Assembling the Arriflex SRII

The 16 SA II-E is the basic model of the 16 SR II and as such has the same basic filming functions. The instruction manual can be used for both models; certain sections must be included or excluded depending on the extent to which the 16 SR II-E has been upgraded. However, care must be taken that when the 16SR II-E has been fully upgraded, only zoom lenses with diaphragm rods can fulfill their function completely. The electrical, optical and mechanical accessories can be used unconditionally as well as the 120 m coaxial quick-change magazine.


Loading the magazine (from the Arriflex SR2 Manual)


The film must be threaded with the emulsion inwards. With single perforated film care must be taken that only “winding B” film is used.

To load the film, the magazine lid on the film supply side (35) must be unlocked and swung open and the pressure roller (a) must be swung back until it engages. The magazine must be loaded in a dark room or in a film changing bag.

When using raw stock on plastic cores the film core holder (g) is put on the feed shaft, the film roll with the core is pushed onto the film core holder and secured by swinging the flap back and tightening it. Daylight loading spools are placed directly on the feed shaft and also secured.

CARE! Should self-wound rolls be used (e.g. a part of a larger roll of raw stock) do not fold the film end over before placing it in the slit of the plastic core as it may jam in the magazine throat or film channel and cause damage.

The film head must always run in the direction of the arrow. Single perforated film is threaded with the perforation to the outside, as shown by the symbolunder the threading slot. .Film run in direction of the arrow and the correct positioning of the perforations can only be obtained when “B winding” film is used as previously described.

The pressure roller (a) is then placed onto the film roll so that the film roll is stabilized with the guiding edges; at the same time It also operates the film supply indicator; Not for daylight spools!

Slide the film head, which should be cut straight and through the middle of a perforation hole, into the feed slot of the magazine, turning the magazine gear slightly in the direction of the arrow until a perforation hole is felt to be gripped; push the film on until the film head reappears from the magazine throat above the pressure plate. This operation can be made lighter if the film head Is pushed into the feed slot before the film roll or daylight loading spool is fixed to the feed shaft as described above. The magazine lid is then shut and secured by turning the hinged knob (32) to the right.

All further steps can be carried out in the light.

The next step is to pull the firm around the magazine until the loop length marker is reached; the wind-up magazine cover (13) is released and opened up and the exact measured length of film is pushed, without changing its length at all, into the magazine throat of the take-up sprocket until the plastic magazine gear (b) moves in the direction of the arrow. Only then can the magazine gear be turned by hand in the same direction {so that the film length remains unchanged) until the film head appears in the take-up area.

The pressure roller is then swung back and the film is attached to the standard expansion film core (c) in the take- up compartment – (see illustration). Holding the magazine gear stationary, the film core is turned in the direction of the engraved arrow (i.e. clockwise) until the film is taut; the magazine gear is then released and the film core is turned a full turn to ensure that the film is tightly gripped. Finally the pressure roller is swung back into its position so that the edges are in alignment with the film; the magazine cover then is replaced and secured.


When a plastic film core is used, the standard film holder is pushed onto the wind-up pole until it engages and the plastic film core is then pushed onto it. The slit for fastening the film must point with its pointed corner in the run direction. The film-head should only be folded once (NOT several times) and inserted into the film core slit; the film is then made taut as described above.

Arriflex SR Camera Manual

Week 3 | Blackboard Assignment

Please continue with the discussions.


There is a new discussion entitled ARRIFLEX SR AND BOLEX H-16R CAMERAS. Please participate.

Although I am very impressed with the currently ongoing discussions in CITIZEN KANE and VISUAL STORYTELLING METHODS, we could have much better participation in all forums.

Your participation will help improve the “Class Participation” part of your grade…but, even more importantly, it will keep you thinking about course content and make you more adept at problem solving when we begin shooting.

Bolex R16
Bolex R16

For those of you who have not yet done so, please locate in Film / Video, the CITIZEN KANE clips and their corresponding Filmstrips. Under the video clips, I ask some questions and ask you to provide your thoughts with regard to specific frames in the Filmstrips. After doing that, expand the discussion with your own research and speculation about those details.

Also, if you have not yet done so, find the link in the film/video catagory to the 1926 F.W. Murnau production of FAUST, view the entire film and contribute to a group discussion on the subject of its visual atmospheres.

This week’s film is F.W. Murnau’s SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS. Watch it and participate in the group discussion. For reference, please review last week’s lecture notes.

Please don’t hesitate to express your inability to understand something, especially with regard to the more technical items we are covering…but also with the aesthetics. Others will help you with that in these forums.