About Us


Finding that there is a lack of support for affordable high resolution transfers, I began researching my own ways to do it. I shot a few short films and soon thereafter other filmmakers began approaching me wondering how I got my super 8 to look so good... 5 years have passed and with the support of other cinematographers, I created our little studio called Frame Discreet. Our custom super 8 and 16mm transfers have us trusted by archivists and filmmakers all across North America.


Our team of cinematographers (listed below) act as a collective, inspiring each other on and off set. We have a full range of experience working on features (Max Payne, The Hulk) to music videos (Hayden, Emily Haines), to Documentaries (CBC, YTV, MTV, Bravo!). Having our own gear and being able to supervise transfers in house allows us the freedom to create desireable 'film looks' at a much more affordable rate. In the end, we're trying to make it easier to collaborate, work with film and keep doin' what we love.

Questions? info@framediscreet.com.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Michael Leblanc 35mm shoot

Frame Discreet Cinematographers Michael Leblanc and Justin Lovell booted out to Grimsby to shoot a trailer for a proposed feature on 35mm. It was a quiet small town and we were able to capture some beautiful images. Leblanc's reference for lighting was the naturalistic work by Roger Deakins in No Country for Old Men. Ever had to load mags in a Subway sub shop..? First time for everything. Included in the pictures is Director Iris Fraser and our Producer, the legendary Dan Beckerman.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Saskatchewan Film Pool Co-op Transfer

Frame grab from a recent transfer of 16mm 7222 double-x. Sent to us from the Saskatchewan Film Pool Co-op. Nice to see more film work being produced out in the prairies!

Friday, January 18, 2008

TRAILER- "Sara Renelik"

A documentary that Justin Lovell directed for the Caribbean Tales Heart Beat Series on singer/songwriter/dancer Sara Renelik. Shot by Frame Discreet cinematographer Guy Godfree on location in Montreal. Will be airing on Bravo! Jan. 29th at 7pm.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Super 8 -Tri-x Cross-Processed + 64T

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Recent transfer done here at Frame Discreet.
Tri-x Cross processed at Niagara Custom Lab. As well as some Ektachrome 64T.
I absolutely love the look of Tri-x cross processed. It creates a sharp grainy texture that almost feels like pointalism. Just gorgeous. Tri-x also gains more latitude when cross-processed giving you more detail in the highlights & shadows.
Thanks to Babar Khan for shooting some great footage!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

TECHNICAL POST- 70fps super 8

Super 8, 7218 (vision 2 500T negative). Shot at 70fps with Beaulieu 4008zmII Schneider 6-66 lens. Speed ramp in the first shot, started overexposed by 1 1/2 stops. Did not adjust the iris. Image darkens slightly, could have corrected for that in post by creating a ramp in gamma correction... Pleased with the way the neg holds up in over exposure. Did the same test on a different reel, starting out with proper exposure at 24fps- letting it ramp to underexposure at 70fps. It became too dark, lost detail. Better results when overexposing at 24fps, letting it ramp to proper exposure at 70fps. Super 8 stability/registration issues are not as noticeable because it is handheld.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

TRAILER: "Kobo Town"

A documentary that Justin shot in 2007 for the Caribbean Tales Heart Beat series. Great band, great music.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

TRAILER: "A Winter Tale"

Here's a trailer for a short film I was 2nd unit on. I was operating B-Cam (shooting pickups, and inserts- everything in the trailer that doesn't have sync sound was shot by Justin on his Bolex. Shot 50D and 500T V2 STD 16mm cropped to 16:9 for video, but was blown up for the film out to 35mm). It was a great project to be involved in with a great crew at Leda Serene Films.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Inexpensive 16mm stock...!

Stock: Kodak 3374 High Contrast 16mm. Processed as a neg by Niagara Custom Lab.
Camera: Filmo 16mm, with Angenieux 5.9mm
Content: Street shots from the Toronto Board Meeting 2006 (shot by Justin while riding a dirtsurfer + interior hand-cranked footage.
Technical: Cross-Processed as a negative to give more latitude for the transfer. A grainless 16mm stock rated between 40-60ASA. Absolutely gorgeous stock, when you nail your exposure. Originally a Panchromatic sound recording stock but can be used for images- 2100' can be bought for under $200 direct from Kodak...!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Behind the Scenes- "Ten for Grandpa"

Frame Discreet cinematographer Guy Godfree runs the show with a beautifully orchestrated shot. You don't get to see all of the magic in the camera move, but you get a sense of what he was up to. Shot on super 35 at Wallace studios in Toronto. Justin Lovell makes a cameo adding some fill to the shot.

Here's the shot from the video tap on the camera.