Tamara (Tammy) Burnstock at the IAO

Tammy Burnstock (AU) is a writer, director, immersive event producer and scented storyteller. Experience in the screen-based industry includes 12 years in the Children’s department of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where Tammy originated and executive produced the award-winning online gateway The Playground. Since completing film school thesis: Attempts to Record Smell for the Cinema (1986), Tammy’s twin fascination with scent and cinema continues. Recently she initiated the ground-breaking olfactory restorations of the first (and last) Smell-O-Vision! films Scent of Mystery and A Tale of Old Whiff. Scent of Mystery (1960) was presented in participatory ‘Smell-O-Vision!’ for the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, UK, for the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, and for the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Most recently, she co-directed and produced In-Glorious Smell-O-Vision!, a scented documentary film that sheds light on the technology’s history and its inventor Hans Laube. Tammy co-curates a virtual Scent in Cinema series, works as a scentographer, designing and producing scent tracks for films, and consults internationally on immersive experiences. She is currently working on restoration and participatory events involving the original ‘Smell Brain’ circa 1959!

Scented Cinema

Dave Strohmaier, Mr Cinerama

Historical documentaries, especially those on motion picture history have long been a fascination for David. In the late 1997 he embarked on an extensive search for the legendary Cinerama movie process and the lost films that thrilled millions around the globe in the 1950s. David is working in cooperation with Pacific Theatres (owners of Cinerama Inc. and its assets) in efforts to preserve and promote the Cinerama legacy.

Randy Gitsch, producer

Randy  is a film archivist, and film restoration producer. After working with David Strohmaier to produce CINERAMA ADVENTURE, he finds himself fortunate to have remained deeply involved with Strohmaier to digitally re-master and recombine the entire Cinerama library of 3-panel and 70mm films, insuring their existence and relevance for a new generation of film lovers. His least favorite smell is that of “vinegar syndrome”, the tell-tale sign of acetate film deterioration.

Smelly Team

Jas Brooks (they/them) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago’s Human-Computer Integration Lab. Their research investigates how chemical interfaces can intervene in the rich interactions of everyday life, such as smelling and eating. Jas sees these interfaces as uniquely situated for new stimulation methods and contributing to the arts. Jas’s historical research focuses on scent technologies from the mid 20th century to the turn of the 21st century. Their artwork manifests as hardware, interactive installations, and food- or smell-based performances. Alongside Tammy Burnstock, they co-curate a virtual scented film series (Scent in Cinema) and, with Ashlyn Sparrow, a virtual aromatic game series (Twitch and Sniff Along).

Saskia Wilson-Brown, scent producer

Saskia , Founder of The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO): a non-profit organization devoted to access, education and experimentation with scent.

Neal Harris, atmospheric scent consultant

The founder of ScentEvents, Neal has spent over 30 years in the business and fragrance world assembling and managing winning teams for local, regional, national and international fragrance operations.

Antonio Gardoni, perfumier

Antonio is an Italian architect who discovered how to share his passion for nature and odours, creating an extremely small production of handmade perfumes. His company bogue–profumo is the result of an ongoing experimentation process aiming to create contemporary fragrances with ancient techniques and modern intuitions.

John Foley, costumer

John trained as a costume designer at The Players Theatre in the 80s and went on to work for The English National Opera and the Royal College of Music. Followed by a freelance career designing costumes for theatre, musical theatre film and TV including productions for Holland Park Opera, National Youth Opera, Sadler’s Wells and the West End.

Scented Puppet Team

Emma de Vries, puppeteer

Emma is a professional puppeteer, known for her work on The Ferals, Bananas in Pyjamas, Mixy, The Upside Down Show and Jay’s Jungle along with live work for young audiences. Emma is also a nurse and a massage therapist.

Judith Keyser, early childhood advisor

Judith  is a trained early childhood professional with teaching experience and extensive involvement in ABC Play School as script writer and Early Childhood advisor for 30 years!

Jaslyn Hall, consultant

Jaslyn Hall is a former ABC Radio producer and Presenter, Music Producer at Sydney Opera House, and Festival Manager. JHWORLDWIDE supports Individuals and organisations to plan and co-ordinate all elements of their project or event. The company provides strategic operational planning services including budgeting, contracts, programming, stakeholder communication, performer liaison and technical production.

Bel, John, Tammy and Olivier, Hollywood

Site Credits:

Photographs by Art Shay, Mike Cahill, Tom March, Thomas Hauerslev, Saskia Wilson-Brown, Linda Carfagno, Tammy Burnstock and Unknown.

In Glorious Smell-O-Vision! trailer was edited and co-directed (with Tammy Burnstock) by Lile Judikis. Location direction by Varcha Sidwell, shot by Robert Garren, Mike Cahill, Harrison Engle and Armin Balg. Still photography by Art Shay and graphics by Michele French.

Website by Tammy Burnstock with help from Kelly Robinson.