I’ve been filming on all kinds of civilian formats since childhood, worked in live TV, and have shot a number of studenty projects over the years, but I’ve never actually fired a single frame of celluloid.
After many years of nervous handwringing, I’m making the jump to super 16 (the format of B movie royalty!), and it’s all really exciting, but I’m mostly clueless about film…figuring out how to splice, load, and all of that requires a little patience, but it will surely come. The technical information - however - is all really overwhelming. I have no idea where to go for how many feet of what kind of film stock. And it’s all really expensive! A small error can cost a ton of money.
So tell me, celluloid veterans. What are the things you wish someone had told you BEFORE you ruined an entire can of film?