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#1 Alexander Boyd

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 05:02 PM

Hello everyone,

 

planning to shoot a short film on 35mm, yet Fotokem's (student) rates - or better: my math - got my slightly confused. What I need is "Developing" + "Digitize/Telecine to ProRes 422" (no proper Coloring Sit-In session needed since I'm planning to grade the digital files with a befriended colorist). Doing the math, it looks like this:

 

"Develop Normal 35mm" – $0.09/feet –> $0.09 x 5400ft = $486

"Digitize to Client Drive (HD Source Tape)" – $125.00/hour –> $125.00 x 3hrs = $375

TOTAL = $861

 

This sounds incredibly cheap to me. Am I missing something here? I guess the "Digitize to Client Drive (HD Source Tape)" is not what I initially conceived as a Telecine to ProRes 422 files?

 

Thanks in advance for the resolution,

Alex


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 05:17 PM

Neg processing is only 9 cents a foot these days?


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#3 Alexander Boyd

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 05:22 PM

At least that's what it says on their student rates card: http://fotokem.com/r..._Rates_2010.pdf


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#4 Josh Gladstone

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 01:54 AM

Their student rates are significantly discounted. I think the real rate is something like 12 or 14 cents a foot. And I'm pretty sure there's tax, too.

 

Not to mention the over $4000 5400' of raw stock is going to cost from Kodak. Don't get me wrong, I love film and I wholeheartedly support your decision to shoot it, but I would struggle to call it incredibly cheap.


Edited by Josh Gladstone, 08 April 2015 - 01:55 AM.

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#5 Alexander Boyd

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 03:35 AM

Hi Josh, thanks a lot for your input. Of course it's expensive to shoot on film, don't get me wrong, yet I was positively surprised about the Developing & Telecine rates. Here in Austria, where I have shot most of my analog projects, the numbers for these services are nowhere near close to those in LA. But then again, there's an industry and probably much more demand in LA. 

 

But makes me feel positive about continuing to shoot on film.


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#6 Will Montgomery

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 04:15 PM

With 35mm cameras so incredibly cheep these days to purchase, the film purchase costs might be what you used to rent a camera for on a whole film...so while still expensive it is much less than it used to be. Plenty of labs will make good deals for you including scanning so I'd encourage small film makers to at least investigate the possibility.


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#7 Alexander Boyd

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 04:30 PM

I'm one-hundred percent with you on that. 


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#8 Thom Kuo

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 04:47 PM

Hey Alex,

If you're only shooting 4000' I can xfer for you 2K DPX files pro bono. Pin registered scanning. I can give you raw files. You'd have to find a colorist. Let me know.

Thom


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