Re: Looking for 16mm sound mix studio

From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 29 2008 - 09:22:59 PDT

On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM, Pip Chodorov <email suppressed>wrote:

> Friends,
> Boris Lehman, the prolific Brussels filmmaker, has run into a wall. He has
> 8 new films, edited and ready to screen around the world, but he needs to do
> a sound mix. He always works with Arri and Nagra and Steenbeck and builds up
> his soundtracks on separate mags, mixes them down onto one mag, makes an
> optical and prints. But since the last film he completed two years ago, all
> the sound studios closed, or got rid of their 16mm equipment, or turned
> digital. He is now quite desperate, and a little furious, that only two
> places in Europe have this equipment - the Fresnoy school, and Jean-Luc
> Godard - and they are not easy to access. He does not want to digitize
> everything just for the mix. Does anybody know anywhere in or near Europe
> where he could go? He only needs a week to ten days to mix these eight
> films; then there is a new batch on the way.
> -Pip Chodorov
> _


You might try contacting Sondor to see if they have any leads? For a while,
Sondor was also making their own calibration tapes. SMPTE no
longer makes these tapes.

The situation is much the same in the States and has been for at least the
last 10 years. All mag tracks need to be dumped into Pro Tools for mix, with
file created for final optical track. Or some run a hybrid system cutting
work print on a flatbed and syncing with Pro Tools session. If DTS or a
similar system for digital audio reproduction in a theatrical setting
existed on a wider scale (as a plug solution), then perhaps optical tracks
would no longer be made. Optical tracks may have a proven lifespan, but the
up front cost of making them is increasing.


Alain LeTourneau
Pamela Minty
425 SE 3rd #400
Portland, OR 97214
United States
+1 503 231 6548
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.