Movies! This is where it started for me. I bought my first Super 8 camera while I was in junior high school. Later it turned into a business. I shot TV spots, corporate productions and weddings on Super 8 sound film in the and had to find a way to transfer Super 8 film to tape with television broadcast quality. I found a place in Hollywood. It was obvious their focus was on 35mm feature films. Not 8mm. So here we are in 2018 and it has come full circle. I am using equipment far superior to those days, the latest film scanning technology that takes a high resolution picture of each frame of film. No claw that digs into film sprockets like a projector. The finished product can be a DVD, Blu-ray disc or hard drive, high definition or even 2K properly formatted for modern 16:9 screens. Since every frame of film is converted into a jpeg, we can even make high quality still prints from a frame of film!
Don't send valuable one of a kind films to an unknown place you found on the internet. A company may claim to be the best using a slick website but that doesn't mean they are the best choice for your family films. An advertisement on the radio doesn't mean it is the best choice either. A drugstore or big box store will send your films across the country to a company with multiple stations running films concurrently in order to do them as fast as possible. You will not know who is handling your film. I have seen film conversions from many different companies. Some things I see are: dark or out of focus edges, black borders, flicker, fast motion. Some "professional" transfers are nothing more than a camera shooting a projected image off of a wall! Some utilize a telecine method which is much better than shooting off of a wall, but still involves a film projector and camera. Frame by frame film scanning (no projector, nothing to damage the film) is the highest quality method of film transfer. There are different scanners ranging from consumer grade to Hollywood movie grade. I use one of the very newest professional grade models optimized for 8mm, super 8 and 16mm. Smaller reels will not be spliced onto larger reels and will be returned in the same or better condition. The method and equipment used and skill of the archivist all make a big difference in the finished product. I am a film and video archivist with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. I do not do a high volume. The advantages for you are that my attention will be laser focused on your films and the person you talk to is the person handling your films.
The cost is determined by how many feet of film. If you are local, I am happy to meet you at a location and time convenient for you to discuss your family films, give you advice and options and give you an exact price quote. I mostly serve local customers. Through word of mouth customer recommendations I have received orders from across the country and even from other countries. If you want top quality and extreme personal attention, call me. Mike Madden (651) 452-0546.