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16mm DI To 35mm

Published : 2nd December 2003


Dear List

A friend of mine is investigating the possibilities of using a DI to get his Super 16 feature to 35 mm. I know that Geoff likes a place in Copenhagen (is this Digital Film Lab?). I was wondering if I have that name correct and is there any place in the US (preferably LA) that gets the same raves about price and quality?

Thanks in advance,
Chris Taylor
DGA/IA 600



Kac

> I know that Geoff likes a place in Copenhagen (is this Digital Film Lab?)


Yes it is, they're now in London as well, have been for a few years actually.

I'm also happy that a lot of London facilities are experienced and competent at this kind of work.

They're also a lot less expensive than US facilities!!

A thing you may want to bear in mind is that it appears that there is a fundamental difference in the US and EU approach to DI, now I have to say before I go any further that this is just an impression I'm forming and not based on any real info.

It seems to me that there is more of an attempt to make less of a digital footprint on the image in Europe as compared to the US, by that I mean they will use less DNR for one, the feeling here being that grain is an inherent and desirable part of the process.

There has been a lot of discussion about Seabiscuit and this seems to really show, for me, the difference in approach, heavy use of DNR making faces blurry and colour correction to produce "unnatural" colours.

I await the flames

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based
www.cinematography.net



Anyone used Valkieser, capital images in Amsterdam before? What about Condor?

Thanks.

Brian McKenna
Video Maker
Amsterdam



Brian McKenna

> What about Condor?

They've done nice stuff with my negs in the past, Mobil commercial and a Heineken as far as I can recall.

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based



Brian McKenna writes:

>Anyone used Valkieser, capital images in Amsterdam before? What about Condor?

Since these replies are to my question about DI to 35mm, I assume that these are companies that do this service as well as Digital Film Lab. If so, where is Condor located?

Thanks,
Chris Taylor
DGA/IA 600
Santa Monica



>They will use less DNR for one, the feeling here being that grain is an inherent and >desirable part of the process.

>I await the flames

Flame #1

If you can't fix it feature it...until Vision 2 stocks such as xx18 that's what Eastman Kodak has been doing for years.

John Lowry
Lowry Digital Images
Burbank



> If so, where is Condor located?

Amsterdam.

Cheers

Geoff Boyle FBKS
Director of Photography
EU Based



Hi There...

Why don't you try do DI in Brazil?

Here we have, Spirit or ITK millennium to Scan or telecine , 10 HD, non linear systems (inferno, smoke, Eq, DsHD, Cyborg) to edit and create DFX, and 2 celcos, Fury and Extreme to transfer back. So we can use as stock , 5245, 5242, F64D, and Fuji Intermediate. I can bet, that Brazilian prices can be so good.

We did recently the tape to tape and film transfer , a Chinese director' film , YiuLik Way, "all tomorrows parties" I the result is very nice.

Please, this is not an advertising, I Know that's boring sell anything in list, but what I want with this mail is show you guys, that you have another options to do a great job, in a amazing country, with a good prices.

Think this...combine work with vacation... you will love it.

Take care

Marcelo Siqueira, ABC
VFX/Post - Production Sup.
Teleimage - Brazil
www.teleimage.com.br
www.abcine.org.br