The Alan Frye Collection

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.
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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. 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. 7 - "Radiation"
Short film that uses rotating items, concentric circles and radial lines to visually represent radiation.
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. 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. 25 - Swimming Hole Near Uvalde
Home movie footage of Frye Family Christmases, kids swimming, and a birthday party.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 26 - Football, Family, and Derailed Train
Home movie footage of a football game, family time, and a derailed train
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. 21 - In the Backyard
Home movie scenes of the family and pets in the backyard.
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. 20 - Time Will Tell
Film that captures an anti-nuclear protest march in New York City on June 6, 1982.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 23 - Goddess of Liberty Returns
Home movie footage of the new Goddess of Liberty statue being placed on the State Capitol dome with an ae...
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. 19 - The House
Film showing the details and multiple angles of a house dubbed TV Ranch, which appears throughout films i...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 16 - "Zapped" (Frank Zappa in Concert)
Home movie footage of musician Frank Zappa performing a concert at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Au...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 15 - DEVO at the Armadillo World Headquarters
Home movie footage of the band DEVO performing at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 14 - David Bowie on Stage (1978)
Home movie footage of David Bowie performing a concert on his Heroes tour in Dallas, TX.
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. 1 - Birdwatching, a film by Clare Bresnan
Narrative film that follows a large bird as it observes the activities within a house.
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. 09 - Showcase of Animation Techniques
Film comprised of multiple animation projects using various techniques and media, such as cutout animatio...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 13 - Anti-nuclear Protest at the Texas Capitol, Part 2
Film that captures an anti-nuclear movement demonstration at the Texas State Capitol.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 12 - Anti-nuclear Protest at the Texas Capitol, Part 1
Film that captures an anti-nuclear movement demonstration at the Texas State Capitol.
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 11 - TV Ranch Gardener
A visit to the T.V. Ranch garden includes an encounter with Buzz the cat and a gardener hard at work plan...
The Alan Frye Collection, no. 10 - Gators Norvells Evolutionary History of French, Sally, Chris...
Bands performing in a house are captured in fast motion as well as normal speed.
Light and Color Experiments
Short experimental footage of color and light distortion from amateur filmmaker Alan Frye