Monday, 16 November 2009

Splicing Info

Whilst looking around I found this. It's quite interesting, but no real new information.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

How Long's that Clip?

I'm having to work out how long each one of my super 8 shots it so I can do an offline edit with my digital material. I could only find imperial converters, so I did some calculations and came up with the metric figures.

2.36 frames / centimetre. This allowed me to throw together a little spreadsheet to work out how long each clip is based on its length.


If you don't have Excel, all you need to know is (2.36 x [length in cm]) x [fps]. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Super 8 Splicing Tutorial

I've been looking around for some tutorials on how to splice and found nout! So I thought I'd gather the little information I could and make a little video tutorial. I will be doing more of them as well, so if you would like to request one, just post a comment here!

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Developing Super 8 with Tetenal 3-Bath E6

These are the instructions for the development of Ektachrome and other reversal films. Wash the film thougherly between baths and if you can't remove the backing and the film is opaque, put it in a container with mild bleach. Black stuff should come off and then wash in water. 38°C = 100°F.

1. Lights out.
2. Remove the film from the cartridge and cut in two 7.5m lengths (see last post).
3. Bundle each half into a 2-reel 35mm daylight-developing tank.
4. Lights on.
5. Mix up 500ml of each of the chemicals as follows:
      a. 100ml First Developer
      b. 100ml Colour Developer (Part 1) + 60ml Colour Developer (Part 2)
      c. 100ml Bleach Fix (Part 1) + 100ml Bleach Fix (Part 2)
      d. 50ml Stabiliser
6. Top up chemicals to 500ml with water.
7. Make sure all chemicals are 38°C.
8. Develop:
      a. Water at 38°C for 5 minutes to war up the film.
      b. First Developer for 6'15''
      c. Wash at 38°C.
      d. Colour Developer for 6'00''
      e. Wash at 38°C.
      f. Bleach Fix for 6'00''
      g. Wash at ~38°C
      h. Stabiliser outside the tank for 0'30''
9. Hang to dry and rub with a chamois to remove the anti-halation backing.
10. Project

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Super 8 Cartridge Opened

Whilst browsing the web for how to open a super 8 cartridge and what it looks like inside and coming up with NOTHING! I decided to do my own experimentation.

If you are developing your own S8, you will need to remove it from the cart in COMPLEATE darkness. Find a light tight area where there will be enough room to move and wait 5 minutes for your eyes to adjust. If you can see, MAKE IT DARKER!

The exposed film will display the words "exposed" on the film in the cart window, slide something underneath it (in the light) and pull it out slightly. Lights out.

Turn the spindle anti-clockwise until it clicks. This will disengage the ratchet-style thing-a-ma-jig inside.

This is the little arm near the central cone. (yours needn't be opened).

Now you can pull the film out of the cartridge. To prevent scratching the film, pull downwards through the slot. Depending on the size of your tank, you may with to cut the film at 7.5 metres. You won't need any more chemicals as E6 can be used more than once.

When the film is all in the tanks and all is light-tight, you may turn the lights on.

Inside the cart...