Film Processing Protocol
Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:47 PM
I'm new to shooting 16mm. I recently purchased a Super 16mm Krasnogorsk K3 Camera. I plan on shooting lots of 100' spools with it. What i want to know is... When i have shot the roll of film, what is the protocol to develop it. How do i send it to the lab? How should I handle the exposed spool? Should i label it somehow? My goal is to send it to the lab and have them transfer the film to mini dv tape. I'm new to this so any help would be appreciated.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:59 PM
Contact information (phone number or email)
Title of film production
Film emulsion number, say: "7213"
List footage: "300feet"
"Transfer to video"
At minimum, put your name and phone number on your cans/rolls, and the emulsion number and the lab will have the basics to get started and can call you if they need more info.
Edited by Steve Zimmerman, 10 December 2011 - 10:02 PM.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 10:09 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:27 PM
I'm kidding here, but I did have a scare once, in my early days of filmmaking, of a roll of reversal film being sent for telecine before it was processed! Fortunately the telecine house had their sh&* together more than the person who put the film in the wrong drop box!
Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:39 AM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:32 PM
Always mention how you want the film to be developed: "Process Normal, or Push One Stop, or Pull One Stop, etc". It was late...
You can mark the film can "Exposed" as well.
One would hope if the lab was unsure they would call the contact info before doing anything, but I'm sure there are horror stories...
Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:35 PM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:21 PM
Also "clean & prep" for getting your film cleaned and prepped for telecine or "process & print" if you want a traditional workprint.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:26 PM
In my case, the transfer house was smart enough to figure that a taped, original can, rather than a reel, wasn't the normal way to receive film for telecine, so they sent it back. . .
Mistakes get made when notes aren't clear. It's good practice to always use BLACK tape around the edges of a can of exposed film, and colored tape, or white tape for unexposed film. Usually, processed film ends up on untaped cans, with reels. I'm not sure if there is a standard tape color?
I almost opened a can just a couple days ago that someone had sent to me untaped. Fortunately, there was a black bag inside. At that point I saw the faint pencil note on the back. . .
I WAS TAUGHT "PROCESS AND PREP. FOR TELECINE , PROCESS AND PRINT, PROCESS ONLY, PROCESS PREP. AND TELECINE" the last being if it is all done under one roof. The first is if someone else is handling telecine.
Unfortunately I don't get to write down "process and print" much anymore. . .
Edited by K Borowski, 11 December 2011 - 04:29 PM.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:57 PM
Do yourself a favor and buy one of the versions of this book. It's got lots of useful technical information about film and film cameras.
Check out page 412
Edited by Steve Zimmerman, 11 December 2011 - 10:01 PM.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:38 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:12 PM
At the times of photographic sound records those cans would have been taped red. Picture strands are sometimes blue, yet most of the times black. Black gaffer tape will also do but then find a white marker. Perhaps better than the other way!
Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:49 PM
We see all kinds of film come in many containers. Try not to be the guy who sends his film in a ball wrapped with tin foil. The lab staff will laugh at you and then unravel the ball of film in the darkroom to try to develop it. If you have to send your film in a coffee can make sure it is a decent brand of coffee. You don't need to excessively tape the can of film, the idea is to have the film not be exposed to light before it is developed, not to keep it from escaping as if it were a prisoner.
Mostly (we) the lab staff like things to be labeled so we know who's film it is and how it is to be developed like a push or a pull and a name on the can or box of film.
You can call the lab, but the lab staff might be busy running film....