Biography of 'JAY, Ronald L.'
Films associated with 'JAY, Ronald L.'
- BRIEF BEEF BIOGRAPHY, a
- BRUNTON'S WIRE AND ROPE WORKS, MUSSELBURGH
- CASTLEBANK FOR COLLARS
- COLOUR POEMS
- CRUISE TO ST. KILDA AND THE WESTERN ISLES, a
- DOUGLAS FRASER JUTE MACHINERY
- GLENFINNAN AND THE '45
- HIKING HOLIDAYS
- HOW SCWS CIGARETTES AND TOBACCOS ARE MADE
- IS WASHDAY WORTHWHILE?
- KEEPING STEP WITH THE TIMES
- LAKE DISTRICT TOUR AND HENDON AIR DISPLAY
- LAND O' BURNS BAKERIES - INTRODUCTION
- LINER THE 'QUEEN MARY' UNDER CONSTRUCTION, the
- MARCH OF PROGRESS, the
- NEW FRANCO BARBE HAT SHAPES
- NEWMILNS CIVIC WEEK
- OUT FOR VALUE
- OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY
- PAISLEY CHILDREN'S HAPPY HUNTING GROUND
- PIGS IN CLOVER
- SAVING OF A SHABBY COAT
- SCOTLAND'S BRIGHTEST INDUSTRY
- SCOTTISH CUP FINAL - ABERDEEN v CELTIC AT HAMPDEN PARK, 24th APRIL, 1937
- SCOTTISH FLYING CLUB PAGEANT, RENFREW
- SEEING IS BELIEVING
- SHIELDHALL FURNITURE - MARCH OF PROGRESS
- STORY OF A SHABBY SUIT, the
- STORY OF HILLINGTON, the
- SUNNY DAYS
- WATER DISPLAYS AT THE EMPIRE EXHIBITION
- WHERE THE BENS STAND SENTINEL
- WINSTON CHURCHILL VISITS ABERDEEN
Cameraman and film-maker
Born: 1901, Glasgow
Died: 1979, Killearn
Around the age of twelve Jay first started showing friends silent films in his father's factory for the price of a bag of sweets. In the late 1920's he shot a number of family films on Kodacolor stock making Where the Bens Stand Sentinel, believed to the first colour film made in Scotland. His hobby became a career when in 1930, on a £500 investment, he established Jay's Film Service offering screenings for schools, churches and societies, advertising itself as a sure means of raising funds 'through cheapness, versatility and a universal appeal.
In addition Jay produced 'industrial propaganda' films, appreciating early on the potential for using film as a means of generating interest. Alongside John Chalmers, Jay pioneered the use of the educational film in schools- installing 16mm equipment at the Gorbals School in Glasgow for the Education Committee. In 1931, with Sunny Days, Jay documented the Education Authority of Glasgow's holiday camps for the city's 'necessitous' children. It was Scotland's first 'talkie'.
Jay joined British Paramount News in 1934 as a newsreel cameraman, covering Scotland and north of England. During the Second World War he served with the Navy as War Correspondent and contributed stories to Warwork News. The studio business was re-established after the war for commercial photography and film production. Jay was cameraman on the only film to be made by Scottish National Film Studios in 1946. He retired in 1967.
Researcher: Janet McBain