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>On Mar 17, 22:17, "Rob Lingelbach" wrote:
>I would like to point out that it is very much preferred to *cut the
>negative* into select rolls. There is a huge difference in the
>efficacy of a telecine transfer done from a roll of selected shots,
>and one done by retrieving, laboriously and out-of-sequence, selected
>shots from a mountain of original lab rolls. Fortunately, I have
>a few clients who recognize the value of the select roll... but the
>majority now don't cut the negative. It does cost more to cut, and is
>an extra step, but the continuity advantage in transfer is enormous.
A note here,
All this discussion about raising the quality of the dailies transfer, now
brings the final transfer into the spotlight. Rob Lingelbach is right to
bring up the commercial select roll vs. the daily roll strategy. I cant tell
you how many times the production and editorial staff think of the colorist
as more of a time code manager as opposed to an image specialist. In the
short form world it appears that upwards of 75% of the jobs I do are based
on recovering scenes in ascending time code order from the original daily
rolls, as opposed to having all of your scenes on one select roll platter.
Invariably, that first scene you are to correct at TC hour one has very
little relationship to the big picture. Many times TC hour one is a macro
lens tight shot, and what you really need to see to judge color effectively
is that wide establishing shot on TC reel ten. Time code and keycode
recapture are important, but I think no one can deny that a select reel with
all scenes in cut order is certainly a more effective way of judging imagery
and manipulating color sequencing. For once a daily roll is pulled off of
the rank, it's a rare day when it will go back up for a voluntary color or
composition change on my behalf. Quite frankly, I personally dont need any
more practice threading ranks, however, I will always go out of my way to
make a change on a select roll, hard disk, or VSR scene representation.
Generally, If the telecine task is efficient for me, it will be better for
the client. I think I've been outspoken to clients about this topic enough
that I've lost a large deal of final color correction that I might otherwise
have received had I just shut up and been a nice time code conformer.
Be careful what you're good at. Be a non-conformist.
Bob Festa festa at earthlink.net
Director of Telecine www.hollydig.com/talent/telecine/festa2.htm
Hollywood Digital festa at hollydig.com
6690 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, Ca 90028 213 465 0101