The 70mm Newsletter
O'Kane; Glasgow, Scotland
Gal Gael workshop Vistamorph
still. Vistamorph 3:1 frame. Curtsey Chris O'Kane
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We have opened the new office, details on our
web site. We are sharing it with a chap called Mitch Miller who
is doing a documentary project on HDV all about the early days of
travelling shows and mobile cinema in Scotland. His great grandfather
was apparently the first person to show mobile cinema in Scotland.
Our camera engineer, Martin Stent has been refining our VistaVision
camera. He ran through 400ft of test film and is taking it to
Technicolor for processing. Unfortunately the camera stripped a gear,
one that drives the magazine, and there was a pile up in the camera. We
think it was just a pin that broke, but Martin has to take it apart and
sort it out. I have a deadline of next week to start shoot a 24 minute
short in Vistamorph format for a community group here called "Gal Gael".
So I'm a bit frustrated, but it's taken so long just to get to this
stage, frankly were lucky to be still going at all. No one wants to back
film based projects. However, both Kodak and Technicolor have actually
been very supportive. Kodak are giving us 45% discount on stock and
Technicolor are giving us rock bottom processing and telecine services.
Unfortunately they cannot do 70mm anymore. I'm still waiting on
confirmation that they can still do 35mm VistaVision reduction prints.
Andrew Oran and Dave Strohmaier have offered to look at setting up 70mm
prints at Fotokem. That's on going just now I hope.
in 70mm reading:
Vistamorph « An alternative large Format Film Experience
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
T : 0141 420 5010 Ext. 263
M : 07870 899469
Meanwhile, I am in league with a producer in Glasgow who wants to shoot
a 60 minute documentary on the history of ship building on the Clyde.
This is a big budget and the intention is that the film will show in
various places around the world. So we are planning Vistamorph 70, 35
and HD for TV. It's called "Legends of the Sea". The producer pitch for
funding this week, so fingers crossed.
is to shoot it in Vistamorph format and produce a 35mm reduction print,
a 70mm print and a digital option too. We would like to know where this
film could be screened? 70mm or widescreen festivals, special theatres
that would be interested in the new format or the subject. I had a look
at the in70mm.com pages for theatres, but do you think there are theatres and
festivals that would be interested in a Vistamorph film?
We still have our own anamorphic lens to build. The optical design is
complete and we are ready to order a set of elements. However, we need
to raise a few thousand first. It's a struggle and banks just won't
help. We've got to find this money ourselves. Brian Guckian [65/70mm
Workshop] has joined
the company and he is going to help us build a business plan and
prospectus. The idea is to sell investment shares in Vistamorph and to
start by offering them to people already in the film industry. We can
see the attraction of Vistamorph being owned by people who have an
interest in film.
On my mind at present is the cost of 70mm, Imax etc. One thing thing is
becoming clear in this new economic climate, energy hungry products are
going to be unpopular with energy costs soaring. Now if the industry is
considering reducing or, dare I say it, abandoning 70mm systems, then
perhaps we should look at what else can be done with 35mm film? This is
where I see Vistamorph having a chance. And it brings something new to
the industry without too much development. Both Technicolor and Kodak
are supportive because it uses film and processing and keeps a sector of
the industry alive. It can be no bad thing to have other options in time
of recession. So the years ahead will be very interesting indeed.
That's about it for now. Wish I could get to all these 70mm festivals.
Hopefully next year I'll be there with some 70mm reels under my arm.
Keep up the good work.
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