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#1 Oliver Smith

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 06:02 AM

Have any films, of recent times, been shot on R16 and had notable success on the big screen?
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#2 bragis chut

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 07:21 PM

This question has been asked a lot in this forum, there's probably a list somewhere if you check under "films shot on super 16," but from memory, here go a few:

HUSTLE & FLOW
THE DEVILS REJECTS
THE CONSTANT GARDNER (partial)
CITY OF GOD (partial -- most)
28 WEEKS LATER

Hope that helps.

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#3 Martin Yernazian

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

Hey Oliver there is a good thread that I started a few months ago, you should search it


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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 09:06 PM

The older Texas Chainsaw massacre had some footage shot with a bolex. I don't know what in particular, but I remember pictures of a tiny little bolex mounted on a big, heavy iron crane.
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#5 Nate Downes

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 09:52 PM

The older Texas Chainsaw massacre had some footage shot with a bolex. I don't know what in particular, but I remember pictures of a tiny little bolex mounted on a big, heavy iron crane.

I think all of it was R16.
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#6 Adam Thompson

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 10:56 PM

He asked what was shot on R16 (Regular) 16mm film.

I saw one made in the late 90's that was normal 16mm. It may have been in a couple of theaters, which is the best you can expect out of an indie film anyway and many would only dream of that.

This one is called A Better Place. Kevin Smith helped produce it for (I heard) under $200k. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118705/ It was good and worth renting or buying. The 16mm had a hell of a look to it and I think worked perfect for the story where video would have hurt it. It was shot with an SR1 I heard as well. There have been several horror movies made on 16mm recently that made it to good DVD markets, which is all you can hope for again. If you keep the stocks sorta slow, your lenses great and your story is good, it won't matter if it was Normal or Super.

And yes the only good Tx. Chainsaw film was all shot on 16mm normal.

Just remember to frame for 16:9 for post work needs as any legitimate DVD distributor will want to make anamorphic DVD's.
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#7 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 02:38 AM

I believe "Pi" and "Grey Gardens" were shot on R16.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 04:19 AM

I think all of it was R16.


Chainsaw massacre was shot mainly with a eclair NPR and some shoots with Bolex H16
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#9 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 04:37 AM

A lot of successful documentaries, especially "Crumb" by Zwigoff and most of Errol Morris' films.
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#10 Oliver Smith

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:50 PM

I believe "Pi" and "Grey Gardens" were shot on R16.


According to IMDB, Pi was shot on Super 16.
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#11 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 03:31 PM

The older Texas Chainsaw massacre had some footage shot with a bolex. I don't know what in particular, but I remember pictures of a tiny little bolex mounted on a big, heavy iron crane.


Most was shot with an NPR on ECO.(ektachrome commercial ASA25).
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#12 Mark Dunn

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 03:46 AM

How recent?
Woodstock, Monterey Pop.
'Business as Usual', my student film in 1982; 1.66 soft matted, with a C-roll matte on the print. I haven't seen it since (sob). The director legged it with the answer print . I didn't have £250 for a print, or a Steenbeck. I have both now.
Ah, history.
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#13 Ryan Ball

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 04:00 AM

Have any films, of recent times, been shot on R16 and had notable success on the big screen?



"Once" is a great new movie that had to have been shot on 16mm. Anybody see it?
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#14 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 08:08 AM

I only just found out recently that The Gods Must Be Crazy was shot on 16mm with a Bolex. Though it's been a while since Ive seen the film so I can't recall the aspect ratio to determine whether it was shot on regular 16mm or super 16.
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#15 David Auner aac

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 02:13 PM

I only just found out recently that The Gods Must Be Crazy was shot on 16mm with a Bolex. Though it's been a while since Ive seen the film so I can't recall the aspect ratio to determine whether it was shot on regular 16mm or super 16.


Hi Patrick!

Do you mean the 1980 The Gods Must Be Crazy from Botswana, that was shot on 35mm and released in 2,35:1, according to IMDB.

Cheers, Dave
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#16 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 02:23 PM

I only just found out recently that The Gods Must Be Crazy was shot on 16mm with a Bolex. Though it's been a while since Ive seen the film so I can't recall the aspect ratio to determine whether it was shot on regular 16mm or super 16.


now that's crazy. It was shot in 35mm Techniscope, same as 'El Topo'.

This is from Wikipedia & is a frame grab from DVD.

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http://imdb.com/titl...80801/technical

When I saw it in a theatre, I was pleasently surprised to notice certain frame line artifacts and that all the hold frames were not dupes. Which meant it was optically printed from a Techniscope OCN.
The picture quality was impressive. Since it was shot in the late 70s, it was on 5247.

Let's suppose the movie was a blow up from 16mm. The print would have been projected 1.85 whether it was shot in 16R or S16.
'Thermin' was projected 1.33/1, because it was blown up to the height of the 1.85 frame.
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#17 Christian Appelt

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 03:18 PM

R. Rodriguez' EL MARIACHI was shot in 16mm (CP16 or Bolex?).
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#18 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:02 PM

R. Rodriguez' EL MARIACHI was shot in 16mm (CP16 or Bolex?).


An Arri S - it was all dubbed sound.


My personal favorite would have to be Christopher Nolan's Following - Arri 16BL and a Bolex.
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#19 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 09:30 PM

"...now that's crazy. It was shot in 35mm Techniscope, same as 'El Topo'."

Woah....it wasnt very long ago when a cinematographer posted on this very forum that The Gods Must Be Crazy was shot on 16mm with a Bolex! I admit, I was more than a little surprised when I read that. I can't remember the poster's name. Certainly a lot of misinformation going around the Internet.
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#20 Ryan Ball

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:00 PM

When I saw "Once" I immediately assumed it was R16, but IMDB says it was 35. Do production companies often lie and say they shot on 35 to help their distribution efforts? Maybe i'm mistaken, but it sure looked like 16 to me. It has that doccumentary look and feel that screams 16, not at all glossy like most 35 productions. Maybe they were using old stock or something. Anybody seen it yet? You'll be hearing about it come Oscar time,
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