I make no secret of the fact that I absolutely dislike polyester film stock.
Unfortunately we were stuck with the bloody stuff against our wills in the Cinema and at home.
Okay so it does not fade as much if at all when compared with Acetate stocks. A plus in its favour. Nor does it suffer from V.S.
Okay it does not break or snap so easily as the Acetate stocks and is somewhat thinner. Another plus in its favour.
It is for the second reason I grew to loathe handling and working with that stuff on a daily basis.
One of its main problems was that during a film wrap around the film transport speed control module ( the brain )
it just will not give a clean snap or break.
Instead it would just stretch and crease taking out and damaging many feet of film in the process.
In some instances it will and did pull the film path rollers and guides out of line on the projector head
mechanism and the film platters.
No fun when you have to get a show back on the screen as fast as possible. Time was lost re-aligning
the rollers and guides before having to manually cut the stuff and splice it together again before a rethread.
Also this stuff is extremely sensitive to static electricity build up on the print. One of the main causes of the
film wrap around.
Regardless of how well the Projection Box temperature and humidity was kept this stuff just caused a lot of
problems we could do without in the long term. More so if you had 9 + Screens to look after and keep to running times.
Good old Acetate would just give a nice clean " SNAP ! " during a film breakdown and all it took was a quick splice and
we were back on the screen again in a few minutes.
The only thing estar stock is good for is hanging yourself with or towing cars or tugboats because it will not snap or break that easy.
Try it sometime. Get a friend to have a tug of war with a length of it and see if you can get this plastic shit to break.
Remember to wear safety gloves or it will tear your hands to shreds. hahahahaha !!!!
Or if you are feeling really adventurous feed some of it into your projector mechanism while it is running and just watch what it does to your projector.
P.S. In an extreme situation it could actually leave the film platter due to its unbreakable nature and we would end up
with thousands of twisted and curled and bent film on the floor. I hate the bloody stuff !!