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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Joining with Tape

 

You will remember there are two main kinds of film joiner: one using film cement and the other for using tape. You will also recall that for cutting copy purposes a tape joiner is best. How do you make a join with a guillotine tape joiner?

Making the join

First you must mark the point at which you want to cut. You should do this by writing on the base side of the film with a grease pencil. Be precise. Mark the exact frame by drawing a line across the film opposite the perforations at which you want to cut and another line at right angles to it along the part of the shot you do not intend to use. The correct markings are shown on page 82. You can then move to the joiner. Raise the cutting blade and place the first of the pieces ...

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