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The Alan Frye Collection, no. 22 - Vacation to Jones Beach

Alan Frye

Silent | 1983

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  •  Reflection of cars driving in Austin 
  •  Driving through the streets of Austin 
  •  Cattle herd 
  •  Driving by Lake Travis 
  •  Driving through a neightborhood 
  •  Sign for Jones Beach, New York 
  •  Jones Beach, New York 
  •  Animal herds 
  •  Driving through a city at night 
  •  Emergency vehicle 
  •  View from a train 
  •  White House on TV 
  •  Computing and Interpreting the Cultural Inventory 
  •  Macy's in New York City 
  •  Brooklyn Bridge and boats in harbor 
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This film features fast motion footage of driving through the streets of Austin to Lake Travis and onward to Jones Beach New York State Park, taking place over several seasons. By inter-cutting nature show footage from a television screen, the film compares the instinct of animals to migrate to the habit of people to visit the beach during the summer. There are comical moments where the car seems to drive off the road, giving it a video game racing feel.

Austin filmmaker Alan Frye moved to Austin in the late-1970s. He learned filmmaking techniques, such as animation, at a local film school in Austin.

This collection 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 color and black & white films, which date from the 1940s to 1990s, includes home movies, amateur films, and animation projects.

The majority of home movies feature Alan Frye from his childhood in Dallas into the early childhood of his own children. A few home movies predate the birth of Alan Frye and document the Frye family in Colorado and Arkansas. Other home movies feature events in Austin during the 1980s, such as the State Capitol restoration, various rock concerts, and anti-nuclear movement demonstrations. There is an extensive collection of home movies and amateur films featuring his friends and housemates in Austin in the late-1970s. They lived in a house affectionately called "TV Ranch," where they created films, art, and music.

The collection has a variety of amateur films and animation created by Alan Frye during his film school days in Austin. These films demonstrate several experimental techniques and visual effects. The animation projects provide great examples of pixilation, stop motion, and cutout animation. The animations use a variety of media, such as magazine clippings, construction paper, Scrabble® tiles, chalk drawings, sand, clay and a Lite-Brite.