Hairs in the gate, like fast film, emulsion scratches, are problems that were there at the beginning, will be there 'til the end.
Like firearms and law enforcement, like stool samples and nursing, like chald/dry erase and teaching, just part of getting your hands dirty with the medium.
Gregory: You're a valuable asset to the board having first-hand experience with 2-perf. I know you're not the editor, colorist for the film, BUT, how did automatic software do with hairs? Digital ice obviously wouldn't work since it's encoded into the emulsion of the film, but I'd think some matting software out there would have an easy time of detecting it, no?
You know, someone really out to look into designing magazines, camera bodies with clean-room (positive pressure, keeps dust from entering) blowers inside. Of course the throat of the magazine, camera would still be a weak point.
I've been to two or three labs now that had clean rooms (wish I had one myself). I've been told they aren't perfect, but they seem like a great time-saver for this sort of thing, if of course this sort of thing can be miniaturized affordably.
I'm not a degree-holding engineer, but someone with HVAC experience and a BA in mechanical engineering should be able to say how difficult this would be to incorporate into a magazine and a camera body. . .
As to irresponsible advertising: Kodak, all the camera manufacturers, Fuji, labs are all guilty of it.
Any company that recommends their 500T (most expensive aka most profitable) stock to 16mm filmmakers is irresponsible. 7219 is the WORST stock for HD transfers, green screens, but it is the most popular, sold because that's what makes Kodak the most money. Same thing with Eterna 500 Fuji. Camera companies, rental houses often pitch their most expensive models. Is it the best choice for a cash-strapped film or a student film? Almost certainly not.
Unfortunately, there's always a conflict of interest when money is involved and a commission, rent has to be paid. . .
Edited by K Borowski, 13 February 2011 - 12:39 PM.