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.

Monday, June 30, 2008

On Location- Dirtsurfer Roadtrip

I've been touring around with 3 of the other Dirtsurfer Pro Team riders shooting a promo video. Just hit up Smuggler's Notch in Vermont, and now I'm in Sault Ste. Marie at Buttermilk Ski Resort. It's amazing at both resorts. They gave us free reign to ride whatever we want to and to do whatever we want to. Got to play in the on hill springs and water trampolines in our down time :) At Buttermilk, they started up the chair lift for just us 4 Riders to use all day long. No one else was on the hill. It was like a dream come true. Got one more day left in us, then back to Toronto.

*UPDATE* Stills from the transfer

7246 Kodak 250D
Format: Super 16mm
Camera: Bolex Super 16 (POE 16-100 zoom, 10mm Switar, 5.9mm Angenieux)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New online TVSHOW for tv/film.


Awesome. Very technical for those interested in what's new with gear and equipment. Hardware/software reviews, tech notes from recent films.. etc. etc. Check it out.

On Location- Lighting Tricks

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Guy Godfree devised this cool rig with his gaffer for their latest hip hop music video. Essentially a short 2', 4 bank Kino flo stripped apart and taped together. Creates a pleasing soft source 'ring light' effect, also gives off an interestingly shaped catch light in the eyes. As a note, be careful when rigging something like this so that the bulbs are flagged off from flaring the lens.

Monday, June 16, 2008

SHORT FILM - Picnic at Sea

U.S. Director/Cinematographer Sam Kuhn contacted us to do some HD testing for some of his upcoming projects. Check out some more of his *really cool* work here: SAM KUHN

Stock: 7217 200T
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Nizo S800 (ext. shot between f 11-22, int. shot @ f-2).
Sam Kuhn

Monday, June 9, 2008

Understanding HD / SD formats

Found this excellent site that explains SD / HD aspect ratios, frame rates, interlaced vs. progressive and more.

Simple to understand yet still quite thorough. Worth checking out.