Please telephone us at 978.948.7985 from 9-6 EST for fast help.
We work on motion picture film that is new or old, OUR SPECIALITY is very high quality transfers of CAMERA ORIGINAL REVERSAL FILM and only that.
Our work is FULLY COMPONENT ANALOG or DIGITAL
8mm, Super 8 or 16mm camera orginal reversal film only,
archival, shrunken, deteriorated or damaged,
for artists, archivists, and television producers.
We handle Regular / Standard 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film gauges, and can work on film which is quite shrunken or deteriorated. We do not work on negative filmstock at all. We prefer not to work on print material unless you particularly need us to handle a sole surviving copy. We love black & white or color reversal film, especially the venerable, beautiful Kodachrome movie film (which is still available from Kodak!)
with SCENE-BY-SCENE COLOR IMPROVEMENTS and CONTRAST CONTROL.
Bob Brodsky works to REVEAL the DETAILS in REVERSAL FILM which is quite contrasty by nature because it was designed as direct projection material.
Bob is only happy doing scene-by scene color and density correction to bring out the most in reversal original and to balance or control exposure and contrast. WE ALWAYS USE WET-GATE for SCRATCH SUPPRESSION
unless by arrangement with the artist on an artist's hand painted original. We are happy to work on selected shots for documentary makers who have done their homework.
WHO NEEDS OUR TRANSFER SERVICES?
We work on motion picture film that is new or old,
OUR SPECIALITY is very high quality transfers of CAMERA ORIGINAL REVERSAL FILM and only that.
Our work is FULLY COMPONENT ANALOG or DIGITAL
Making The Master
How to contact us
Historic or artistic frame rates
Sound from many Sources
Inspection, Repairs, Hand Cleaning
Rights and Releases
Some of our Clients
Instructions for producers on selecting and marking shots
Admin Log In
WE MAKE THE MASTER ON NORTH AMERICAN STANDARD (NTSC) BROADCAST TELEVISION FORMATS OF BETACAM-SP or DIGITAL BETACAM. This assures that you have a robust medium on the shelf besides your real treasure, the more durable original film. Your motion picture film, when stored properly---cool and dry--is expected to endure and be able to be retrieved centuries longer than current electronic media. Using the analog or digital Betacam master videotapes that we make, other versions can be made like VHS or DVD for sharing with family or friends for home viewing, window dubs for research, or like mini-DV or DV-CAM for computer desktop editing. Our sister site LittleFilm.org has instructions and recommendations on how to annotate reels, gather additional information, store original film and access, edit or share the contents of these remarkable films.
WORK BEGINS WITH VOICE CONTACT with Toni
FOR DEFINING, SCHEDULING AND ESTIMATING YOUR NEEDS,
PLEASE CALL Toni Treadway, tel: 978-948-7985 (9-6 EST)
Brodsky & Treadway, att: Toni Treadway, tel: 978-948-7985 (9-6 EST)
69 Warehouse Lane
Post Office Box 335
Rowley, MAssachusetts 01969 USA
On artists films, WE REPRESENT DESIGNATED FRAME RATES, VARIABLE FROM 1 TO 24 FRAMES PER SECOND as instructed by the artist or the director.
WE CAN TRANSFER SHRUNKEN OR DETERIORATED ORIGINAL 8mm, SUPER 8 OR 16mm reversal MATERIALS up to a point. THIS IS OUR SPECIALITY. If a roll of film is so far deteriorated that it no longer has strength as a linear medium, this is a problem. We will have voice contact with you step by step through the restoration process, making clear your choices and costs at each step. Sometimes, there are films that are "too far gone" to be retrieved. Usually, such films are in small pieces already, which we have named "shards" or are found in one unified, bonded cake on a reel, which we refer to as a "hockey puck." We prefer to establish that film is in dire condition by questioning you on the telephone. We try not to handle such film as it is is very time consuming and can be quite heartbreaking. We will coach you to do some forensics yourself.
WE TRANSFER SYNC SOUND from "all the usual suspects"
SINGLE SYSTEM SOUND-on-FILM
1 track or 2 track or stereo sound on film;
MAGNETIC 8mm, Super 8,
FULLCOAT 8mm, Super 8,
OPTICAL or MAGNETIC 16mm,
FULLCOAT 16mm interlocked,
SOUNDTRACKS FROM OTHER SOURCES
LIKE OPEN REEL AUDIO TAPE, AUDIO CASSETTE.
We can do sync corrections in the above formats.
We work by appointment only. Most often we transfer and ship work on the same day when scheduled in advance with you. Please plan your production carefully. We encourage you to book time with us 10 days in advance, or longer if the job is large.
