September 6, 2014 at 8:07AM

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Celluloid

Hi, very novice question but was wondering can you shoot a feature on digital then make celluloid prints via some sort of transfer from nle software etc?
Any clarity is much appreciated!

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Yes. This is called a film-out and it has been done for decades now. It's not cheap though and you can't do it at home unless you grab a film camera and shoot your monitor. But I wouldn't recommend that even though I have heard of one indie production that did that.

September 6, 2014 at 8:18AM

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Mike Tesh
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Thanks man. And do you know if projected, the movie would look the same as if it were shot on celluloid?

Tom Smith

September 6, 2014 at 8:55AM

Hey Tom,

That's what was done on this film: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/holy-grail-digital-shooting-get-film-loo...

Getting a film out is very expensive, and if you were projecting in a theater, it's pretty much got to be digital now as most of them have changed over to digital projectors (though that's obviously not 100% the case).

September 6, 2014 at 9:06AM

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Joe Marine
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Thanks man that is an excellent link. That short film looks so beautiful. I really hope there is a post celluloid revival. Gonna watch the webinar now ;)

Tom Smith

September 6, 2014 at 9:34AM

Yeah, film-outs are great. I say go for it! Get in contact with labs. Maybe find a theatre that will show your print or scan the film-out like they did on Curfew. For a film I'm doing next year I'll be shooting on 16mm, scanning, and I'm going to have a film out made from the scan alongside the dcp because I know of a few theatres that still show film in my area that I want to show it at.

September 16, 2014 at 8:37PM

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Peter Phillips
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