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Don Cunningham

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  1. My two youngest sons (16 and 13) enjoy being on my current short film shoots with me. I have been teaching them how to use my Sekonic light meter and how that corresponds to the film speed and lens adjustments. While they get to pull the camera triggers (Bolex H16 REX and a Filmo 70 HR), I do the lens adjustments. They are fascinated with it and always want to come with me when I get to "do my hobby." I asked my 16 year old what his favorite part of the day was when I took him on a location shoot for my short film. His response made me smile, "Seeing you in your element. Doing what you love and sharing that with me." When my project is over, I have some expired film set aside in the freezer for the two to have hands-on learning and fun with.
  2. In the US, I ask for LOG files (no grading of any kind). Professional scanning entities know (or should) to adjust output for low contrast and low saturation.
  3. You are correct in that you will want to ask for "flat" files. It seems that the facility may have given you a one-light or best-light grade.
  4. I've had optical sound films transferred on a Scanstation and thought they sounded really good. Not sure what all of the fuss is over.
  5. You may want to give MonoNoAware a call: http://mononoawarefilm.com/film-stock
  6. Topics keep popping up about low priced scanners, building cheap scanners, etc. I don't own a scanner, but I send my work off to be scanned for a reason - cost. I shoot film and collect film, and while it would be nice to have a scanner for my projects and small archive, it just doesn't make sense. The return on investment really wouldn't make sense when I can pay $25 per 100 feet of 16mm for a 4K scan from someone else with professional equipment. If I were to buy a machine to start a business, I'd invest in a quality unit to produce quality work for clients. Sure, if one isn't trained in conversion, maybe a "low-end" device would be good for self-training, but not for business. You want to produce a quality product. I shot 600 feet of 16mm for a project yesterday and just sent it out for processing. Rough estimate: Film stock = $264, Processing = $180, Scanning = $150...Just under $600 for maybe 15 minutes of footage? Throw in shipping and taxes and it adds up rather fast. Too fast for an independent artist, but I'd rather have a competent operator using a quality machine with quality parts. I am not a scanning expert, but someone that depends on excellent scans for my money. Like others have stated, you are paying for research, development, continuous improvements. Someone else's time to save you time.
  7. I use Nick Coyle for my scanning. He is good, cheap, and usually quick. Price talks as a hobbyist and his overscans are very good for my budget. It is hard to go elsewhere when I am only shooting 200-400 ft at a time and am doing a scan-once...no matter the project size, he is on top to me. I'll be sending him some archival material soon (unsplit 8mm negative footage of The Monkees) to see how that comes out.
  8. I have only used 100ft rolls and can offer this based on my experience. Unless your talent remains perfectly still and your camera/tripod are bolted down, I imagine it is difficult. Since the K3 is wound, you'll need to know how long it can go before needing to be wound again. Write that number of seconds down. Rehearse and time your scene so you know how long a take can go.
  9. I have listed my very good condition rack-over for non-reflex H model Bolex cameras. I no longer need it, so please take a look! Will ship international. https://www.ebay.com/itm/144350375929
  10. I shot on a Bolex Reflex 1, and recently a Bell and Howell Filmo 70 HR, and use a Sekonic L28c for incident metering. I am by no means a professional, but the meter gets my footage right.
  11. Update: Will lump together and let both sets go for $75 plus shipping if there is any interest.
  12. I am wanting to sell off these lenses to make space and purchase some film stock for my current project. Lenses appear good with working components, the only exception being the Fotasy with the aperture blades not fully closing (see picture). Used for some photography projects. Selling as lots. M42 Mount Lenses - full lot for $75 + shipping Industar 50mm f3.5 Pentor 135mm f2.8 Deitz 28-80mm f3.5 C Mount Lenses - full lot for $30 + shipping Canon TV-16 25mm f1.4 Fotasy 35mm f1.7
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