Post by Maggie Ambrose
I'm looking for a VAX 11-780 (either functional or non-functional) to film with this summer for a documentary project. Any leads at all would be helpful. I'm based in New York, but willing to travel.
I would be very cautious allowing anyone to film with or dress sets with
historical systems from one's collection. I've heard horror stories of
*irreplaceable* hardware being loaned for use in productions getting
absolutely trashed, repainted to fit a "look" without regard to
historicity or future operability, etc. -- essentially treated like "old
junk" rather than a true museum piece.
I'm sure the OP *doesn't* intend to do any of that, but I'd say better
safe than sorry, and intent doesn't matter so much as outcome. If I ever
provide something from my collection for use in a production, I expect
to, at minimum, (1) babysit it while it's on the lot and on set, and (2)
have full control and veto power over its treatment, including being
able to tell the director of the production "no" when it comes to
anything regarding my hardware. My hope is that it would just be a waste
of my time, but my fear is that it would be very necessary.