Editing Supplies in a 16mm Editing Room

For Class #4

 Instructor: Norman Hollyn T.A.: Beth Moody
 Office: 310-821-2792 Phone: 323-472-1164

 E-Mail: nhollyn [at] cinema.usc.edu

E-Mail: elizabethmoody [at] gmail.com

16mm Editing Equipment

Beginning this year you will need to get your own editing supplies. Apparently, the school is supplying you with the equipment but not much else. Here, distilled from Chapter 2 in your textbook, is a list of equipment and supplies normally found in an editing room. Supplies which are found in a normal editing room but you don't need to get here is highlighted like this.

  1. Editing Machine -- in this case a flatbed
  2. Editing Table
  3. Synchronizer
  4. Sound Reader/Squawk Box
  5. Rewinds at the two ends of the table
  6. Splicer -- either Guillotine or Rivas
  7. Take-up reels -- or
  8. Split reels
  9. Spring clamp

The above equipment will, hopefully, be supplied by the school. Check up on the availability of take-up or split reels. Following is a list of supplies that you will need

  1. Splicing tape. I use clear for picture and white for soundtrack. Since you aren't going to working with the soundtrack you don't need to get white tape.
  2. Leader. Some solid color (white, black, yellow are common; don't use the clear in this class)
  3. Fill leader/slug film. This is old, no-longer-needed 16mm film which you'll use to space out any of the soundtrack areas where you don't want sound yet. Since you aren't going to working with the soundtrack you don't need to get white tape.
  4. Academy leader. This is the 8-7-6-5-4-3-2 that you see at the top of every reel of film.
  5. Loop (or "Loupe" depending on who you're talking to). This is the little magnifying glass that helps you to see the frames. Useful for synching dailies but don't bother to lay out the money for it.
  6. Rulers. I use them for streaming. You won't need them here.
  7. Calculator. To determine the running time of the film. You won't really need them here. The Avid does a good job of giving you timings.
  8. Trim tabs (if cutting on a Moviola). Since we're cutting on a flatbed you won't need them.
  9. Beep tone roll. If there's some 1000 cycle tone at the top of your sound reel, save it. You'll use it to position it at the "2"
  10. Cores -- go for the 3" ones. The two inch ones are too small and film wound around them tends to tear.
  11. White gloves. These are to make sure that the oil on your hands doesn't get onto the film and etch fingerprints on it. You can blow this off for us, unless you fall into a stash of them. In which case -- use them.
  12. Velvets -- To clean the film. We won't be needing them here, especially if you've got gloves to clean them with. Sometimes you use Webril Wipes. Don't ask. Read the book.
  13. White boxes -- You should have a few extra to store your footage, which will get broken down into KEM rolls, increasing the amount of space it takes up in the boxes. Cans would also work.
  14. Grease pencils. Sometimes called "China Markers". White or yellow usually show up the best. Don't get black.
  15. Sharpies. Get black (which you'll use for picture) and red (for track).
  16. Pens, pencils, paper. You'll be taking notes. Lots of notes.

The book gives details on all of these items, as well as adding a few more. Hopefully, you've already read Chapter 2.

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