July 23, 2015 at 9:49AM

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16mm short film

Hi, here's the trailer for a short film I just made shot on 16mm. I home processed it and built a makeshift telecine to scan it. Any other 16mm DIY people out there with similar experiences and processes to share?

http://cargocollective.com/pauldesilva/Pas-de-Deux

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That was awesome! I have wanted to process my own film, but haven't found a good method of transferring my film to digital that was cost effective.

July 24, 2015 at 10:08AM

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Matt Clark
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Thanks. This method is cost effective, but it sure ain't time effective.

July 24, 2015 at 11:21AM

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Paul DeSilva
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Looks fantastic! I'm bringing my K3 to Japan later this year to shoot an accompany piece to my (digital) feature debut. I love, love, love grain. My grandparents spare fridge is full of old rolls of film of mine. I haven't mustered up the courage to DIY process still film yet, but that would be a first step for me.

Frame Discreet offer brilliant services for scanning, up to 5k 8mm/16, you'd be surprised what you can pull from such a small piece of film.

July 25, 2015 at 12:10AM, Edited July 25, 12:10AM

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Zachariel Shanahan
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Cool! Great work. I love the gritty aesthetic! I've only had the joy of shooting on 16 mm once, and it is beautiful. I shoot on the BMPCC now, and I love its emulation, but it still just can't quite emulate good ole fashioned film stock.

July 25, 2015 at 11:05AM

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With the latitude of digital starting to exceed that of film, I have no doubt that you can make a LUT to perfectly match your favourite stock, yet there is something within the process of working with film that is irreproducible. The care you take with loading the film, sealing light leaks, handling it for processing, etc. all impact your emotional relationship to the piece of art you are creating. The film vs. digital debate tends to end at the pixels without taking the sum of the experiences of working with either medium into account.

July 25, 2015 at 3:28PM

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Paul DeSilva
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