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#1 Will Montgomery

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:51 PM

Had a loaded 35mm 2c mag sitting in the garage for 5 or 6 years and stumbled upon it a few months ago. Didn't look at it very closely and shot it for fun on a night scene. Not exactly proud that I let it through but it wasn't a paying gig and I guess stranger things have happened with film.

 

Here's the results shooting through the wrong side of the film and flipping it in post. Also a still from the BMPCC we also used. Always have a backup.

 

spaceman_0b.jpg

 

 

BMPCC backup...

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#2 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:49 PM

Wait what? You loaded the camera emulsion side in? Interesting, I didn't know it would capture any image that way, I always thought the rem jet coating would pretty much render the film worthless. What a cool result tho! :) 

 

Side note... where'd ya get the costume from? I dig it! :)


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#3 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 04:46 AM

I got a similar result once from accidently shooting a roll of standard 8 Ektochrome with the emulsion at the back. It's actually a technique called redscale that people do deliberately, with sometimes beautiful results. Helps if you overexpose by a couple of stops.
I know it works with reversal and still photography negative, but like Tyler I thought the remjet of cine colour neg would block more light.
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#4 Will Montgomery

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

The lab was like, "huh?"

 

I wasn't sure what happened until I realized it was all reversed. Had to work a little to get the image I got, it was definitely way underexposed. I've since heard a few DPs mention they've seen it done for special effect a long time ago. Throw a ton of light on it if you do it on purpose.

 

I'll have to find out where the costume came from. I know it was shipped and we only had it for a few days.


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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 12:06 PM

Lomo used to make a film for stills called "Redscale" which was essentially this-- though yes you really need to over-expose. It's a kinda cool little thing to do on occasion-- but fully for FX or Music video or the like.


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