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02-25-2007, 04:59 PM
I'm thinking about shooting a short with film by renting some gear from the IFP office in Minneapolis. I can get an Arri S (non-sync) camera for $40 for a whole weekend, which is a great price. However, I was wondering what the costs would be for about 400' of 16mm film, and the other costs in order to get back a 720P file from it. I've read that it needs to be processed, and passed through telecine, but I've had some trouble finding out how much all this would cost. Any of you know how much a 400' roll of 16mm film costs and the processing/telecine process? or could give me a link on where to find this info?
02-26-2007, 08:02 AM
for film to HD ( tapless - tranferred to hard drive ) approx $200 for 400ft
16mm processing approx .15ft for negative ... .20 reversal film .approx $60-75
400ft core approx $195 color .. 105 B&W
approx $500 for 400ft = 11 min to hard drive
02-27-2007, 09:02 AM
For film stock I recommend www.filmemporium.com. They have a good selection, decent prices and are really helpful. They ship same day too.
Donatello has some great suggestions for transfer to hard drive but there are cheaper options available as well.
02-27-2007, 12:49 PM
how do you measure 16mm film? like how many ft of film = a minute?
02-27-2007, 03:22 PM
It's about 2 minutes and 45 seconds per 100'. At about $30 per 100' for stock plus processing plus telecine, we now come to fully appreciate thorough rehersals.
02-27-2007, 03:34 PM
thanks that bring up another question, how many ft of film can a 16mm camera hold, about? also stupid question, is the film you in the camera come in a case to put in the camera or does it depends on the camera?
02-27-2007, 04:08 PM
Most 16mm cams can hold 100' at a time but most can also be adapted to hold an exterior compartment (mouse ears) that holds 400'. There are some cameras that use cartridges of film but I *think* those only apply to some 8mm cams. You normally get your 16mm film on a daylight reel.
No stupid questions yet :)
02-27-2007, 04:50 PM
does daylight reel- meaning that it can be expose to sun light and not ruin the film? or it wont hurt the film to be in the light?
02-28-2007, 08:37 AM
It's a reel that doesn't have gaps on the platters so it's not as sensitive to light when loading. It's still a good idea to load in darker conditions to avoid stray light hitting your film.
02-28-2007, 11:09 AM