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

From: Nicholas Kovats <nkovats_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:55:23 -0400

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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/90929958_at_N ... 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 bitworks.org 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. http://db.tt/mOoaVKp
2. http://db.tt/yQvrul9
3. http://db.tt/JSbM3IC
4. http://db.tt/qXFY2mJ
5. http://db.tt/kAhNgUU

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 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHso5-F6WM
Vimeo = http://vimeo.com/27074208

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 = http://db.tt/rnEYkBs

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

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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