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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

On Location- Mimmo+Naz Interview

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Interview shoot for Mimmo and Naz photo+video. Naz found this brilliant location and we just had to make use of it. Climbed over a stagnant river of sludge and crawled through a tiny busted in door to find this amazing warehouse space. As you can see, the photos couldn't handle the contrast ratio of the bright windows, nor could the DVX-100 that we shot the interview with. I look forward to seeing how the 250D super 16 footage will be able to handle the extreme contrast ratio. I travel off to Winnipeg for 3 days in August to follow up on the interview and shoot some more super 16/super 8.

*UPDATE* Stills from the Transfer

Stock: 7246 Kodak 250D
Format: Super 16mm, Mini-DV
Camera: DVX-100A, Bolex Super 16 (POE 16-100 zoom, 5.9mm Angenieux)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell


Flew out to Winnipeg to shoot their ceremony. Happy to say we hired a cinematographer who we'd been doing transfers for to operate our Super 8 2nd camera. Thanks Mike Maryniuk from the Winnipeg Film Group! View video here: Christine + Mark.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

On Location- Team Ryouko

Just got back in town, and went right back onto set. Shot a fight scene for the Team Ryouko boys, (recently stunt doubled on Jumper, WAR, The Mummy, 300). James and Chris Mark headed the production as the heroes and Directed by Mark David (Mayhem videos). We Shot with 2 Panasonic HVXs alongside my 2nd camera op Devon Burns. Story takes place in a night club- during the day. Two brothers who have been separated since birth, one chose the gang path of violence, the other a clean lifestyle. Both excelling in martial arts. They are reunited later in life. They both enter the club to fight off against a gang of thugs. Stylistically we chose to shoot the tough, troubled brother handheld long lenses and the 'good brother' was shot with steadicam, dolly and smooth jib shots. I cranked down the shutter to 90 degrees giving us crisper frenetic frames and let the action take control.

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Camera: 2 HVX-200
Mark David
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell