I received the other day a batch of films from Germany, a couple of westerns and a horror job, now usually before showing, I put a few extra feet of leader on the film, and if any white leader or such has been used, re splice on the beginning. The leader on this was green, fine, until I found that it had shrunk, it wasn't warped, just shrunk. It was only when I tried to re splice did I notice that the pins on the
splicer would not align with the film, it was acetate stock, the original movie proper was okay, just this leader. Now I have std 8mm film, with the original white leader still sound as a pound, forty odd years old This made me think of
this strange acetate being issued on new films, that is brittle and yellowed. It made me wonder, does it shrink too? Imagine paying all this money for a print to shrink and be unwatchable a few years down the line. An auto thread would have had some fun with this stuff no doubt.