Amateur Films

These films were created by people who are not full-time professional filmmakers. While often intended for a wider audience than home movies that document regular family events, the form and content of these films varies widely and may include student or experimental work.

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Women In Agriculture (1976)
Amateur documentary focusing on women in agriculture
Too Frightening (Part II)
Amateur film made by a young Robert Frye, titled “Too Frightening”
Too Frightening (Part I)
Amateur film made by a young Robert Frye, titled “Too Frightening”
The World Through a View Finder, Part II
Amateur film capturing Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure, with stops in Thailand, India, Egypt...
The World Through a View Finder, Part I
Amateur film capturing Edwin and Minnie Mayer’s worldwide adventure, with stops in Australia, Japan, Hong...
The Texas Surf Museum Collection - The Escape (1977)
Amateur film depicting a prisoner’s escape from his lock down and guard
The Texas Surf Museum Collection - Contrasts
Amateur film shot in Port Aransas that makes contrasts, as the title suggests, between objects and animals
The Steve Gomez Collection, no. 6 - Music Video Raw Footage, Part III
Amateur film for a music video filmed in Austin
The Steve Gomez Collection, no. 5 - Music Video Raw Footage, Part II
Amateur film for a music video filmed in Austin
The Steve Gomez Collection, no. 4 - Music Video Raw Footage, Part I
Amateur film for a music video filmed in Austin
The Stanley Collection - Narrative Shorts
Trio of short films produced by O’Brien Stanley, including one about a werewolf and another about an alie...
Category - The Robert H. Frye Collection
The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 17 - Tailoring, The First Trade in the World
Film clip giving technical instructions for coat alterations, minor and major
The Ramon Galindo Collection - The Drunk Act
This amateur film produced by Ramon and Pauline Galindo features Ramon performing illusions with alcohol
The Ramon Galindo Collection - A Bird in Hand
This film captures Ramon Galindo, longtime Austin resident, performing a magic routine
The Peter Pauls Stewart Collection - 141 Ranch (1958)
Short amateur film about the day-to-day activities of Texas ranch hands
Category - The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection
The Mike Vance Collection, no. 3 - Only Human
Short film composed of clips from a sci-fi production that includes elaborate sets, costumes, and models
The Kenneth L. Anthony Experimental Films - The Parody of Dorian Gray
An experimental film by Kenneth Anthony that parodies story of Dorian Gray
The Kenneth L. Anthony Experimental Films - Adam and Eve Light Show
Experimental film of the Adam and Eve Light Show
The Jenkins Family Films - Tiny Dancer by Curtis Jenkins
Amateur film “Tiny Dancer” by Curtis Jenkins
The Great Bank Heist
Short movie that uses footage from the University of Houston’s 1953 Frontier Fiesta to emulate a silent-e...
The Flourishing Family
Stop-motion cartoon following three generations of a family through quick glimpses of the stages of their...
The Edwin S. Mayer Collection - Building the Sante Fe Extension
Amateur film documenting the construction of the Santa Fe Railway extension connecting San Angelo and Sonora
The Cummings Collection, no. 9 - Snow Skiing and Fun in the Ski Shop (1968)
Home movie of the Cummings family skiing, touring a ski shop, experimenting with film techniques
The Cummings Collection, no. 2 - Experimental El Paso (c. 1968)
Scenes of men in El Paso posing for the filmmaker as he uses various film effects
The Coltman Collection, no. 19 - The Lonely Beach Ball, Ostrich Farm
Amateur film, “The Lonely Beach Ball,” and a family trip to an ostrich farm
The Christian Sportsman
A parody of The American Sportsman, “The Christian Sportsman” was shot in the mid 1970s for community-ac...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 5 - Circle Montage and Un-Eating an Apple
Short film featuring a montage of circular objects and showcasing Alan Frye "un-eating" an apple, using ...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 7 - "Radiation"
Short film that uses rotating items, concentric circles and radial lines to visually represent radiation.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 4 - Alan's Birdhead Super 8 Test
Film containing a series of test shots on Super 8 film featuring the Papier-mâchée birdhead and fight sce...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 6 - Stop Motion Animations
Film comprised of multiple stop motion (frame by frame) animations by various TV Ranch artists. Titles in...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 8 - "BeBop Ballet" and "Keep Moving"
Two short films, the first, “BeBop Ballet,” features cutout animation, and the second, “Keep Moving,” fol...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 3 - How to Make a Helix Pteron
This short film provides viewers with step-by-step instructions for creating a helix pteron.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 24 - Frye Family Movies
Home movie footage of several events, including a trip to the beach, a roof top gather, and a stroll in t...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 2 - Machination
Short film that follows a mad scientist as he manipulates his laboratory, eventually destroying it.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 22 - Vacation to Jones Beach
Film featuring fast motion footage of driving through the streets of Austin to Lake Travis and onward to ...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 17 - Experimental Film Techniques and Concert Footage Featuring T...
Film featuring fast motion and pixilation animation, followed by concert footage of the Talking Heads at ...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 18 - The Educational TV Ranch
Experimental amateur film using several visual effects, such as fast motion, stop motion, and pixilation ...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 1 - Birdwatching, a film by Clare Bresnan
Narrative film that follows a large bird as it observes the activities within a house.