It sounds like a really great project, but let me ask this: Are you absolutely certain you want to take responsibility
for the potential destruction of other people's unique films, by allowing them to be transferred by inexperienced
people, in order to save money? What will you say to the donors when that happens, as it is likely to do? I would
make sure to prepare that speech before investing in the aforementioned transfer unit, and also check to see if my
E&O insurance would cover such a situation.
I don't mean to be harsh, but I wouldn't allow my films to be transferred under those circumstances. I say this
having worked in television production and understanding full well the budget limitations involved, and also as
someone who's not an absolutist on the question of film transfers (I'm pro-Elmo, under the right circumstances, for
This is aside from the fact that any "affordable" transfer unit will offer seriously inferior quality. You'll also need to
deal with training people to handle small gauge film, to test for shrinkage, etc., etc. If you're doing a home-movie
based project, you ought to be able to negotiate manageable bulk transfer rates with a reputable transfer house.
It's not clear from your posting where you are in the development process, but if you're budgeting, budget for
professional transfer. You won't regret it.