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T R A N S F E R S

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.

C I N E M A T O G R A P H Y

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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Belladonna- Our 2k/HD raw data scanner




Codenamed Belladonna, our 2k/HD raw data scanner is just about complete. She's incredible. Running at 24fps for reg8/sup8/max8/16/super16.. The scanner head is controlled by microprocessers and genlock commands to only scan in rock solid single frames. The X,Y positioning of the 2K scanner is controlled by a WII controller (feels like we're playing video games when we setup for each transfer).

She goes well beyond HD. Scanning in RAW data files. What's that mean? Means she's able to hold more detail in the highlights and shadows during the scan. In fact she holds more detail that the film neg even has to begin with - we have to add contrast to the image during the color grading. So with Belladonna at Frame Discreet you are assured to get all the information off your film, shadows, highlights, everything! No lost information, so sacrifices like a typical transfer.

Currently we are the first to offer this service in all of Canada, and.. quite possibly the world for 2k raw data in the small format.

If you can't tell... we're really stoked about this major upgrade. Being able to support small format filmmakers (like ourselves) and archiving old films in the highest resolution we can provide.. so cool.

4 comments:

Derek VG said...

Fantastic! Thrilled to hear it. Can't wait to see some more results.

berny said...

awesome man. can't wait. got some footage waiting for the green light on your new system and looking forward to trying out the RAW files.

love that you got a wii remote hooked up to her.

Adam Hunt said...

Very cool guys. It's hard to find good 16mm 2k scans let alone 8mm. Nice work.

Can you post some ungraded DPX samples at some point? I'd love to see what it's capable of.

sweet meat market said...

Can this also run at 25 fps?