Stock Library Can AVUAVVAVW (silent raw footage)

The 1960s film footage is a comprehensive examination of optical phenomena, focusing on the behavior of light through various mediums and experiments. It showcases shafts of light in darkness, light passing through prisms and lenses, demonstrating reflection, refraction, and dispersion to create a spectrum of colors. The footage includes hands placing a rod in water to show light bending, dye dispersing in water, and light rays moving through dyed water to display different optical effects. Various experiments highlight how light behaves through convex and concave lenses, with examples like a pencil in water illustrating refraction, and a small American flag distorted by heat waves to show light’s interaction with thermal gradients.

The film also delves into laser technology, depicting beams of light being focused, reflected, and refracted in scientific setups, including the burning of wood and cutting of metal with a laser. Mirrors are used to reflect and focus light on frosted glass, illustrating principles like the focal point and image projection. Optical equipment is manipulated to demonstrate concepts such as the angle of incidence and reflection, with protractors measuring the precise angles of light beams. The footage also creatively employs objects like a glass rod and a mirror set up on a grid to further explore reflection and refraction, concluding with beams of light reflecting at various angles, symbolizing the era’s fascination with and exploration of the properties of light.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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