Re: FRAMEWORKS Digest - 12 Jan 2008 to 13 Jan 2008 - Special issue (#2008-20)

From: Jud Yalkut (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jan 13 2008 - 08:31:19 PST

To Jason and other Frameworkers:

There were several approaches to transfered r-r video to 16 mm film and I explored
and used some of them?in the late 60s and early 70s "underground" film of the 1969
Woodstock Festival, I a-and-b rolled between my original 16mjm color footage and video
shot by several colleagues on r-r 1/2" b&W portapaks. The video which was supplied to
me I reshot with a TVT-shutter modified Auricon camera which permitted sync sound which could be separated and remixed for the final soundtrack of my "Aquarian Rushes." In 1974, with a
Professional Filmmaking Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, I made a 50 minute experimental
doumentary film on the art projects for the new State Office Building in Columbus, Ohio.
Color film was mixed with 1/2" r-r footage which I shot with the artists in their studios.
I electronically colorized video and then reshot without sound
with another TVT-shutter Auricon which I had since acquired second hand. For the sync
sound sequences, I used a New York transfer lab to move the r-r video to 16mm film and
mag soundtrack, and had the unfortunate experience of discovering that their supposedly
professional work with r-r consisted of masking the top of the image, perhaps
to conceal tracking errors with their machines, and also an uncalibrated audio buzz in their
sound transfer, As far as picture quality, the footage from my Auricon was far superior to
their "professional" worik, but of course the Auricon scanning was limited to half of the
video scan lines. - Jud Yalkut -

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 17:20:05 -0500
From: jason livingston <email suppressed>
Subject: open-reel to 16mm?

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hi fellow frameworkers

I'm currently researching a title from the early 1970s that was produced on=
 open-reel b/w video and then transferred to 16mm for exhibition and distri=
bution. =20

It strikes me that this was an unusual practice. It was a smart thing to d=
o in the sense that it allowed community groups, teachers, activists (the a=
udience) to see the piece. But, am I wrong, wasn't this an atypical thing =
to do?

I'm curious to hear of anyone who worked in labs, or maybe had their own wo=
rk transfered, or who perhaps have researched this area. The focus is on t=
he late 60s/early 70s, specifically and only dealing with open-reel going t=
o 16mm. Any memories, stories, notions, speculations welcome, on or off li=
st, and, as always, thank you!

happy new year

Jason Livingston
Ithaca, NY

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