A New Line of 16mm Films for Motion Picture Film Cameras
June 18, 2019 – Analog photography resource the Film Photography Project is bringing back another lost and forgotten film format with its new line of Double Perf 16mm Motion Picture Film!
The CINE16 DOUBLE PERF line is fresh film stock, hand-rolled onto 100 foot (30 meter) daylight spools in our film prep room before being boxed. Each roll results in 4 minutes and 10 seconds of footage in most early cameras that shoot 16 fps (or 2 minutes and 47 seconds for those vintage cameras that can shoot industry standard 24 fps).
The first film in the series – the CINE16 DOUBLE PERF: BW Reversal 50 ISO – will be available for purchase in the FPP Online Store today June 18, 2019 with the second – the CINE16 DOUBLE PERF: Color Negative 500T – to follow this summer.
CINE16 DOUBLE PERF: BW Reversal 50 ISO – a panchromatic positive BW film coated onto a polyester base that provides excellent dimensional stability. This BW film can also be shot as a negative film by shooting at ISO 200 and processing as a negative. When shot as a negative and scanned, the film displays excellent tonal range.
(Please note that a BW negative film cannot be projected in a film projector)
CINE16 DOUBLE PERF: Color Negative 500 ISO – a versatile Tungsten film that is perfect for low or natural light conditions including night photography. The film features an exceptionally high dynamic range, providing incredible detail when scanned - even when over or under-exposed.
(Please note this is a negative film for scanning & not intended for projection. The FPP is currently experimenting with reverse processing to determine whether the image can be reversed and used for home projection)
The CINE16 DOUBLE PERF line from FPP is the first reintroduction of 16mm Double Perf motion picture film for consumer use since the early ‘00s. Although it is specifically designed for early versions of 16mm motion picture film cameras – those with “double pull-down claws” – it can also easily be used in more modern 16mm cameras featuring a “single pull-down claw”. When using the CINE16 DOUBLE PERF film in a Super 16mm camera, be aware that your image will extend into the perforated section of the film on one side.
The FPP is thrilled to add the CINE16 DOUBLE PERF line to its growing assortment of hand-rolled and unique house-branded photographic and motion picture films.
A Brief Overview of 16mm Double Perf Film & a List of Double Perf Film Cameras
16mm Double Perf Motion Picture Film is a silent film format with a 4x3 aspect ratio introduced by Kodak in 1923 as a consumer-friendly alternative to 35mm (George Eastman pictured above holding his Cine Kodak Model B). All early 16mm film cameras were produced with a dual set of claws and will only shoot double perf 16mm film – the grand-daddy of them all is the Cine Kodak, also introduced in 1923. Later versions of 16mm film would feature only a single row of perforations, with some utilizing the non-perf side of the film to record audio.
Cameras that will only shoot 16mm double perf film include
- Kodak Cine Model B
- Kodak Cine Model E
- Kodak Cine Model K
- Paillard Bolex H-16
- Keystone A-7
- Keystone A-9
- Bell & Howell Filmo 70
- Bell & Howell Filmo 75
- Mitchell 16
- Zeiss Movikon
- Victor Model 3
- Victor Model 4
- Ansco Risdon Model A
- All Kodak & Bell & Howell Consumer Magazine Cameras
- Beaulieu R16 cameras
Need processing and/or scanning services? The FPP offers exceptional quality film scanning for 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and Super 16 at affordable prices on our state-of-the-art LaserGraphics Scan Station. We also offer process-and-scan packages that will fit just about any budget through our partnerships with reputable outside labs. Find out all you want to know and more about our services and prices at the FPP Film Store Scanning and Processing.
Text by Paige K. Davis and Owen McCafferty