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Timothy Price
Master Film Handler

Posts: 335
From: Minneapolis, MN. USA
Registered: Nov 2009

 - posted December 22, 2009 08:01 AM      Profile for Timothy Price   Author's Homepage   Email Timothy Price   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
First off- Thanks so much for all of the help with the dust issue. You guys are the greatest.

I have a question about jumpy films. I bought 10 Super 8 50ft Disney shorts and they were brand new (still in the shrink wrap) condition. I'm thinking being in shrink wrap for so long is NOT a good thing as they all are extremely jumpy!

Most of my films run smooth and look very good and the used films I've purchased from collectors seem to run and look very good as well!

Sooooo...... Is there anything I can do to try to save these films that jump like crazy or am I out of luck?

Thanks again for all the help, really. Thank You.


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Keith Ashfield
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: U.K.
Registered: Dec 2006

 - posted December 22, 2009 08:28 AM      Profile for Keith Ashfield     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Timothy. The films probably need "lubricating". being new and "shrink wrapped" for a number of years means that thay are "dry". Just clean them with a reputable cleaner (a number of which have been disussed on this forum) and they should then glide thru the projector.

"We'll find 'em in the end, I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as a turnin' of the earth".

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Claus Harding
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Washington DC
Registered: Oct 2006

 - posted December 22, 2009 10:08 AM      Profile for Claus Harding   Email Claus Harding   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Keith is right; de-hydration is most likely the reason.

Also, just sitting without being unwound at all for years and years creates what is called "memory."
Much as with a reel-to-reel tape that hasn't moved for ages, winding it from reel to reel before playing can sometimes do a world of good, just to loosen up the layers.


"Why are there shots of deserts in a scene that's supposed to take place in Belgium during the winter?" (Review of 'Battle of the Bulge'.)

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