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    Jan 28, 2013, 4:07 AM - Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) *Template Added* #1

    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!
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    Last edited by IxMAGICx1; Jan 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM.
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    Jan 28, 2013, 4:32 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #2

    Very cool idea. I like this a lot!
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    Jan 28, 2013, 5:10 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #3

    wicked idea but you have to do the various fading pics on the frame too
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    Jan 28, 2013, 5:16 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #4

    This looks great. I'll have to save this in my memory for future reference. Good job.
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    Jan 28, 2013, 5:40 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #5

    Interesting idea, I wouldn't mind giving that a go.
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    Jan 28, 2013, 7:01 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #6

    Pobbrett said: View Post
    wicked idea but you have to do the various fading pics on the frame too

    What do you mean?
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    Jan 28, 2013, 12:05 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #7

    Dude, that is sweet! what a great idea, nice work!
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    Jan 28, 2013, 12:28 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #8

    This is great, awesome idea. Now I need to find some cheap digital frames!.
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    Jan 28, 2013, 3:11 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #9

    Thanks for the kind words, guys. It looks way better in person and the sky is the limit on pictures to display.
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    Jan 28, 2013, 11:27 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #10

    Great idea. I have a frame like this from an old black Friday sale and had no real use for it, but I may have to try this eventually!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 1:19 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #11

    Pobbrett said: View Post
    wicked idea but you have to do the various fading pics on the frame too
    IxMAGICx1 said: View Post
    What do you mean?
    I think he means any 'changing' pic in BTTF (Marty's Family / Newspapers / etc)

    Imagine how cool it would be to put a .gif in one of these if its compatible
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    Jan 29, 2013, 4:38 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #12

    Alan Castillo said: View Post
    I think he means any 'changing' pic in BTTF (Marty's Family / Newspapers / etc)

    Imagine how cool it would be to put a .gif in one of these if its compatible
    thats exactly what i meant
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    Jan 29, 2013, 5:46 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #13

    IxMAGICx1 said: View Post
    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!

    Thanks for looking!
    how did you do the blocking out of the other pictures in the film cells?

    in your video they are all showing, then when those pictures that are in the film cells are shown in bigger format, they only show that picture at the bottom row.

    did you program that electronically? how does that work? i thought you stuck on the film cells? so how are you making each one highlight by itself ?
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    Jan 29, 2013, 6:01 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #14

    very cool!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 6:17 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #15

    airair said: View Post
    how did you do the blocking out of the other pictures in the film cells?

    in your video they are all showing, then when those pictures that are in the film cells are shown in bigger format, they only show that picture at the bottom row.

    did you program that electronically? how does that work? i thought you stuck on the film cells? so how are you making each one highlight by itself ?
    he uses the image below and puts black in the areas he doesnt want lit then white where he does.

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    Jan 29, 2013, 6:28 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #16

    great idea, very creative with a low budget !
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    Jan 29, 2013, 6:42 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #17

    Pobbrett said: View Post
    thats exactly what i meant
    ohh gotcha! Great idea! I will be doing that for sure!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 6:44 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #18

    airair said: View Post
    how did you do the blocking out of the other pictures in the film cells?

    in your video they are all showing, then when those pictures that are in the film cells are shown in bigger format, they only show that picture at the bottom row.

    did you program that electronically? how does that work? i thought you stuck on the film cells? so how are you making each one highlight by itself ?

    Pobbrett was right. Just fill in black for whatever cells you want hidden during that time.

    for instance:



    This is the digital file for that shot

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    Jan 29, 2013, 9:04 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #19

    great work!
    simple, but very impressive
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    Jan 29, 2013, 10:57 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #20

    THAT...is F-ing BRILLIANT!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 11:29 AM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #21

    IxMAGICx1 said: View Post
    Pobbrett was right. Just fill in black for whatever cells you want hidden during that time.

    for instance:



    This is the digital file for that shot

    ok i see
    so you measured it out and put in the exact measurement on your jpeg pictures.

    whats the size of the entire screen?
    looks amazing!

    im going to give this one a go!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 12:57 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #22

    airair said: View Post
    ok i see
    so you measured it out and put in the exact measurement on your jpeg pictures.

    whats the size of the entire screen?
    looks amazing!

    im going to give this one a go!
    The screen size is 7" which is perfect to sit on a shelf. I went with the Sylvania model (link to the model I bought on walmart's website is in my original post) because it was cheap and looked to be easily dismantled, which it was.

    If you end up going with that model I'd be happy to post a template for the matte you'd need to make which would save you some time. It displays five 35mm cells.
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    Jan 29, 2013, 2:20 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #23

    Wow thats really neat! Ill pick up some of these next time i see them on clearance for similar displays!
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    Jan 29, 2013, 4:50 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #24

    That's brilliant, simple yet very very effective, right, time to buy me some film cells!!! Nice work
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    Jan 29, 2013, 7:33 PM - Re: Cheap and Easy Film Cell Backlit Display (mine is BTTF) #25

    I'll be adding a template to this thread tomorrow for anyone interested in making their own.

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