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!

HD Transfer – Super 8 500t 7219

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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Frame grab from some Super 8 500T shot on my Nizo 481 when I was touring Iceland’s hot springs.  What an amazing country!  The Nizo 481 rates 500T at 160ASA, so you must be careful and use manual exposure to avoid overexposing your images.  Although it is possible to get an image when it is overexposed, you will sacrifice saturation and contrast in doing so.  Often leading to a less grainy image, but in turn can lead to digital noise from the scanner having to work extra hard to pull detail out of the overexposed negative.


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!

Ektachrome super 8mm 100d – Pouyan Fard

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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Shot in Cuba, Pouyan captured some stunning ladies on Ektachrome 100D. Will be intercut with his DSLR steadicam shots on this commercial shoot. Totally different look than digital!

Super 8 – HD transfer – Ektachrome 100d – cross processed

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Cross processing really makes the greens POP!  (though this look can be dialed back and neutralized in our color correction, I loved the way it looked for this film).  Shot in Iceland on a Nizo 481 beside a stunning waterfall.  Super 8mm cross processed at Niagara Custom Lab.


Regular 8mm / Super 8mm Comparison

Monday, December 12th, 2011

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Curious about the difference between Super 8 & Regular 8?
Here is a visual comparison for you (super 8 on the right).

Super 8mm changes/improvements:
– Smaller sprocket hole results in more useable image area on the film left to right.
– better resolution & sharper images due to a bigger image recorded on the film
– trade off – film came in a ‘cartridge’. Convenient, however… the cartridge has a built in plastic pressure plate. Regular 8mm came on a spool, and the used the camera’s metal pressure plate. The pressure plate is critical for having good registration / less jitter. So while regular 8mm could potentially produce more stable images, the images may not be as high resolution (softer).

I still love threading up an old regular 8mm camera though. They’re so beautiful and have features many super 8 cameras do not have! Want to get some regular 8mm film? Try

Super 8 – HD transfer – Ektachrome 100d – “Act of Treason” – Zara Ahmed

Monday, November 28th, 2011


Still frame from recent transfer for Zara Ahmed.  Ektachrome 100d has some excellent characteristics, and Zara really captured the beauty of this film stock with “Act of Treason”.   Thanks for having us involved with your transfers!

Super 8mm HD transfer – Mike Hoolboom

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Some gritty looking Tri-X cross processed at Niagara Custom Lab and some hand processed by Mike Hoolboom himself. Looks great, perfect texture for the weird visuals he was documenting.  I think some of this was at the Toronto Zombie walk. Very cool!

Super 8mm HD full frame transfer – Ektachrome 100D

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Little Travel Log film, attempting to do some geocaching – failing miserably. One cartridge, unedited. Nothing beats Super 8 for capturing these moments.

1 Roll of Ektachrome 100d 18fps
Full Frame HD Xfer
Cinematography / travel log: Justin Lovell
Processing: Niagara Custom Lab
Camera: Canon 310XL (Automatic)

Super 8mm HD transfer – Damon D’Oliveira

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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We must give credit to Maxime Desmons who shot all of these great images. We’re finding that the colours in Extachrome 100D are reminiscent of the wonderfully saturated colours of Kodachrome. With Kodak’s improvements in film technology, it almost looks like what their 16mm grain structure used to look like but on Super 8mm!

Super 8mm SD transfer – Calla Evans

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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500T holds up to low light situations beautifully. The natural window light on Tri-x has a painterly quality when cross processed. When compared to normal processing (as reversal), this method of cross processing gives a softer transition into the shadows creating less contrast. Normal and cross processing can be requested at Niagara Custom Lab.

Super 8mm recent HD transfer- Lianna Hillerup

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Recent creative travel shoot by our colorist Lianna and Karl Reinsalu from LIFT.  First frame is scanned regular 8mm before it was split.  Left sprockets in the frame giving a organic film aesthetic.  Nothing like film 🙂

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 for Jacky Mills – 500T

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Recent 2k Scan for Jacquelyn Mills. She shot 500T on a bright sunny day and got some great results. Kept a fairly neutral look for her… I’m sure the happy couple will love the timeless footage you captured!

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HD Super 8 Transfer – “Billy Boy”

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Frame Grabs from a recent HD (umasked) transfer for Kelsey Stasiak.  Super 8 color negative film.  Beautiful footage, the super 8 texture really gives a sexy, raw feel!

Super 8 Tri-X, 500t neg

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

HD SCAN of Super 8 Reversal Tri-x & 7218 500t for Cinematographer Pouyan Fard of Lens Flare Films. Lots of latitude in our Belladonna Scanner, so we are able to capture all the detail in the shadows and the highlights. Image not pillar box matted to 4:3. Shows the full frame in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Great shooting Pouyan, I’m sure the couple will be super happy!

Super 8 Vision 3 7213 sample

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Frames from a recent Standard Def transfer for our friend Brian Mosoff!

Because it was neg, we were able to pull information out of the shadows and highlights much more than reversal. The new vision 3 stock is quite amazing. Fine grained, and tons of latitude. Shot on his finely tuned Nizo s800.

