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







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!

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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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!




Wonderful 8mm / 16mm trailer by First Kiss Films

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Ridley’s first year { trailer} from { First Kiss Films } vintage cin on Vimeo.

A great little trailer for Bridget Redmond’s 8mm/16mm film. www.firstkissfilms.com. She has a great instinct for capturing the essence of the moment. Choosing film as her paintbrush adds a wonderful layer of emotion 🙂

Madelyn Pilon and Noah Kendal’s Dreamy 16mm Film Stills!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Madelyn Pilon and Noah Kendal’s Dreamy 16mm Stills!

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Adrian Muir’s 16mm Frame Discreet Film Transfer Process Documentary!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Shot on SR2 at 200iso, pushed one stop in developing.






super 8 / 16mm 2k scans

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Another lovely Super 8 transfer we did for Irene Boleda. Wonderfully shot. Ektachrome 100D stock.
“It’s about my dad who passed away last december. I don’t have a title yet… I think I’ll call it something like “Mi viejo el Dotor” – Irene

16mm transfer of an ektachrome cross processed print. For a film installation called “My Life Divided” Wild colors, looks great!

Thanks for getting us involved in your projects!

16mm HD Transfer for Deanna Bowen

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Director Deanna Bowen created some great images with double X 7222. Cinematographer Marcos Arriaga. I just love the look and texture of double x…

Regular 16mm HD transfer- Lianna Hillerup

Sunday, November 27th, 2011


Our very own colorist, Lianna Hillerup, experimenting with High Contrast 3374 16mm film stock.  Hand processed and full of texture.. Organic and raw.. take that digital!


16mm Restoration for ‘Galaxy’

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

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“This is a short drama I shot in film school in those pre-video, “Steenbeck” years that won the Norman Jewison CNE Grand Prize along with some other awards.” – Bill Davern – filmmaker.

Bill called us to re-transfer his film as he was unhappy with the out of focus transfer done by another company…   Great work Bill, we loved your film!  Glad we could be involved with the transfer / restoration!


16mm HD transfer – John Price

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Frame grab from John Price’s 16mm HD film transfer.  Pillarboxed to 4:3.  Shot with some old stock in John’s Bolex, the texture and tonal range still looks great… click the image to see the grain, no digital plasticy feel…ahh.. film…

Transfer Samples – super 8 64t

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Pass the Cart II

A project put together by the members of the filmshooting.com forum.

Consists of 5 E64t Cartridges that have toured the world. I was fortunate enough to be involved, and this is CART #2. I shot the last film with 2 fellas in Toronto.

Had big goals for the project, but ran out of time… In the end I bucked down, set a date and convinced myself I was going to shoot it that day, make or break, no matter what. We had it all planned out, storyboarded on DSLR, and last minute the actress had to pull out as we ran out of time to shoot.

In comes plan B, shot rehearsal tests on a sony EX-1, 6 times for timing review; then rolls in the beaulieu 4008 to shoot it for real. We cut out a lot of shots which would have rounded out the toronto landscape a little better, but I was worried about it being at the end of the cart and losing a shot because I might not have the full 10′.

Ours is the last film of the 4.

Transfer Stills – David Mason

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Stills from a recent 16mm transfer for David Mason. Some nice work, tricky to shoot reversal black and white. Can be very contrasty, but when handled well, it’s beautiful. Film stock: Plus-x/Tri-x.

Saskatchewan Film Pool Co-op Transfer

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Frame grab from a recent transfer of 16mm 7222 double-x. Sent to us from the Saskatchewan Film Pool Co-op. Nice to see more film work being produced out in the prairies!

Inexpensive 16mm stock…!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Stock: Kodak 3374 High Contrast 16mm. Processed as a neg by Niagara Custom Lab.
Camera: Filmo 16mm, with Angenieux 5.9mm
Content: Street shots from the Toronto Board Meeting 2006 (shot by Justin while riding a dirtsurfer + interior hand-cranked footage.
Technical: Cross-Processed as a negative to give more latitude for the transfer. A grainless 16mm stock rated between 40-60ASA. Absolutely gorgeous stock, when you nail your exposure. Originally a Panchromatic sound recording stock but can be used for images- 2100′ can be bought for under $200 direct from Kodak…!

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