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#1 Luke Randall

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:10 PM

I'm just getting started shooting 16mm film and finding my through the process of getting the best price to performance ratio with indy filmmakers and student filmmakers in mind. I wanted share what I've acquired thus far in hopes it might help others get started quickly and also to hear tips from more knowledgeable folks. List your deals!

 

 

Film Stock:

 

Best prices I have found are factory sealed rolls from reelgoodfilm in L.A. $96 for rolls of 16mm 200T and 250D.

 

Processing:

16mm is $.22/ft at Fotokem. Since they have an excellent reputation & other vendors (Spectra $.21/ft)  had a negligible price difference, I went with Fotokem.

 

Scanning:

 

I went with Perry at Gamma Ray Digital. 5k scanner, prices are good,  no bollox fees or "packages" and superb communication. Pro 8mm recently got a 5k scanner too but their prices are higher and they offer fewer output options. 

 

.48c a ft for 2k scan to 4444 prores or uncompressed AVI.

 

Cheers!


Edited by Luke Randall, 03 December 2015 - 05:17 PM.

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#2 Nima Khazaei

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 04:27 AM

If you're a student, make sure to get Fotokem's student discount- it's EXCELLENT, the current price is $.12 a foot.

 

Kodak also gives 30% off.


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#3 Luke Randall

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:43 PM

If you're a student, make sure to get Fotokem's student discount- it's EXCELLENT, the current price is $.12 a foot.

 

Kodak also gives 30% off.

 

Not a student unfortunately, that is an excellent discount though!


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#4 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:46 AM

We charge the following:

 

Develop 16mm ECN with in house scan $0.12/ft

 

2K Data on our 4K Xena Dynamic Perf scanner to DPX, ProRes444 or DNxHR $0.30/ft with a $150 minimum if you supply a drive for the scans to go back on, $25 more for a Cinelab rental drive.

 

We have run work for many international 16mm Ad campaigns, archives and a upcoming HBO show on the 4K Dynamic Perf Xena and everyone was very happy with the results.


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#5 Peter Bitic

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 07:02 AM

Robert do you maybe have some uncompressed frame from your scanner that you could upload? I am always interested in that stuff, but it's hard to find noncompressed examples on the internet. Hope that's not too much off topic.


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#6 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:30 PM

We are revamping the web site right now and we will have DPX and ProRes444 samples from all four film scanners.

 

 

Cintel HD

4K Dynamic Perf Xena 8mm-35mm

5K Pin Reg Sequential RGB HDR capable Xena 16mm-35mm

Imagica 6K Pin Reg 35mm Vista-Vision

 

I don't have samples organized yet but will have them soon.


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#7 Luke Randall

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:39 PM

We charge the following:

 

Develop 16mm ECN with in house scan $0.12/ft

 

2K Data on our 4K Xena Dynamic Perf scanner to DPX, ProRes444 or DNxHR $0.30/ft with a $150 minimum if you supply a drive for the scans to go back on, $25 more for a Cinelab rental drive.

 

We have run work for many international 16mm Ad campaigns, archives and a upcoming HBO show on the 4K Dynamic Perf Xena and everyone was very happy with the results.

 

Nice!


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#8 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 02:49 PM

I have repeatedly been pleased with Cinelab's data scans. 


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