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Jeremy M Borg

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  1. Borrowing a bit from a school of Architecture thought, "Form follows function." Essentially meaning that the aesthetics offered are of less importance than the functionality offered. Brian said it well with, "It's really a matter of the right tool for the job." If you want a good image, choose another camera, frankly. It was once considered good quality, but standards have changed. The highlights blow far too easily in both the EX3 and PMW300, the EX3 has a horrible on-board monitor, and you can forget dialing-in a custom White Balance with any ease. However, on networks like ANIMLPLNT, HGTV, TLC, etc., these particular models are still popular for a few reasons due to, not their image quality, but their functionality: 1. They're simple and they have a Full Auto feature - the camera is often used by Shooter/Producers. These are folks who sometimes do, but often do not know how to operate a camera. They often only know how to point and use the servo zoom. They're primary purpose as a shooter is often to get just enough content to tell the story. This position is becoming more and more popular as some shows have completely eliminated actual Camera Operators. 2. Zoom Lens - As David mentioned, the zoom covers quite a range. It's also very small considering that it covers such a range. If covering spaces smaller than the interior of a car, I recommend the Wide Angle adapter. 3. Price - Low-budget shows means low-budget gear. The folks who invested in these cameras years ago, likely did very well on these cameras - having paid them off long ago. They've been inexpensive to rent or buy for a long time, now. Although, it's my understanding that the value of replacement parts has actually gone up because they're often damaged in the field, and the parts are no longer being made. 4. Camera Size - As David mentioned above, the size of the camera becomes very important when fitting into small spaces and running and gunning. I've used them while jumping in and out of police cars, climbing trees, repelling, caving, running, crawling through snow, etc. Camera size is also tremendously important because Production Companies frequently ship these cameras and check them as baggage. So, in a relatively small Pelican, you can fit two cameras with substantial zoom lenses, on-board mics, media, etc. To do the same with a C300 requires at least one more case (lenses), maybe two (Shoulder Rigs/AKS). For many reasons, I imagine that these cameras only have another two years on even the worst low-budget shows. ...But, someone probably said that same thing two years ago. :)
  2. They ran the last of the Super8 (stuff I shot) just before running one single roll of 8mm (which was also stuff I shot). A lot of this information is covered in my film. There's a link to the facebook page in my previous post, but there is also now a website for the film. Like the facebook page for more info or check out the website here: http://www.saturationofmemory.com
  3. Sorry, I forgot to also mention that owner of Dwayne's Photo, Dwayne Steinle processed a couple of his rolls last. He finished shooting it while I was there. Just before the final few rolls, which were shot by Dwayne and son (VP) Grant, was some stuff shot by Dan Bayer of The Kodachrome Project. You can learn more about Dan's 6-year project here. Prepare to be impressed: http://www.kodachromeproject.com/ -J.
  4. I think I can settle all of this, gang. December 30, 2010 was the last scheduled day of Kodachrome processing at the last lab on the planet still processing it, Dwayne's Photo. I was at Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas on December 30, 2010. They received over 500 Fed-Ex packages, 200-300 UPS packages, and 18 bags from the USPS. I heard that from the Vice President, Grant Steinle, as I interviewed him in his office that day. As far as the chemicals go, Kodak stopped selling them in 2009, I believe. So, Dwayne's Photo had to purchase all of their chemicals at that time. For the record, they had enough chemical supply to last until December 30, 2010. More importantly, they had the chemicals to last until January 18, 2011, which was the actual final day of Kodachrome processing (due to the influx). On January 18, 2011 the final frames of Kodachrome were processed. I know because I was in the room watching it happen. :) Shortly before the final roll of Kodachrome 35mm was processed, the final Kodachrome motion picture film was processed. That film was mine, and will be shown in my upcoming film "Saturation of Memory," which is currently in production. More info on that here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturation-of-Memory-A-film-by-Jeremy-M-Borg/181376175228088 To stay up to date, "Like" the page. If you have any other questions about the end of Kodachrome, I can likely answer them for you. I considered attaching photos of the moment, but have decided against it at this time. -J.
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