Re: building a film loop

From: Thad Povey (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 16 2007 - 10:37:45 PDT


I had a complicated long film loop running for 8 hours-a-day, 6
days-a-week for 3 months at the Exploratorium here in SF (not the same
loop - I replaced it several times). If you're using workprint, it is
likely polyester based which is basically unbreakable, but not
cementable. The local lab here was kind enough to let me in and splice
using their ultrasonic splicer (thanks Monaco). The loop and splice
took an incredible beating before sprockets started enlarging and it
failed. But I don't think a splice ever broke.

I would think a platter type looper keeps down the amount of dirt that
accumulates. I was looping in the air and passing near the floor and if
you've ever been in the Exploratorium, you can imagine how much stuff
ended up in the gate every month.

I always felt that the best death for an old 16mm projector is going out
like El Cid riding a loop into the sunset, rather than rotting in
landfill. Make it happen while you can.


Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 03:55:16 +0000
From: heather trawick <email suppressed>
Subject: building a film loop


I am trying to help a friend build a minute and a half 16mm film loop
for an
upcoming installation. Forgive me as I don't really know the technical
jargon to well, and am a first timer at building one of these. We were
thinking of builing one of the loops that has a hortizontal disc on the
top... any suggestions or tips in making one of these? It has also been
suggested that we coat the film with teflon. Has anyone out there done
if so any suggestions as to purchasing it. we are located in toronto.
Please feel free to e mail me off list as well, email suppressed

thanks for any help..

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