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Old January 8th, 2003, 01:30 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me where to go to convert a short video to 35mm film so that it can be shown in a moviehouse? I'm a bit new so please bear with me. Is this going to be terribly expensive? Any tips for shooting with conversion in mind?
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Old January 8th, 2003, 02:35 PM   #2
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A good place to start is DVFilm.com read their explanation of process and procedures.

They are based in Austin, Tx.
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Old January 8th, 2003, 02:48 PM   #3
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Video to Film transfers have traditionally used a machine/process called "flying spot telecine"...there are post houses in NY , LA and other large cities that offer this service; I have not had it done, but I dont expect it will be cheap.
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Old January 8th, 2003, 06:13 PM   #4
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Right. For a feature this costs on the order of tens of thousands of dollars.
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Old January 9th, 2003, 06:51 AM   #5
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<<<-- Originally posted by BillAngstrom : A good place to start is DVFilm.com read their explanation of process and procedures.

They are based in Austin, Tx. -->>>

Once again Bill, you've come to my rescue. Thanks so much! My client is a historic movie house, they're trying to raise money for renovations and want to show my video before movies. For a 5 minute piece the price is not that bad. Since I've already shot most of the video in natural/available lighting I'm wondering how dark scenes will translate to film. Have you ever done it?
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Old January 9th, 2003, 07:47 AM   #6
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For a fairly good explanation of what is required to transfer DV to 35mm, check out www.swisseffects.com. They essentially have a suggestion list for prospective projects---Unfortunately you shot yours already and transfer is an afterthought---This could lead to some problems. Anyhow, hope this helps.
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Old January 9th, 2003, 09:41 AM   #7
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For the price of a short video transfer to 35mm, the theater could buy a really nice video projector to show it with. And then, hey, free video projector! :)
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Old January 9th, 2003, 03:47 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'll check it out. I'm not sure what my clients will decide to do. I don't know much about video projectors, that might be a better investment. I wish I had known beforehand that they wanted it converted to film. Most of my video was shot during events tho so I don't know that it would have made much difference. Lights aren't always an option for a 1-man (person) operation. Oh well, live and learn...
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