Shooting a Practical 16mm Projector
Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:58 AM
I'm shooting some pick up scenes for a short film this weekend. One of the scenes involves a character watching some old 16mm footage inside a barn at night. I wanted to do everything in-camera, on set. We are shooting with a SR3 on 7219. The projected film is 7285 running through an autoload projector (Not sure what model). The scene is simple, with the character sitting down. We wanted to look over her shoulder seeing the projected image.
From what I have discussed with people, it seems I shouldn't have too much to worry about. However, I haven't been given the opportunity to do a test. I was wondering if anyone had any experience shooting a similar effect. Do I need to worry about syncing the shutters? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:30 AM
You should be fine, to be sure use a 180 degree shutter, and to double check, take the film mag off, cut a small piece of tracing paper, place it in the camera gate - be careful of the pull down - run the camera and projector, and view the inverted image to confirm lack of flicker.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:46 PM
What you want is for each camera frame to see only one projector frame, which happens by chance about three times out of four. What you don't want is your camera exposure to straddle the projector pulldown, giving you a double image. With no film in the camera, and some moderate action in the projection plate, run and stop the SR a few times to see if you can see that double frame thing in the finder.
When you're actually shooting, start/stop each take until you see the double image in the finder, because what you see there is exactly what's *not* going on the film, in terms of time.
Posted 03 April 2010 - 02:56 PM
But I don't know where you'd run off from the Bell & Howell, probably toomuch trouble...