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Brad Miller
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 - posted 07-18-2003 04:37 AM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller       Edit/Delete Post 
Just a note, if you have an accurate running time for a film being listed here, please do list it. This sort of information is extremely helpful for theaters trying to prepare showtimes. Trade screenings are ideal for this.

Please make a note if the running time for a film you have is from an unfinished print, as those could vary.

***Run times should be from the start of the studio logo until the MPAA rating band after the credits are over. Second increments and frame counts aren't really necessary, but if you've got it go ahead. [Smile]

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Michael Brown
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A good place to search for running times is the website of:
The British Board Of Film Classification

Granted the running times on there are for the UK versions, but most of the time the UK/USA versions are exactly the same. (and if the UK version is 'cut' then the website says so (and tells you how much has been cut).

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Jason Evenden
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another good site is www.imdb.com
It has the runningtimes for releases in most major countries

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Darryl Spicer
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IMDB is sometimes not accurate.

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Monte L Fullmer
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..if one REALLY wants to be accurate with running times, order a Neumade film measuring machine and individually record the actual length of each reel. Add up the total feet and divide by 90.

This will give you the minutes of the total footage of film read in the machine.

-Monte

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Darryl Spicer
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or use a stop watch

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Monte L Fullmer
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quote: Darryl Spicer
or use a stop watch

..if you want to do that in real time.

Here is a pict of a measuring machine:

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Put that machine between the rewind spindles on your bench and zing away. One can spin off a feature a lot faster to get the running time results.

Much faster than using real time.

-Monte

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Jeffry L. Johnson
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The stopwatch methods assumes the projector actually runs at 24 frames per second. If it's fast or slow, the running time will differ from the correct 24fps running time. For accuracy, better to have a footage count.

That said, I've seen footage counters jump numbers if run too fast.

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Manny Knowles
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Having a footage count is also useless if the projector doesn't run at exactly 24fps. So, even with a footage count, you'd still only be able to estimate an actual running time.

Also, I've seen footage counters damage film if run too fast -- especially the kind in Monte's picture.

Besides, it just seems excessive -- "a long walk for a short drink of water."

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Monte L Fullmer
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Lately, on deluxe prints, is a sticker that deLuxe puts on to identify the reel and contents.

If one looks close, one can see the actual footage length of the reel itself.

Add all the footage up and divide by 90fpm to get your total minutes of the feature.

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Manny Knowles
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...and then go calibrate your projectors. What speed are they REALLY running at?

My point being that you're still just going to end up with an estimate if you take the footage counting route. There are more efficient ways to get an estimate on a feature's running time.

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John Wilson
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No worries!

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