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, February 24, 2010

On Location - Tegan and Sara

Latest Tegan and Sara 'Alligator' music video, shot by our own Frame Discreet Cinematographer Mike Leblanc! Cool little project, we shot on 2 Canon 7D cameras using our jib arm for a couple dynamic shots. Simple concept, well directed by Marc De Pape. Interested tid-bit - a lot of the out of focus snow flakes were shot as a separate element and composited in afterwards :) Final Color correction done here at Frame Discreet. The 7d held up pretty well for color grading, only really fell apart when trying to brighten up a shot that was intentionally shot underexposed.

Music Video: "Tegan and Sara - Alligator"
Camera: Canon 7D
Format: 1920 x 1080, h.264
Director: Marc De Pape
Cinematographer: Michael Leblanc

Monday, February 22, 2010

On Location - POV snowboarding 2K

Shooting some 2k/HD stock footage POV style of snowboarding. Later on we rigged up the camera to our helmet cam and went 'handsfree' :) Also shot some footage on the GH1 DSLR to compare the 60fps high speed capabilities. The RAW on the si2k camera was awesome for holding detail in the bright snow, and dark shadows. Silicon Imaging really is amazing with their si2k camera... geez, shooting 2k with something that small!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

On Location Music Video - "Ina Unt Ina"

Shot by our own Frame Discreet Cinematographer John Price, camera assisted by me, Justin!

Fun little project for the girls Ina Unt Ina (Celina Carroll and Christina Zeidler. They run the beautiful Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. We took advantage of this awesome space and with a limited budget and a little ingenuity, got some great shots! Not to mention the amazing lunch we had with them after the shoot in the Hotel... thanks girls, lookin' forward to the next video!

Music Video: "Ina Unt Ina "
Camera: XAH-1 Canon
Cinematographer: John Price

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On Location - Harry Jerome

A National Film Board (NFB) feature doc shot with help from our Frame Discreet crew, headed by Cinematographer John Price. Charles Officer has done a great job in picking his locations and sculpting them to give character to the interviews. We shot all the re-inactments on 16mm high contrast b/w and it looks stunning. Interviews shot using the RED cam on a jib arm from our pal Felipe Rodriguez. Made friends with the actor- Nykeem Provo- and now he's playing on our indoor soccer team! Love this job.

Short Doc: "Harry Jerome"
Camera: Red, Bolex 16mm, 5d mkII
Stock: high con 3374, 7218 (500t kodak)
Director: Charles Officer
Cinematographer: John Price