Film Capabilities

Early Hitchcock Films Resurrected for Posterity

Published on website: March 21, 2013
Categories: Archiving , Feature Films , Film Capabilities , Archiving
The Ring - BFI National Archive

There is no more venerated name in the world of cinema than Alfred Hitchcock. His movies and methods have been studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world, and his impact on the art of directing is unsurpassed. The master of suspense made films in the United Kingdom and in Hollywood, demonstrating the adage that moving images speak a global language.

Surprisingly, in light of these facts, Hitchcock’s very early silent era work — films that offer a fascinating glimpse into the development of his style — has been in bad shape. Deluxe and the British Film Institute (BFI) have corrected this, gathering as many elements of these early films as possible and using the latest restoration techniques to resurrect them. The project required thousands of hours of painstaking work. Hitchcock fans have rejoiced.

CHOICES - A Film Format for Every Budget

Published on website: November 14, 2012
Categories: 16mm , 2-Perf , 3-Perf , 35mm , Alyson Shurtliff , Film Capabilities , Matt Stoffel , The StoryBoard Blog

Whether it’s setting the benchmark for image quality or ensuring that image lives on far into the future, film delivers. The best part? You’ve got choices to best fit your project!

35mm 4-perf, 3-perf, 2-perf, and 16mm are all proven capable formats. Here’s an infographic we’ve pulled together to make it easier to see the benefits.

Gate of Hell and A Diary of Chuji’s Travels Restored

Published on website: May 25, 2012
Categories: Archiving , Film Capabilities , Intermediate Film , Lab and Post Production , Archiving
Scenes from Gate of Hell before and after restoration (Photo ©1953 Kadokawa Pictures)

Gate of Hell is the first Japanese feature film shot on EASTMAN Color Negative Film 5248 / Tungsten EI25. Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa in 1953, this movie was awarded the Grand Prize in Cannes in 1954 and also won two Academy Awards®.

The restoration was a joint project of Kadokawa Pictures and the National Film Center (NFC) of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, who conducted research and led the project as film archivists. The intention was to faithfully restore the original 1953 look of EASTMAN Color Film.

Surf's Up!

Published on website: April 12, 2012
Categories: 16mm , 35mm , Film Capabilities , Matt Stoffel , Super 8mm , The StoryBoard Blog
Surf's Up!

Whether it’s the versatility or the look, film remains an expressive visual tool for extreme sports cinematographers. It’s certainly clear in the world of surfing. Some productions like Globe’s Year Zero are 100% celluloid; others like Quiksilver’s Moments have mixed film and video. Either way, it’s undeniable that film lends a unique look and feel, and the artists that create these inspiring films continue to turn heads.

With temperatures warming up in the northern hemisphere and swells building in the southern with the return of fall, it’s hard not to be inspired by the amazing footage.  I’ve pulled together some clips from around the web to get the adrenalin flowing and to fill our heads with sun, sand, and surf.

Why We’re Wowed: Characteristics of Motion Picture Film and Motion Picture Film Projection

Published on website: October 14, 2011
Categories: Film Capabilities , Industry , Matt Stoffel , The StoryBoard Blog

There are countless characteristics within the formulation of film alone that produce unique qualities for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. Couple that with the way we perceive motion picture film projection, and the whole experience leaves you somewhere between science and magic.

From Kodak’s T-grain silver halide crystals, to the brain’s perception of image detail, Brian Guckian (Moving Image Archive News) uncovers “Seven Wonders of Motion Picture Film”, revealing some of the inherent characteristics that make the movie-going experience enjoyable, and perhaps just a bit magical.Close up of T-grain silver halide crystals