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Old June 26th, 2002, 01:08 PM   #1
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has anyone ever seen this show ?? i know they shoot it on pd-150's i was just curious if any of you guys have seen this show and know how they get the look that they have?? also if anyone knows of other shows etc that the vx-2000(1000 even) or 150 were used in its production.

Mike R. i noticed in your little bio at the top of the page that the first digi cam was used on dune??? did they shoot DUNE on digi video(the whole movie???)
i've read where david lynch has used a 150 on some tv spots!!!!
thanks guys for any input
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Old June 26th, 2002, 01:54 PM   #2
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Actually, Dino Delorentis' film, The Last Starfighter, was the first to be digitized to any degree. And that was from the film original.

Dune was shot in 35mm film.

The camera, which scanned (moved) a 3456 pixel x 1 line array across the focal plane of a 55mm Schneider enlarging lens was bolted to a steel plate and shot through red, green, and blue filters. It took about 10 minutes to digitze a single frame in the film. You can tell where the film was digitized. . . the actor's eyes are all blue and the image is a bit grainy. I still have the camera someplace.

The output of the camera was captured by the memory in a Ramtek graphic display which front-ended a DEC PDP-10 which in turn front-ended a CRAY 1S supercomputer.

It took one month to scan, modify and re-record 8 seconds of on-screen footage. That's only 192 frames, folks!

Needless to say, my slowest computer could do that job in just hours today. We''ve come a long way in 20 years!

We introduced the first desktop scanner in 1983-84 at only $7,850 for 203 dpi, monochrome. Now one can buy a good scanner for the tax on that purchase.
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Old June 26th, 2002, 04:52 PM   #3
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wow mike thats crazy i had no idea thanks for the info. i think dune is an awesome movie as is any movie where LYNCH is in the directors chair but definitely not his best work. knowing that you worked on this film have you met Lynch before???
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Old June 26th, 2002, 05:35 PM   #4
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<<<-- Originally posted by matthew s : wow mike thats crazy i had no idea thanks for the info. i think dune is an awesome movie as is any movie where LYNCH is in the directors chair but definitely not his best work. knowing that you worked on this film have you met Lynch before??? -->>>

My connection was through a Professor at USC (or was it UCLA) who was a big gun with the movie industry.

The biggest contact I ever got was a publicty photo from The Last StarFighter and a nice letter from De Lorentis. Both unfortunately long lost.

I did get a really nice film recorder though. Used it once and put it back in its box. It's sitting in my shed as we speak. I think it cost about $25,000 way back then.
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