Re: Looking for 16mm sound mix studio

From: Anna Biller (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 29 2008 - 23:36:09 PDT

I found a place that still mixes from multiple mag dubbers. It's
called Wildfire Post in Los Angeles. The only reason they did it for
me was because there was a guy working there that's been mixing sound
for 30 years and he agreed to do it, although he hadn't mixed a film
on mag for over ten years. But they're not cheap.

On Aug 29, 2008, at 11:13 PM, Bill Seery wrote:

> We have all of the components on site, including the ability to go
> back to optical with our in house facility Trackwise, but do not
> mix or edit directly from mag. I can't think of any professional
> facilities, in the US at least, that still mix from multiple mag
> dubbers. The process is cumbersome and the quality and amount of
> control offered by DAWs like Pro Tools make the work flow much
> faster, with, in my opinion, better results. I don't know of any
> analog film audio "purists" like one finds in the music world, but
> I'd be interested in hearing about them. I think one reason is the
> inherent limitations of optical as a reproduction format.
> Depending on the number of tracks involved, setting up and
> maintaining your own system would be a daunting task. I have a few
> mag machines that I'm looking to part with if anyone is up to the
> challenge.
> Freya and Alain bring up good points about the status of 16mm. I
> don't think audio editorial/mix is a problem (though finding people
> who understand the process is. How many times do I have to explain
> what a 2-pop is and why it is an important thing to have? ), but
> what about negative cutters, optical transfer houses, labs, etc.
> Since I still do a lot of work for 16mm it is something I am
> continually aware of. Another academic year is beginning, so that
> is when I begin getting calls asking where university programs can
> send their students for services and whether its worth sustaining a
> film program. It's getting harder to answer those questions.
> Might be a good thing to network about. How's your site coming
> along, Alain? I called a while back to discuss these issues but
> didn't hear back from you.
> As far as anyone becoming furious, these are hard times to keep a
> facility afloat, especially one that understands the needs of non-
> commercial makers. If it doesn't get utilized, it tends to
> disappear. I think empathy would be a better emotion.
> Bill Seery
> MercerMedia
> PS for those who know us, we've moved to 123 West 18th Street, in
> the same facility with Trackwise and the Standby Program
> (celebrating it's 25th anniversary!)
> Our number remains the same.
> __________________________________________________________________
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.