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Reels by the Number 02 Oct 2001 11:39 #22994

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Is there a reason why some movies come on so many reels? There are times when it looks like seven reels could fit on five and eight could fit on six. So what's the reason? And who inspects these reels, I've had some real messy reels come to me. Seems to me we have some slackards somewhere.
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Re: Reels by the Number 02 Oct 2001 12:04 #22995

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The reel changes are usually decided by the film editor, who usually tries to have the changeover at a scene change, so that any continuity lost due to splicing or mistimed changeovers is minimal.

Inspection of prints is usually done by the film exchange (e.g., ETS or TES). But since distributors rarely are willing to pay for this extra service, most prints do NOT get fully inspected between bookings.

"Integrity Inspection" is not a full inspection for damage --- it usually just makes sure all the reels are present in the cases, and there is no obvious lost footage.

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Re: Reels by the Number 03 Oct 2001 21:19 #22996

and also don't forget about those wonderful plastic reels from Technicolor.
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Re: Reels by the Number 04 Oct 2001 17:07 #22997

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If it's gone through Technicolor or others like Boston's Film Transportation they actually do inspections to some extent but the absolute worst is how one theatre will leave a print when it is going direct to another theatre. Too often there is a savage disregard for the fact that another projectionist and theatre will be receiving the print and have to show it. Just look at how many platter scratches there are. There is only two reasons for platter scratches 1. an honest and not normal mistake and 2. it's pure cretin can't give a crap jerkdom. I routinely track down the theatres that send me botched prints and give them Hell. Oh well.

Mike Hurley
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