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#1 Kirk Anderson

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 09:55 PM

1)Does anyone know of the best deal for 100' spools of 16mm stock? I found a site called "the film Emporium" that sells stock for around 30 cents a foot, not bad. Anyone ever delt with them, are they reputable? I'm shooting a K-3 so can only shoot 100' spools. I guess i could buy a set of rewinds and spool off 400 footers, but seems like the savings isn't worth cleaning out my closet so i can sit inside and attempt to not ruin $150 dollars of film.

2) What is a good all around stock to practice on? As I said before I'm shooting a K-3 with it's zoom lens as well as a 50mm Pentacon. What is the best for shooting around outside, maybe on the beach? (I live on Ocean Beach in San Francisco) As well as shooting indoors with non-professional lights. I mostly use three aluminum work lights that i bought from Home Depot and I tape Wax paper over the top to soften them up. (Give me a break I'm only 20 years old.) I'm mostly interested in filming color film, reversal or negative.

3)Which stock is better Kodak or Fuji? I've always used Eastman/kodak, never shot a roll of fuji. dunno why, just always felt comfortable with the kodak name i guess.

4)I like shooting reversal because it's cheaper to process, but I've heard it doesn't telecine very well. Any reasons why i should shoot negative or reversal.

Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate the help.
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#2 John Pytlak RIP

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:58 PM

1)Does anyone know of the best deal for 100' spools of 16mm stock? I found a site called "the film Emporium" that sells stock for around 30 cents a foot, not bad. Anyone ever delt with them, are they reputable? I'm shooting a K-3 so can only shoot 100' spools. I guess i could buy a set of rewinds and spool off 400 footers, but seems like the savings isn't worth cleaning out my closet so i can sit inside and attempt to not ruin $150 dollars of film.

2) What is a good all around stock to practice on? As I said before I'm shooting a K-3 with it's zoom lens as well as a 50mm Pentacon. What is the best for shooting around outside, maybe on the beach? (I live on Ocean Beach in San Francisco) As well as shooting indoors with non-professional lights. I mostly use three aluminum work lights that i bought from Home Depot and I tape Wax paper over the top to soften them up. (Give me a break I'm only 20 years old.) I'm mostly interested in filming color film, reversal or negative.

3)Which stock is better Kodak or Fuji? I've always used Eastman/kodak, never shot a roll of fuji. dunno why, just always felt comfortable with the kodak name i guess.

4)I like shooting reversal because it's cheaper to process, but I've heard it doesn't telecine very well. Any reasons why i should shoot negative or reversal.

Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate the help.


1. Buying 100-foot rolls of film directly from Kodak isn't that much more expensive:

http://www.kodak.com...PCN080105_Q.pdf

2. If you edit and show your camera original, 7285 or B&W reversal would be the logical choice. For telecine transfer, all the Kodak camera films are suitable, but many prefer using a negative film for telecine or scanning. The 7285 is daylight balance, EI 100D.

3. Kodak. ;) There's more to film than what is in the can.

4. Shoot reversal for direct projection, or for the higher contrast "look". Shoot negative for the maximum latitude and flexibility, and wider choice of films and labs that process negative.

More information:

http://www.kodak.com...d=0.1.4.5&lc=en

http://www.kodak.com...d=0.1.4.4&lc=en

http://www.kodak.com...ainDetect.shtml

http://www.kodak.com...d=0.1.4.3&lc=en
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:15 AM

I've bought from Film Emporium in NY. They are reputable. There is also Raw Stock. Raw Stock tests the short ends they get (I've been on shoots that have sent off short ends to similar companies---trust me, you don't want to buy short ends unless they have been tested, or unless you like surprises). Of course, if you get short ends, you'll have to spool.

As far as the stock is concerned--that's up to you and up to the look of the shoot.

Good luck.
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