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#1 kevin jackman

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 12:21 AM

i was just wondering if people new what tv shows are currently or have been shot in 16mm
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#2 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:51 AM

US TV shows that I know that are / were shot on 16mm:

Dawsons Creek
The OC
Scrubs
Sex and the City
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (first two seasons were shot on 16mm)
Charmed (first season at least was shot on 16mm)
Gilmore Girls
One Tree Hill
Veronica Mars
Malcolm in the Middle
Third Watch

Australian TV shows (16mm):
Mcleouds Daughters
H20 - Just Add Water
Sea Change
Skippy

English (BBC) TV shows that used 16mm in exterior shooting and video in interior shooting:
Doctor Who
The Goodies
Some Mothers Do Ave Em
George and Mildred
The Good Life
Benny Hill

Many later English shows were shot wholly on film
The following English shows were probably 16mm but I am not 100% sure
Minder
The Professionals
Midsummer Night Murders
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#3 Armando Castro

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 03:26 PM

I remember seeing on a BTS that "The Shield" is shot on 16mm because of the gritty look they go for on that show.
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Posted 10 June 2007 - 07:44 PM

Charmed (first season at least was shot on 16mm)


That is incorrect. Charmed was never shot on 16mm. It was 35mm right from the start. It was, however, one of the few shows in recent years never to be finished in HD.

Some current additions to your list:

Friday Night Lights
Monk
The Wedding Bells (cancelled)
Burn Notice (airing this summer, USA Network)
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 08:13 PM

I heard that "Studio 60", after switching from S16 (for the pilot) to 35mm switched back again to S16 to cut costs.

There were those Lifetime Channel TV shows like "The Division" and "Strong Medicine" shot in S16; don't know if any of them are still running.

I thought "Veronica Mars" switched to 35mm...

Was the TV series "Highlander" shot in S16?

I remember those Stu Segal (?) productions shot in 16mm or S16 like "Silk Stalkings", don't know if he's still doing that.
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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 07:17 PM

I heard that "Studio 60", after switching from S16 (for the pilot) to 35mm switched back again to S16 to cut costs.

They did the same thing with The West Wing for a short time too, but switched back pretty quickly. Studio 60 never made the switch back to 35mm though.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:08 AM

i was just wondering if people new what tv shows are currently or have been shot in 16mm


Most quality or 'prestige' shows shot outside of the US are shot on Super 16, particularly here in the UK.

Recently ITV's Doc Martin and Jane Austin Specials, BBCs Jane Eyre and recently a friend has been loading for a BBC production of Sense and Sensibility (yes another one!) where they have been using the new Arri 416 cameras.

Though perhaps one of the best recent examples is ITVs 'Primeval' which is not only beautifuly shot but also contains considerable amount CGI, and very convincing CGI at that. The show really chalenges the perception that super 16 is to grainy for CGI work. You could try looking on You Tube for some crude examples of what the show look like.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:28 AM

Was x-files shot in 16? Just watched the whole first series again it really is a great show..
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#9 Michael Most

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:56 AM

II thought "Veronica Mars" switched to 35mm...


They stayed on 16mm through all 3 seasons.

Was the TV series "Highlander" shot in S16?


Yes, as were a number of Canadian made syndicated series at the time.

I remember those Stu Segal (?) productions shot in 16mm or S16 like "Silk Stalkings", don't know if he's still doing that.


Yes, "Renegade" and "Pensacola" were both on 16mm (both Stu's shows), as was "Invisible Man." If you work in San Diego, you pretty much work out of Stu's studio, with Stu's guys, and Stu's equipment - and, in most cases, with Stu as your production partner. I guess you could call San Diego the 16mm capital of California.
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