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!
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A 'Manos' pin, plus your name on the 'Thanks' section of the website!Estimated delivery:
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Above incentives, plus "Manos Restoration Team" T-shirt, not to be sold outside of this fundraiser. 'Special Thanks' in Restoration Credits.Estimated delivery:
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'Donor' status in restoration credits, plus your choice of a special Blu ray / DVD / Digital Download of the completed restoration.Estimated delivery:
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Above, plus a silkscreened 'Manos' poster. 'Sponsor' status in Credits.Estimated delivery:
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The same as above, but instead of a 16mm print you will receive a photo book with 2k scans from the film.Estimated delivery:
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Above, plus invitation for two to the first screening of the restored 'Manos' as a guest of honor (travel and lodging not included). 'Producer' status in Credits, and a unique, limited reward: the first five to donate will receive all previous incentives plus a complete 16mm print of another, non-Manos feature from my collection! Projector not included.Estimated delivery:
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'Executive Producer' status in Credits. Above, plus your poster will be autographed by Jackey Neyman Jones, one of the original surviving cast members of 'Manos: The Hands of Fate'.Estimated delivery:
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Above, plus a role in the Producer's Track - a supplemental audio option on the Blu ray and DVD where YOU voice one of the characters in 'Manos: The Hands of Fate'. If you are not located in Los Angeles, CA, you must have access to a microphone and a recording device to participate in the Producer's Track!Estimated delivery:
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'MASTER' status in the credits. A very special role in a very special movie, well deserving of a spot in the 'Master's Reel', where your image will be digitally inserted into a scene. This will appear as an easter egg on the DVD / Blu Ray and on Youtube and NOT in the film itself. You must have the ability to send a photograph or video of yourself if you are not located near Los Angeles, CA. In addition to the above, the first person to claim MASTER status will receive a genuine piece of the crumbled original 'Manos' set (donated very generously by Tony Trombo). Place it on the shelf next to your chunk of the Berlin Wall.Estimated delivery:
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