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Old September 9th, 2003, 09:49 AM   #1
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Film quesion.

I know this is a Digital forum, but I don't know a better place to turn.

I'm thinking of shooting some 16mm film for a change to my Canon XL1. I have som simple questions though. Perhaps our more experienced cinematographers would like to help?

How long in a TIME scale is 1 meter/feet of 35mm film?
How long in a TIME scale is 1 meter/feet of 16mm film?

Where you live and last time you bought film. How expensive
was it?

Anything special I would need to know beforehand?
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Old September 9th, 2003, 09:52 AM   #2
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You do know from reading Robert Rodriguez's book to transfer
the film after shooting from the negative directly to a positive
video tape, right?
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Old September 9th, 2003, 10:45 AM   #3
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Plenty of web sites about film length vs playing time.

16 mm costs about 50 cents per second to buy the stock and get it processed. Figure somewhere around $5 per second for finished film if you are lucky. $35mm is way more expensive. Way more.

And the cameras rent for a lot of $ and you have to handle the sound with a separate recorder.

Try Super8 if you want to play around. About $25 for 3 minutes (18fps) developed. Still has more resolution and dynamic range than any DV camera. Whole lot cheaper to use.

Super8 is used for some televison commercials.
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Old September 9th, 2003, 02:54 PM   #4
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I agree with shooting super 8 if you just want to try film. Lots of fun and you can do it for peanuts. Pick up a camera on ebay. Send the film to a transfer house. (Some of the labs will do this as part of the developing service).

I will be shooting a short in 35mm this december. We got the filmstock on ebay, from a proco in canada that was unloading it. Got it for less than half price. It was a steal. Sending the ends to the lab for testing, but I am certain they will be fine.

Shooting film, even super 8, helps build discipline and pre-vis skills.

Have fun!
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Old September 9th, 2003, 05:28 PM   #5
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Andreas:

To answer your first question, which is a bit exotic:

1 foot of 35mm 4 perf film running at 24 fps is .6 seconds on screen.

1 foot of 16mm running at 24 fps is 1.7 seconds on screen..
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