In order to do type N we need to change the perforating tools and recalibrate the punching head.
The edge marking of the film numbers and brand is done by the black drum on the lower right (there are two drums, one for 24 exp. and one for 36, the one for 36 is fitted with film). The clicking sound the machine makes comes from the edge puncher of this roll. The punch is then read out by the spooling machine so it positions frame number one correctly at the beginning of each film.
The spooler is sitting next to machine only temporarily for testing purposes on this wagon shown.
Later it will be next to his two brothers in a room with dimmed daylight so we donīt have to do all the work in the "dark" (we have IR goggles and IR lamps).
There is also a silver drum in the middle of the machine. This is for the film number (quality tracking) and it used to mark the word "safety film".
We are actually conisdering to mark "safety film" again because it carries the spirit of the 60ies.
Spooling 100ft rolls on this machine will kill you in labour costs. You need a more flexible machine for that.
Most people just don't undertsand about nitrate film. I have spoken to people who literally think it will explode. In order to calm them down, I tell them how to look for the markings "Safety" or "Nitrate." I explain the difference between black letters on clear or clear letters on black. Finally, if there is any ambiguity, I tell them to try the "float test" or the "flame test."
I just had to go through this whole rigamarole two weeks ago. I guy found some old films at a garage sale and somebody warned him that "Old movies are made of nitrate film" and "Nitrate film catches fire!" It took me two days to get the guy calmed down. I had to finally meet up with him, inspect the film for him and perform a flame test in order to satisfy him that his film wasn't going to burn his house down.
You and I both know that marking it "Safety Film" is superfluous because there are no manufacturers producing nitrate anymore. However, most people react to things they don't understand with fear and panic.
My suggestion is this: If it doesn't cost anything extra and it takes no more extra time than to thread the film around one more roller, there's no reason not to do it. If you ever have a customer who doesn't want his film marked this way, it's a small matter to skip the step.
Just stumbled upon this thread. Thanks for sharing, Mirko. It's great to see some pictures and to read some background information on this great project. Keep them coming, please.
Will you consider organising a factory tour someday? ;-)
Very interesting information, and congrats to Adox for their efforts. I'm an "Ilford man" for B&W normally, but I shall certainly be placing an order for some Adox films to try out. :)
For the same reason I would clearly specify in all technical documents accompanying any film material that it is actually safety film. Stating the obvious can make a sales difference sometimes.
If we want to be truly "retro" the film should probably have an arbitrary 4-digit emulsion code...
SAFETY FILM 7084
Or something along those lines ;-)
In film making sooner or later itīs always a matter of coating size. If you can get volume on a coating machine you are a happy man, if you struggle with volume you can choose between poor quality or a skyrocketed price. Thus a very simple aproach to the matter is to coat "a" film and then make many different products out of it. In this context Super8 and 16mm are contributing formats.Quote:
I read, somewhere over the Internet, that Adox is planning to introduce, in the future, some Super8 and 16mm B&W movie film stock. Is it true or just fantasies ?
We have also bought and refurbished machines to make Super8, Normal8 and 16mm film but the question is if we can bring a final product at competitive prices to the market. So apart from the pure capability of making it we are at present debating about production costs.
To you the price of a roll of moovie film might seem high but from a manufacturers standpoint such film is sold quite cheap :-)