I’ve got a lot of reading to do it seems. Your project was shared to me by a dear friend who is now gone from this world. He used to shoot feature movies back in the 70s and 80s all on Super 8. Miles of film. 30 or so features at around an hour or better. While nothing famous that I know of, still his legacy and life’s works.
That said, his daughters have put myself and another gent in charge of getting it all converted to digital. I’m going to be doing this from afar (most probably building two machines…one for them, and one for me).
My first question, which I’m sure if I knew the correct terms for I could search and find, is dealing with potential film shrink. I don’t know how the film was stored. I don’t know its condition…so what worries me about the coolest part of your build, the 3D printed rollers, is if the teeth might do harm because they might be mis-aligned if the film is no longer in the condition it is meant to be.
Anyhow, cheers for your project! Cheers to sharing it with the world! I can’t wait to use it on my own 8mm and 16mm film stock as well!!!