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What would you call those colour balance segments at the beginning of a roll of film


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#1 Niall Conroy

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 05:36 PM

Hey guys,

I'm shooting a super-8 piece in a few weeks, and i thought it would be nice to include those classic stylised colour balancing scenes that are shot at the start (or some point) of a roll of film.

Been trying to find more reference photos on the internet, but seeing as I lack a key-word, Its proving difficult. I did however spot this image on TV a few days ago:

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which is exactly the sort of style I want for the shot - so anyone recall seeing any images floating about similar to this - or any videos on youtube/vimeo

I could have sworn they had these sorts of shot in that old Kodak test film:

Hope that all made sense

thanks for reading!
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#2 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:37 PM

Shoot your own. You can't just use something you find on the internet without permission. Copyright exists whether it says it or not. You also aren't likely to just find a file you could use in editing anyway.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:02 PM

Been trying to find more reference photos on the internet, but seeing as I lack a key-word, Its proving difficult.


"China Girl"
http://en.wikipedia....Girl_(film_term)
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#4 Niall Conroy

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:26 AM

Shoot your own. You can't just use something you find on the internet without permission. Copyright exists whether it says it or not. You also aren't likely to just find a file you could use in editing anyway.


i always was intending to shoot my own. I guess I just didn't get that point across in my original post.

"China Girl"
http://en.wikipedia....Girl_(film_term)


excellent! many thanks!... although the 'key-word' isn't much of a keyword - quite open to interpretation from google :)

great help tho, thanks.
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#5 Niall Conroy

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:39 AM

great stuff:


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#6 Jock Blakley

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 11:06 PM

Laboratory Aim Density frames are usually included in a laboratory's standard leaders and are used for quickly checking the colour and exposure of an intermediate or print. Nowadays they're supplied by Kodak either as a piece of film duplicated from the originals shot when the system was devised, or as a DPX of the new Digital LAD patch.

Going back a bit laboratories used to devise their own - I've seen ones from Eclair, Rank, Atlab, and Cinevex since the '80s, and there are dozens more before then.

Either way though - they're not shot at the head of each reel of camera negative.
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