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

Super 8 Timelapse- K40

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Some super 8 timelapses I shot across Canada for Tell Us the Truth Josephine: A Bitter Immigrant Story. First shot was done on the 1 frame every 5 seconds interval setting. The rest were shot on the Nizo variable interval settings. (Awesome camera for timelapse- has a B setting to keep the shutter open for night timelapses and a fully variable intervalometer).

Stock: Kodachrome 40
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Canon 1014xls, Nizo S800
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Transfer Stills- "Real Street" – 500T Super 8

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Stills from recent transfer of Nick Norton’s Super 8 colour negative. Just goes to show how much detail you really can get with the 7218 in low light situations. Even works well in Exterior day situations. Nice images Nick. The 220 deg. shutter gives you a slightly softer/motion blurred image but allows you to shoot in lower light situations.
Stock: 7218 500T
Format: Super 8, 24fps
Camera: Canon 514 SV Auto Zoom & Canon 1014xls with 220 deg. shutter
Cinematographer: Nick Norton
Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

Documentary- BBOY battle on Super 8

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Frame Discreet’s Justin Lovell was at it again documenting a bboy battle at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Shot with the Canon 1014xls & C-8 wide angle attachment. Used 8 rolls of Kodak 7218 500T. Accented the lighting with a 1k Fresnel getting a t-4.0 in the highlights and 1.4 in the darker areas. Shot it all at 1.4, going to let the highlights blow out a little but will also print it down in the transfer to give me a slicker image with less grain in the shadows. Overexposure will also help as I was speed ramping to 36fps without compensating the iris. Will post some footage once its back from Niagara Custom Lab’s processing.

Music Video- The National (Super 8)

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

“Fake Empire”- The National

Transferred here @ Frame Discreet by Justin Lovell.


Stock: Kodachrome 40, processed @ Dwaynes
Format: Super 8

production company: Scott Cudmore Film
photographed by: Lee Towndrow
styled by: Corrina Allen
edited by:Matt Hannam
produced: by Mike Smith

from The National‘s 2007 album, Boxer, on Begger’s Banquet.

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

Transfer Stills- Super 8 7217

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Stills from a recent transfer we did for Cinematographer Cabot Mcnemly. He captured some beautiful images taking full advantage of magic hour on Toronto Island. Shot with a Canon 1014E, pushed 1 stop in the processing at niagara custom lab.

Transfer Stills – S8 Ektachrome 64T

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Recent Super 8 transfer done here @ frame discreet for Humber College student Jono Hunter. Always a pleasure working with students (especially since I was once enrolled over at Humber College in the Film program).. !

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.

COMMERCIAL- "Indslev Svane Hvede"

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

A poetic short commercial spot shot and edited by the talented Mikkel Zall.
Super 8 Tri-x, transferred here at frame discreet


Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Shot by Frame Discreet Cinematographer Justin Lovell. Ektachrome 64t Super 8mm with Canon 1014xls. Transfered here at Frame Discreet. Great little project to work on with an up and coming first time director/filmmaker Emma Banigan.

The Dead Sleep Easy

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

We transferred the super 8 for Petr Maur’s Film The Dead Sleep Easy. Check out the trailer online and be on the lookout for screening dates near you!

Here’s the write up in the EYE and OTTAWA X-PRESS

Toronto Screening date:
The Royal (608 College) this weekend (Feb. 15-16), The
Dead Sleep Easy

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