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#1 Matthew K Thompson

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:35 AM

Hello,

Does anyone know of a lab that will make an optical sound print for reasonable price? 

 

Any help is appreciated,

Matt


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#2 Dirk DeJonghe

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:54 AM

We still make 16mm prints with applicated optical sound tracks. We just delivered a job for MOMA NYC. I don't know what you consider to be a reasonable price. You need to have an optical negative first (we can provide this).


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#3 Matthew K Thompson

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Hi Dirk,
Thanks for responding. I am new to 16mm filmmaking...i am not sure what i consider to be reasonable price. I'm an artist (ie. I have no budget, only what I can afford). I do have a couple of questions, if you don't mind.. I am wondering what is possible in making an optical soundtrack. Can I edit sound digitally (alongside a telecine) adding synch beeps at the start (I assume), then send a wav file to the lab to have it recorded to a negative and transferred to a print (after conforming a workprint of the film to the telecine)?

Sorry for the wordiness...trying to be clear with much that I do not yet fully understand.
Matt

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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

I suspect you can do something like that.

 

Just be aware that even the most carefully-produced 16mm optical soundtrack is of, how can I put it politely, limited performance. 


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#5 Matthew K Thompson

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

Thanks Phil,

Yes, I know about the limitations.

Matt


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#6 Will Montgomery

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:43 PM

VideoFilmSolutions.com in Maryland can take an edited digital file and output a 16mm negative with audio then you can make as many answer prints as you like. If your film is short it's very cost effective.


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#7 Matthew K Thompson

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:54 AM

Thanks Will!


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#8 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

We do this at Cinelab we make allot of 16mm answer prints and have a negative cutter in house.

 

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#9 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:32 PM

You also have Colorlab in NYC and Maryland.  Very good services.

 

http://www.colorlab.com/index.html


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#10 Will Montgomery

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:20 AM

You also have Colorlab in NYC and Maryland.  Very good services.

 

http://www.colorlab.com/index.html

Colorlab and VideoFilmServices are literally related to each other. Same good quality of work from both companies.


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#11 Matthew K Thompson

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:06 PM

thanks everyone!


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