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!


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




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


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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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

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!!!





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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A Couple of Beautiful Super8 Stills by Filmmaker Penny McCann!

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Both images captured with a Braun Nizo S800 Super8mm Camera!
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Shot on (slightly expired) Kodak TriX
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Jorge Manzano’s Scrumptous Super 8 Images!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Kodak Super 8mm 100D Colour Reversal -Cross-processed as negative!



Kodak Super8mm Vision 200T Negative Film Stock





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 🙂

Where Cool Came From – Webisode 23 – Film’s Not Dead!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Frame Discreet and Niagara Custom Lab featured on “Where Cool Came From”! We scanned all of the open gate super8mm shown!

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Please click here to watch the teaser:  http://www.wherecoolcamefrom.com/








Teaser to Matthew Wade’s New Film How The Sky Will Melt!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Press PLAY to watch the teaser of How The Sky Will Melt!

Super 8mm Specifications:
219 cartridges / 10,950ft
All film is Vision3 200T and 500T
Shot on a Bauer c109xl

How the Sky Will Melt (teaser) from Matthew Wade on Vimeo.









Mark Sperry’s OVERscanned Super 8mm Tri-X!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

  Shooting on a Pro814 Canon camera, Mark hand metered all footage!

Check out more of Mark’s work at www.marksperryphoto.com


Kodak Tri-X Super 8mm Black & White Film

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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.






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