Student question

From: Alex McCarron (email suppressed)
Date: Thu May 06 2010 - 20:44:15 PDT

Hi guys,

So I'm a film student and I trying to figure out how to cut a film I shot on
16mm reversal.

I kind of just want to cut the camera original and then figure out how to
add a voice over later, printing it when I can afford it and maybe just
using a boom box or my own voice before then.

I've been warned this is a terrible idea by someone I consider to represent
the odious forces of Production Quality but whose opinion I otherwise

My rationale is this:
A.) Pac Lab already scratched my footage, I have some exposure problems and
some dirt already on the film from using Temple University projectors. I
don't really know how much more I can screw up my film and the film has a
deliberate amateurish tone anyway.

B.) I love the difference between what I shot looks like projected and what
it looks telecined. I wonder if I started making prints if I would dislike
the lack of that originality, if I would lose the aura that maybe is part of
reversal filmmaking.

C.) This film might be illegal and just meant for my friends anyway. I
recorded a bunch of people's faces on the street and I might end up using
copyrighted footage.

Really the main problem is money but I wonder if it's a lost cause trying to
make this film look pristine and if I really care anyway.

I was wondering if anyone on here had any thoughts though.

Sorry for the long message.

Alex McCarron

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