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#1 Stephen Baldassarre

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:22 AM

It's been a long time since I've been involved in an all photo-chemical project.  I may be doing a short film this summer and wanted to know if there were any decent labs that can still do 16mm contact prints with audio.  To give you an idea how long its been, I was using Alpha Cine most recently and Forde before that.  A digital "work print" might be nice but not a must.  If I can do everything with the same lab, so much the better.  I should probably mention my short will be no longer than 10 minutes, most likely 5.

Thanks!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:51 AM

There are none left that I am aware of. I believe Fotokem is the last lab left on the West Coast. But I'm happy to be proven wrong!
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#3 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:17 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:41 AM

I'm. It sure about with audio, but Fotokem does fantastic 16 and Super16 contact prints.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:05 PM

Spectra is still going.
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#6 Richard Tuohy

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:19 PM

Spectra is a great lab but they don't make prints which is what the thread is about.
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#7 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:20 PM

Labs making 16mm prints in the US are:

 

Us (at Cinelab) we are on a 14 day turnaround schedule for 16mm print.

 

Colorlab - VFS in Maryland.

 

Continental in FLA (I think)

 

FotoKem in LA.


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for the pointers guys.

Question; my camera was modded for S16.  Does that make it impossible for me to have an optical sound track on a contact print?  I would expect them to have gates to prevent exposure into the soundtrack region but I've only shot silent movies on reversal and talkies on negative with DIs.


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#9 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 10:59 PM

It is not a problem to make a 16mm print with sound when the negative was shot on a Super-16 gate camera. The soundtrack area is masked in the printer gate and there is a seperate lamp for the soundtrack exposure on the print.

 

Obviously the resultant print will be Standard 16mm and cut off the Super-16mm part of the image.


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:27 PM

The soundtrack area is masked in the printer gate and there is a seperate lamp for the soundtrack exposure on the print.

 

Obviously the resultant print will be Standard 16mm and cut off the Super-16mm part of the image.

I expected as much, just wanted to double check, thanks!


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