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#1 Robert Glenn

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 05:42 PM

Are some processing houses better than others? If so, I'd obviously like to know what the good ones are. Will need to process single perf 16mm exposed as super16mm.
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 09:58 PM

Are some processing houses better than others? If so, I'd obviously like to know what the good ones are. Will need to process single perf 16mm exposed as super16mm.
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Better for what? Price, versitility, friendlyness, speed, quality, some combination.

You want to process colour or Black and white, Reversal or Negative, do you want to have the film scanned or workprinted or both? If scaned what format and to what media.
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Posted 05 March 2006 - 02:29 PM

Gosh I wasn't expecting a requirement to answer questions.. Anyhow I want the best quality processing without having to pay studio budget type prices. It will be color negative film and will be telecined or scanned or whatever.
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Posted 05 March 2006 - 04:26 PM

Gosh I wasn't expecting a requirement to answer questions.. Anyhow I want the best quality processing without having to pay studio budget type prices. It will be color negative film and will be telecined or scanned or whatever.



For what you want, I recommend Cinelab. They have competetive pricing and very good service. I have used them quite a deal and will be for a short I am directing this month.


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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:27 PM

Here's the Kodak directory of film labs:

http://www.kodak.com...=0.1.4.17&lc=en

Call the labs, ask to see examples of their work, or references. Ask other cinematographers about their experiences.
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#6 Mitch Gross

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:35 PM

Frankly, most of the labs that are still in business do excellent quality work. It is too small an industry to do anything sub par. On the East Coast, there's a handfull of labs in the New York area, and then about a dozen others scattered up and down the East Coast. If you give a better idea of where you are then perhaps we can give a better reccomendations.

As far as prices go, commercials generally pay the highest (book) rates. Studios often get deals based on high volume, so that's a price you'd want. But most labs also have rates for indie/student filmmakers. All you need to do is ask.
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#7 Mike Welle

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 02:37 PM

Colorlab in Rockville Maryland processes 16mm color negative for 13 cents a foot. I had my S-16 film processed there and it looked great on the telecine.

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Gosh I wasn't expecting a requirement to answer questions.. Anyhow I want the best quality processing without having to pay studio budget type prices. It will be color negative film and will be telecined or scanned or whatever.


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#8 Robert Glenn

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:43 PM

Thanks for the reply all! I've been thikning of using colorlab. I'm in North Carolina so that or bonolabs seem to be the closest. Again my main concern is quality... something that can be 2k scanned and look like the movies "dirty" or "vera drake". I just didn't know if the higher end productions went to specialized processors or if the processing is pretty much standardized. Wel lthanks again
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#9 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 12:02 AM

If I could expand this thread, What about the west and west coast, (35mm )?
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