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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Preparing the First Show Copy

 

The first print made from cut camera originals is known as an answer print. The laboratory will first grade the original. They will look at each shot and assess the printing exposure needed.

Grading ‘answer’ prints

As already mentioned, a film printing machine is rather like a camera. Light is allowed to pass through the master film onto a reel of new stock, thus re-exposing one on the other. The intensity of the light can be controlled by a shutter. The laboratory grader will assess the exposure needed for each shot. He will also assess any colour correction, grading the colour balance shot for shot. He will ensure that where you have cut from a medium shot to a close-up on the same subject the colours and the ...

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