After your film is shot
Posted 11 May 2005 - 09:00 AM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 09:30 AM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:05 PM
I'd recommend sending the film to the lab as you go and having them process it, but holding off on transferring to video (or printing) until you've completed the project. Remember that most labs charge for processing by the foot, so there's no cost savings for holding onto it (one order of 1,000 feet costs the same as two orders of 500 feet).
If you're comfortable doing it, there may be a cost savings in waiting until everything is shot before doing your video transfer. Because telecine time is typically charged by the hour, you can probably save money by running all of it in one big chunk, thereby avoiding the "partial" hour charges and saving time set-up time. I used this strategy on a super-low budget feature I shot and, amazingly, it worked out OK, somehow we didn't have to reshoot anything.
Talk to your lab and see if you can get them to "vault" your negative until the end of the project, as that could also save you money on postage if you have to ship to a lab out of town.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:32 PM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 04:31 PM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:23 PM
1 - if there is any problem with your camera, you will find out about it before it's too late.
2 - emulsions do age, and suffer latent image fade. If you refrigerate the exposed stock this is minimised, and shouldn't be a problem - but why just minimise a problem when you can avoid it completely by processing promptly.
3 - (slight variation on 2) - there is always the risk with unprocessed stock that accidents can happen: your fridge fails; someone moves the stock; someone opens the cans to see what's inside; etc.
So far as cost is oncerned, most labs have a minimum charge, so make sure that you don't come up against that if you send work in day by day.