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Since it might take a while until I can get a film project started, I wanted to use up some of the stock that's been sitting in my fridge for too long. When the lockdown restrictions here in London eased up a little in June, I took my Arriflex 235 3perf to Hampstead Heath and surroundings and shot a home movie of my wife and son. A couple of rolls of Vision 3 50D and 200T and when the Kodak lab opened again last week I finally got it developed and graded the footage in Premier with the basic tools. Most of it was shot with a Zeiss CP.3 25mm and a few bits with an Arri Alura 15.5-45mm zoom. I wonder if anyone can tell which is which. I am aware that a home movie is only exciting for the parents and family but I thought some of you might enjoy looking at a bit of analogue footage.

 

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I certainly enjoyed watching this. Wow 35mm film is so beautiful, that even when you shoot a home movie in a cloudy day it looks way better than a lot of stuff that I see people shoot on the newest digital cameras. Not trying to start a debate or anything, digital cameras pay my bills, but wow there is something about film that makes it look special.. And your skills of course.

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Sure it looks nice and all, but a proper home movie should have continuous random zooms in and out.

Same with your subjects, they should stand around awkwardly staring into the camera and intermittently waving. 

What you have here looks a bit too much like a film, which of course is totally wrong. 

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Uli, great work.. Reminds me of my kiddo when he was a baby too. He is almost 8 now. The lenses seem to be matching very well from what i can tell through compression. Next time though, in addition to Phil's input, you should have a lot more hand held shakes too. If I don't feel nauseous 30 secs into it, it could not be considered as a home movie haha. 

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Very nice to see. I'm making a 35mm film myself soon, too. The film has been in the fridge too long.

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All your kind comments are appreciated this Monday morning. Made me laugh too. 🙂

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Love it, Uli!

I’ve said it before, but your son is so lucky to have his home movies shot on 35mm! Have you considered getting the negative rolls printed, so one day when your child is grown he might be able to see the footage projected (somewhere!) on a big screen? 

To me, that’s the one benefit of shooting home movies on regular 16mm, you can easily project a workprint or reversal roll for friends and family. 

For home movie film footage, I actually prefer shooting at 16-18fps. Both to extend the film runtime, and also to add the lo-fi home movie feel. Sometimes 35mm 50D can be too clean and modern looking otherwise.

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On 7/14/2020 at 9:16 PM, Satsuki Murashige said:

Have you considered getting the negative rolls printed, so one day when your child is grown he might be able to see the footage projected (somewhere!) on a big screen? 

One day I might do that. I wonder how easy it will be to find a 35mm projector in 20 years time? If I had the space, I'd get a projector myself.Time to move out of London into a house with a big enough basement 😉

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Uli, there must still be hundreds of 35mm projectors lying around in storage across the country. I should wander down to the cinema museum at Elephant and Castle and ask them where they would look for projectors as they have a whole collection dating back over a hundreds years.

However, you are right, its time to consider moving from London especially if contemplating one’s own 35mm projector in the front living room.....

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Is there a 3-perf S35 projector available besides the ARRI Loc-Pro? 

There’s been one on eBay for years at around $5K USD. 

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13 hours ago, Satsuki Murashige said:

Is there a 3-perf S35 projector available besides the ARRI Loc-Pro? 

There’s been one on eBay for years at around $5K USD. 

I've read somewhere that Kinoton projectors can run 3perf.

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