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#1 Gregory Almond

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:31 PM

I am mid production and there has been a huge communication breakdown about budget. We are sending our color negative film to Color-lab for processing.

Is it necessary to make a positive workprint to be telecined? or can they invert the negative during telecine?

Thanks very much
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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:04 PM

I am mid production and there has been a huge communication breakdown about budget. We are sending our color negative film to Color-lab for processing.

Is it necessary to make a positive workprint to be telecined? or can they invert the negative during telecine?

Thanks very much
Greg Almond


No need to make a print. Telecine scanners can "flip" your negative with the switch of a button to a positive image.
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#3 Andrew Koch

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 02:01 AM

It is better to telecine the negative anyway. There is may more information on the negative for the colorist to work with in telecine than on a print. This is why pretty much all transfers (with certain exceptions) are done from the negative. As Saulie said, the negative image is made positve during telecine instantly. Some transfers are done from the print, but this is only because there is no negative available. For example an old film where the negative has been lost or destroyed would have to be transferred from whatever is available like a work print or release print. I could be wrong about this, but I remember being told by one of my film professors that when they transferred the original Starwars to video, some of the scenes had to be transferred from release prints which created some problems with the quality.
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#4 Gregory Almond

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:25 AM

Thank you all very much, this means we can be in the black.

Thanks again
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