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Written on Jan, 22, 2018 by in

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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Written on Oct, 11, 2017 by in

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 isn’t working. I know for …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2017 by in

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 one in the Malkames Collection. …

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Written on Aug, 12, 2017 by in

I am presenting at the Ghent Early Cinema Conference and will be showing my idea that Cinema design, the building itself may of played  a part in the adoption of narrative forms of cinema films, or those forms that were more story and duration based and required suspension of disbelief to read and enjoy. I will do this by sketching …

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Written on Aug, 01, 2017 by in

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 the gate flickers and this …

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Written on Aug, 01, 2017 by in

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 some film to film tests. …

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Written on May, 03, 2017 by in

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 gate. And another clip I …

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Written on Apr, 02, 2017 by in

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 camera. It clearly shows an …

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Written on Mar, 08, 2017 by in

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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Written on Mar, 08, 2017 by in

Here is the camera as projector again. The 100mm lens produces an image (through 35mm gate) that fits well into the punched paper we were planning on using for the leader project. But to save paper, registration problems and building time/money we might now shoot off an ipad screen which fits perfectly the 190mm x 138mm image. The soundtrack width …

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