The “Tape to Film” story has three BIG parts: production, video post and film work. While it is always best to preplan and consider the three as an interrelated whole, it just doesn't seem to work that way for many filmmakers, who tend to think seriously about tape to film about a week before they finish editing, or three weeks before the big festival (whichever leaves less time). Were not casting blame, because we have been there, too.

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Production

For a perspective on the making of digital films I have prepared an article titled “Digital Films: Notes on Tools and Process". It provides my own personal, real life historical and technical perspective with a few of the nuts and bolts you need to know.

For further information on shooting, let me offer you an article, titled “The Look of Film", I wrote some years back for Video Systems Magazine. It is 5000 words explaining the differences between tape and film, plus plenty on how to shoot tape to resemble film, information that can be applied to digital film projects.



Video Post

The video part of the equation is far more important than you can imagine. Your final video master is critical! This is the last place in the chain to really get things right . And there are a lot of things, consider color correction (with particular attention to color continuity), highlight and shadow detail, final aspect ratio, and too many more to mention. Once you go to film it becomes more difficult, more expensive, and frequently impossible to get things the way you want them.

We offer the finest video finishing in New York. And because of our experience in tape to film, we can tailor our finishing work to the needs of the film transfer process. Call us to arrange a demo… let us blow your mind, bring us your worst video to see how good it can look and how fast.



We continue with a discussion of Posting for DV Materials and The Tape to Film Process

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