Our slide scanning service and more – a short history:
Saturn Films (1969) slide scanning service, negative photo and cine digitising– was established July 21st 1969. It was established by two young lads with an avid interest in photography and filming. David remembers “July 21st 1969 Alan and I were watching the moon walk early in the morning at Barclay School in Stevenage. The ‘Don’ set up a video player for us so that we could watch the recordings. We were talking about our ambitions and the moon landings were inspirational. We decided we would go into filming and photography. Initially the business name was Saturn Five Films, inspired by the mighty Saturn V rocket motors which lifted the spacecraft for the moon landings. That lasted about a day, as I remember Alan did not like that so Saturn Films (1969) it became.
Our early films have the Saturn rocket as a backdrop to the titles, though in later years we switched to images of the planet. I do remember one very cold evening we were in Alans garden watching Saturn through Alan’s telescope. That was an cold night!” We began with short films on standard 8 and super 8, and 16mm. Our first sponsored movie was a film of the 1973 Rye House go-karting nationals. This was for the ‘Barclay School, Stevenage, Karting Team’. Our Chemistry teacher, James (Jim) Hardy, paid us to make a six minute standard 8 short – it was pretty good! I still have the super 8 film I made at the same time. Several short films followed including animated shorts. Over time we gathered a vast quantity of 35mm slides and photographs plus thousands of feet of movies.
In 1984 we moved into Beta movie. Betamax was a superb system, the colour was good and the cassette was a handy size. As history tells, it was VHS that dominated the home video world and in 1988 we upgraded to include VHS. Later developments included s-vhs, vhs-c, Hi-8 then digital-8. Our first digital ‘capture’ card was the Matrox Rainbow Runner (I still have it in a Pentium PC). Today we continue to use Matrox equipment but with the recent dissappointing performance of Matrox on the software support front we are considering other hardware software combinations.
In 1997 we started transferring negatives, photos and slide images to digital. We were impressed with our results using simple scanners. We tried using flatbed initially but these were disappointing so we used dedicated slide and negative scanners – we were blown away! As time went by we invested in better quality equipment. In 2002 video digitising and 35mm slide, negative and photo digitising became our focus (no pun intended). Our slide scanning service became our main business closely followed by the negative and photo scanning and the video conversions.
Oh – those were the days! Alan and I remain the best of friends though our lives have taken us in different directions with different businesses.
Alan is now producing high quality paints and sprays used for Movie work and amateur and professional modellers. His products have been used on ‘blockbusters’ such as World War Z, Spectre, Skyfall and more! He can often be seen at model railway fairs and other events:
Alan – www.dirtydown.co.uk.
Saturn Films 1969 now offers high quality slide scanning service with scanning of photographs, slides, colour and black and white negatives. We convert super 8mm and standard 8mm cine film to CD, DVD, Blu-ray and to memory cards. Also we convert VHS, Hi-8 and Digital 8 with editing and transfer to DVD and MP4.
Our scanning capabilities have recently been upgraded with new equipment and software. A significant improvement has been the introduction of advanced artefact reduction for silver based film.
We pride ourselves on our professional service providing high quality images at competitive prices to professionals, clubs, historical societies, amateurs and to the general public.
Our aim is to digitally preserve historical film and images in a way that they can be protected, shared and appreciated now and in the future.
Saturn Films 1969 is based in the Neath Valley in South Wales. We rely largely on recommendation for our work but keep a minimal advertised presence too. One of my customers told me recently that he chose us for his scanning project because we demonstrated a care and attention that other companys could not provide. Our service is geared toward the client and delivering a personal service that you will be happy with we can be proud of. We have maintained low overheads and are able provide you with excellent quality scans and prints at low prices.
Our slide scanning service, negative and photo digitising, video and cine transfer services are constantly reviewed. The market is changing and we keep an eye on the market for technical updates and upgrades. You are always welcome to visit us at our workshop to discuss and drop off your project – and if you or your family or friends have an interest in knitting or cross stitching then please come along to browse in our associated shop Neath Valley Wools and Cross stitch.
Privacy and GDPR:
As many of our customers know Saturn Films 1969 do not do remarketing or data capture save for getting your e-mail address to let you know we have received your project, how we are getting on, your bill, and final communications. We occasionally use Google Adwords to advertise and they have their own GDPR compliance policy.
When you perform a bank transfer it is with your bank and we do not capture any data, save for the date, who it is from and the sum transferred to us.
We do keep your e-mail address on record, this is on Google Mail and archived on our secure backup drives. Also we endeavour to keep copies of your project while we can so that you can always request a copy (we do charge for provision of copies when we can provide them – we cannot guarantee that this service will be available though). Returning customers benefit from a loyalty discount and we use the information is this context.
If you wish us to delete any personal data we hold about you, (this includes: Name, address and e-mail address) we will gladly do so. We do need to keep a written record of transactions for HMRC purposes.
As for Trust pilot and other feedback platforms we are sceptical about the ‘True’ feedback, we have seen sites where the feedback appears to be too good to be true – so we do not use them. We have our own feedback page which is occasionally updated with genuine customer comments – we do not obsess on these, most of our work is from returning customers and customer referals a fact we are very proud of.
We support the British Hovercraft Museum
– the museum is open for public visitors throughout the summer.