I am in the development phase of short film project (approximately 20m running time based on the current script) and I really want to shoot film, for the process and longevity and the look. But doing research I am frankly very worried about the final quality of the film. A lot of samples of Super 16mm tend to have washed out or bad colors, the grain is huge and very visible and registration seems to not quite be tight, but then you look at a high budget film like Carol which has just beautiful images, and honestly (possibly due to internet compression) I can not tell it was shot on 16, for all I can tell it could be 35. Did they do a lot of processing to remove grain and get the colors right, or am I just unfortunate enough to see a lot of really bad examples of super 16mm.
I have shot with BMPCC's primarily, and I love the camera. It gives me amazing colors and motion and even though it can exhibit some grain/noise the patterns feel more organic than digital. If I rent cameras and lenses, purchase media and hard drives it will probably break about even with film if I get a good deal from Kodak shooting 6:1. If I shoot with my own camera (which is always riskier if there is a problem) I obviously could save quite a bit there but hate the idea of not having a backup etc.
So does it come down to finding a DP who is a real artist with film and light to get the quality you want out of Super 16mm? I'm quite happy with my abilities to DP with a digital sensor, but that's because I have the security blanket of the monitor and scopes. I will also be directing the project so would like to find a DP instead of wearing all the hats myself.