, and Olympia beer in can. Dad makes exaggerated eating motions for comedic effect. Mom is talking to Melissa. Melissa is filming, Cut to Richie doing his ‘sit-up’ trick again. the camera is low on his level. he gets his treat.
15:01 cut to Hurley Garage
Trace Embry (Joes bro-in-law) and Larry Sr. are working on a mechanical car jack. Trace slides it under a trailer hitch, and starts pumping it up.. CU to Beth (Joe’s younger sister), zoom in and out. she’s sitting on the top of a car, wearing red track pants and a white tee.
15:18, Trace is inside a stock car, number 69, he raced at Illiana Motor Speedway, in Schererville. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illiana_Motor_Speedway, closed in 2016) He’s backing the car off the trailer in to the drive. Joe and Larry Sr. stand-by. A red-white collie dog enters the frame.
Joe is pushing the car, but makes time to wave to the camera. Carol, Joe’s mom, in a floral shirt and up-do comes into the scene. Beth lifts up the Collie on hind legs and makes him dance and wave for the camera. Beth comes up behind a very busy bare-chested Trace, he moves through the frame.
16:10 Melissa, Beth, Larry Sr. and the collie are gathered at the other end of the drive by a orange and white Chevy C-10, and a squad car. (Trace was on the police force).
16:17 Cut to a PICNIC with Melissa’s co-workers from Technographics, Patty and Penny.
Penny hated to be filmed, Patty is waving to the camera. They are spreading out their work lunch on a picnic table in a shady park. Patty smiles and gives Melissa a big PEACE sign, (two fingers held up) and waves. Melissa passes the camera to Penny, and she films Melissa and Patty walking with a wicker picnic basket and waving, they walk over to the picnic table and smile. Melissa holds up a cup and drinks. (similar to the way Dad toasted with the ice tea at 13:12). Another “set-up shot”, Melissa and Patty arm-in-arm, walk toward the camera, wave and smile all the way with faces pressed into the lens. Penny holds the shot.
17:01 now Patty is filming - Penny, who is wrestling Melissa trying to not be filmed, as Melissa coaxes her toward closer to the camera. Penny waves, and Melissa playfully pushes her out of the frame.
Patty is back in front of the camera now, smiling CU, hopping and camping it up right into the lens. Penny is still trying to get away. cut to Melissa, who is wearing large sunglasses, she makes “duck lips” face and laughs, smiles. gives the Peace Sign. Now Patty makes the duck lips face and laughs, waves.
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