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Fabrice Ducouret

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About Fabrice Ducouret

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  • Birthday 03/15/1981

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    Paris, France
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    I own over 50 cameras (Super-8, 16mm, 35mm, Video, digital...)
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    I am a filmmaker and director of photography who also takes pictures and draws. I have directed over 160 short films since my youngest age in the 1980s, until now, in various genres and formats.
    I also build or tweak lenses to obtain surreal or ethereal effects. Some of my photographic inventions are listed on my website, contact me for ideas and any kind of project.

    My showreel (feedback is always appreciated!): https://vimeo.com/110965369

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  1. I recently got a Double-8 (not Super-8) Bolex C8 camera in near mint condition. I mostly shoot Super-8 as far as small film gauge goes, but given the condition of the camera and how fun it looks to use, and also that I’ve never used this format, I thought I’d give it a go and get film and a good lens for it. I got a really nice D-mount 1.4 Yashica lens for it, but now I’m wondering how to expose film properly, since the camera has no electronics or auto settings. For still photography, I use iPhone lightmeters like Lux, and get really good results, but are there user-friendly wa
  2. Thank you guys. Are there good and bad ones? Large and small ones? What model do you guys have?
  3. Hello, I am looking for camera loading services in the city of Los Angeles. Drop off camera and film, pick up the next day with the camera loaded. The camera is a kind of ancient, 35mm camera which takes 25 meters of film. I have the camera, I have the film. I'm just really afraid to mess it up and expose the film to light while doing it because I don't have a darkroom.
  4. Dang, sounds like a challenge! At the same time... challenges can be good... and exciting 🙂
  5. Just found this post - very interesting but it seems like the OP's website is dead now. Were there commercially sold "reloadable" Super-8mm cartridges? I would very much like to find a way to double-expose Super-8mm film and maybe transferring film into a cartridge that is easy to open and close might help... If anyone has a link, I'd appreciate - thanks!
  6. This is a great discussion and I am also interested in rewinding Super-8mm film. There has got to be a way - like, a cartridge that can be opened and closed easily (like the reloadable film cartridges) and the user would be able to open, rewind, reload. But what no one answered yet is why it wouldn't be possible to just rewind by cranking the cartridge's spool in the other direction, before reaching the end of the film? So you'd lose maybe half a foot of film to make sure it's still spooled on one end and then just "rewind" it? Any modern screwdriver with a large flat screwhead would do t
  7. Why did you say "it was hell"? Can you share the experience?
  8. This is great, Pavan - care to share some pics of the repair process as well? (if you have) - thanks!
  9. Congrats on fixing the Webo! I think you should offer servicing for the cameras you know how to fix - when I rounded up Hollywood camera repair shops, no one knew what the Webo was or how to fix it (thankfully it wasn't broken...). You might be able to make some money repairing people's 16mm cameras. One thing that might hinder people's google searches when looking for you is that the title of your webpage for the Webo is "Canon 814/1014/1218 repair" (also here). Congrats for your efforts in fixing the camera. Are you planning on using it? Feel free to share some footage if you do!
  10. Webster, Thanks so much for following this discussion and adding your contribution. Your rig is super - congratulations! But double or single focus? I'm sure you can always find a smaller anamorphic someday either by luck or if you win the lottery... (Are you in the anamorphic shooters group on facebook?) I'd love to see your anamorphic footage. To be honest, I don't get why people place anamorphic lenses in front of a digital camera. For me it only really makes sense in front of a film camera... If you use a 2x anamorphic on a no-crop-needed setup, you end up with a output image a
  11. If you read the rest of the discussion, you can find out that I prefer cameras with a reflex viewfinder and a flat front turret. I think it's a decent camera for someone who doesn't need a reflex system, solidly built and easy to manipulate!
  12. Simon, a lot of people have been using anamorphic projection lenses to capture anamorphic footage of photography. There's a lot of resources online about this, it allows for guerilla filmmakers and low-budget productions to access anamorphic technology at a fraction of the cost it would be with actual anamorphic lenses. Tito Ferradans has reviewed pretty much every option available in his youtube channel. I personally use a Schneider Cinelux with either film or photo cameras (turns a 35mm SLR into a panoramic camera, makes it feel like a Hollywood still...). The tests with the Bolex
  13. Dom, I will try to keep it short, but I really appreciate the effort you put into your answer, and the immense knowledge you have brought to this discussion. Maybe I didn't google very hard (I actually use DuckDuckGo, which I prefer), but I didn't know the full names of the cameras. As it turns out, I consider most of the ones listed here as oddities, and I would *never* consider using them. They all look extremely cumbersome, in the 3-5 kilos range, or are not with a reflex viewfinder, which rules them out right away. What are the "flat base Bolexes" you mention? The Rex-5? All the one
  14. Thank you Simon for this well-documented answer. A pleasure to read it. I find difficult to find a reliable database of these cameras, where I could read more about them and see pictures of them (the Super-8mm format, for some reason, has generated a larger amount of wikis and databases than 16mm - maybe a larger user-base, although less professional?). When I consult the pictures of the Bell & Howell Filmo B or DB (of which there are no more than 2 photos on the whole internet, not sure how easy it is to get one), it seems it has some of the issues I have with the Bolex: difficulty
  15. Hey Simon, Thanks for the input. The thing is, for me the Webo 16mm is simply the best 16mm camera out there, so I am bound to buy that one model that I am the most comfortable with again and again (hopefully I don't lose the new one, there's no reason to!). Let me explain myself: -Spring-powered is a plus for me, not a limitation. I cannot be bothered having to charge batteries if I shoot all day or looking for adapters if I travel the world, -Reflex viewfinder is a must for me. I use weird lenses (see my answer to Dom above with the benchmark link), and I need to be able
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