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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Northwest Film Forum - Super 8 Transfer

...I made my first journey into the inner workings of Seattle's film scene...modest, yet significant...

...off work at 3:30, drive toward Bothell and meet Fae...a quick hello, order some adequate teriyaki and gyoza, and then part ways for our respective buses...I am eating my dinner in rapid fashion as the local fuzz drives by giving me that "long hair, parked in a car must be up to no good" look...I gave him "fuck off, I'm eating" look and managed to finish my dinner before checking my gear and walking up to the bus stop...

...the usual suspects on the bus...people from all walks of life, the hurried drivers going home with only one person in the car, people fading with the daylight as others come alive, the go-go baristas at Best Friends Espresso in Kenmore are leaning over the counter in their short skirts to give the passers-by a show, and the bus winds well into the evening...

...I stop at 2nd and Seneca, walk, and then catch the 10 to Capital Hill...I stop at 12th and Pine just before 6, walk South past the Police Station, and into the front door of NWFF...

...it is a very DIY place...the walls have a hope of color, but the place seems drab...many movies are shown there, and I am anxious to acquire my membership so I can become more active...I will be able to use facilities and equipment, here, and I can do so in the evenings and weekends...

...I meet Ron while waiting, and I forgot to make an appointment, but Dave, the instructor, allows me to participate...so, I pay my $35 and I am one of six people, five guys and one girl, and one of two Super 8 filmmakers...the device was built by the staff, and it is basically an optical printer with a regular 16mm gate and a Super 8 gate...an old rheostat and lamp house take care of the light...the image is advanced and captured (on a G4 Mac) by way of a custom-built sequencer made from a Commodore 64 and a 'clicker'...the process was pretty straight forward, but it was nice to see it anyhow...I can now use this equipment for $5 an hour...the only drawback is the transfer time of 2 minutes per hour...this means this will be for short films only...

...I look forward to using the facilities, and being able to venture downtown again...

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