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.







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

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!


4 Days In April – Trailer

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

4 Days in April : The Mike Weir Story – Trailer from Project10 on Vimeo.
Director: Kevin Foley
Producer: Byron Kent Wong / Project 10
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell / Vinnit Borrison
Camera: SI2K mini / Cinedeck Recorder / Linos/Kowa Prime Lenses / Switar 16-100 zoom / Red Epic

Trailer for the Mike Weir Documentary I shot with Project 10.  Airing on TSN / GLOBAL before the 2013 Masters.  Shot 90% on our si2k cinema package alongside Vinnit Borrison and his Red Epic.  One of the most exciting projects that I’ve been on.  Not as dangerous as some of the docs I’ve worked on and not as extreme as some of the action films I’ve shot.  However, I grew up on a golf range we built.  Spent my time filling divots, cutting grass and picking up and washing golf balls every day.  Both my father and bro are PGA members so I grew up with golf in my blood.  It was like a dream come true interviewing my childhood heroes.  An opportunity I won’t ever forget.  I love being a cinematographer.


Frame Discreet is Moving!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Exciting news – we’re expanding our services!

You asked for it and we listened!

To make things more accessible for you, our new location downtown is conveniently located in the beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Area at 65 Bellwoods Ave (between Queen & Dundas).

Creating a hub to share ideas and inspiration with other filmmakers, we’re neighbours with the friendly folks at Charles Street Video (CSV), a non-profit, artist-run centre that rents editing rooms, cameras and production gear.

In an effort to keep downtime as short as possible, we’re asking that all new orders wait until February 8th.

We will be announcing a launch party soon and would love to have you see the new space.

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Deepa Mehta Interview for NFB

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Deepa Mehta In Profile by Nettie Wild, National Film Board of Canada

Shooting 2nd camera alongside Frame Discreet Cinematographer John Price, it was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to listen to Deepa Mehta speak about filmmaking. Another great project to be involved in.

This short film is a tribute to award-winning director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta. A true cultural hybrid, Mehta has been described as a “transnational” artist, able to tell universally meaningful stories from a uniquely Canadian point of view. In a career spanning over 30 years she has consistently broken new ground, tackling such controversial issues as intolerance, cultural discrimination and domestic violence. As an Indian who grew up speaking English first in a British Colonial School and then learning Hindi, she finds her passion and her stories in India, and the freedom to choose how to tell those stories in Canada.

+ tongtong creative branding

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A new creative I shot for John Tong to reflect the fresh approach that his company is taking. Directed by our friend, the talented Byron Wong. Fun shoot utilizing an innocent simplicity to introduce + tongtong.

+tongtong, directed by founder John Tong, will extend the hands-on approach of John’s 25+year career as a celebrated designer and leader. Formerly a co-founding principal of 3rd UNCLE design, John and his team will continue to create contemporary environments and objects in celebration of people & place. John’s experience is steeped in design and creativity and believes the future of design exists in cultivating relationships between diverse disciplines, collaboration and sharing of visions.

Ferrari 458 Feature

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A short monolog featuring Robert Herjavec explaining what makes the Ferrari 458 so special. He explains this while driving around the track at top speed.

Exciting shoot I was Cinematographer and responsible for multiple cameras.  We had out 2 sony f800s, steadicam & segway,  techno crane,  ezfx jib &  8′ dolly,  si2k, 3 GoPros, multiple car mounts and red Epic for high speed sexy shots.  Had a great autonomous team who were able to execute our demanding shooting schedule. Show is currently in the pitching stages with broadcasters.  Thanks Fadoo Productions.

