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#1 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 09:45 PM

 

Think you'll get a good laugh out of this.

 

I have a friend in California who recently bought a 35mm reel of a cartoon short that clocks in at about 25 minutes. He came to me with great excitement over his purchase with the expectation that his uncle could scan it in 4k and he'd have the only 4K copy of this short on the internet.

 

He proceeds to call up his uncle to ask for the favor, as it turns out, his uncle only has the ability to scan 8mm in 720p from home.

So then he researches the cost of a company to scan it for him. With over 2000 feet of 35mm film, he was going to need about $3000 (for a reel that was only $100). The most ridiculous part of all of this to me, was that he attempted to make a GoFundMe crowd funding thing, thinking strangers on the internet would actually fund a fiasco like this.

 

Both logically and lawfully, this is a disaster. If you wish to see his GoFundMe page, PM me.

 

Skip here if you don't care for the story:

How does this guy, no matter how desperate, go about converting the 2000 feet of film he bought to 4k in the cheapest way possible? Even if he has to scan the frames one by one himself, what is the best method of doing it?

 

Feel bad for the guy and just want to give him at least a strain of hope that doesn't cost $3000.

Thanks.


Edited by Macks Fiiod, 05 March 2016 - 09:45 PM.

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#2 Phillip Mosness

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 03:11 PM

People have funded way dumber things, but I'm not sure a post house would scan anything unless the owner has the copyright, anyway.

How old is the cartoon?


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#3 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 06:31 PM

 

The toon was released in 1999, company definitely still holds copyright. That's why I said it was a "lawful disaster" lol.


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#4 Chris Burke

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 09:13 PM

Contact Cinelab or Gamma Ray Digital.


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#5 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 09:53 PM

UHD-4K on our Xena Dynamic Perf scanner would be $0.50/ft or $1000.00

 

Why not 2K? That would be $0.20/ft on the 4K Xena Dynamic perf machine, or $400.00


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#6 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 08 March 2016 - 02:20 AM

 

 

UHD-4K on our Xena Dynamic Perf scanner would be $0.50/ft or $1000.00

 

Why not 2K? That would be $0.20/ft on the 4K Xena Dynamic perf machine, or $400.00

That sounds like the best deal he's seen so far. Does that include sound? If not, how much extra would sound be?

 

As for why not 2k, he's just really into the concept of owning this cartoon in 4k because "it's funny".


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#7 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 01:18 PM

Sound reading is another $0.10/ft.


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