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Filmo 70 Video on Youtube   Leave a comment

Here is the companion video to go with the Bell and Howell Filmo 70 camera review.

Posted January 18, 2013 by 16mmadventures in Cameras

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A Quick Summary of My Process – Start to Finish   1 comment

Here is a quick and dirty rundown of my process.

Film:  I have used several different kinds of 16mm film but mostly I use a color intermediate film Eastman 7243 that was not intended to be shot in a camera but used to make duplicates of negatives.   This film I rate at asa 12 or asa 6 depending on the situation.  This film allows me to use a relatively open aperture on my camera and shoot in bright sunlight.  It is low contrast and has a very fine grain.  But the real reason I use it … It is really cheap.

Camera:  My current go to a Bolex H16 reflex camera.  It is reliable and easy to use.  The reflex aspect is very nice, I like having my subject in focus.  I also use the Filmo 70a for fun or in situations where I don’t want to risk damaging the Bolex.

Camera Settings:  I almost never use a light meter.  I use the sunny 16 rule and adjust to my situation.  Let see –  it is sunny and the film is 6 Asa and my shutter speed is twice the reciprocal of my frame rate, so 1/48th of a second – hmmm 6 – 12 – 24 – 48 so I should open up 3 or 4 stops from f/16.  It is a lot quicker if I just call it the sunny f/5.6 rule.  Of course if I can’t open up enough I can always slow the frame rate down and get an extra stop or two.  Anyway this works and once you get used to it, it is pretty quick.

Processing:  Again, I am cheap and I like to do stuff myself, so I process everything myself.   I don’t like complicated either so I do a very simple hand processing method using the least equipment and chemicals possible.  I process in a hand made dark tank.  It is a simple affair that is easy and cheap to build.  The film is spooled off the daylight reel in a dark room and bunched up and stuffed into the dark tank.  Then the film gets a quick wash in a warm borax solution for a couple of minutes, then a rinse in water, a 5 minutes develop in dektol, then a rinse, then a 5 minute soak in fixer and then a final rinse.  Let the film hang dry for an hour or two and it’s time for spooling and digitizing.

Digitizing:   I fought with this step for quite a while.   At first I bought an old B&H projector and just projected the reel and shot the result with whatever camera I had laying a round.  But I was unhappy with the results.  You can never get the shutter of the camera and projector to line up and the rate was always off, a bad flicker is the result.   I tried several methods before I settled on my current setup.   I took another old 16mm projector and retrofitted it with a stepper motor drive and a microswitch on shutter.  So I can control move the film slowly and precisely through the projector.  I also changed the light source to a LED bulb with a diffuser.  I use a Canon G5 camera that is aimed back into the lens to individually capture each frame as a high resolution image.   It take a couple of hours for the rig to run through and capture a single 100′ of film but I like the results much better.   Digitizing one 100′ reel leaves me with about 4000 – 1.5mb images that crop down to a 1600×1200 image so I can do a 1080p movie without losing quality.

Editing:   I take the images and drop them into Avidemux for initial processing.  This program allows me to crop, rotate, invert the negative and color correct all in one pass.  The output can be any number of  formats including uncompressed avi’s to highly compress mpeg4’s.   I take these files and load them into Sony Vegas pro for the final editing to a youtube or dvd type output.

Here is a quick example of what the files look like before and after processing.


Zombie Credits   2 comments

So what happens when you are a nut and you want to use 16mm in your next project but everyone else says no.   Well you do it anyway and try to figure out how to shoe horn it into the project without looking too stupid.   At work we were working on a zombie video and I really wanted to use some 16mm.   I finally found the spot, the credit reel.  We shot a quick piece that I just slammed together.  I pieced it together and it was pretty cool, but I wanted more.  I scrapped everything and started again taking a few of the ideas along.  We shot it in during our lunch hour.   With a little more time, I think it could have been better, but with small effort put forth I believe it came out as good as it needed to be.  It was shot with my Bolex H16 reflex on Kodak 7243 hand processed.  I not sure if the  time stamp feature is working on this link, so if you want to go straight to the credits – go to 14:48    Tell me what you think…

Posted December 30, 2012 by 16mmadventures in Examples

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Another Film Test   Leave a comment

This film test was shot with an ancient Filmo 70A that I picked up from ebay.  The camera did not work well and when I opened up the shutter to lubricated it a bit I found a date scratched into the inside of the front plate that dated it to 1924.    The setting is our front yard with my then 5 year old daughter on a trampoline.  Kids can be such great subjects.  This was cut from just one 100′ reel of film with very little editing.    I believe this is the Kodak 7240 film again.

Posted December 24, 2012 by 16mmadventures in Film Test

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