Re: [Frameworks] Introducting a new ultra-wide film format called UltraPan8.

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Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:44:46 -0400

Congratulations Nicholas,

All of us at LIFT have been excited to see you get this project to the
implementation stage. We should discuss how to ensure projectors
supporting this new format can be available to exhibitors.

If this takes off we will start stocking more emulsions in R8.

Hope all is well.


> The emerging popularity of 1.33:1 televison in the late 1940s and
> early 1950s spurred tremendous development in ultrawide motion picture
> technology. Its zenith best represented by the stupendous Cinerama and
> Cinemascope film based formats.
> I would like to expand upon these spectacular ultrawide antecedents
> with the introduction of UltraPan8.
> It is a new ultrawide native spherical film format utlizing modified
> 8/16mm cameras and the entire 16mm width of 2 perf regular 8mm motion
> picture film.
> It's native gate dimensions are 10.52mm x 3.75mm with an aspect ratio
> of 2.8:1. This is wider than Cinemascope at 2.39:1 and a bit smaller
> than Cinerama's 2.87:1 aspect ratio. UltraPan8 represents a 41%
> increase in imaging area over Super 8 film and a respective 62%
> increase over regular 8mm film.
> Standard 16mm optics provide optically centered full frame coverage.
> Key design principals were the interchangable film transports of the
> Bolex H8/H16 cameras and the historical engineering of both 8mm and
> 16mm film formats sharing identical perforation dimensions.
> One of the design intents was freedom from bulky 16mm Cinemascope
> anamorphic projector lens setups. Here are some examples of previous
> ideas and testing for comparison purposes, i.e.
> 1. My original design for a potential adapter setup which was never
> implemented, i.e ... otostream/
> 2. Anamorphic test shot utilizing 16mm anamorphic projector lens +
> stepdown ring + Beaulieu 4008. Cinematography by Justin Lovell,i.e.
> The camera was modified by Jean-Louis Seguin and includes a native
> 2.8:1 UltraPan8 viewfinder with a Cinemascope 2.4:1 mask. We are also
> working towards modification of a 1936 8/16mm multiformat worm gear
> Bolex projector for film based projections.
> The 8 bit digital overscanned files of the inaugral test roll were
> provided by John Gledhill of utilizing his sprocketless
> 16mm transfer bay in conjunction with a linear 12 bit imaging camera
> w/ 14 bit mask.
> The digital deliverables included
> 1. Sequential 8 bit JPEGS. Full and half resolution. No color
> correction applied albeit some gamma.
> 2. 1700x600 DIVX file.
> 3. 700x250 DVCPRO file.
> Here are some sample frameshotsof the overscanned final output 8 bit
> JPEGS, i.e.
> 1.
> 2.
> 3.
> 4.
> 5.
> Here are MPEG4 links to the 1700x600 DIVX file. I have added
> music/credits to the unedited raw footage but I have decided to
> display the test roll in its entirety, blemishes and all, i.e.
> YouTube =
> Vimeo =
> Here is the orginal 1700x600 DIVX file available for download and for
> your examination. Keep in mind this is not the full resolution
> sequential JPEGS, i.e. DropBox =
> There are visible issues in the footage and they are being addressed.
> Although this was my first time filming with a Bolex I could not wipe
> the perpetual grin of my face as I shot this test roll, that being the
> fact of native UltraPan8 in the palm of my hand...a tad lighter than
> Kubrick's handheld 25 pound 65mm camera shots in 2001! In fact 2001 is
> THE original inspiration with its gorgeous 65mm Cinemascope
> cinematography.
> And why not re-introduce film based spectacle in these times of the
> digital imaging onslaught?
> There will be forthcoming updates regarding additional footage and an
> inspiring academic paper detailing the important historical
> engineering modifications of the UK based WideScreen Association.
> "From the heavens sprung such images."
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