Friday, July 6th, 2018

What’s all this about HDR?

HDR (High Dynamic Range) scanning is our new Standard. It allows us to give you the best in image quality. Films that may have dark or bright scenes will benefit immensely. Normally exposed images come out smoother and cleaner.

Because it has impressed us that much, HDR Scanning has become our new Standard Scanning Method. No one else in town has the specific bleeding edge technology we are using.

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On below detail note the reduction of chunky colour noise in the highlights.  This is cropped in on a 16mm frame on a flat scan.

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Der Glöckner Trailer and a note from filmmaker Berny Hi!

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A nice note from our friend Berny Hi on his post-production process for Der Glöckner!!!

Check out the trailer!

Just got the film, Der Glöckner, back from the labs! The celluloid images turned out beautifully. It is going to be a breathtaking movie.

Big shout out to all the people and organization who help make it possible to still shoot on 16mm celluloid! Thank you for being you! Firstly, thank you Kodak Motion Picture Film, who we worked closely with to make this a reality.

Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (absolutely essential gear, community, and support), Niagara Custom Lab (processing images into reality), Frame Discreet (respectfully digitizing film), and Mike Rollo (for the use of your ARRI S camera)!

You are rock stars!


Thanks for your kind words Berny.  We can’t wait to to see the finished film!

Mike Shannon, before and after Colour Grade, Mask and No-Mask…

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Our friend Mike Shannon brought us 3 film prints, this is just part of what we did…

Check out the comparisons below.  Slide the bar to see the difference in a Super 8 mm print before and after a timed colour-grade and correction process and a Premium 5K Scan of Mike’s 16mm film Print No Charge with and without a pillar-boxed mask.  Whatever you need for your digital post-production process, we can provide!

Super 8mm Film 2K Timed Scan a before and after picture:

…and a 16mm Film 5K Timed Scan of Print No Charge, No-Mask vs. Masked







35mm Anamorphic – Flat vs. Timed scan

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Stunning 35mm Anamorphic shot by talented Cinematographer John Price.

With a flat scan we provide you with all the raw details in the scan for you to tweak.

With a timed scan our creative colorists to make your film shine.  This can be done when you have your film scanned, or bring it back to us once you have it edited and we can sit down and color grade it with you.








Monday, April 25th, 2016

Why REELSIDE Used Super8


REELSIDE is a documentary series which showcases the journeys of some of the most celebrated filmmakers in the industry. We had the pleasure of scanning a variety of super 8 footage that was used throughout the show.

This is what Reggie Grey, co-director of REELSIDE “Superheroes” had to say about the integration of Super8 into the episode:

“This episode had a very specific set of rules; every shot was on a tripod or slider unless motivated by seeing the director on camera with the handheld B-Cam. This device made the handheld shots become the director’s eye, and the audience saw exactly what he was looking at. 8mm film took the intimacy a step further. It’s warm, it’s fuzzy, it’s alive. It’s everything digital is not. In this application it disarmed the audience, gave them a nudge of, “it’s you and me and we’re making home movies!” and truly strapped them in right next to our storyteller while he took his journey.”

The series was recently nominated for two 2016 CSA Awards, and is available on demand through TMN, TMN Go and Movie Central.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCYb3KfAjxk&list=PL6nPr6j-hchMJLGJl64RwGak6_Bmrr_


Lovely note from Camille Rojas

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Hey Frame Discreet team,

Thought I’d let you know of an upcoming exhibition. My film, The Whistler, is part of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival as a featured exhibition. Below is a link to details about the project and venue (and also a special shout out!):



Thanks again for the transfer and the amazing service you guys offer!
Thanks Camile, always great to hear back & see our friends work in the world!


Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

We can give you the FLAT scan (giving you control & flexibility to color correct) or we can TIME/GRADE the image for you to make it POP.

Thanks to Laurel Karlsen for letting us show his great NEW SUPER 8 KODAK Color Negative film!


Cinematography Award Nomination..

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Honored to be nominated by my respected peers at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for a 2016 CSC award. 

Thanks to the great team who supported the story I told through my images.

Jason Day – never say die

Justin Lovell
Assoc CSC Cinematographer
Creator of Frame Discreet

A plane… a boat… a helicopter… a 4K Film Transfer.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

A plane… a boat… a helicopter…

Frederick brought us 8mm footage for a Premium 4K Film Transfer.  Shot in 1953 by his father, who is the last surviving member of the Hudson’s Bay fur traders in the western arctic.





