Re: contact printing

From: Tony Conrad (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 10 2006 - 14:06:15 PST


Hi Jennifer------

I started doing home printing on an old projector with a custom lamp
housing and rheostat, that had been modified to accept two extra
reel-arms (four total, two motorized). But any gate or sprocketed system
that will accept two strips of film simultaneously can be used as a
printer. I made one hour-long-plus film with a lot of process work,
using a motorized synchronizer as a printer. In fact, that was all
bi-pack printing (three filmstrips): It used the usual setup for
three-gang synchronization, but run in the dark and with a small light
directed only to the space between the synchronizer film clamps. The
motorized action made for even exposure. Malcolm LeGrice printed Little
Dog for Roger from 9mm onto 16mm by laying the film out on top of the
stock and exposing it that way; a lot of S-8 to 16 and 16-to-16 has
been done like that too. For that matter, if you don't care about frames
or even exposure, you could pull the two film strips between your
fingers in front of a small light. If you want to use two projectors and
print gate-to-gate, you'll need to run one backwards and put a very long
focal length lens half-way between them. Printing on a flatbed? That's a
cakewalk: The only general suggestion I'd offer--run a few tests. But
remember: everything always comes out.

-----------t0ny

Quoting jennifer fieber <email suppressed>:

> Actually I'd be curious about this Steenbeck as printer thing too.
> If he could post on the list that would be great!
>
> Jennifer
>
>
> >From: 40 Frames Directory <email suppressed>
> >Reply-To: Experimental Film Discussion List
> <email suppressed>
> >To: email suppressed
> >Subject: Re: contact printing
> >Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 10:48:35 -0800
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I am interested in alternatives to optical printing. A student of
> > mine has some beautiful handmade films that she wants to make prints
> > of. Since our optical printer is down, I am wondering if there are
> > other alternatives
> > (besides sending them to the lab)? I read on Frameworks a while
> > back that someone had used an old flatbed as a contact printer. And
> > someone else modified an old microfilm machine. Are either of you
> > out there? Could you give me more details?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Nicole
> >
> >
> >Filmmaker Alex MacKenzie (Van BC) has set-up his old Steenbeck for
> >contact printing. You might try contacting him - (address suppressed)
> >
> >
> >Alain LeTourneau
> >
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