Roger - having had the immense good fortune to see mteal's fascinating work-in-progress some months ago (from which he has probably advanced yet again) - coupled with the miserable experience of sitting through that A&E travesty (at what point, exactly, could they have not known they had signed on the wrong director?), I am among those that would dearly love to see any credible restoration attempt.
Therefore, put me down as one party who is definitely interested in viewing - on an expenses-paid basis - what you've put together.
I am also attempting to advance the idea of a Wellesnet member peer-to-peer materials lending library, a concept that Jeff W has mentioned could take the form of a member-updated lending list. With Paypal available to so many here, there's an easy payment mechanism to cover off any reproduction (where permissible) and shipping costs.
And that's even before I get into the idea of online peer-to-peer file-sharing technology as an extremely low cost and on-demand digital alternative. When associated with the collectively and blatantly academic focus of this little community, the use of such technology, to my way of thinking, could hardly be more justified! Even access to services/hardware that could bring much of what is not now digital in line with today's worldwide technology, thus granting it a more assured future shelf-life, would be a marvellous bonus.
Hey - if WE, given a halfways decent chance, don't do something to help make Welles's hard-fought, one-of-a-kind works more accessible and more timelessly available, then who will and what, exactly, are we doing here?
Welles had very little time for academic discourse purely for its own sake; what impressed him most were the actions behind the words. Were he around today, what do we think OW would be hoping to see from our merry little band, if not such action as lies within our grasp to take? From what I have seen so far, there are a lot of people here willing in their own ways to take action, from the modest to (as in Rick Schmidlin's, Jeff's, Roger's and mteal's cases - plus yourself, Roger) the utmost. Let's unite those energies, tap into that vast collective storehouse of knowledge, network our ingenuity and turn these shared strengths into something that would make our man truly proud. Who knows? There might come a point on another plane where we'll each have to face him. At such a time I would far rather be embraced than be dressed down, justifiably, for letting perfectly good opportunities like this one go to waste.
So, Roger, please do consider my invitation seriously. I am, indeed, game.
And to all other Wellesnetters, let's give these resource-sharing ideas some serious thought and feedback. As a group. we're sitting on an awful lot of excellent stuff. Let's really see how far we can take it. Welles fought so hard for production and distribution funds to have his art widely enjoyed. We, for next to no money, might just be in a position to help make that dream come true. As his supporters, scholars, devotees, and fans, what better enterprise could we possibly imagine?