Frederick is the co-founder of Open Sky Pictures, check out their website www.openskypictures.com




Frame Discreet Cineducation

Monday, January 11th, 2016


Q and A:  why did Canon use weird names for their cameras?

Actually,  Canon was quite clever in their approach!   The 1014xls stands for 10:1 zoom, t-1.4 lens,  existing light shutter (220 degree shutter).

So a 310xls would be a 3:1 zoom,  t-1.0 lens.  Existing light 220 degree shutter.

Xls shutter gives you 1/2 stop more light to the image then a traditional 180 degree shutter.   Better in low light.

Though the sacrifice with a Xls camera is there is more motion blur from keeping the shutter open longer.   For you photographers out there, it’s comparative to approx shooting at 1/50th (180 degree shutter)  to 1/30 (220 degree shutter).


* the 1014e and 814e (for electronic)  models have a variable switchable shutter.

Open=150 degrees @ 18fps:1/43 sec @ 24fps: 1/58 sec
2=75 degrees @ 18fps: 1/86 sec @ 24fps: 1/115 sec
4=37degrees @ 18fps: 1/173 sec @ 24fps: 1/230 sec

** the xls models have a icon for sun /shade that switches from a 150 to 220 degree shutter.


Justin Lovell
Assoc CSC Cinematographer

Andrew Young’s Super-16-Sun-Fun!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Shooting toward the sun with Kodak 7213 200T,  Andrew creates beautiful images on Super 16…

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ALVVAYS Guitarist Shoots Super 8mm!

Monday, July 13th, 2015


Now you’ve probably heard of this great Canadian band (http://alvvays.com/)… but did you know that their guitarist Alec also shoots their music videos on Super 8mm!

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Check out their other cool super 8 videos we scanned:

Archie, Marry Me- https://youtu.be/ZAn3JdtSrnY

Adult Diversion- https://youtu.be/rZHPCcFmEjc


Dust / Dirt / Scratch Restorations

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Got some film that needs a little love to make it shine?

Here at Frame Discreet we offer dust, dirt & scratch digital restorations.   Shoot us an email and we’ll see what we can do for you.  info@framediscreet.com

Laura-Lynn Petrick’s Music Videos Shot on Super 8mm!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Check out Laura-Lynn Petrick’s Music Videos!  Shot on Kodak Black & White Super 8mm film…

Sunshine & The Blue Moon – Lucy Demo (Official Music Video)

…scanned & transferred here at Frame Discreet!

Beautiful Spring Results by Laurel Karlsen on Sup-Sup-Super 8!

Friday, May 15th, 2015


Using Super 8 Kodak 200T Negative Stock, Laurel Karlsen captures spring beautifully…

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Chris Gehman’s Amazing Abstract Wonderment!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Using the last of his Ektachrome 16mm reversal stock (processed at Niagara Custom Lab), and something we can only conclude is a form of emulsion magic, Chris conjured up some intriguing images for his upcoming film, Dark Adaptation.

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Belle and Sebastian music video – Super 16mm/Red Epic

Sunday, May 10th, 2015


Fun video Justin @ Frame Discreet camera operated with our S16 bolex & Red Epic.  Shot 500t, pushed 1 stop & stripped of color for section 1.

Great time telling this story with different shooting styles reflecting the camera medium used (steadicam vs jib vs handheld vs zooms etc).   Love the concept!


Check out Randolph Jordan’s Over-scanned Tri-X!!!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Randolph Jordan filmed some absolutely stunning black and white imagery using Kodak’s Super 8mm Tri-X film stock!!!

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Ask us about over-scanning for your next transfer!!!



Odario Williams is not only a killer musician…

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Odario Williams from Grand Analog is not only a killer musician,  he’s also a great filmmaker!


Check out some of his stills…

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AND, find more on Grand Analog here: http://grandanalog.com

Camera Testing hosted at Frame Discreet

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

We hosted a test to compare the image quality of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Camera and the Si2K. Graded frame grab comparison result below. Very Similar.

BMPCC and BMCC are virtually identical. Blackmagic is sharper and slicker. Si2K image is grainier – in a pleasing way. When in motion, the texture gives the image a characteristic that engages me more.