Watch “Protecting What Matters” on YouTube

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Recent commercial I camera operated for Frame Discreet Cinematographer Mikhail Petrenko. Was a great experience. See below for his notes

Today was the official launch of the ad campaign by ATU Local 113 called Protecting What Matters. Together with AIRCASTLE Productions we spent over three months working on 23 print ads, 2 web videos, 3 TV and one 90 second theatrical ad. Capturing TTC maintenance workers in operating subway tunnels, maintenance shops and service facilities was an exciting challenge, therefore we decided to use extreme slow motion approach to create the right atmosphere and communicate the message. Our weapons of choice were Phantom Flex by Vision Research and Red Epic provided by SIM Digital, Lighting and Grip by WHITES and Color Correction by AIRCASTLE. Huge THANK YOU to our crew who were always on the ball no mater how many thousands fps cameras were set for. The theatrical version is playing in virtually every theater in town, or if you miss it, watch it HERE.

Shooting Toronto Rock commercial spots

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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This was a fun spot to light.  Initial plan was to hit him from above with 4 2k blonds into a giant soft box,  but in the end I simply keyed it with a long 4×2 kino flo.  This gave a much smaller cleaner reflection in the helmet.  Back lit with a couple long 4x4s and 2 2k blonds bounced off the roof to get a little more shape to the helmet. Tackled it more like car photography. To make it sexy, it is all about the symmetry of the reflections in the player’s helmet.

Thanks to my great team and our wonderful friends at Pie in the Sky studio.

Logan Couture commercial shoot

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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Shooting Walmart/NHLPA commercial with Logan Couture.  Director Dean Vargas from Motion Pantry oversees the shot.  Great shoot, watch out for it online!

Super 8 2k Scan

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Kodak tri-x super 8mm 7266 cross processed

Frame grab from my recent shoot in the Azores.  A crazy bull fight in the local village street.  Captured on Kodak Tri-X 7266. Cross-processed at Niagara Custom Lab to give it more detail in the shadows/highlights and grittier grain.  Perfect texture for the wild content!  Shot on our Beaulieu 4008 ZMII with a 45 degree shutter at 70fps.

Ultimate fan fight shoot

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

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Wrapped shooting an ultimate fan fight spot for ign’s start channel on youtube. Had an awesome team. Dappled light over the 2 days of shooting was difficult to work with to keep a consistency. Used 1 Dedo led, 2 ice lights, a 8×8 micro silver bounce, mirror board, and various large black solids and bounces to sculpt and shape the existing light. Original plan was to use negative fill to add contrast, however in practice, I quickly found that using the micro silver to bring up the exposure on the faces was a better plan of attack. Keep your eyes out for it releasing early September!

Bull fight in the Azores

Saturday, July 28th, 2012


Shooting some 70fps super 8 tri-x of a crazy bull fight in the street in Tricera.   The first bull that came out charged right at us..  Should have known better than to trust another tourist who said we’d be safe there.

We’re shooting in portugal!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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Shooting with my beautiful beaulieu 4008zm II and Schneider 6-66 the wide/fast lens.  The landscapes and textures here are stunning. Day 1 shooting tri-x, going to cross process for thicker grain and more shadow/highlights detail. So bright..  Having the variable shutter is also helping to let me shoot a lower tstop.  Got some neat 40fps shots of teens jumping into the Rio!

On set – chuck ealey TSN documentary

Monday, June 25th, 2012


Rigged up our si2k camera to chucks rental car to reinact him approaching the airport. Preplanning and testing on my truck (aka brawn jr.) first made it all run smoothly!

SUPER 8 in Yonge st. documentary

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Aired on Bravo! before the Juno’s 2011. Produced by David Brady Productions. Archival film scanned in 2k with us.  Recent super 8 shot on our MAX 8 1014xls by Frame Discreet cinematographer Michael Leblanc. Really gives a nice gritty yet warm edge to the character profiles.  Tired of seeing all the crisp HD video footage, the editor was begging us to shoot more super 8, he loved cutting it in!

Super 8 500T – John Price / Charles Officer

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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Behind the scenes with Frame Discreet Cinematographer John Price. Collaborating and working out a shot with Director Charles Officer (‘Nurse Fighter Boy’). Shot was double exposed using a Canon 1014xls. Short film is titled 100 Musicians, shot on RED. Was a fun shoot – on location in a loft in Kensington Market/Toronto!

