Monday, January 1, 2018

Snow White Sabbatical

Image copyright Disney's Official Snow White Facebook page, February 2016.

After eight intense years of sitting in front of this computer, researching and archiving, I have decided to take an extended "sabbatical" from the Filmic Light. It has been an immense amount of work, yet a real pleasure too. What a remarkable opportunity this endeavor has afforded me, to connect with so many interesting and wonderful people from all over the world.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those generous individuals who contributed to this Snow White project. Without you, there would be no archive. Thank you also to everyone who followed the posts and shared their support and encouragement. You truly kept me going. If the opportunity should arise, I will return at some point to continue the documentation.

Until then, there will always be a place in my heart for Snow White. This character that Walt Disney brought to the big screen is the perfect embodiment of truth, beauty, kindness, and above all, innocence. Today, she is every bit the universal beacon of light--the filmic light--that she was back in 1938 when the world was on the brink of global hostilities.

The story is universal. The Prince and the Princess. The masculine and feminine. These two opposites reside in each of us. When in harmony, they operate together as a whole. What could be more powerful than to take action out in the world and all the while see it through the purity of childlike innocence?

If I've learned anything from doing this work, it's that the kindness found within in the Snow White spirit is still very much alive and well in the people of the world today--despite what we might hear to the contrary.

Be resilient...and remember to keep a yodel in your heart.


Why I like Snow White
Total number of Archive entries to date: 3032

Sunday, December 31, 2017

About "Benjamin's Ride" Snow White Documentary

One of the projects we'll be working on over the next year is a fan-based documentary entitled, Benjamin's Ride. Ben is an autistic boy who fell in love with Snow White's Scary Adventures at Walt Disney World. He was the last person to ever ride the attraction before it was permanently closed in 2012. His story is told through interviews with his parents and others. This project has been a labor of love for us ever since it was started back in 2011. And now we are looking for your assistance.

Send us videos of yourself:
1. Ride Appreciation - If you are a fan of Snow White's Scary Adventures (at any of the four theme parks), tell us about it on video. Let us know what you like about the ride and why? Is there some history you can share about the attraction. Any little known anecdotes? Have a favorite memory? Do you miss the WDW version now that it's gone? Give us as much detail as you want.

2. Movie Appreciation - If you are a fan of the motion picture, tell us why. Again, share as much detail as you'd like. Is it your favorite Disney film? Are you moved by the story? Do the characters resonate with you? Are you taken with the animation, the singing, the voice acting? Are you an admirer of the international versions? Tell us about Snow White in your country. Share anything you want about why you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

3. Snow White Collections - Both licensed and unlicensed Snow White memorabilia has been produced in large quantities since 1937. Are you a collector? Why? Tell us. Show us. Take your camera into your storage and open up your boxes. Share your treasures with us and tell us why they have meaning for you.

This project is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. There has been no outside sources of funding, only our own out-of-pocket. As such, there is no financial remuneration for any video you may provide. We also cannot guarantee that your footage will make it into the film. It simply depends on how the story comes together and what will be needed. If your footage is used, you will receive a credit at the end of the movie.

If you do send us video of yourself, please do not repost this same footage online. We'd like the content to be fresh and original for the film. The exception to this is any archival footage you may have of the ride or other Snow White subject matter.


So if you are interested in participating, we want to see your footage. Here's a few tips...

Video Specs:
  • We are looking for footage in HD resolution, 1920 x 1080 or larger (2K, 4K).
  • If you have standard definition archival footage of old rides, etc., we'd certainly accept it.
  • Set your frame rate to 30 fps. This is the NTSC format. (60 fps is fine too.)
  • The latest cell phone cameras or handheld camcorders should work fine.

Shooting Tips:
  • Light your space. Avoid overly dark shots. Nice even lighting is best.
  • Use a tripod or bookshelf to stabilize your camera if needed.

  • Recording good sound is critical. If we can't hear what you're saying, we can't use your video.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet space, away from traffic noise, wind noise, other people's conversations. 
  • Turn off televisions, radios, air conditioners, refrigerators and anything else running in the background.
  • If you own an external microphone such as a lavaliere mic, use it.

  • We need uncompressed video. If you have cloud space available, upload your raw files, send us a link, and we will download. Otherwise, we can communicate to work out a way for you to send your footage.
  • You will need to sign a release form giving us permission to use your footage in the documentary.

If Snow White has in some way had an influence on your life, we'd love to hear about it. We welcome your video stories. You can reach us by email at:

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Adriana Caselotti's Snow White Dress

Adriana Caselotti was no stranger to the Snow White dress. She wore it on countless occasions, usually out on public appearance tours to publicize the latest Disney re-release of film. She also posed for numerous in-studio photo sessions.

Chicago Herald-Examiner, April 22, 1938.

Clipping from Adriana Caselotti estate via Heritage Auctions.

Adriana in her 1958 dress promoting the re-release of the movie that year.

B&W image copyright Disney.

Additional public engagements included fan conventions, school groups, and other affairs. This pink and yellow version--Adriana's last--belonged to her. She greets a group of school children in 1988 at her southern California home.

She was pictured wearing it for a write-up in the September 21, 1993 edition of the supermarket tabloid, Globe.

Pink dress images via Heritage Auctions.

Though the dress design had changed through the years, Adriana's joyful personality did not. When she wore it, she truly did so with a smile and a song. See a few more examples of Adriana with a Snow White dress in a recent Archive entry.

Walt Disney & Shirley Temple Oscars Photo

In December 2016, Heritage Auctions listed this well-known b&w photograph from the 1939 Academy Awards. It features Shirley Temple presenting Walt Disney with the honorary Oscar for Snow White. The special award consisted of one full size statue and seven miniatures. (Learn more in an earlier post.)

The photograph belonged to the personal collection of Shirley Temple Black. Mounted to construction paper. Measures 11" x 14" (image area 8" x 9.5"). It is inscribed in black fountain pen ink by Walt Disney..."To Shirley Temple from Snow White, Dopey, and all the gang and me too - Walt Disney".

Also signed in pencil by the photographer, Hyman Fink.

Images via Heritage Auctions.