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  1. This is what it’s like talking to AI Robot spam
  2. How do you know whether measures are working or not? It’s still very early days. Anyway, different countries have different demographics and infection timelines, what seems to work in one place may not be right for another, or be the right time for it. Sweden’s approach might change if their numbers go up drastically, which is all too likely. They have many more deaths than other countries with comparable infection numbers at the moment, which could be because there are way more infections than they have detected. Check out their statistics, currently 110 dead and only 16 recovered. In Australia we have slightly more official infection cases but only 18 dead and 244 recovered. Is that because of our ridiculous Draconian measures? I don’t know. Right now I don’t think anyone really does, but most countries are following a similar approach towards locking down. Sweden will be an interesting test case to look at in a few months (along with Brazil), but I wouldn’t be applauding them just yet. India is in a terrible situation no matter what they do unfortunately. Letting the virus spread uncontrollably would most likely be be a worse catastrophe, but part of the blame for their current dire situation lies with the Indian government’s lack of foresight in preparing for the lockdown.
  3. After SARS there were attempts to produce a vaccine, but the animal trials produced immune responses that were worse than the virus itself. In subsequent years various researchers have tried to work on it but funding seems to have been a problem. We were all a bit short-sighted. There seems to be some hope that a vaccine for COVID-19 will become available, but we have to be very careful that it's properly tested and trialled, which is why people are talking about a year to 18 months. The virus could also mutate making a vaccine no longer useful. I think in the end we are probably all going to have to catch it, or at least enough of us to give some group immunity. The main thing is to slow the spread so we don't overload our hospitals and health systems. It's **(insert obscenity of choice)** but we've always known something like this could happen and at least it's not as deadly as some pathogens. In a way it's a test of our ability to cope with such a crisis and perhaps learn from it. Countries that had to deal with earlier epidemics seem to be the ones coping best now.
  4. Great to hear Greg! Our lovely neighbours left 2 rolls on our front step the other day after I'd mentioned we were a bit low. Good people are everywhere.
  5. If the UK population is 66 million, even a conservative mortality rate of 1% results in more deaths than half a million. But if you do nothing, the health system cannot cope with millions of sick people so the mortality rate skyrockets. Look at Italy, they have 60,000 cases right now, with 5500 deaths and only 7000 recovered. Those are not good statistics. Are people really asking if it's worth shutting down the capitalist treadmill for a few months to save millions of lives? How brainwashed are we that we can't imagine alternatives to the work/pay bills/sleep paradigm? Max would rather be dead than broke? Seriously? Being broke is temporary. Dead is dead. I know too many wonderful older people or ones with compromised immune systems to accept that their deaths are an acceptable sacrifice to keep the edifice of comfortable capitalism from crumbling. We just need to imagine new ways to get through this. Living wages for those without income, a freeze on mortgages, loans and rents, universal healthcare, communities supporting each other while we isolate. It's all possible. The US is possibly the worst place to be right now, because they've never had good social security or healthcare systems in place, but plenty of other countries have. And now the value of governments looking after their populations rather than just facilitating wealth creation for a few is becoming very apparent. Time for a paradigm shift.
  6. There was pretty severe economic hardship in the short term, but yes, the world economy quickly recovered. I think because so many young people died there was a labour shortage so employment bounced back and wages quickly rose. But Richard, I would urge you not to dismiss the seriousness of this pandemic. Even Donald Trump has finally had to face the fact that this is a real crisis unprecedented in our lifetime. It’s not a media invention, governments and health experts globally are the ones issuing warnings and shutting things down. A cavalier attitude is what causes mass outbreaks and exponentially more deaths. We don’t need to panic or wallow in gloom (or hoard toilet paper) but equally we should heed the advice of health officials and modify our behaviour to reduce the spread of this virus. It’s definitely not the time for peddling conspiracy theories. There is certainly a demand for distraction, but whether that translates into more content production soon is something we’ll have to wait and see. Currently every production we were servicing is cancelled or postponed indefinitely, and I can’t see things returning to normal for several months at least.
  7. It is a spectacularly good time to be a pessimist. On the bright side though, there are dolphins swimming in Venice canals, air pollution is dropping to record lows, and there are random acts of kindness happening all over the place. The world is definitely going to change in ways we don’t yet understand or perhaps appreciate, but I wouldn’t give up all hope just because of what economists predict. I keep thinking of that phrase “stop the world I want to get off”..
  8. Yes the battery voltage behaviour is normal, though whether older 12V appliances are all capable of handling over 16V is not a given. The fully charged voltage will drop under load, but not by much, which is why you got a regulated 12V converter in the first place, right? So your issue is with the Movcam product - specifically if the 12V XLR output or D-taps were advertised as regulated. Clearly they’re not, so you have a case for complaint. You could use a custom cable to plug into the regulated Lemo outputs, but presumably you bought this Movcam product to avoid that and just use a standard XLR cable. I guess if you can’t get a refund, you (or an electrical tech) could just internally rewire the XLR socket to a Lemo output, but you’ll void any warranty, if it came with one.
  9. Well if it’s not giving you what the specs and the advertising claim, contact the seller or manufacturer. Maybe you got a faulty one?
  10. I think he found that it was simply the film wound on the feed “stick” was not flatly wound. When he pushed it back flat it worked ok. So he just needed to find a way to spool the film onto the feed stick evenly in the dark.
  11. Nice work Paul! Looks like a lot of R&D went into that, very nicely designed.. hope you sell a bunch. It’s a positive sign for film when companies are prepared to invest in new upgrades for older film equipment. Any other products in the pipeline?
  12. I’d be interested to hear more about that Rob.
  13. US company Deluxe acquired the Australian owned Atlab and Cinevex labs in 2012, promptly shut them down, destroyed all the equipment and then shut down their last remaining lab in Australia in 2013. We haven’t had a professional “film” industry since. Thanks Deluxe! A small lab re-opened in Sydney a few years later (Neglab) and is now the only place professionally developing 35 and 16mm neg, but it’s run by a single man who is close to retiring. It’s also too small to cater to most feature film requirements, so very few (in fact none that I’m aware of) features are shot on film here anymore. There is a strong film culture thriving in Melbourne though, thanks to the AFW (Artist Film Workshop) and companies like Nanolab and Cameraquip. Melbourne also has the last film camera/lens tech in Australia familiar with Bolexes, Arriflexes and the like still working (me). But it’s a very DIY scene, no short ends go unused.. 🙂
  14. In Australia all the professional post houses got rid of their film scanners when the labs closed, all that’s left are the little companies that transfer old home movies to DVD or hard drive using whatever rig they might have, sometimes home-made, although there might be some BlackMagic scanners around. Always worth asking what a company uses, if they start going on about their custom-built machine and won’t tell you what it actually is you know it’s probably something home-made. The only pro-grade scanner I know of for commercial use in Australia is a Golden Eye II at Cameraquip in Melbourne. They also sell film, and it’s worth checking their pricing compared to other sellers. I used to work for Cameraquip, but have no affiliation nowadays. I did get about 40 cans of 16mm transferred by Malcolm recently though (shot by my wife’s grandfather from the early 30s to the late 50s) and was very happy with the results.
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