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Title: FARMING AT UNDER BOLTON AND KIRKLANDS (FARM MECHANISATION IN THE MID 1950's)
Reference number: 4461
Director: filmed by Mr John Steven
Running time: 40.18 mins
Description: The operation of a large East Lothian farm in the 1950's. The high level of mechanisation is detailed throughout the film. The areas of farming featured are :- potatoes ; turnips ; grain; sheep and cattle.
Shotlist: Grain running out of a chute into a large pile. (0.12) Man standing by a chute in the background. Tied sacks are in the foreground. (0.14) Gv's of sheep walking up a field followed by a man and two children. (1.12) Pile of newly dug potatoes in a field. (1.23) Men pitch forking potatoes onto a conveyer belt, where they are carried to the back of the machine to be sorted before bagging. (2.19) Gv of the activity around the machine. baskets are on the ground for the unselected potatoes. A man can be seen replacing an empty basket. The sacks of potatoes are weighed and then tied.(2.52) Tied sacks of potatoes are placed on another conveyer belt to a lorry where the sacks are loaded and driven away from the field. (3.54) Gv's of a red tractor in a field of ploughed earth. C/u to show three men perched on the back of a potato planter. C/u of the how the potatoes are placed by the men into little compartments of a wheel, which plants them in the ploughed earth. (4.39) Gv's of a flock of sheep, a dog, and the farmer dressed in a shirt and tie. (5.22) Gv's of three red Massey Harris combine harvesters reversing out of sheds. (6.11) The combines lined up, and the camera pans across to show that each operator is fine tuning some part of the mechanics of each machine. Gv's of the combines driving along various roads in single file followed by a green lorry. (8.03) Gv's of the combines working in a field side by side. (9.17) Gv's of a thresher in operation. (9.54) Gv's of the combines in operation. C/u of each step of the process, ending with the grain pouring out of a chute onto a lorry. (12.51) Man opening a byre door. (13.19) Man walking from one byre door to another. (13.35) Green lorry driving up to the byre and tipping the its trailer. (14.39) C/u of the grain emptying out of the tailer. (14.52) Green lorry lower the trailer. (15.02) Man switching on a panel of electric mains terminals. (?). (15.17) Man turning a metal rod. (15.30) Pile of grain slowly decreasing in volume as it filters down a chute. (?) (15.32) Camera following the route of the grain is taking inside the various connecting metal and wooden pipes. (16.29) Man checking all of the sacks of grain at the end of the process. (16.58) C/u of the grain passing through various chutes and sections of machinery. (19.20) Man standing at an empty chute, then working with a flat grid section on a large wooden machine. Man examining handfuls of grain as it pours out from the chute. (19.52) Man filling large sacks full of grain, then ties them. (20.50) Man turning off the electric mains terminals. (21.03) Man lighting a fire to power one of the machines. (21.12) Gv's of the pipes and chutes carrying grain. (22.07) Man filling a sack. (22.30) Man testing a small sample of the grain with a special portable machine.(23.34) Gv of the tied sacks of grain. (23.41) Two men opening one sack of grain and taking a sample. (24.16) Men loading the grain sacks onto a lorry. (24.40) Lorry driving away. (24.55) Gv's of a baler operating in a field. (26.32) C/u on men fixing part of the connection between a tractor and a machine to scope up the bales. (26.50) Gv's of tractor driving along as the bales are scooped up for the men to load onto a trailer. (28.30) Tractor and trailer full of bales driving back to the byre. (28.44) Men pitch forking the bales to stack in the byre. (28.58) Gv of the byre stacked full of bales, and the giant hay stacks dotted around the farm. (29.37) Gv of men bent over working in a field. (29.55) Tractor in a field with a machine to unearth potatoes. (30.12) Gv's of the men and women picking the potatoes in the field. (31.02) Potatoes are loaded onto a small trailer. The tractor takes the trailer to another field where the potatoes are piled. (32.08) C/u on potatoes. (32.21) View of trailer as it has finished emptying its load of potatoes. Man shovelling the potatoes into a higher pile. (32.40) Gv of a tractor ploughing a field. (33.41) Tractor and a manure spreader (?). (34.22) Machine is reloaded by various sacks. (35.09) Tractor pulling a machine to rake the earth (?). (35.31) Gv's of some cattle. (36.55) Gv's of sheep in a turnip field. (37.15) Gv of a woman unearthing the turnips, and of the turnips lying in the soil. (37.36) Men picking up the turnips and throwing them into a trailer. (37.55) Gv of the trailer of turnips as it unloads. (38.37) Gv's of a flock of sheep. (40.09) The End. (40.18)
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