So about a month ago I bought some 35mm BTTF film cells. I wanted to frame them but I knew if I wanted to be able to actually see them, they'd need to be backlit. I thought of a few different ideas: LED Lights, glass front/back frame, etc...then it hit me, a digital frame! A white area of a digital frame would have to light up a film cell. Plus that would leave me with plenty of room to display an enlargement of the cell as well as whatever else I wanted to display. So I ordered a frame from Walmart for $29.00 Available Here
Here's how it looks out of the box
First off I knew I had make my own matte and I also wanted a black frame instead if the deep maroon/brown that it came with.
Flipping the frame over it seemed like it was going to be simple to disassemble.
Four easy screws removed and I was ready to rock and roll.
First I sanded down the frame and painted it black
While that was drying I made the matte that was going to go between the digital screen and the glass out of black poster board
I electrical taped the cells to the back of the matte and I was done!
The picture below shows how this was accomplished
The white area was used to light up the film cells and the top area was used to display whatever I wanted. The Back to the Future logo is a digital file, the pictures below it are the backlit cells.
I decided it would also be cool to display each cell with a screenshot of that frame one at a time so I blacked out the others while each frame was highlighted individually.
CLICK HERE to see a quick video I shot of it to give you the idea..
Because I already had an SD card this total project ended costing me $30. Not too shabby!
Here's is the template you can use if you'd like to make your own.
Download the 300 dpi pdf below.
Thanks for looking!