We ask for a check as deposit on the work in advance based on our estimate. We are very old-fashioned; we do not accept credit cards. If you have overpaid, we will refund the balance immediately. Small balances due are often billed. We reserve the right to add a surcharge for work performed with less than 48 hours notice, for nights, weekends or for jobs requiring unusual or extra documentation. If you are reasonable to work with, if you have done the preparation we ask, you may well avoid surcharges.
We transfer original materials which are usually carried to us in the hands of the original owners. If you are asking for service on a film not made or owned by you, we need you to get permission and clear all rights and releases prior to working with us. We infer that your contracting for our work implies that you have the rights to copy the material.
Your films have artistic, historic and sentimental value to you or even perhaps monetary value to your production. We treat your films with great care while they are in our hands, but we do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to your films while they are in our possession nor in transit. Common carriers have advised us they will not insure films for content but will only insure for replacement value of raw filmstock.
In some instances the films need to be hand carried in which case a supervised transfer session is recommended. Supervision can save you money if you have done the work to become familiar with the footage, have organized it and assembled it. In some cases, a documentary producer will want selected shots from a very large collection. In this paper, we recommend ways (unique to our studio) of organizing and marking the selects which can speed the work along. This is of interest to you and us as it can save you money and it surely conserves Brodsky's eyeballs. Instructions for producers on selecting and marking shots.
Brodsky & Treadway have handled unique original film materials for filmmakers and institutions as diverse as these:
Jem Cohen, Joe Gibbons, Saul Levine, Poli Marichal, Anne Charlotte Robertson, Michael Stipe, Sanjiban, Rea Tajiri......as many as 300 artists a year for two decades.
Orlando Bagwell ("Malcolm X: Make It Plain"), Ken Burns ("Jazz", "The War"), Natatcha Estebanez, Glenn Holsten, Lawrence Hott ("Imagining Robert"), Spike Lee ("Four Little Girls"), Ricardo Mendez-Matta, Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine" the first documentary invited to Cannes!), Bill Moyers, Martin Scorsese ("The Blues"), director David Sutherland and others...
For 20 years we have handled the historic personal film records that are unique footage in TV series like Frontline, The American Experience, Eyes on the Prize, Nova, Zoom, P.O.V. on Public Television and The Twentieth Century on ABC. We like to say that if you see old home movies in documentary films with good shadow detail, that look clean, scratch-free, and you see the movement on screen at the right frame rate, it is likely we transferred it. But, when you see Super 8 used for a flashy, degraded or a trendy look in a cutaway, it is likely we did NOT handle it.
The Smithsonian Institution, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, George Eastman House, The Japanese American National Museum, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the J.F.K. Library, The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library, Yivo Institute, local historical commissions, state and private family archives.
1 hour minimum, day rates for training archives staff. Call.
Rates by the hour and then quarter hour increments for evaluation, condition reports, recommendations, reel assembly, repairs, re-splicing, removing mildew and reconditioning as required. Call.
We provide new Fuji (only Fuji) videotape at cost. We transfer to NTSC Beta-SP or Digital Betacam.
If time allows, we can make a single viewing dub from the master to miniDV or VHS (straight or window dub) but we prefer you use tape duplication houses in your area for making dubs.
We track all packages in and out, so you must call before shipping with carrier and tracking number. We handle original materials which are irreplaceable.
Master videotape and film are shipped separately for safety. This insures that an original film and master video are never in the same airplane, truck or holding location in transit.
Please telephone us to work out strategy for delivery so we know method and date of arrival. We highly recommend bar-coded services like FedEx Express, Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to our PO Box, or UPS air service. FedEx Ground, UPS ground and DHL will not ask for signature so are not services we recommend for delivery here..
Please pack film in a cardboard box with adequate padding. Never ship film, audio or videotape and any media in a fiber-filled bag. NEVER!
Rowley is a town 35 miles north northeast of Boston, bisected by Interstate Route 95. We live and work near the Plum Island Great Marsh off old Route 1-A. We work all the time so we do not encourage drop-in visitors. Please call for an appointment.Contact B&T
Instructions for producers on selecting and marking shots.
NEED MORE INFO? Please visit our sister site www.LittleFilm.org as there we have information about small gauge filmmaking today as well as tips on restoration and preservation of old home movies, independent film and artist's films.
Call please us about film transfers. Tel: 978 948 7985 from 9-6 EST or
Email us-- if you must---- using Treadway [written for email with the appropriate symbol for [at] here] LittleFilm.org/ Please send full technical details, your phone number, region and the best hours to reach you by telephone. Thank you!