I've recently started shooting on 35mm and I have been extremely frustrated by the exorbitant quotes and turnaround times I am getting from post houses around the L.A area for scanning my films.
Coming off RED Dragon..once I saw my first scanned 35mm test roll (also had a print made which I viewed on one of my moviolas) I knew I was never going back to digital. Film was everything I always wanted.
I am toying with the idea of finding 5-10 independent filmmakers, in the L.A area who are shooting on 16mm and 35mm to come together and invest in a high quality, fast, high resolution scanner (Lasergraphics comes to mind) for us to use 24/7 at no additional costs (except for initial investment).
The lasergraphics is a fast scanner (up to 30fps @5k) so we could crunch a lot of footage - fast!
When the scanner is not being used by the investors, we could scan for other independent filmmakers, effectively paying ourselves back.
There are obviously things to iron out like:
-Where is the scanner stored?
-Do we operate with a queue system(when investor 1 is done, investor 2 scans..etc)
-Who operates the scanner?
-Is there a quota limit per week? (If investor 1 has 20,000' of film but investors 2,3,4,5 have 1000' we make logical arrangements so everyone can have their footage scanned.
After the one time investment, investors get unlimited access to the scanner for life. Investors sign a fair agreement so investors are protected against overuse, etc.
That's it - I had this idea because of the frustration I've been going through lately. If anybody is interested or wants to pitch in other ideas, post here or PM me directly. I have a scanner option but need to discuss with potential investors.
Edited by Robino Jones, 26 October 2016 - 01:31 AM.