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Brigham Young University. Motion Picture Studio

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1953-1990

Administrative History

The Motion Picture Studio (1953-1990) was a support unit at Brigham Young University. It produced documentary, historical, and training films for use of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in schools.

Within the Motion Picture Production was the Film Development Advisory Committee. That committee's functions were to review and select subjects for motion pictures, to review motion picture proposals to consider whether they should be approved for production, to review motion picture scripts and make recommendations for changes if necessary, to review marketing studies made on proposed motion pictures, to review budgets for proposed motion pictures, and to evaluate the overall marketing and advertising programs for educational motion pictures.

Originally the Motion Picture Studio reported directly to the president of the university. In 1959, the director of the Motion Picture Studio began reporting to the director of Auxiliary Services. In 1960, Auxiliary Services became the Vice-President of Auxiliary Services. The director of the Motion Picture Studio reported to this Vice-President until 1965 when the Division of Communications was created. Thereafter the director reported to the director of Communication Services, the Instructional Services Division, and the Division of Instructional Production Services.

In 1991 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints moved the studio from Brigham Young University supervision to the Church. Directors of the Motion Picture Studio included Wetzel O. Whitaker (1953-1974), Jesse E. Stay (1974-1983), and Peter N. Johnson (1983-1990).

Citation

The Miracle of birth [VR] c1987: credit frame (Brigham Young University, Motion Picture Studio)

Phone call to the Studio, 5/7/97 (management of the Studio transferred to the LDS Church in 1990; official name changed to LDS Motion Picture Studio)

Ensign, Nov. 1987: p. 101 (BYU Motion Picture Studio)

BYU Organizational History Project, via WWW, Apr. 15, 2013 (BYU Motion Picture Production; BYU Motion Picture Studio; est. 1953; produced documentary, historical and training films for the LDS church and schools; included a Film Development Advisory committee, responsible for review and selection of subjects for films, approved productions, reviewed scripts and made recommendations for changes, reviewed marketing studies and budgets and evaluated marketing and advertising; studio originally reported to the university president; 1959, reported to the Auxiliary Services; reported to vice president until 1965 when the Division of Communications was created; then reported to director of Communication Services/Instructional Services Division/Division of Instructional Production Services; in 1991 the LDS church took over the studio; directors of the studio included Wetzel O. Whitaker (1953-1974), Jesse E. Stay (1974-1983), and Peter N. Johnson (1983-1991))

Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:

25th anniversary film / [Brigham Young University], 1978

 Sub-Series — Reel: 42
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 28
Scope and Contents Film is dated 1978, and was produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio. One film reel is included in the collection.
Dates: 1978

A teacher is born / [Brigham Young University] ; [director, Wetzel O. Whitaker], 1955

 Sub-Series — Reel: 35
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 22
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1955, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for the Sunday School board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was designed as a training video for Sunday School teachers by showing the training needed to teach well.The collection has one copy on a film reel.
Dates: 1955

And should we die / a Brigham Young University production ; produced and directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker ; screenplay by Scott Whitaker, 1966

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, disk: 28
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 15
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1966, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The film depicts the persecution of Latter-day Saints in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution and the death of two Church members for not denying their faith. The collection has a DVD copy of the film reel. Dated 1966.
Dates: 1966

Church in action / [Brigham Young University] ; [director, David Kent Jacobs], 1971-1978

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains DVD copies of film reels for the Church in Action series for the years 1971, 1974-1975, and 1978. The series was created for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. Started in 1970, the series covered events around the world, such as temple dedications, new countries opened, and general announcements of Church membership growth and development.
Dates: 1971-1978

David Kent Jacobs collection of films, 1955-1988

 Series
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to motion picture films and projects created by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The materials include film reels, many of which are original cuts of films such as "The First Vision," "Uncle Ben," and "Curtain Time, U.S.A." The films typically have Mormon themes, dealing with Church history or providing religious instruction. The film reels are in 16 mm prints. Dated 1961 to 1983.
Dates: 1955-1988

David Kent Jacobs DVD copies of collection of films, 1960-1982

 Series
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to motion picture films and projects created by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The materials include film reels, many of which are original cuts of films such as "The First Vision," "Uncle Ben," and "Curtain Time, U.S.A." The films typically have Mormon themes, dealing with Church history or providing religious instruction. The materials are DVD copies of the film reels that are in 16 mm prints. Dated 1960 to 1982.
Dates: 1960-1982

David Kent Jacobs film collection reference materials, 1964-1983

 Series
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the production, shooting, editing, and release of motion pictures produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department and had the involvement of Jacobs. Materials include scripts, storyboards, shooting schedules, and crew lists. Financial records for some films are also included, detailing pay for actors, sets, costumes, and equipment. For several of the films programs and audience reaction and comments at the premiere of the film are included. Dated...
Dates: 1964-1983

David Kent Jacobs materials on Ministering through Home Teaching, 1983

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains the script, as well as a pamphlet designed by Church officials that highlights principles from the video that could be discussed in church meetings. Also includes a videocassette entitled Home Teaching Segments. Film was released in 1988, and was produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dated 1983.
Dates: 1983

David Kent Jacobs materials on publications, 1965-1983

 Sub-Series — Carton: 61
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains printed publications concerning projects that Jacobs was involved with or featured in. Included is Jacobs' master's thesis, The History of Motion Pictures produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was written in 1967 in completion of his Master of Arts degree at Brigham Young University. Curtain Time, U.S.A.: Master of Inspiration was a book published in 1965 about the Curtain Time, U.S.A. tour that occured the same year. The book highlights the tour and...
Dates: 1965-1983

David Kent Jacobs materials on The First Vision, 1976-1977

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains scripts, cast sheets, premiere programs, financial records, and shooting plans. Press clippings, magazine articles, and reviews of the movie by viewers at Brigham Young University and by Church officials cover the reception of the film. Film was produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dated 1976-1977.
Dates: 1976-1977