|A Handbook of 9,5mm Cinematography is a new book, published in 2000, by Douglas Macintosh which provides an historical overview of the 9.5mm gauge and some of the equipment produced for it. There are three chapters devoted to the history of this unique film format from 1923 through 1999. Other chapters cover projectors, editing gear, sound (yes, sound was available on 9.5mm films from around 1935), The Dimensions, The Mind Set, The Supply Situation. It provides an excellent, easy-reading introduction to the format for anyone interested in cine history as well as 9.5mm enthusiasts who want to know more about the equipment produced for their favorite gauge. It is profusely illustrated and contains helpful information about converting or modifying some cameras and projectors. It costs £9.95 and is available from Photoworld, 7a Victoria Street, Craig-y-don, Llandudno LL30 1LQ Great Britain; telephone: 011-44-1492 871818; fax: 011-44-1492 875806|
Yes, Virginia, there IS 9.5mm
The 9.5mm gauge brought theatrical films into the home of the average person for affordable costs for the first time in history in much the same way that we rent videotapes of theatrical films today. While 16mm remained a rich man's "toy", 9.5mm had the potential to bring high-quality amateur film making within reach of many more people. We can still enjoy watching the early printed films (cartoons, silent classics, and edited versions of theatrical full-length feature films) on 9.5mm which allow us to appreciate the innovation of this format and its role in cinematic history. But people frequently ask, "Is 9.5mm still a viable film format?" The answer is a resounding, "Yes, indeed!" Fresh film is still available. We can now use modern film emulsions to produce breathtakingly beautiful results which will last for decades to come. The quality and longevity of 9.5mm film continues to impress me when I see home movies from the late 1920s and early '30s before 8mm was even a gleam in Kodak's eye. We can enjoy the quality of 16mm for a cost of only slightly more than Super 8mm. Listed below are the current sources for 9.5mm film known to me at this time. Cameras and other equipment, although less readily available in this country, can still be found on eBay and through various dealers in Europe. To borrow a phrase from a television advertisement several years ago, "Try it; you'll like it!"
Cine Dia Laboratories, 55 Avenue Joffre, 93800 Epinay sur Seine, France; Tel: 011-33-14841 3625; Fax: 011-33-14841 3803 (instructions given are for dialing direct from the U.S.). Cine Dia provides fresh 9.5mm film as well as leader on 400 foot spools. They process 9.5mm film and can copy/print it as well.
Grahame Newnham sends out an e-mail catalog periodically. He sells fresh 9.5mm film in spools or chargers ("cassettes", to us here in the USA) as well
as various 9.5mm equipment and printed films when available.
Photoworld, 7a Victoria Street, Craig-y-don, Llandudno LL30 1LQ, Great Britain, sells 9.5mm film as well as Regular 8mm, Super/Single 8mm, and 16mm. Roy Salmons also publishes International Movie Making magazine which is highly recommended for amateur film makers and anyone interested in small-gauge film formats.
Buckingham Film Services in England frequently has 9.5mm equipment and printed films for sale. They do not sell fresh film. Tony Reypert also converts Eiki 16mm projectors and Muray 16mm editors to the 9.5mm format. He sends out a catalog by mail periodically which is full of Super 8mm, 16mm, 8mm, and 9.5mm films. Address: Fleece Yard, Market Hill, Buckingham MK18 1JX; phone: 011-44-1280 816758.
Simon Wyss und Teilhaber, GŁterstrasse 125, Postfach 4002, Basel, Switzerland; Telephone: 061 361 01 03, supplies 9.5mm black & white film. The stock is Fomapan R-100. His price lists shows 30m, 13m, and 9m lengths available. However, a minimum order of 900 meters (equivalent to 30 rolls of 100ft/30m) is required. A wide range of other black & white films in Double 8mm, Double Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm are also available. This film would provide a wonderful addition to the film maker's palette and also a good tool for film making on a budget. Check his price lists: Page 1 and Page 2. Let's get some nine-fivers together for an order! If you have trouble reading the print, please let me know and I will e-mail the image files or try to re-type any unclear passages.