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#1 Tom Hepburn

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 11:46 PM

Hello All,

I've recently come back to shooting film. I'm shooting 16mm color most of the time and B&W occasionally. I'm looking for a place that does reasonably priced transfers in the area (Chicago). I have my processing done at filmworkers Astrolab here in town, but the cost of their transfers is a bit high for my wallet. Because I don't have a lot of $ to throw at my projects, I usually go for DV tape and edit in AfterEffects. Does anyone else know of a place in the area that I can check in to?

Thanks in advance,
T
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#2 Elliot Rudmann

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:50 PM

Hey Tim -

try giving Optimus a call www.optimus.com phone# 312-321-0880 - I don't know their rates exactly, but they may be able to offer competitive pricing
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#3 Justin Hayward

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 12:08 AM

Optimus is great.

Wherever you go, tell them your situation and find out if there's an assistant colorist trying to build a reel.
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#4 Tom Hepburn

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:55 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I'm aware of Optimus, but didn't know that they do transfers. I'll give them a buzz.

Thanks again,

T
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#5 Tim Carroll

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:36 AM

Tim,

I used to live in Chicago and I always used Filmworkers Astro. If you just want a DV transfer, have them do a one light on the Rank. If memory serves, there is a guy named Mike who does their one light/best light on the Rank and he does really nice work, and it is much less expensive than having them do a supervised transfer on the Spirit.

The other thing I remember about them is that if you really need the transfer on the Spirit (which I think would be a waste of money if you are outputting to DV tape), they used to have a deal if you were willing to do the transfer in the wee hours of the morning (like overnight) because they used to have a night shift on the Spirit, and a supervised transfer at night was less expensive.

Best,
-Tim
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