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.
Recently “Ulla T. from Asheville, NC” came to us with a unique story. Her film had been soaked in water during a recent storm and basement flood. Once the weather cleared, Ulla brilliantly responded to this predicament by literally hanging her films out to dry. Normally water-soaked film can be permanently ruined if allowed to dry again in their original containers. However, in this case the film was unspooled and hung up on her clothes line to dry. Once hang-dried, Ulla simply put the bundles of film into plastic storage containers and labeled each film and bin properly.
Several months later Ulla found us through a web search for “Wetgate Telecine”. She loaded the bins into her car and drove them 4 hours to our facility in Marietta, Ga. The films were in surprisingly good condition. We prepped the film onto 1200ft reels for telecine transfer and crossed our fingers. The resulting footage showed minimal damage from the water. In the many years CinePost has been in business we’ve never come across someone who salvaged their film in this manner.
Before Xbox, before PacMan, before the Ipad, there was Johnny Astro!!! Kids actually had fun in those days with cool toys like this. This is unbelievable high quality film of the original “Johnny Astro” commercial. And yes, it was Super8 Sound film stock. It was a little faded, but our newish DUI DaVinci grabbed a hold of what color was left and allowed us to render this spot for the world to see. Almost as good as some of the 16mm films we transfer.
Stunning Home Movies. Cheryl Stewart (yellow dress) attended Kindergarten during 1963 in Saigon. Her family was stationed there along with several hundred other families. Her older sister was Debbie Stewart. This is a film of everyday scenes around Saigon one weekend that year. Filmed by Colonel Charles Allen Stewart of San Antonio Texas.