Camera casting with both replacement plates temporarily screwed in place.

Mitchell Standard 46 – Creating the Replacement Bottom and Front Plates

The task at hand with Mitchell Standard #46 is now to put metal back where it was unceremoniously removed. This problem is compounded by the fact that so much material was removed from the bottom of the camera casting, that some areas are perilously thin. After three days of contemplating the next steps, and a …

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Tandberg Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Tandberg Model 11P Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Recently we noticed a glaring omission from our website. Somehow we never listed this lovely Tandberg reel-to-reel cine tape recorder! Terrible! This unit was serviced by the late Dennis Buhrmann, a master audio technician. The Tandberg was an alternative to the Nagra location recording system and includes many of the same features. Available now! https://bit.ly/3vncZS8

This week we bid a fond farewell to the Showscan CP65 cameras as they head to a new home. Here the cameras, magazines, lenses, and accessories are stacked and ready for pickup.

A Farewell to Showscan

This week we bid a fond farewell to the Showscan CP65 equipment as it headed to its new home. Prepping this package and staging everything for pickup took up the best part of this week. I was personally involved in the early Showscan project working for Doug Trumbull. I worked alongside John Russell building the …

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Al and Charles Christie, "Exhibitors Herald" 1924

Some Help with a History of the Christie Film Co.

To go along with our ongoing restoration of Mitchell Standard #46, we are currently in the process of researching the history of the camera’s first owner, the Christie Film Company. Brothers Al and Charles Christie founded the Christie Film Company in Hollywood in 1916 and produced short and feature-length comedies through 1933. The Great Depression …

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Panavision 20-120mm T3 zoom lens in Panavision mount with focus control and integrated zoom motor

Panavision 20-120mm Zoom Lens

Recently, the Panavision SPSR went to its new home, but we were lucky enough to hold on to the Panavision zoom lens that was originally packaged with the camera. Rarely available for private ownership, we are offering this extraordinary lens separately and it is available now here: https://bit.ly/3izJXrg The lens is a Panavision 20-120mm T3 …

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DSP Rear Process Projector

1983 has come back for a visit!

Around 1983 I built this single frame rear process projector for my friend and colleague David Stipes. This lovely piece of machinery was used to project background plates into matte paintings and tabletop miniatures. We used it on such projects as “Ice Pirates”, “Real Genius”, “V”, “Trancers”, an episode of “The Twilight Zone”, and many …

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