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by Kinohead
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: A (possibly short) reprieve for film
Replies: 8
Views: 1483

Re: A (possibly short) reprieve for film

I alway have to return and post here at least once a year to remind myself of why I stay away.

Thanks!
by Kinohead
Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: A (possibly short) reprieve for film
Replies: 8
Views: 1483

Re: A (possibly short) reprieve for film

"The company is the last remaining maker of motion picture film after Fujifilm exited the business last year." Not true. Last manufacturer of COLOR motion picture film, yes, but not B&W. ORWO (http://www.orwona.com/" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank) ]is very much still in business mak...
by Kinohead
Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Non-24fps silents on Blu mastered at 1080p causing jitter
Replies: 121
Views: 48026

Re: Non-24fps silents on Blu mastered at 1080p causing jitte

HD moving images of non- 24 FPS Silent Films, which appear frame accurate and play back at the proper apparent frame rate are easily made in either interlaced or progressive modes using optical flow software technology. I am dumbfounded anyone uses pull-down sequences in this day and age. You can pl...
by Kinohead
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The movie least well served by restoration?
Replies: 23
Views: 1921

Re: The movie least well served by restoration?

In another vein, I have heard it said that sometimes a "lost" film was lost for a reason…
by Kinohead
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2011 National Film Registry
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: 2011 National Film Registry

A while ago, there was significant media coverage...a 60 Minutes report on the 1906 silent actuality film called "A Trip Down Market Street", (snip) The film SHOULD be in the registry. It IS in the National Film Registry and was added in 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_Down_Market_Street"...
by Kinohead
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Any period articles or papers on Orthochomic film?
Replies: 8
Views: 4177

Re: Any period articles or papers on Orthochomic film?

You want some ortho motion picture stock? Simply buy Eastman 2302/5302 print stock. This lab stock has emulsion and exposure characteristics very much like the earliest Nitrate filmstocks with a corresponding sensitivity of about 5-10 ASA, although the stock is not technically rated for ISO/ASA spee...
by Kinohead
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: What type of film stock did Melies use??
Replies: 5
Views: 2711

Re: What type of film stock did Melies use??

Melies probably did use Lumiere Brothers stock and it was blue sensitive only; not even technically what we call orthochromatic today. For a short time in the history of film, the very first filmstock were dual purpose; both for negative and prints. You just used the same stock for different purpose...
by Kinohead
Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Nitrate glowing on screen and LCD contrast ratio
Replies: 31
Views: 14770

Re: Nitrate glowing on screen and LCD contrast ratio

I should also say I've handled and projected a large quantity of archival acetate prints, and the old black and white is almost always vastly superior to any modern black and white. Even schlocky low budget sexploitation and horror films look stunning. I can think of a couple vintage trailers and p...
by Kinohead
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Nitrate glowing on screen and LCD contrast ratio
Replies: 31
Views: 14770

Re: Nitrate glowing on screen and LCD contrast ratio

Let's not again get into the myth that if it was nitrate it had to be beautiful. There were good and bad nitrate prints, just like there were (and are) good and bad safety prints. Comparing film projection with video viewing covers two very different technologies. A glowing picture tube (or flat sc...
by Kinohead
Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

Re:

Kinohead wrote:Grab the shoulder terminus of the curve (leftmost point of line) and pull it down until you get hightlights below clipping and you can see detail in the highlights.
Doh!

That should have been RIGHTMOST point of the line! :oops:

Apologies for any confusion caused!
by Kinohead
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Would you like to have lived during the silent era?
Replies: 83
Views: 6092

Re: Would you like to have lived during the silent era?

Have you ever felt you were born in the wrong era? In a message board devoted to vintage film, I wouldn't be surprised if some people here haven't felt that way at times. Like to have???? "...So as through a glass, and darkly The age long strife I see Where I fought in many guises, Many names, but ...
by Kinohead
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Setting Up to Cut By Hand
Replies: 14
Views: 4075

Re: Setting Up to Cut By Hand

Hello, I'm in the process of setting up a pre-Moviola editing bench. I'm doing this partly for a school project, partly out of historical interest and mostly because I'm getting sick of digital editing. Ten years of chasing after software updates and keeping up with codecs has just plain worn me ou...
by Kinohead
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Viewing of nitrate film
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Call around Ball State University. They probably have some form of AV preservation department. If not, try Indiana Univ (http://www.indiana.edu/~iucinema/) which has quite a large collection of motion picture film.
by Kinohead
Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

That hasn't been my experience—I was sorely disappointed with several scans that I've done in the last couple of years from prints (at more than one lab). What I've scanned in either sacrifices the shadows or the highlights. Moreso with color, of course. But I'm no expert on digital scans, so I cou...
by Kinohead
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

You don't need HDR for a print, that's overkill. The dynamic range of a print easily fits into the linear range of a datacine or scanner with just a bit of compression into the shadows, which can be easily expanded outward with simple RGB curves plugins in most image editing software. Negatives need...
by Kinohead
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Film Preservation in the Digital Age
Replies: 43
Views: 7665

I see no mention of the cost of spinning those discs, investing in the infrastructure or any myriad other costs that are involved with data archiving... Oh and I DO disagree with you about a scan being superior to a film copy. Unless you can show me some film lab credentials, and I can show you mine...
by Kinohead
Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: FOR SALE: 16mm Ex - Public Library Prints FS 14 for $450
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

Thanks, Bruce! I've been out of the collecting field so long, I don't have a sense of what is and is not available or desirable anymore.

