Manos: The Hands of Fate restored (at last!) from the original Ektachrome and released in High Definition. Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 4, 2012.
To commemorate the midpoint of the fundraiser and our pledges having passed the $25,000 mark, I decided to do something special: an early test run on the DFT Scanity. The section of film chosen for this test (I call it a test because it is being used to iron out our editing workflow) amounts to a little over ten minutes of Manos and is in particularly good shape.
Up till now, I have only been able to share images made at home on a consumer photo scanner that lacks the resolution and range to represent this 16mm film properly. While the results have been suitable for sharing on the internet, I have always had to add that the final scan would be better. Now, you can see what I mean: the Scanity is an industry leader in both quality of image and the gentleness with which it treats film, and I couldn't be happier that we are able to use it for this project.
Today, for the first time, I am able to accurately share the level of quality we are aiming to achieve through this restoration. What you are about to see is straight out of the Scanity, with only minimal changes and JPEG compression to present it on the internet:
(Download it in full 2k size here)
Over the next three weeks, I will be posting raw video from this first scanning session. Stay tuned!