Breaking Down Large Rolls of Unexposed Film
Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:59 AM
Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:52 PM
1) remember to wind and then rewind to keep the same end out, or your footage numbers will be backwards.
Any advice or tricks on breaking down 1,000 foot rolls of 5285?
Other than that I have only played with 16mm so there are proably some traps excluive to the big guys.
Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:33 PM
Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:02 PM
Oh, and, of course, the nice thing about a 1,000-foot roll, even if you get angry at it and sping several turns onto the floor, you've still got hundreds and hundreds of feet left :-)
100-footers you have to be nicer to.
Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:57 PM
AH yes, to do a 100ft roll on a 16mm daylight spool takes something like 41-2 turns of your average rewind, and you can feel that the film is a bit below the flange of the daylight spool.
Assuming you are winding tight, you can measure the diameter of the reel with a caliper or something until you get it just right, or the number of turns.
YOu can probaly use a chart to get a good idea of the size of say a 400 ft load. A bit of rough masking tape on some smooth cardboard (or on the rewind itself) would give you a tactile guide to when your roll was full. I did this once when I foolishly bought a 400 ft roll of 5222 to use in my still camera, and had to break it to 200 ft to fit my Alden 200 Loader. In that case I made a winder out of a Kitchen sink cutout, and used masking tape to mark the point where the roll would fit in the loader. I wound off 200 ft and put the rest away, then put the roll in the bulk loader. once I used it I put the rest of the roll in the bulk loader. (20 years later I have still not used it all, but have a clearer understanding of why you don't really want to use movie film for stills.)
Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:11 AM
We use footage counters in the darkroom to cut exact portions. The numbers within the counters themselves are painted with Rucolux, a so called safety lacquer. Before switching off the lights we flash them.
there's got to be some tricks I don't know about.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:26 AM
We use footage counters in the darkroom to cut exact portions.
That's cheating! :-p
Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:23 PM
If you count real well in the dark, you can do this.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:13 AM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:56 AM