iPhone Telecine?

A little Robin Hood on Super 8. Note there is no flicker.

Like many other indie filmmakers, I am dirt poor. Because of that, I’m a diehard DIY fanatic. I have made cookie tin DOP adapters and have scrappy looking equipment. I make due with what I have, and I get very creative and resourceful if I cannot afford a method or equipment to accomplish a goal.

So, now I am trying to figure out the best way to make a film ON film. I am deciding the pros and cons of using Super 8 vs. 16mm. I have cameras in both formats- which is more than most people could say 30 years ago.

However, the price of film is hard to stomach. I’ve searched high and low on how to digitize footage after it’d done. Now, many places charge .17+ cents a foot. That can add up really fast. Again, looking at my means, I have been playing around with a simple telecine method using an iPhone and projector.

Not sure of the name of this 16mm film, but the flicker might be from my overhead light.

Now projection flicker is the main problem. I had a large amount of luck with this Super 8 footage (projected on my door) without any flicker using my iPhone. I believe it has to do with the CMOS sensor on the phone's camera- but my attempt at using my 16mm shows the flicker. I'm not sure if it had to do with my fluorescent light- so I'll have to test it again. Focusing and perspective distortion will need to be addressed- but all in all, it seems promising- at least to have a working print of the film to work on sound.

Pretty ghetto... Not as clean as I'd want it, but we make due until we can shell out the cash, right? Well... maybe and maybe not. I'm not thrilled with the lack of sharp resolution- though it's worse on Blogger's compression of my videos. I think in the end I'll need to just scan the footage.


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