Re: Seinfeld in HD
- From: Kent <kjohnston00@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:40:10 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 3, 12:26 am, "www.locoworks.com" <videoc...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 2, 8:55 am, "Charles Tomaras" <toma...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"www.locoworks.com" <videoc...@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
While there were some sitcoms shot on video, Seinfeld and many other
television shows were shot ENTIRELY on film.
The imdb link states Seinfeld was shot on 35mm film which seems much more
likely than 16mm film for a production of this nature. I wasn't there and I
don't know anyone who worked on it to verify but I'd tend to believe the
information on imdb when it concerns a production of this magnitude.
I used to work on a stage just two doors down on the CBS Studio City
lot. We would go over to the Sinfeld stage to visit with the other
techies. They were definitely Panavision Super 16 cameras with 2000'
mags, all mounted on Fisher dollies.
Maybe the first season was 35. We weren't there for that.
If that is indeed the case, than the decision to use Panavision Super
16 over 35mm in television production certainly makes sense. According
to Wikipedia, "Super 16 mm film is frequently used for television
production due to its lower cost, lack of need for soundtrack space on
the film itself (as it is not projected but rather transferred to
video), and aspect ratio similar to 16:9 (the native ratio of Super 16
mm 1.66:1 while 16:9 is 1.78:1). It also can be blown up to 35 mm for
theatrical release and therefore is also used for feature films".
And thankfully Seinfeld did use Super 16 as it can now be converted to
HD in this era while other gems such as British 1970's-90's era
Masterpiece Theatre productions tended to use 480i videotape (Love for
Lydia being an example).
By the way, since Super 16 is 1.66:1, that is probably why it can be
converted to wide screen 1.78:1 relatively painlessly?
So who volunteers to update the IMDB site for Seinfeld? Charles?
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