Re: homemade printers (was: Frameworker in the news)

From: Jonathan Capone (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Feb 24 2010 - 11:47:39 PST

Hi frameworkers,

    In regard to your homemade printer conversation, I have made my
own optical printer by aligning an 16mm analyzing projecter that is
capable of single frame advancement with a bolex rex-5 mounted to an
old bolex titler. I used a BPM bellow and appropriate adapters with a
50mm El-Nikkor lens (this is a flat field enlarger lens, good for
photographing flat objects) and extension tubes. I am using an old jk
intervalometer for the camera advancement, but I have also used a
k-206 single frame advance motor with it. Basically I put this all
together with parts I purchased off ebay and very little fabrication
of my own. I would estimate I spent about $1,000 for the whole set-up
including the bolex. I have also used an old Dukane 35mm film strip
viewer to replace the 16mm projector to do reductions from 35mm to
16mm, but I have to use small strips of film because the film advance
on the dukane is not strong enough to pull film from a reel. I hope
this helps.

Jonathan Capone

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 5:42 PM, Mark Toscano <email suppressed> wrote:
> Hi Julie,
> Yep, Standish's printer is pretty wonderful.  I wish Robert Nelson had saved the modified camera printer he had in the late 1960s.  Bob had a friend machine a slit into the lens turret of an old camera he had, so he could then pass existing footage through it, look through the viewfinder, and rephotograph whatever he stuck in there.  I guess an optical printer of sorts.  He made the final car-rolling-down-the-hill in Hot Leatherette, and all of Penny Bright & Jimmy Witherspoon with this camera.  Maybe a few shots in Blondino too, like the rephotographed silent film of the octopus pulling the guy into the water, but not positive about that.
> Speaking of Nelson, he also told me that he did his optical printing for Grateful Dead (1967) on Loren Sears' homemade optical printer.  Loren apparently had the first (artist-owned) optical printer in SF, basically homemade mounted on a 2x4.
> --- On Sat, 2/20/10, julie murray <email suppressed> wrote:
>> From: julie murray <email suppressed>
>> Subject: Re: [FRAMEWORKS] Frameworker in the news
>> To: email suppressed
>> Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 2:22 PM
>> Hi Mark,
>>    I'd personally love to see other
>> people's versions of home made printers. I loved
>> Standish Lawders! Thanks for putting it up.
>> I uploaded two images of the one I built way some years
>> back and they can be seen here:
>> Julie
>> > On Feb 18, 2010, at 12:31 PM, Mark Toscano wrote:
>> >
>> > > A good reminder that I've been awful about
>> keeping that blog active.
>> > >
>> > > To Jonathan for promoting Bordwell's blogging
>> of my visit: thtppppp.
>> > >
>> > > But I guess I'll use this opportunity to ask
>> if there's any topic/
>> > > film/filmmaker I might work with that anyone here
>> would be curious
>> > > for me to, uh, blog on on my, uh, blog.
>> > >
>> > > I promise I'll eventually get to JJ
>> Murphy's Print Generation.  My
>> > > thoughts for it involve something kind of
>> elaborate (and I bet many
>> > > of you can guess what I'm thinking), so I
>> might have to do some
>> > > other entries in the meantime.
>> > >
>> > > Mark T
>> > >
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