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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Negative Cutting: Checkerboard

 

When films are printed on a single roll of edited original, a small white flash can sometimes be noticed where emulsion has beert removed at joins. With checkerboard assemblies this flash can be eliminated. By using black leader between the shots and by overlapping the join in the direction of the leader which parallels the following shot on the opposite roll the white flash can be lost altogether, in the checkerboard system original and black spacing are assembled alternately on alternate rolls.

Starting a checkerboard assembly

If you have to neg cut original film and want to use the checkerboard system this is what you should do:

1. Wind through the cutting copy and log each shot, noting the edge numbers.

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