Film About Me

About Me

Welcome to 16mmFeatureFilm.com.  I enjoy shooting films and watching films. There is something magic about acetate film. The quality has been unmatched for almost 100 years.  Unfortunately film is almost dead.  Kodak has discontinued most of the films. Most of the film processing companies have stopped developing it.

Ever since I was a kid, I loved movies.  It was the 80’s when I first got my very own camera.  During the same Christmas of 88, Santa had also dropped off  a RCA VHS camcorder for my parents.  My camera was made by Fisher Price, the PXL-2000 or pixel 2000 as it’s known.

I opened the box on Christmas morning 1988 and could not wait to start shooting.  I tried to skip the directions and load the batteries and tape in, checked out the buttons and focus, and I was off.  I was in the backyard video taping everything and nothing.  I blew through the first side of the Hi-Bias cassette tape and went inside to hook it up to the black and white monitor that came with the camera kit.  The results were less than spectacular.  I was even more bummed after seeing the great results my Dad shot of me, as I was shooting.  Needless to say, I was using the RCA camera in no time, and all the time.

I was no doubt a spoiled kid.  My parents over compensated for working all the time and because of new money in business.  I did get most, if not everything I wanted.  I one thing I did want was to create great memories.

I was part of the 80’s generation but wish I was a bit older to enjoy it more.  I really like the 80’s.  Maybe it’s the same as kids today, saying they really liked the 2000’s.  The thing about the 80’s was digital was born. It was a cross over from the records to cassette tapes, from film cameras to video cameras. It looks like I missed the film era.  Yes, feature films were still shot in film but for the everyday kid, video was the thing.

I had quite a few video camera since my pixel 2000.  Now that I think about it, lots of money and time invested in movies, all the way up to Full Sail University.  Needless to say, I did give Hollywood a try.  It was not what I thought it would be and moved back to the east coast.  I’ve had a passion for film, deeply engrained, yet could not not realize my movie making dreams.  Maybe I did, by keeping film a hobby and not a career, I can still enjoy it.

I now shoot film as a hobby and it looks like Kodak 7266 (black & white)  is the last available film. There is no longer any color reversal films available from Kodak.  I’m sad.  Film is special, it’s not to be wasted like video.  It’s expensive compared to video.  I look at my Bolex H-16 Rex 5 and wonder what could have been captured.  It’s taking me this long to get here, to be able to shoot film,  and now it’s dead.  I’ll shoot film until there is no where left to purchase it or process it.

Some of my favorite movies are from the 80’s.  I really liked John Hughes films and am very sad that I did not get to meet him.  Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Mr. Mom, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are a few of the greats.
Recently, I’ve started to collect 16mm feature films.  If you have any that you are willing to sell or trade, let me know.  List of films I really like and would like to have on 16mm film:

The Family Man 2000
Gone in Sixty Seconds 2000
8MM 1999
Big Daddy 1999
Wedding Singer 1998
Happy Gilmore 1996
Billy Madison 1995
Kiss of Death 1995
Clerks 1994
Groundhog Day 1993
Dazed and Confused 1993
Encino Man 1992
What About Bob 1991
Total Recall 1990
Weekend at Bernie’s 1989
Uncle Buck 1989
Christmas Vacation 1989
Back to the Future II 1989
Funny Farm 1988
License to Drive 1988
Mystic Pizza 1988
The Lost Boys 1987
RoboCop 1987
Summer School 1987
Hamburger: The Motion Picture 1986
Back to School 1986
Stand By Me 1986
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  1986
Real Genius 1985
Spies Like Us 1985
Breakfast Club 1985
Back to the Future 1985
Weird Science 1985
Better Off Dead 1985
The Goonies 1985
European Vacation 1985
Teen Wolf 1985
Ghostbusters 1984
Revenge of the Nerds 1984
Gremlins 1984
Sixteen Candles 1984
Risky Business 1983
A Christmas Story 1983
Easy Money 1983
The Toy 1982
First Blood 1982
Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
Time Bandits 1981
Caddyshack 1980
Meatballs 1979
Mad Max 1979
Star Wars 1977
Rocky 1976