Technical Information

Charlotte was shot on Brian Dowley’s Aaton XTR Prod Super 16mm film camera (, using a Canon 8mm to 64mm, T 2.4 zoom lens. 

In order to save money, we initially shot as many short ends and recans as possible.  But it soon became apparent that productions were not using very much Super 16mm and thus the leftovers were not readily available; the final blow to the plan was when Dr Rawstock went out of business ( and we were forced to use fresh, new stock.  Fortunately, Anne Hubbell at Kodak was very understanding and helped us with pricing and donated (discontinued) stock whenever possible.

One consequence of our money saving approach is that we shot a wide range of color negative stocks.  Most of the stocks that used were discontinued before we finished the film; this actually worked to our advantage because suppliers needed to get rid of their remaining inventory.  When looking at the list one has the feeling that the circumstances were conspiring against us, but we managed to fend off planned obsolescence long enough to get the film made!

Here are the stocks we used:

KODAK EXR 50D, 7245 Discontinued  2006


KODAK VISION2 100T, 7212, Discontinued 2010

KODAK VISION 250D, 7246,  Discontinued 2005

KODAK VISION2 250D 7205, Discontinued 2009

KODAK VISION2 500T, 7218

Over the five years we were in active production we shot for about 87 days, using 275 rolls of film, rendering about 45 hours of usable footage. 

All of our sound was recorded digitally.  Most of the sound was recorded on PDR 1000 TC Plus DAT Recorder with Timecode, but half way through we began to use the Sound Design 744T, which records directly to digital files.  The recordists used various Neumann shotgun condenser microphones on a boom pole and, when practicable, they used lavalier microphones on Nat and Ross, from Scheops and Lectrosonics.