How Steady is your Movie Camera ?

How Steady is your Movie Camera ?

Good registration is extremely important in a movie camera.  It’s a good idea to put it to the test,  next time you have a few feet of film to spare. Set up the camera on a very rigid support.  Perhaps a piece of wood screwed to the underside of the camera and then clamped on […]

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Stunning News from Kodak !

We have become accustomed to seeing Kodak discontinuing iconic products….Kodachrome, Ektachrome…. Now as 2016 dawns comes some amazingly positive news.   Kodak plans to introduce later this year a brand new Super-8 movie camera.      Take a look at           http://www.kodak.com/ek/us/en/Consumer/Products/Super8/default.htm We can only wait and see what it will be like.   And how much it will cost.   […]

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My first try with the RD motor on Bolex

The Bolex’s  footage counter showed 90.  I dearly wanted to get the film out for processing.   Seven or so feet to go.  I hate wasting film.   Like many independent film-makers I have a shot-list as long as my arm,  and I hastily ran through it.  For such times I generally choose to do […]

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Can 16mm become wider ?

Remember he had claimed Henry.L.Buckingham (actually he was always known informally by his middle name Laurie) had invented the widescreen Variscope system ?  And Laurie had apparently written about it in the prestigious American Cinematographer journal.  Since then, thanks to researcher and archivist Guy Edmonds,  that article has come to light.  It’s dated November 1964.  […]

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Henry L. Buckingham, Widescreen Pioneer

You may remember my post  “Who Invented Super-16 ?”  in which I described Ian Smith’s  16mm widescreen VariScope system:   http://filmisfine.co/who-invented-super-16/             Well, I recently got a comment from Steve Buckingham in Australia,  saying that he thought his late father had invented Variscope.   And way back in the early 1950s !  I was naturally incredulous about […]

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A new Super-8 camera for 2014 !

Believe it or not,  an entirely new Super-8 film camera could be only months away.   It’s called the  Logmar,  and is to be manufactured by Danish enthusiasts  Lasse Roedtnes and his father Tommy. Not only is this the first totally new super-8 camera for over 30 years,  the Logmar  offers an entirely professional way of […]

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Auntie brings 16mm in from the Cold

For the past few years,  the BBC has boycotted the use of  16mm film on its HD channels.   This policy was because of technical problems they encountered in transferring super-16,   possibly due to the random grain structure of film ‘interfering’  with their compression system.  Dramas and documentaries they said had to be shot digitally […]

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Single Frame Panning in Go Motion

Last time we looked at Closeup Panning using a long rod protruding from the pan-and-tilt head.  Now this same technique can be used for general Single-Frame Panning.   Filming this way has added control for some subjects such as miniatures.  Or maybe a time-lapse shot of a town or landscape is more effective with a […]

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Close-up Panning made easy

Remember that challenging game at the local fete… you have to pass a loop of wire along a length of curly wire,  without sounding the bell or buzzer.  Sometimes it can feel like this,  trying to execute a complicated pan in closeup across a photo or miniature.  Errors in framing or smoothness are magnified later […]

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Life After Ektachrome

Many of us shooting colour  have been shaken by Kodak’s  decision to ditch Ektachrome,  in all its formats…. (seems such a short time ago that  dearest Kodachrome was lost.)  With all the panic-buying recently, I find it hard to accept the ‘low sales figures’ argument,  but whatever their reasons,  we shall soon have to make […]

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