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  1. Really great stuff! What perfect subject matter to shoot! In particular I like the split-screen, multi-image scenes. Not sure why, but I think the film looks great when you present it in that reformatted way.
  2. Hey Dom, Thanks for pointing me back to this old thread - it all comes full circle. Earlier in this thread, October 2018, I was asking about this very gate and indeed it seems like the High Speed gate I got is the expanded (full silent) height but Academy width. Since shooting the test, I believe that it's the adjustable pressure plate (just like you mentioned) that is not applying enough pressure for normal speed filming - or perhaps not evenly distributed pressure. Also, I believe that the gate I got is for a 2C and not a 2B - but it fits! Here's some pictures -
  3. Thanks Dom, Yes this was my first time swapping out the gate in the Arri and I was shocked how it actually "pops" into place like a snap-together model kit. I'm used to the Mitchell and Wall gates, which as you know slide in on a very tight tolerance - there's no question as to the fit. I didn't see any shims in there and I think that the old academy gate is the factory original - have you seen shims used in cameras straight from the factory? I would imagine that adjustments like that would have been made by a camera tech later. Also, do you know what the difference is between the high speed gate and the regular gate? The only major thing seems to be that the aperture is larger (almost full).
  4. Well, I think the pressure plate doesn't quite have as much spring to it as the old Academy pressure plate. I'm going to put the old gate back in until I can get a pro to look at it. The breathing is normal, but the rest of the footage is actually soft so something's not right.
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    Arri gate issues?

    From a recent test of my very old Arri 2B. This is at 2fps, and at the start of each take the image "breaths". I had swapped out the Academy gate with a high speed gate, in order to get closer to a full aperture frame. The Arri has quite a tight curve in the upper loop before the gate, and I think that when that goes thru the gate it still has a bit of the bend in it, hence the breathing? That problem is not unique to my camera, and it was also happening with the old gate. But I think the fact that it goes into focus during the breathing, but settles out-of-focus means that the new gate is not seated properly - probably half the width of the film too far from the back of the lens? Caveats: this was a test with very old, badly stored stock from a friend. And the wide angle attachment seems to be soft in the middle. But the slate at the head of the test was shot with my trusty 35 Schneider, which has always been very sharp.
  6. Simon, the CP-16 movement is the Auricon movement, correct? Actually manufactured by Auricon and I think unchanged throughout its history except for model CM-74 which had Sapphire inserts in the gate?
  7. Fox has put up the first 10 minutes of the film on Facebook for free viewing: https://www.facebook.com/theoldmanandthegun/videos/595555740887525/
  8. 25K is not a huge number to hit if it were a crowdfunded enterprise... Kickstarters that offer an actual product seem to fund very quickly. What worries me is the Product Manager's note that, "the cost per foot would be at least 20% higher than the list price of the closest stocked film". I'm not great with math but here goes... Ektachrome Super 8 is $40 per 50ft. roll = $.80/ft Multiply that by 2 for the double width, add 20% = $1.92 25k divided by $1.92 = 13,020 ft of film. That would give you about 130 spools @ 100ft each, cost per spool would be about $192.!!! Argh
  9. Hi Bernhard, I sent you a personal message - want to hook you up with a friend who has been looking for 320T.
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    Wall 35mm camera

    Sorry Frank, I missed that! I'm curious about the serial numbers though...
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    Wall 35mm camera

    Wow, and the research into who put that camera together is lost? It is quite a feat of engineering and machining. I would hazard to guess that the Mitchell-like movement in the 2709 body was there before the animation motor and Nikon mount were added; that the work to add those was done later. I see that there's a serial number on the movement, it would be interesting to know if there's a matching serial number somewhere on the body or if it's a miss-match. Has it always been on the East Coast or was it shipped out from California?
  12. Doh! I made a mistake posting that... it turns out that I don't have it any more but I couldn't delete my posting for some reason. Sorry!
  13. I have some 16mm tourist footage that was shot in Paris from a similar venue. A bit less production value than that program shows. I have to get it properly scanned, color corrected and retimed - looks like it was shot at 18fps. But here's a 24fps telecine that I had made of it years ago: https://vimeo.com/126567894/eaf06ad07f
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    Wall 35mm camera

    Here's some pictures of the backside of the cameras, opposite the film chamber. The first is heavily modified with an animation motor, the second one has its original (I think) wiring for live action.
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