View Full Version : Handcranked 35MM footage!
08-09-2006, 04:17 PM
I just got my film back from Fotokem today and it's great. I am preparing to shoot a short, silent 35mm movie in a few months, but I first wanted to test the cameras out. So I went to Keslow Camera and CamTech (both in LA) and loaded some 35mm into each of their modified Arri 2-Cs. The footage turned out great. I did some overcrank tests (I could only get it as high as 55 FPS cranking by hand) and some backwind stuff. Since I went to 2 rental houses, I bought 2 seperate rolls of film. When I ended up shooting everything I needed to test at the first place, I decided to shoot a short movie with the other roll at the second rental house. What follows is footage from the cameras. It's about 3 minutes long. All in all, it gives me hope for the project as I was concerned how varried exposure would be with a handcrank. BTW, all exposures were made by eye. No light meter for me! Just like the old days. Anyway, here's a link.
08-09-2006, 05:26 PM
Dude, I have so much to say about this...
1) You are such a lucky sonsa gun for getting a chance to shoot on 35mm.
2) I love you man, you are the coolest.
3) No light meter for 35mm? You are one crazy mofro.
4) Footage and short was superb. Would love to see on DVD.
5) Next you will tell me that your girlfriend works in a lab, which would be the ultimate luckiest thing to happen to a filmmaker.
08-09-2006, 05:28 PM
Also, are you going to do any 35mm footage with sync sound? If so, share with me how you plan to do it cuz right now I dont have the budget to do any sort of sound thing except Rodriguez style.
08-09-2006, 05:50 PM
The DVCam version they sent me on tape looked really good, although there was a lot of grain for only being 200 speed film (5222). It may be because of the over/under exposure they had to fix though. Anyway, yes it was crazy to not use any kind of light meter, but I'm really going for an authentic look with this. I want some shots to be brighter or darker than others, but I don't want to know which will be which. By just judging it all by eye, it's a much better effect. Also, girlfriend does not work at a lab (although maybe now I should ask her to) but she is an actress, so that's deff a big help on movies. As for sound, I wouldnt even begin to know how to sync up handcranked footage with sound. I don't even think it's possible. The camera did have a 24 fps crystal motor, but I never bothered to attach it. Rodriguez style sound has always worked for my super8 stuff though, and it's way cheaper than getting a crystal sync module.