My film arrived today so i thought I would share the various stages the print will go through before I deem it good enough to show.
Spielgbergs classic, Poltergeist, arrived this morning on 2x 1200ft Taylor Reels and Can, all looking in very good clean shape I am pleased to add.
Ordinarily, I would like to clean the film before trialing it through my editor but one of the draw backs of using Filmguard I've found is that it is such an efficient lubricant on Polyester film, it does tend to quickly build up on the capstan and roller and will cause some recording wow from slipping only on my editor as these things are solely capstan driven. No such issues when projecting on either my Beaulieu, Bauer or 938 Eumig I am pleased to add as they are all double sprocket driven and contain very large decent capstan rollers keeping Wow as low as 0.2%!
So with the above in mind, I have learned nowadays when first receiving a new print to me, to first check the film through the editor before then cleaning during rewind. Unless the film is full to the rim the Goko does a good job of handling these 1200ft films for both checking and also recording purposes.
I viewed the first couple of hundred feet of the film just to check the introduction condition and see what the quality and recording type is on the film. I am again pleased to report the condition of the beginning of the film as well as the soundtrack were all excellent from viewing the small editor screen. Further verification will of course be necessary on first projection.
The soundtrack on this Kempski print was track one mono only but again I am pleased to say was of a very high quality and the recording level was touching 0db on track one V.U. meter in the louder sections of the intro.
With this, I stopped the film rewound back to the start and began duplicating track one to track two at exactly the same identical recording level. This will provide both back up of the track and something of a stereo effect when played on the projectors in Stereo mode.
Obviously not true stereo but definitely with presence over and above the track one mono set up as per original.
I shall continue to do this for both 1200ft reels before rewinding by hand and cleaning thoroughly with Filmguard. Screenshots to follow here soon hopefully. As you don't get long to edit a thread on here, i may have to begin a different post to display the screenshots and finished artwork and packaging.
The films soundtrack is so good being from laminated stock, this is one film I will not be having to re record in Stereo sync from scratch i am very pleased to say! This duplicated track is more than good enough to enjoy any screening on this film.
at the rewind stage, I will be taking the film off the Taylor reels and placing them on the far superior Elmo Jewel reels. Only fair I'd say for a film of this quality and desirability!