Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:20 PM
assuming the film has no tricky fades or dissolves, and isnt an action flick with thousands of cuts--how much should i look to budget for a neg cutter?
a rough, ball park figure would really help!
Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:31 PM
Negative cutting is one of the cheapest operations in the lab but also one of the most critical ones with potentially disatrous results.
Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:36 PM
Most negative cutters come up with a bid based on the number of cuts, so that information is more crucial than length. I got bids from about a half a dozen (this is in the US), they were quite similar. You won't find a huge variation in the bids you'll get.
anyway, to get to your answer, expect to spend between 5-8K, again depending on the number of cuts and whether your negative is single-strand or not.
Posted 14 February 2006 - 09:49 PM
If (as you say) you don't have lots of fades & dissolves, you can cut the negative single strand. More straightforward all round.
Dirk's figure sounds reasonable: you wil probably average around 100 cuts per reel, 10 reels, that's up to E6,000. That's on the high side of the US estimate, but we are only talking ballpark figures. It could be a little more, depending on the quality of the EDL supplied. (Sorting out dirty EDLs can take more time than cutting the negative, and that becomes billable time).