Belladonna- Our 2k/HD raw data scanner

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Our 2k raw data scanner – codenamed Belladonna, is just about complete. Here’s some of our test scans. Thanks to Jordana Aarons and Iris Ng for the film.
You’re looking at: Super 16 7222 (tri-x) 2k Raw data scan + Super 8 Tri-x (cross processed – underexposed 1 1/2 stops)
Both Shots were graded to feel like an old nosferatu style silent film. High contrast.

We’re pumped about the scanner.. she’s beautiful…

Transfer Samples – super 8 / super 16

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Montage of footage from Kelly + Maya’s visit to Toronto. The super 8 footage has a soft glow and diffused effect to it. Shot at 18 fps super 8, transferred at 15fps for a slight slo-mo feel. 16mm was shot at 24fps, transferred at 18fps to also have slight slo-mo. Nice for a ‘memory feeling’.

I rate the 3374 b/w high contrast at 150 ASA for best results. If I want it a little more contrasty (blow out the highlights a little more, bleaching the skin tones, I’ll rate it at 100-125).

Camera: Beaulieu 4008 ZMII 6-66 schneider zoom, Bolex super 16 – 16-100 Switar zoom
Stock: Ektachrome 64T, 250d V3 (7207), 3374 high con
Processing: Exclusive Film and Video, Niagara Custom Lab
Transfer: Frame Discreet – colourist Justin Lovell
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Super 8 Transfer Samples- "Sheila’s Day Off"

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Super 8/RED Short “Sheila’s Day Off”.

A great little short film shot on both RED camera and super 8. Seasoned actress’ Heidi Tan and Amanda Lewis co-produced this project– Amanda Lewis’ directorial debut. Taking a challenging approach Richard Fiander shot all the super 8 on ektachrome 64t. A tough stock to use for interiors because of its slow speed. Most people would choose to shoot this with the negative 200/500 ASA film stocks for the extra latitude and speed. Richard ended up pushing the processing in certain shots to be able to maintain exposure. Good on ‘ya for taking a less conventional approach!

Camera: Rollei SL85 & RED
Format: Super 8mm

Ektachrome 64t
Cinematographer: Richard Fiander

super 8 transfer stills

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

More recent transfer samples from filmmakers Deniz Berkin (ektachrome 64t and frame discreet frequenter David Mason (200t negative).
All super 8 transfers to 720 x 486 8 bit uncompressed blackmagic codec.

Thanks for getting us involved in your projects!

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

Music Video- Sloan

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Recent music video for Sloan shot by frame discreet cinematographer Michael Leblanc. Originally shot in colour neg, then crunched down and stripped to black and white for a grittier more contrasty feel.

Cinematographer: Michael Leblanc
Format: Super 8
Stock: Super 8, 500t 7218
Camera: 1014xls, C8 wide adapter
Transfer: Frame Discreet
Processing: Niagara Custom Lab

Transfer Samples -Super 8

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

A few more sample frames from Jeff Moneo’s recent transfer with us. Super 8 200T and 500T (7217/7218). Get your exposure right, and it can look saaah-weeeet!

Transfer Samples – Super 8

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Some recent footage shot by Jeffrey Moneo for Cherry Blossom Season. Mix of Super 8 200T and 500T. Especially impressed by the resolution on the last image. Click to enlarge. Some really slick footage…

Transfer Samples -Super 8

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Super 8 sample transfers for recent clients (in order- 2x 64T reversal, 2x 200T 7217 neg, 2x 500T 7218 neg). Just giving you more of an idea of what is possible with super 8, and the different looks that the stocks can provide. Thanks for choosing us!

super 8 transfer comparison

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

A client bring us footage to have re-transferred after having it done at a different transfer house. The image looks muddy and flat, like a VHS dub. The problem was the equipment that the other transfer house was using. Take a look at the detail in the watch and the overall color rendition in our transfer on the right. (click to enlarge)

We take pride in the custom work we do here. If you think you’re getting a wicked deal somewhere else, it may be too good to be true. Do your research, as we have!

super 8 transfer stills

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Some stills from a recent transfer for Homegrown skateboards. Wicked group of guys producing their own custom skates and videos out of Nova Scotia.

Stock: 7218 500T + 64t Cross-processed
Format: Super 8mm
Processing: Niagara Custom Lab
Transfer: 8 bit upcompresed QT files

SHORT FILM – Picnic at Sea

Monday, June 16th, 2008

U.S. Director/Cinematographer Sam Kuhn contacted us to do some HD testing for some of his upcoming projects. Check out some more of his *really cool* work here: SAM KUHN

Stock: 7217 200T
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Nizo S800 (ext. shot between f 11-22, int. shot @ f-2).
Sam Kuhn

Super 8 – Corrected VS. Uncorrected

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Sample frames of 7217 Vision 2 Super 8 Corrected and Uncorrected (flat) in the transfer. It is essential to make sure that your transfer house has the controls to properly manage the colors, contrast and density of the new (fabulous!) negative film stocks. We’ve had to do a number of ‘retransfers’ for people who have had their films transferred elsewhere and were not satisfied with the results.
Stock: 7217 200t
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Canon 1014xls
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

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