posted January 12, 2018 11:51 AM
I have been reading on a Kodak website that cold or lack of lubrication can cause cracks in the perforations. I am currently checking every inch of a film that has a lot of these cracks. All my films are well lubricated, but they are stored in an unheated room, and this year has been colder than we have known for a while. i'm wondering if film should be stored in room temperature for a few hours prior to projecting?
posted January 12, 2018 12:10 PM
Hello Robert, I think that's a good idea. I have the same situation with my films stored in an unheated room. I bring whatever films I intend to screen into room temp for at least an hour or so during these colder months...
posted January 12, 2018 12:22 PM
The room i use does have heating and goes on with the rest of the house BUT, in the night or through the summer it is a very cool room. I keep meaning to get a thermometer to see what the temperature is. All my films are checked regularly as i do tend to use it most nights and i know every film we have is now guarded with filmguard.
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posted January 12, 2018 02:00 PM
The BFI at their archive in Berkhamsted store their films at minus 5 degrees Celsius, and at 35% relative humidity. I can assure you that it's cold, I have been in there!
posted January 12, 2018 02:10 PM
Thanks Joe, in future I will sort out any film I want to watch and keep it in the living room a few hours. I haven't experienced this before. I also discovered that several of the perforation ends had been broken off; does anyone know what could cause this. I always clean the gate area before use, and use a vacuum with a fine nozzle to pick up any debris that might be lurking .
posted January 12, 2018 02:36 PM
No trouble like that - I maintain a cool environment through the warmer months, but now in the winter no split or broken prefs at all - I have sieves, baking soda (my own invemtion towards VS), and maintain a constant low-humidity airflow throughout - Having many boxed films, my work is cut out for me - Shorty
posted January 14, 2018 02:17 AM
David, as you may know, my projectors are permanently set up, but despite this, when i go in to start a show, (if i havnt used the projector for a few days or more), i always switch it on to run for a few minuets just to warm everything up, the condensation in the gate is one i have not thought of to be honest so good point After my shows i dont use the cold PVC covers, i pop a medium size towel over the machine and it completely covers it in the same way a pvc cover does. It may not be an advantage but i feel it does do something to keep moisture from cold air out. Being as anal as i am the towels are all washed every couple of weeks with the rest of the dirties