PROEKT INZHENERA PRAYTA (1918, Russia)
directed by: Lev Kuleshov

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IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009522

Submitted by Viktorija Eksta on 2009-02-13

Viktorija Eksta's comment:
Frame accurate measurement.


Name:
Part1
Part2
Titles
Number of shots:
42
61
84
Length(min):
8.68
5.86
0.42
ASL(sec):
12.4
5.8
0.3
MSL 0.9 4.5 0
MSL/ASL
0.07
0.78
0
StDev 16.1 5.9 1.9
Min 0.1 0 1.8
Max 25.2 25.8 15.8
CV 1.3 1.02 6.26
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Users' comments:

Author: Viktorija Eksta Date: 2009-02-13

The measurment is done on copy that is preserved in Latvian kinofonofoto document archive. The movie was made in two parts, but neither of them has completely survived. The only titles in the film are opening credits. In understanding the twists of story, which seemed quite fragmentary, the description of director's scenario published in the book "Cinematographic heritage of L.V. Kuleshov" has helped me. I have made assumptions for the shots, between whom titles might probably be located, so I put the mark "Titles?" in shotnotes in the graph on shots that may be followed by title.



Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2009-02-22

A DVD version of this film with reconstructed titles has been recently made by Nikolai Izvolov. He used the script and other contemporary documentsto fill in the missing intertitles, and storywise the reconstructed version holds together pretty well. 
 

You hand-counted frames, didn't you, Viktoria? Now, this means, you must have chosen a certain projection speed which you communicated to Gunars for him to convert your numbers intoseconds. What was it? I would have chosen 20 fps.



Author: Viktorija Eksta Date: 2009-02-23

I hope to see this reconstructed video someday and check my gueses about subtitles!

The counting was made by frame counter on editing table in the arhive and I wrote down the frame numbers for each shot. And I did choose the smaller projection speed so it would be easier to write down results and it was 16fps.

But I did not write to Gunars the projection speed because while changing the speed the work of the frame counter also changed- the seconds in the frame counter ran slower, but it was still counting 24 fps.




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