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#1 jackson defa

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

Hello, I am an independent producer and director. I've been working on a feature-length film in 16mm. We shot in Canada and San Francisco and are now here for a week of production. I am looking to develop around 6K feet of 16mm and I am having trouble sifting through the myriad of labs in LA all of whom seem legitimate but none are standing out. Does anyone know of a lab that stands out? I am looking for development of negative and a telecine. I would appreciate anyone's advice.

all the best!
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#2 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:41 PM

Any of the labs in LA will properly develop any color negative in the Kodak ECN2 process.

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#3 Tom Jensen

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:45 PM

I always liked Fotokem for 16 and though they were reasonable and professional.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:24 AM

I always liked Fotokem for 16 and though they were reasonable and professional.


thanks! turns out fotokem is the only lab that does 16mm in los angeles! go figure :)
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#5 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:28 PM

thanks! turns out fotokem is the only lab that does 16mm in los angeles! go figure :)

There is also Spectra Film and Video. They do great processing of all film types and formats.
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#6 Joshua Reis

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 01:03 AM

Hello, I am an independent producer and director. I've been working on a feature-length film in 16mm. We shot in Canada and San Francisco and are now here for a week of production. I am looking to develop around 6K feet of 16mm and I am having trouble sifting through the myriad of labs in LA all of whom seem legitimate but none are standing out. Does anyone know of a lab that stands out? I am looking for development of negative and a telecine. I would appreciate anyone's advice.

all the best!
Jackson



I have always been pleased with Fotokem for color negative. However, I don't think do do reversal or cross processing.
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#7 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:47 PM

Pro8 handles 8 and 16mm as well.
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#8 Philip Nasadowski

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:17 PM

I've used Spectra and liked the results. They're nice to deal with, too.
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#9 Evan Ferrario

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:34 PM

Fotokem is the only lab I've delt with in LA, but I have to say they are top notch. You can drop film off at the lab 24 hours a day, processing is usually done in 24 hours. I'm sure it helped that I started as a student, but they have been great extending student rates to me past college to ensure I am still able to shoot on film for personal projects.

Transfer is a whole other game...
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#10 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:50 PM

I've used Spectra and liked the results. They're nice to deal with, too.


Spectra are really inexpensive on their rate card/website. Was 13 cents/foot for 16/35 colour neg. I'm guessing they don't move much when negotiating for a feature. Is there any downside to using them? I think they batch process but that might be for stock other than colour neg. Looks like a great place for indies/microbudget folk committed to film.

In New Zealand we had two labs at NZ 45 cents/foot (US 34 cents/foot). One just closed. LA looks good. I talked to an indian film maker the other day and tried to find out how to guage costs in India. Very difficult for a white European to get a straight answer. Normally someone inserts themselves between you and the labs and negotiates a good rate for a commission. I can't help wondering, if you turned up at the labs looking like a veteran hippie Euro-expat holding an Arri ST what rate you might get.

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#11 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

Actually I just found email from Spectra. I think they normally process weekly. Maybe that has helped the price.
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