Question: Short ends/long ends
Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:09 AM
Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:54 AM
All of these options will be cheaper than buying fresh stock, but there are always possible downsides. There is no guarantee that the stock hasn't been flashed or had some other problem. And sometimes loaders make a mistake and mis-label the can when they unload it, so it says "5218 500T" and it's really "5212 100T". I've heard of this issue before in a few instances.
I had a personal experience with recans on a movie once. We had been shooting for two months (all fresh stock) and then one day during the last week I was doing a steadicam shot and I got the first steadi mag of the day and balanced my rig and we started shooting. When we changed mags the balance was way off on my steadicam (i.e., the mag was lighter) and I couldn't figure out why. Then, during the second or third take we rolled out unexpectedly. I was a bit miffed at the 1st, who had said we had plenty of film for another take. But when we checked the counter it had only rolled around 350 ft. This continued until we finished the scene. What had happened was that the producer had gone behind the DP and 1st's backs and bought re-cans to save money, and all the rolls were short and different lengths. It wasn't the end of the world for me personally, but it wasn't a great situation. Anyway, that's the long winded way of me telling you I'm not a fan of short ends and recans.
If you do end up going this route, just be aware of some of the issues that could arise because of that choice.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:15 AM
Short End = Less than 400' left, in general
They come cheaper because they've been "handled" and loaded into a mag, then removed as unexposed stock. You might run into issues of a spec of dust here and there, but I've never experience anything tragic the times I've shot short ends.
When spending my own dough, I always buy brand new stock, though.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:51 AM