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I have finally, after what feels like 10 years (prob 10 years since acquiring this machine) but is actually 5 years of storage battles, makeshift repairs, huge learning curves (ele

So me, Rod, Hoppo and Richie managed to pull off our performance at BEEF and Brunswick Club Saturday just gone. I thought I’d write up a breakdown report of all the techniques, projectors and processes we devised and used. This is is aimed at myself as documentation but also, as I  believe in the spirit […]

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New 35mm gate from BB list, at first was loose and I was worried that perhaps a spring was missing. But I undid the film transport frame/sprocket and relocated the frame into its proper place. Now running like a dream. Need to fix take up motors on camera now………..

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I have finally, after what feels like 10 years (prob 10 years since acquiring this machine) but is actually 5 years of storage battles, makeshift repairs, huge learning curves (electrics, relays, soldering, circuits, mechanics and optics) got to the point where this Oxberry-Neilson/Hordell bastard printer is working enough  to make tests to ascertain what still […]

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More on the machine part I bought years ago. I have finally, after a bit more in depth research worked out that it is the basic mechanism from a Debrie Parvo L series camera.   Here is a link to a film of its manufacture and assembly. http://cinematographes.free.fr/videos/debrie-3.mov Heres some good photos of a complete […]

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As an informing idea for another project I am going to start to collect cinema metric data. I am narrowing this down to the following: Compass bearing of projections : Angle of rake : Thats it! I could add Throw (film gates to screen) in M/mm, number of seats. To allow venues with multiple screens […]

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Heres 2 photos taken during a shutter test where the blade has been almost closed over and a very tiny slit is all that lets any light through. This would produce a shutter speed too fast for effective exposures (in convnetional use anyways). The LED light source illuminating the paper on the other side of […]

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Using a linear stage from Thorlabs and some basic metalwork I can now accurately position a digital camera or just the lens to line up with the camera. A bit of tweaking to get the relay lens bellows to fit. All that needs doing now is take up motor electrics, then I’m ready to try […]

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Quick test scan off the printer of acid treated and burnt through short length of film. ST should be on right of course. 16mm     Lab leader I found. 35mm, sent to Matt Soar for possible inclusion in his project lost leaders   And my favourite, a video clip of film passing through the […]

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OK. Its basic stuff, but there are exact and meaningful orientations of film strips in printers for obvious reasons. But you can get in a muddle thinking about whats right, what ‘looks’ right and what you think should be right. This video shows a 16mm sequence in the printer gate, seen as by the video […]

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I helped prepare and rig the flying screen at the Cube for Spectres the other day. Went really well. The perforated screen, if lighting conditions are right looks transparent at one moment and acts like a screen at another moment. Heres some video clips.      

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