Kodak Film Factory Closure Averted For Now

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Kodak Film Factory Closure Averted For Now

Unread post by momsne » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:39 am

Movie Film, at Death's Door, Gets a Reprieve
Tarantino, Abrams Mount Campaign to Get Studios to Promise Orders From Kodak

By Ben Fritz
July 29, 2014 6:59 p.m. ET

http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-e ... 60114216#1" target="_blank

Before several Hollywood studios promised to buy a set quantity of film, Kodak was considering closing its movie-film manufacturing plant in Rochester N.Y.

Faced with the possible extinction of the material that made Hollywood famous, a coalition of studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. KODK -0.04% in the business of producing movie film.

The negotiations—secret until now—are expected to result in an arrangement where studios promise to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, even though most movies and television shows these days are shot on digital video.

Kodak's new chief executive, Jeff Clarke, said the pact will allow his company to forestall the closure of its Rochester, N.Y., film manufacturing plant, a move that had been under serious consideration. Kodak's motion-picture film sales have plummeted 96% since 2006, from 12.4 billion linear feet to an estimated 449 million this year. With the exit of competitor Fujifilm Corp. last year, Kodak is the only major company left producing motion-picture film.

Mr. Clarke originally had hoped that a group of studios, producers and filmmakers would invest directly in Kodak's film-manufacturing plant, as a joint venture. But that proposal fell flat earlier this summer. A subsequent effort to solicit long-term orders from studios gained traction when several prominent filmmakers joined Kodak's cause, according to people involved in the discussions. . .

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Re: Kodak Film Factory Closure Averted For Now

Unread post by David Alp » Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:06 pm

I really really miss Kodak's Kodachrome 40 Super 8mm Magnetic Sound-Striped film. It produced stunning colours that were almost like Technicolor. They ceased producing the Sound Kodachrome 40 in about 1997 saying that the adhesive that bonded the sound stripe to the film was dangerous! What rubbish!!! So then there was this massive scramble to get as much Kodak sound film as possible! I got a bunch of it on Ebay and put it in the freezer, and the very last time I shot in sound was in 2008.

They carried on with the silent Kodachrome 40, and I had to put the sound-stripe on afterwards by sending it off to this guy who could glue on a sound stripe. The only trouble was is that everything was dubbed. Nothing was live any more as that was impossible. Plus I had terrible problems with the sound stripe peeling off!! I just gave up in the end as it was a nightmare!

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Unread post by Phototone » Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:25 pm

The think about this is this: Kodak has ONE gigantic film manufacturing machine (coating line) left. Building 38. It can only be profitable if the volume stays at a certain level. If it drops too far, film manufacturing by Kodak will cease to be. It is almost at that point. This film line makes all of Kodaks films, amateur and professional still film, and all motion (cine) film still being made by Kodak. The volume from motion picture filmstock is the only thing that sustains the film line. Still photographic films are a mere fly-speck, and would completely stop if Motion (cine) film stopped being profitable. Kodak is the only company still marketing color negative film stocks for motion and still film use. Fuji dropped out of color motion film manufacturing a few years ago, although they do still make some color negatives films for still photography. When Kodak goes, you can basically kiss color negative film bye-bye. Kodak stopped E-6 films completely a few years ago. Only Fuji makes E-6 (color reversal, slide films). While there are sources for black and white film stocks, the availability of color film is going away, sooner than many would wish.

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Re: Kodak Film Factory Closure Averted For Now

Unread post by Derek Gee » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:07 pm

Phototone wrote:The think about this is this: Kodak has ONE gigantic film manufacturing machine (coating line) left. Building 38. It can only be profitable if the volume stays at a certain level. If it drops too far, film manufacturing by Kodak will cease to be. It is almost at that point. This film line makes all of Kodaks films, amateur and professional still film, and all motion (cine) film still being made by Kodak. The volume from motion picture filmstock is the only thing that sustains the film line. Still photographic films are a mere fly-speck, and would completely stop if Motion (cine) film stopped being profitable. Kodak is the only company still marketing color negative film stocks for motion and still film use. Fuji dropped out of color motion film manufacturing a few years ago, although they do still make some color negatives films for still photography. When Kodak goes, you can basically kiss color negative film bye-bye. Kodak stopped E-6 films completely a few years ago. Only Fuji makes E-6 (color reversal, slide films). While there are sources for black and white film stocks, the availability of color film is going away, sooner than many would wish.
As Fuji's announcement indicates, while they have stopped most motion picture film production, they continue to manufacture 35mm film for making Digital Separations (long-term archival).

http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130402.html" target="_blank" target="_blank

I disagree with your statement that when Kodak goes you can kiss color negative film bye-bye. There are other manufacturers of color negative film, including Maco/Rollei/Agfa and Lomography. The article below from November references Kodak's new partnership with Lomography.

http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/koda ... facturing/" target="_blank" target="_blank

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Re: Kodak Film Factory Closure Averted For Now

Unread post by DShepFilm » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:54 pm

A poignant video from an exhibitor's point of view on the end of film projection:

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/ ... to-movies/" target="_blank

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Unread post by Derek Gee » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:29 pm

Derek Gee wrote: There are other manufacturers of color negative film, including Maco/Rollei/Agfa and Lomography. The article below from November references Kodak's new partnership with Lomography.

http://news.doddleme.com/equipment/koda ... facturing/
And now there's another film manufacturer back in business!

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/27/italian ... ore-143441

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