Re: film processing in NYC

From: Dave Andrae (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 18 2009 - 17:47:49 PDT

On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 5:19 PM, Robert Houllahan <email suppressed
> wrote:
> Dave wrote:
> "If you care about your project, I would advise against working with
> Cinelab."
> Dave is mad at us because his Super-8 film had a slight unsteadiness which
> he blamed on our telecine. I watched his film zoomed out on our Rank and saw
> a perfectly steady perforation and a slight inter-frame unsteadiness. He
> refused many attempts by myself and Brad to show him the problem was on the
> film and not in telecine. I suppose he will say that we did not properly
> bolt down our B+W Reversal processor and the fault is still ours because we
> caused unsteadiness in processing. Xander told me to ignore Dave and I will
> follow her advice...
Rob is right that I took issue with Cinelab's transfer(s) of my Super 8
footage, but that's only one factor in why I would not recommend them.

More generally, I don't think Cinelab provide particularly great service, at
least to the extent that anyone working on a "serious" project should feel
entirely comfortable having them handle his or her footage.

I could mull over the minutia of my dealings with them (which weren't, truth
be told, always frustrating), but instead, on a more positive note, if
you're looking for someone competent to transfer your footage I would
recommend going with Pro 8mm out in Burbank.

Indeed, in the past several months I have very much enjoyed working with Pro

Those folks run a tight ship -- excellent turnaround.

And unlike some companies, they WON'T scratch your footage!


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