Frank

PS: BTW, I am open to reasonable offers.
by Kinohead
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: FOR SALE: 16mm Ex - Public Library Prints FS 14 for $450
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

FOR SALE: 16mm Ex - Public Library Prints FS 14 for $450

Yes, they were prints you could check out from the Columbus, Ohio Public Library system back in the 1980's and I bought tubs of them (filled a Honda Accord to the gunwales) when they phased them out in the early 1990's. Most are Blackhawk, most are splicy at the heads and tails and you can imagine s...
by Kinohead
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

I get mine from Film Tools. http://www.filmtools.com/percolprinkr.html A bit more expensive than Darren's place, but there's a lot more film related items there! Otherwise, I go to Christy's: http://store.christys.net/shop/index.php?cPath=35 for my film handling expendables. Bob Campos works there t...
by Kinohead
Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:33 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Oldest color home movies?
Replies: 2
Views: 2288

Re: Oldest color home movies?

I understand Kodachrome came about in 1935 followed by Ansco color in '36. Aside from lenticular color, what was the earliest color-on-film home movie camera format? Experimental or commercial. Is Kodachrome the oldest? Are you speaking of a natural color process? No, I think the riseau-based Dufay...
by Kinohead
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

Looks like perhaps a student play? The "lady" is a bit boyish -- in drag? Could be one of those student productions from the mid 20's that were so popular; you know the guy with a Chicago Correspondence School books and a camera? Very interesting! The perforation shape is very clean and well defined...
by Kinohead
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2010 Calendar funds to go to Niles Essanay Film Museum
Replies: 20
Views: 3154

Of course, you could check here too:

http://www.americaspackardmuseum.org/
by Kinohead
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: question transferring from VHS to DVD
Replies: 3
Views: 2498

From your description, I am pretty sure it is a setup problem somewhere down in the bowels of the DVD recorder. What Brand and Model is it? As for digitizing to computer, Pinnacle makes a decent system called "Moviebox" that plugs into a USB port with DV, Composite (S-Video) and Component (RCA conne...
by Kinohead
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

Not sure if I have any software to convert to a positive image though. www.gimp.org -- free photoshop-like software, although almost every image manipulation program now has the ability to change neg to pos; just dig around in the help file, or post what you have and I'll be we can collectively fin...
by Kinohead
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: question transferring from VHS to DVD
Replies: 3
Views: 2498

Re: question transferring from VHS to DVD

so ok my dvd player lets me select EP for taping directly to VHS up to 6 hours. But when I try to transfer a film from VHS to DVD even at an EP at 4 hours (so it says) the film stops recording at 2 hours even though the disk is not full.... what gives? What am I doing wrong? OK, I'll try to help he...
by Kinohead
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

When I donated a nitrate reels to the Library of Congress several years ago, they sent a special UPS package that the correct labeling for nitrate, plus the required paperword. It was very easy to package up the film and have the UPS guy pick it up. Of course I have no idea if the reel was ever pre...
by Kinohead
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Newby with 35mm nitrate negative reel. Now what??
Replies: 45
Views: 10869

Donate it to an archive and get a tax write-off. Yep, I'm ok with that option. Who would appreciate it more, a university, library of congress? Hate to have it end up as a can of dust on a shelf with hundreds of others. I saw that Indiana Jones movie. I would sort of like to know what it is before ...
by Kinohead
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Star Film Ranch
Replies: 18
Views: 6290

A strange story connected with Gaston Melies; While working on a proposal for a documentary on the oil fields of Healdton, Oklahoma in 1979, I was standing in front of the Healdton Oil Museum, shooting some 16mm color reversal in a Bolex Rex 5, when an a car pulled up and an old man and younger lady...
by Kinohead
Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Yes, my Gmail got hacked
Replies: 6
Views: 2990

Re: Yes, my Gmail got hacked

Mike Gebert wrote:Sorry about that, anybody who got a chance to buy great electronics cheap from me. I've fixed it though I'm sure there are still some who haven't received it yet. You can ignore it. Sorry!
So you're NOT offering that 62 inch LCD TV for $400? Bummer!
by Kinohead
Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: speedy title cards
Replies: 13
Views: 2402

Re: speedy title cards

In the case of recreated intertitles (or expanded "flash" intertitles), it's up to the video producers to decide how long the titles should be. As you can imagine, when you watch a film twenty or more times during a restoration, it can be hard to judge by the end of the project whether the titles a...