It's Film! What can go wrong?

Most of the film we deal with is older, ranging from 10 years old back to the twenties, 80-85 years old. Things can go wrong over this much time.Archival film has a number of potential problems that can occur upon orignation or through use and wear, or through aging based on starate conditions and other deterioration.



Potential Defects include:


  • Shrinkage
  • Color shifting or fading due
  • Sprocket damage
  • Dirt and Scratches
  • Unstable images
  • Flicker
  • Excessive grain
  • Poor exposure
  • Poor focus


 Many of these issues can be helped during a proper film transfer. The design of our Shadow Telecines allows film that is moderately or severely shrunken to still be transferred. We have Primary and Seconday color correction to handle many of the color shifting issues. Many sprocket damage issues go through the system with little or no effect. Proper film cleaning along with selective use of our WET-GATE process minimizes the dirt and scratch damage. Instability comes from several places. Orignal camera issues are very common with small guages, especially Super8 and Regular8, and also occur in some 16mm films originally shot with inexpensive cameras. Projector-based transfer systems are inherently less stable than our telecines, and can make this instability even worse when using damaged sprockets to drive the film through their systems.


Client Comments

quote1-40The preview disc you sent looks stunning--over the weekend, I put it up on a large screen at UCSC with a Christie projector just to check and Moumen Smihi was thrilled. We showed his Si Moh that you did and it also looked great.
Peter Limbrick, Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media , UC Santa Cruzquote2-40

quote1-40I premiered many scenes from your recent 35mm transfers in the new Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, and they were a HUGE hit. I am very much looking forward to doing more work with you. Thanks so much!
Rick Prelinger, The Prelinger Archivesquote2-40

quote1-40I just had to let you know how happy my client was with the quality of the 8mm film transfer you did for him. At 6000 ft of film (25 years of his families' life) there was a lot to deal with. Your technical expertise was very helpful in choosing the right digital format both for the subsequent edit we went through, and in hitting my clients budget and quality concerns. Feel free to use me as a reference at anytime. The whole experience was professional and very easy. Once again thank you.
John Kelly, Scott Video Productionsquote2-40

quote1-40These look great! Thanks so much for sending! Thanks! More on the way soon!
Steve Stanchfield, Thunderbean Animationquote2-40