Scratchtapes Damage

by Chill Factor Films in Surfacing

Scratchtapes: Damage

Damage, is a mini collection of film scans, film frames and assets for use in post production, or as material elements within Blender projects. Themed around severe film damage, this collection is ideal for grunge, screen/projection set ups and damaged film elements. Used as overlays in either the VSE, or compositor, the clips can affect underlying elements in quite extreme ways. Used as backgrounds or layers, both the clips and the image textures can be combined to create various lo fi film effect backgrounds.

The scans are made up of telecines from super 8 and 16mm film, some 35mm frames and various other lofi effects. The scans can be cropped in or windowed to reduce the sprocket holes, if need be. I've used several cutting edge techniques to achieve the damaged effects, including bucket processing out of date film, hand scratching with a hot needle and coating removal with a pan scrubber. There is a blog post here, explaining how Dragonframe stop motion software is used with a DIY scanning rig...

What's included:

25 Video Scans 

38 Image scans 

25 Material assets

5 Blender projects as starting points for the VSE, Compositor, Projection, Shading etc

How to use them

They can be used in a number of ways, but probably the most obvious would be as overlays on existing footage/scenes or as backgrounds for things like text and graphics. I've included some very simple Blender projects as starting points which are fairly good, simple examples of how they could be used. 

What are Scratch Tapes?

The term was lifted from the early days of computing, where tape drives were used for dumping of data for re use later. When I started out as an editor, cutting on linear tape based systems, I ended up creating and carrying around a selection of Beta SP and Digi Beta tapes, containing effects and footage that could be layered into other edits, which were called scratch tapes. Examples of the type of thing I used to keep on these tapes are: Film grain, flashes and clutter, light leaks, video feedback, background plates, lighting/flare effects, title graphics and so on..

These packs were originally produced as stand alone clip collections and were then modified as presets for Final Cut Pro. As far as I'm aware, there is nothing similar available for Blender, so I've decided to package these along with a few blend files and material assets.


I'm offering this pack initially at a low $5.00 intro price and would ideally like to receive feedback from users on what could be improved or how they would likely use them? Please reach out if you have any suggestions!

Published 2 months ago
Blender Version 4.0, 3.6, 3.5, 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0
Render Engine Used Cycles
License Royalty Free
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