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.

Friday, May 29, 2009

On Location - "Timber Timbre"

Music video for super talented Timber Timbre. Shot on short ends of 35mm with the beautifully loud Konvas 35mm. Great little camera, a little cumbersome getting used to the viewfinder - it doesn't orient itself when tilted so the image turns sideways... try walking handheld super slow wrapping around someone with everything sideways.. yeesh! All poetic natural lighting, with 2 mirror boards to help us out as the light was failing towards the end of the day.

Video: Timber Timbre - Demon Host
Camera: 35mm Konvas
Stock: 5218 500t Vision 2
Director: Scott Cudmore
Cinematographer: Mike Leblanc

Red / SI2k Comparison

We recently invested in a SI2k mini camera- same one used on Slumdog Millionaire. We're bidding to shoot a commercial project for the Olympics. A comparison between the RED one and the SI2k was eminent. We were kindly loaned Toronto based Ben Goldenberg's RED ONE and had our footage processed by the friendly fellas at RED LAB Toronto. Walt @ Red Lab had us in and colored the footage with his technical eye. The Si2k has a slight bit more latitude, finer grained noise in the shadows and most importantly a easier workflow on set and in post. Though to be honest, the images from both cameras were quite comparable, but not film.

Currently in development to use the SI2k mini for film scans of super 8 and 16 to 2k.. shhhhh...
Can you spot the Si2k mini in the pictures?

On Location - "The Path to Shaolin"

An awesome project to be on. I learned a lot from the them about training, spirituality and willpower. A story about one man's journey from Saskatchewan to become accepted in China as a non-Chinese Shaolin Master. Truly an incredible journey that Tim has undertaken. Just found out Equator HD bought the doc and is currently airing it so watch out for it!


Video: Path to Shaolin
Cameras: Sony Ex-3
Director: Leif Kaldor