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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 85 Collections and/or Records:

Run Dick, run Jane

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5703
Scope and Contents Materials consist of a DVD of "Run Dick, Run Jane", a documentary about the benefits of exercising through running. The documentary was produced by W.O. Whittaker through the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio. Dated 1971.
Dates: date of production not identified

Science Department audio-visual materials, 1981-1995

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 940 Series 3 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Collection of audio materials from the Science and Zoology Departments, Idaho Farm Project, Women in Science II symposia, and DCLASS materials. Dated 1981-1995.
Dates: 1981-1995

The first vision : the visitation of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith / The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents ; a Brigham Young University production ;, 1975-1976

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1976, and was produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It focuses on the experience of Joseph Smith in 1820 that had lead to his vision of God and Jesus Christ. The film was made for the purpose of missionary work and to be used in church visitor centers. The collection contains a DVD copy of the film, one on videocassette, one on a church history compilation VHS entitled "Moments from Church...
Dates: 1975-1976

The long road back / [Brigham Young University] ; [producer, Wetzel O. Whitaker], 1965

 Sub-Series — Reel: 43
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 29
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1965, and was produced by Brigham Young University as a gospel instructional film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The film depicts the long road back from immorality. The collection contains one copy on a film reel.
Dates: 1965

The mailbox / a Brigham Young University production ; producer-director, David K. Jacobs ; screenplay, David K. Jacobs, 1977-1979

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, disk: 11
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1977 by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department, and tells the story of an elderly lady who walks to her mailbox everyday hoping to hear from her family, who all live far away. The collection contains a DVD copy of two copies of the film, one in videocassete form and the other on a film reel. Dated 1977-1979.
Dates: 1977-1979

The mailbox / a Brigham Young University production ; producer-director, David K. Jacobs ; screenplay, David K. Jacobs, 1977-1979

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1977 by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department, and tells the story of an elderly lady who walks to her mailbox everyday hoping to hear from her family, who all live far away. The collection includes two copies of the film, one in videocassete form and the other on a film reel. Dated 1977-1979.
Dates: 1977-1979

The search for truth / a Brigham Young University production ; produced and directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker ; written by Scott Whitaker and Richard Neil Evans, 1961

 Sub-Series — Reel: 26
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 13
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1962, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. It depicts the relationship between science and religion. It focuses on the story of Henry Eyring (father of President Henry B. Eyring) and his role as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as a scientist. The film's purpose was to show the compatibility of religion and science. The collection has one copy on a film reel. Dated 1961.
Dates: 1961

The search for truth / a Brigham Young University production ; produced and directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker ; written by Scott Whitaker and Richard Neil Evans, 1961

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, disk: 26
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 13
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1962, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. It depicts the relationship between science and religion. It focuses on the story of Henry Eyring (father of President Henry B. Eyring) and his role as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as a scientist. The film's purpose was to show the compatibility of religion and science. The collection has a DVD copy of the film reel. Dated 1961.
Dates: 1961

The three witnesses / Brigham Young University presents ; produced and directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker ; written by Carol Lynn Pearson, 1969-1979

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Film presents the story of story of Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and David Whitmer as witnesses of the Book of Mormon, and was released in 1968. It was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Collection has a DVD copy of three copies of the film, all of them on film reels, one from 1969 and the others from 1979.
Dates: 1969-1979

Uncle Ben / Brigham Young University ; producer-director, David K. Jacobs ; screenplay, David K. Jacobs, 1978-1979

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, disk: 12
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 3 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1978 and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. It tells the story of a drunkard who changes his life in order to take care of his neice and nephews after the death of their mother. The collection a DVD copy of two copies of the film, one on videocassete and the other on a film reel. Dated 1978-1979.
Dates: 1978-1979