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    2 perf 35-3 and 2C, Nikon lenses, Ronford-Baker fluid head and tripod, S16 Rex-5
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    cinematographer specialising in analogue film

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  1. All up, about 40 individual films I would say, perhaps more, all shot on Super 8 (up to half hour long), 8mm (50 ft reels only), and 16mm (short films only) so far. I funded nearly all of them (except the ones I did at school in Film & TV) and was cinematographer for the lot. Shooting 2 perf for next projects.
  2. The fridge is a fairly damp place. When you say fridge do you mean the one in the kitchen, or a special fridge set aside for storing film? Sometimes I wonder if dampness could cause problems. I've got film in the kitchen fridge.
  3. Great to hear! Long live film!
  4. It's an interesting topic actually and extremely relevant to filmmaking, which of course deals in 'look', or image, as well as other things (like sound and editing). I have ideas on what clothes look good for certain characters, dependent on story. The whole look of a picture is important. Usually the Art Director/Costume designer figures this all out. But in low budget independent pictures I've got definite ideas for what would look best to tell that particular story, whatever it was. Some things are more photogenic, or simply 'work' better for that film or that scene within a film. It's like mood. Filmmaking is really to a large extent a form of entertainment and a big part of that is telling a story with image.
  5. As to whether film stock has degraded in quality, have a look at 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (2015) and you will see it's definitely just as good as it ever was. It was all shot completely on 35mm film.
  6. Thanks guys. That's true Tyler - I imagine a perspex 'lens mount' piece, with central hole and a stick/pointer glued into it at exact right angles. Fit the gadget into the camera lens mount and look through the perspex.
  7. How might a camera technician decide the case, with an older camera like a 35-III? A complete layman might perhaps attempt something like a plumb-bob dangling down through the lens mount, the string centered by eye in the approximate mid-point of the lens mount, and see if the point of the weight was in the center of the gate (assuming a S35 gate), or off-set. Forgive my inexperienced ruminations on how one could figure out by eye where the optical axis fell on the frame area. I suppose really all you could do is shoot a short test strip with a zoom and see if the image behaved off-axis during zooming.
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    Super 35 35-III

    Hi, anyone know if Arri 35-III cameras with Super 35 gates are optically centred - eg. the optical axis is dead-centre with the mid point of the Super 35 - eg. perf to perf - film frame) or if the axis is slightly off-centre due to the lens port positioned according to the dictates of the academy frame, wherein the lens is slightly offset because of the old-fashioned optical soundtrack? Sure, doesn't matter if you're going to be doing a DI or total digital post production but what if you were thinking of maybe shooting anamorphic and doing contact prints. Let's not even get into the economic madness of such an idea. I just want to know. Thanks!
  9. I'm glad they're not shooting on analogue film.
  10. I'm not convinced Tyler. Yes, often, a film project is more expensive. But "ALWAYS" as you put it in capitals, no I don't agree at all. As I said above, in some cases it may be about the same cost and who knows sometimes cost less. I'm talking shooting 2 perf with affordable lenses don't forget. Sure, it's a low-budget indie way to be a filmmaker but all I'm saying is that it's not "ALWAYS". Remember, only a sith deals in absolutes. Just joking mate. ("mate" in Australia = "friend").
  11. If you're clever, know what you're doing, and put in the research, for independent filmmakers making short films, I do think that for approximately equal quality, that 35mm film using your own gear possibly works out the same price or approximately so as hiring an Alexa and all the other kit from a rental house. All things considered. Post and everything. Or put it this way, at worst, film wouldn't be much more in cost, and if you're really into film you won't care about such a small cost difference. You know, artists complain about the cost of paint. They always did. Oils cost more but who cares - just paint less and do a great job on what you do produce. But I've never worked it out exactly, the film/digital cost difference for short films. I do know there's just no way I would buy high-end digital gear. I'd only do that if I could work with it and make the money back reasonably quickly.
  12. In all seriousness I did wonder if that photo was taken in the tropics. Something about the look ....just looks warmer. Doesn't look bone-chillingly cold. Any probs with humidity in the tropics? Do you need to use silica gel when storing overnight?
  13. Looks a bit like David Lean's shoot on the Irish west coast for Ryan's Daughter...
  14. Actually, Bruce McNaughton has offered to give me advice whenever I ask about something. So I'm not all on my own.
  15. Thanks Gregg, still haven't got the tape yet, and I was wondering about just how opaque these gaffer tapes are. The problem these days is that so many people now are fully into digital and trying to get practical help for a film project sometimes feels like one must go it alone ...since no one else knows .... feels a bit like the bit in 'Far from the madding crowd' (the novel) when Gabriel Oak stands alone on Norcombe Hill at night and imagines that he's the last sentient man left in his location and everyone else has gone round to the other side of the world...
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