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Cleaning up moldy film

CinePost recently had a client with some film that suffered from mold/fungus. It shows up as spidery snowflakes/spots and is very distracting. The results are never guaranteed, but we’ve developed a method of soaking the film in a cleaning agent for several days, and then hand cleaning after to remove the mold/fungus. In this case we were able to remove the mold almost entirely! The untreated film is on the left with the cleaned up film on the right.

 

Mold on Super 8mm Film shown Side by Side: Removed on Right by CinePost from CinePost on Vimeo.

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Dizzy Daniels – The Four-Eyed Bandit: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE!!

Outtakes taken from the first version of A SELF-MADE FAILURE shot on Super 8, starring “Dizzy” Daniels. After shooting 80 minutes of footage everything was scraped, and re-shot in 16MM (like CLERKS and EL MARIACHI), with all new actors. Some of these scenes were never re-shot for the feature length version of the film. The transfer from film to HD was done by CinePost.

 

The Four-Eyed Bandit: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE!! from Alien_PROdukt on Vimeo.

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Steve Holzer’s ‘Machine Deva’

Steve Holzer’s ‘Machine Deva’ is an experimental art film created using multiple unique methods of interacting with film. “Created directly on 16mm film, by intervening on found footage, with hand coloring, scratching, and transfer of printed images. An abstract sequence of imagery and sound suggests a story of opposites, love, probability and mysterious forces.”

The project was funded through Kickstarter, the online funding platform. Steve reached out to the community and people pledged at varying levels to cover the cost of film transfer, musicians, sound mastering, DVD duplication and publishing.

Steve travelled to Marietta from Texas to participate in the process of digitizing the film. We experimented during telecine and wound up with some unexpected results. The footage was then edited and put together with music and screened at the 2012 CineMarfa Film Festival – attendees were blown away. The DVD should be available shortly.

Check out Steve’s website & Kickstarter page for more information:

http://steveholzer.com/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1886603128/machine-deva-an-experimental-art-film

 

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Incredible before & after

Sometimes you just have to see the difference to believe it. Robert E. from Texas sent his family film to us recently. With many film transfers we’re seeing the first digital version of the material ever, but every once in a while we get an older transfer to compare the results with.  As you can see below the image goes from being incredibly dark and lacking detail to looking crisp and colorful with all the original detail showing. All of us at CinePost get a great deal of satisfaction when we’re able to make our clients happy.

  

 

 

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1956 Jawa CZ International Motorcycle Race

CZ Jawa 31st International Six Day Trial at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany

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Cintel Demo

A quick look a the CinePost Rank Cintel Telecine Suite.

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Regular 16mm to HD “Regrets of War”

Arri SR1 regular 16mm negative Vision 200t, transferred to ProRes HD files via a Cintel Turbo telecine at CinePost in Marietta, GA

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Heather and Brandon’s Backyard!

Some 8mm footage we found recently with some music for fun.

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Mississippi Home ’60s

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Regular 16mm to HD Scenes

The Camera was an unmodified Arri SR1. The Telecine employed was a Cintel Turbo3 with a Teranex. We adjusted the scanner framing to crop a little of the image from the top and bottom of the 16mm frame in order to fill a 16:9 aspect ration. Cinematography was framed in anticipation of this cropping. The footage was captured directly into Final Cut via a Kona3 card.