The SI2K is slightly softer and the way the sensor responds it creates a more textured, filmic image. I find the Blackmagic to feel cleaner, more videoish in its texture in comparison. All shot on the same lens. Linos 25mm Cmount Mevis-c Prime.

*note – lighting changed in one of the frames, giving higher contrast and appearing sharper.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Silicon Imaging 2k (SI2K)

Silicon Imaging 2k (SI2K)

35MM Film Scans NOW at Frame Discreet!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Did you know, we can now scan 35MM film in up to 5K resolution!

Check out David Massar 35MM still frames from his inter-positive print…

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These were made from an interpositive, intermediate positive, IP or master positive which is an orange-based motion picture film with a positive image made from the edited camera negative. The orange base provides special color characteristics that allow for more accurate color reproduction than if the IP had a clear base, as in print films. -wikipedia.org

Talk to us about our 35MM options!

8mm Burlesque for Feature Film

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

8mm film transfer burlesque

Fun selection of burlesque films we were sent by Storyline Entertainment.  The fantastic Iris Ng is their cinematographer whom we loved working with on Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell“.

League of Exotique Dancers is an intimate, character-driven film that looks into vintage burlesque’s world of fun, frolic and feathers while uncovering the stories of poverty, racism and sexism that was rampant under all that glitter.  Find out more…

WEBSITE              www.exotiquedancers.com

FACEBOOK          www.facebook.com/exotiquedancers

TWITTER              www.twitter.com/LEDfilm @LEDfilm #LEDfilm (film)

      www.twitter.com/storylineent @StorylineEnt (production company)

      www.twitter.com/rama_rau @rama_rau (director)

      www.twitter.com/EdBarreveld @EdBarreveld (producer)



Lasergraphics Scanstation 5k – 8/16/35mm has ARRIVED.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Pleased to announce our new scanner! 

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I spent the last 3 years testing and visiting different scanner manufacturers.  The last test we did sealed the deal.  Spent 2 days with the engineers at Lasergraphics in LA and was blown away by the quality of the scans.  I tried everything to find a flaw in their scanner.. under exposed, over exposed, neg, reversal, shrunken, warped, brittle, sound, mag & optical… everything.. and it beat me every time.

Hands down the best multiformat Scanner available.

Certain FX houses have switched having 35mm scans done on the ARRISCANNER because they claim the registration is better on the Scanstation.  I believe it.  The optical registration blows my mind on how jitter free and solid it is.

If you can’t tell… we’re really excited by this.  So much so that we acquired the first and only 5k 8/16/35mm model in North America.

Thanks for all your continued support to help us reach this milestone at Frame Discreet.



Check Out Gregory Gan’s Stunning Industrial/Gritty/Metallic Film Stills!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Gregory’s film was shot on a Krasnogorsk-3 Regular 16mm film camera with Kodak’s Vision 3 100T & 500T stock resulting in sumptuous and rich colours!




Another smiling filmmaker :)

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

David Van Poppel picking up a super 8 scan from Lianna in the grading suite!  Another smiling filmmaker 🙂


David shot on Kodak Vision 3 500T Super8mm Film Stock




Peter Woodford’s Super 8 Magic!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Peter shot with Kodak Vision 3 200T

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Peter’s stills are from a music video for the band Sheer Agony whose new LP is coming out soon on Fixture Records



Our friend John Ker has shared his work with us, check it out!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Posted my video today!!  Thanks for helping make my 8mm dreams come true.  Talk soon – John


John shot his footage with Kodak Vision 50D using a Braun Nizo Camera, also making use of an underwater housing on some shots!

Congrats John on a great film!!!





Our friend Adam Abbas has a new book out, and it comes with its’ own trailer!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Check out the trailer for Adam Abbas’ Poetry Book A State A Statue A Statutehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3q-vA1pw0


You can get your copy here: http://www.steelbananas.com/portfolios/a-state-a-statue-a-statute-by-adam-abbas/


Congratulations Adam!





Justin Irvine Captures the Action on Colour Neg!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Kodak Vision 3 50D Super8mm Colour Negative Film!







The Majesty of Meg Turnball’s Black & White Tri-X!!!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Shot on Kodak Tri-X Super 8mm Film

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