Batman and Film

batman Shrouded in clouds of secrecy and mystery, the Dark Knight’s immense appeal lies in the complexity of his character, and the relatable humanity of his abilities. Filmed in 2005, Batman Begins (the movie) starts from the beginning—his childhood. Bruce Wayne’s journey to become Batman is filled with horror, murder and revenge. As a child, Bruce falls into an abandoned well filled with bats, leading to his fear of bats (chiroptophobia). A city mugger murders his billionaire parents right in front of him: leading to a life filled with revenge until his parent’s killer is shot and slain. Then Bruce travels to Bhutan to train in advanced Ninja warfare and returns home several years later—a disciplined, focused warrior. Channeling his intense emotions of personal revenge into seeking justice for Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, Bruce Wayne begins his metamorphosis into the city’s most feared servant of justice—Batman. A carefree playboy billionaire by day and a terrifying caped crusader by night, Batman transforms Gotham from a city riddled with gang violence and bribery into a city that is given a glimpse at hope—uncorrupted by cartels.

The Batman film franchise is one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful of all time, grossing $2.531 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Obviously, movies are made with cameras and Batman was filmed by a movie camera— a type of photographic camera that takes rapid sequences of photographs on strips of film. Photographic Film used to create motion pictures is called Film Stock. Photographic film “is a sheet of plastic coated with an emulsion (2 liquids that don’t mix) containing light-sensitive silver halide salts with variable crystal sizes that determine the sensitivity, contrast and resolution of the film. When the emulsion is sufficiently exposed to light, it forms an invisible image. Chemical processes can then be applied to the film to create a visible image, in a process called film developing.” (Wikipedia)

Microfiche and microfilm are archival products used to store images of documents, text and photos. They are made of photographic film. Both are used in multiple industries by individuals and professionals who have a need to store and preserve images of information over long periods of time. Libraries, newspapers, law firms, universities, governments and hospitals are just a few industries that still rely heavily on microfilm or microfiche records. Microfilm is the most trusted medium for backup storage for many different companies. Because it’s less expensive than other storage options, microfilm is again becoming utilized. Tarheel Imaging offers the following standards of Microfilm rolls and Microfiche film to suit your every storage need.

  • 16mm Microfilm Roll: For small and standard-sized documents.
  • 35mm Microfilm Roll: For engineering drawings, drainage plans, maps, architectural plans, newspapers, manuscripts, and many large bound documents.
  • Aperture Cards: For the storage of large format documents like plans, drawings blueprints, and other engineering or architectural documents. Microfiche holds reduced images on 4″x6″ sheets.
  • 105mm film or Microfiche: For technical manuals, operations handbooks, diagrams, and company minutes
  • Microfilm or Microfiche Jackets: These 4″x6″ plastic sleeves hold either 16mm and/or 35mm film to allow the grouping of related data in a single logical record.  Microfiche jackets facilitate filing and easy retrieval of related documents.
  • Computer Output Microfilm (COM): Extracts information from computers and stores it on microfilm, freeing up space on hard drives.
  • Source Document Microfilming (SDM): Digital machines scan images from microfilm onto a computer. They can then be used for electronic or web-based databases or saved onto a CD or flash drive.