Our New Davinci Resolve Suite & ProRes now available!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

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She’s up and running… our new DAVINCI RESOLVE colour grading suite.  We’ve been secretly building this system over the past 5 months- testing and educating ourselves on what it’s capable of.   It’s awesome!  It provides so much more control with our raw film data scans.  We’re pumped!

Our clients asked for it.. so we researched it.  Now with our new suite, we can offer ProRes files!

New poster prints for sale

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

FILMO 16MM, BOLEX 16mm, FUJICA SINGLE 8mm – currently doing giant 36 x 70 on canvas. Looks amazing on a wall- come see them up in our studio!

(smaller sizes on request)  Also alternate individual prints (FILMO can be printed as 3 separate images) to be hung as a collection… contact info@framediscreet.com if you’re interested!


Shooting Super 8 in Iceland

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

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Just got back from a 2 week trip shooting super 8 all around Iceland. It was an incredible journey, renting a little VW polo and traveling around the whole ring of iceland. Shot 4 rolls of ektachrome 100d, and 3 rolls of 500t color negative. Going to cross process the 100d to really POP the blues, yellows and greens of the insane landscapes. Shot all with my new NIZO 481… Can’t wait to see the 54fps shots of humpback whales that swam right by our boat! If you haven’t been… it’s a trip you just have to do!


Super 8 Transfer – CERVELO AD

Friday, December 12th, 2008

An homage to a movie named, “La Course en Tete” a documentary about the Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx mace in 1974, this spot was shot in the town of Altdorf for the Tour de Suisse Time trial to Klausenpass. The race is each cyclist against the clock, it takes approx. an hour and is 25 km long from 400m above sea level to 1948m above sea level. 25km an hour average speed, I can barely do that on my bike in Toronto, let alone these guys going up hill the entire way. Driving down from the mountain after the race seemed to take longer than these cyclist take to go up.

The de-saturated and grainy look is a reference to the original 1974 documentary. Hairs in the gate, dirt, scratches were all kept in as this was the goal. A great example of a look that can not be faked any other way. Best way is by shooting the original 8mm format.

-“Guy Godfree” Frame Discreet Cinematographer

Camera: Super 8 Beaulieu 4008 ZMII
Stock: 7217 (200t), 64T
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree

Super 16/Super 8/Max 8 Comparisons

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Nice test for you to see how the different formats compare when using the same stock. (Click images for larger versions). FYI Max 8 is a modification made to widen the gate of the camera allowing image to be recorded where sound used to be recorded. In the transfer you are able to ‘zoom out’ and see more of the image resulting in tighter grain and a 16×9 image area. There are some limitations to this modification though as you’re not able to see the extra are in the viewfinder of the camera and certain focal lengths will vignette.

Stock: Kodak 7218 500T
Format: Super 8, Max 8 (super duper 8), Super 16
Cameras: Canon 1014xls S8, Eclair NPR 16mm (lens Zeiss 11.5-115)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

LED PADS for sale. Same thing ROSCO is selling at a fraction of the price. Various sizes, runs on 12v batteries, lightweight sweet little product. $80-$320 depending on the size. More info HERE: LED PANELS from Frame Discreet.

Stock: 7218
Format: Super 8
Camera: Canon 1014xls
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

SHORT FILM- Troymotion

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Troymotion (5 minutes/2006)
Directed by Justin Lovell; performed by Troy Feldman

Troy Feldman and Justin Lovell take us on an aggressive street tour of motion. Elaborate cinematography exploits Troy’s stunts that are a mixture of break-dancing, gymnastics, martial arts and running like hell.

Camera: Beaulieu 4008ZMII, wide angle adapter, 45 deg shutter, in camera speed ramps
Stock: plus-x (cross-processed), 7217 (200t neg)
Transfer: Frame Discreet

SHORT FILM – Stuntman

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Final web release for Stuntman. I’ve been Holding it back for long enough. One of the first transfers I ever did on the old transfer system.

Format: Super duper 8 (12 mins)
Stock: Kodachrome 40
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Justin Lovell
Featuring Troy Feldman and Anna Maria-Ezekiels.

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