LABS

B & W reversal labs

Kodachrome labs

Supplies, reels

Ektachrome labs

Esoteric lab services

Sound striping, misc

Prints & blow-ups

Fuji Single 8

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The Basics: Black & White reversal film

Back in 1999 Kodak’s people met with filmmakers, film professors, professional DPs and labs to ask about the use of those primordial, elegant recorders of light and dark: black and white reversal motion picture film stocks. The upshot? Kodak found out why those in the know love B&W reversal. Of special note? the film teachers declared that B&W reversal is THE BEST WAY TO TEACH beginning filmmaking. They love its look on screen, the simplicity of shooting and handling, its low cost. Most of all film teachers said B&W reversal film allows them to see what a student has really learned.

Experiencing Real Film on a Screen seems to be a basic innoculation against the disease of ugly and overlong imagery that comes from use of video camcorders. It’s easy and gratifying to retrace early film history with basic cameras and B&W reversal film. The flickering images on the silver screen encourage a new filmmaker’s curiosity, enthusiasm and aesthetic sense while helping to build self-control. You can promote basic filmmaking for its allure and discipline. Plus X and Tri X are here to stay in 16mm and Super 8. Teach a class, start a Flicker; there must be 100 ways to enroll new filmmakers.

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B & W reversal labs

PAC Lab****** tel: 212.505.7797 Peter does BEST gamma. Super 8, 16mm B&W, Ekta 7240 reversal. Same day if in by 10:30 M-F. Fax: 212-475-6211. Lab: 37 E. 1st St. NYC 10003

Yale Lab B&W, color daily, full service. 10555 Victory Blvd. No. Hollywood, CA 91606. Tel: 818.508.9253 or 800.955.9253.

Exclusive Film, 50 Portland St. Toronto: Good work. EM-26 daily, VNF-1, old rolls older EM 25 (ME4) process scheduled once a month. Tel: 416.598.2700.

Film & Video Services B&W and color reversal. Regular 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and used equipment. Great prices. Gary Rasmusson, F&VS, 2620 Central Ave. N.E. Minneapolis MN 55418. Tel: 612.789.8622.

Bono Film Lab, 3200 Lee Hwy, Arlington VA 22207. Tel: 703.243.0800. www.bonofilm.com

A1 Reversal Lab, Inc. NY 10018, Freddy, tel. 212.239.9530

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KODACHROME LABS

Kodak itself and Dwayne’s Photo both process KODACHROME MOVIE FILM (K-14) in 25 foot Double 8mm daylight spools (Dwayne’s returns the reels.) Also, Super 8 50 foot cartridges (sound or silent), S8 200’ or 16mm rolls of Kodachrome. Do not be mislead: many labs process Kodachrome slides, use these for movies:

KODAK Switzerland Kodak sends Kodachrome movie film overseas for processing. Send your film to Kodak Premium Processing, att: MOVIE FILM, 16-31 Route 208, Fair Lawn NJ 07410. For questions on shipping, payment by check: 800-661-3456 or outside US try 919-383-8535. Or use PK-59 mailers to prepay movie film processing. About two weeks turnaround time.

Until recently, the Swiss lab’s work was very high quality. This month, we saw processing artifacts, especially when putting a lot of light through underexposed film onto video. (Little blue clouds on the left and occasional wavy blue scratches.) Filmmakers have met a wall of finger pointing at manufacture, not the lab, with the suggestion that the blue marks would not show if film was exposed perfectly and projected. This is not current usage as many filmmakers incorrectly underexpose reversal film expecting richer looking results, an old trick in neg. Passing-the-buck may work in politics but Kodak has a clear self-interest in Kodachrome, THE name brand for quality in film. We look forward to dialogue with Kodak’s technical experts and hope other filmmakers will work at maintaining a good climate by sending a clip back to the lab with a polite query. We will report when the lab’s quality control people respond.

DWAYNE’s Photo tel: 800.522.3940, tel: 316 421 3174 Mail: P.O. Box 274, Parsons KS 67357 or via Fed Ex to 415 S. 32nd St, Parsons KS 67357 Same day Super 8 Kodachrome $9, 1 week 8mm $12, 16mm (100’=$25). Kodachrome manager Jenny Gartner. ext 31. Can push/pull, add @$20. (We do not recommend over or underexposing or Push-pull.) Website: K14movies.com. e-mail: jenny@K14movies.com *** Dwayne’s always returns 8mm spools and cans. THANK YOU, DWAYNE’S ***

Super 8 filmmakers are ever inventive. Filmmakers in the West report that local chain stores with in-store film drop-off still accept Kodachrome movie film for under $5. Try one roll, see what happens.

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SUNDRIES/ SPLICES AND LEADER

Please use painted acetate leader from Neumade or Kodak. Plastic leader shrinks faster than acetate films so replace it for long storage.

NEUMADE ****** acetate leader, splices, reels etc. at quite reasonable prices in 8mm and Super 8 film as well as the larger gauges. Neumade Corp, 30-40 Pecks Lane, Newtown, CT 06470 Ph: 203 270-1100 or Fax: 203-270-7778. www.neumade.com

Kodak leader and Presstape splices can be ordered from the Kodak Professional Motion Imaging order line: 800.621.3456 Here's the Kodak CATalog numbers you need. Film CAT numbers on p. 3.

Super 8 white movie leader, 1000 foot box Kodak CAT# 169-3613, min. order 1 box.

Super 8mm presstapes Kodak CAT# 147-5771, card w/ 20 packs, min. order 1.

16mm white movie leader, single perf Kodak CAT# 162-7140 and double perf Kodak CAT# 162-7066, min. order 2000 ft.

16mm presstapes Kodak CAT# 154-9922, box w/20, min. 1.

and Kodak PMI can order you these, too: (or go to Neumade!)

Regular 8mm white movie leader, 50 feet Kodak CAT# 163-5002, min. order 1. (sorry, back-ordered 1/01)

Regular 8mm presstapes Kodak CAT# 154-9914, card w/20 packs, min. order 1.

 

REELS and CANS

Hunt's A-V, MA: great prices on cases of 8mm Gepe reels. Jason Santo, 781-462-2348 direct, main 781-662-8822 x 2348

Neumade Corporation materials (at quite reasonable prices) in 8mm and Super 8. Write 30-40 Pecks Lane, Newtown, CT 06470 Ph: 203 270-1100 or Fax: 203-270-7778. www.neumade.com

MPE Motion Picture Enterprises, Tarrytown NY 212-245-0969

Sherer Mfg Skokie IL Tel: 847-673-6303 or fax 847-673-2776 att: Slawa. Stock 200' metal reels. $1.55 each includes adapter hub.

PRC, NJ tel: 800-772-4748 or 201-933-5100

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EKTACHROME LABS

The color reversal film that Kodak introduced to Super 8 filmmakers in August 1997, called Ektachrome 125 or 7240 like its 16mm cousin is NOT processed by Kodak--- it needs VNF-1 processing by an independent lab. These labs do 7240:

Exclusive Film & Video Services 50 Portland St . Toronto, Ont. M5V 2M7 Canada tel: 416-598-2700.

Film & Video Services 2620 Central Ave- N.E. Minneapolis MN 55418. tel: 612-789-8622.

Filmlab, 445-447 North 7th St, Allentown PA 18102-2835 tel: 610-435-8133

Forde Lab 306 Fair view Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 tel: 800-682-2510 or 206-682-2510.

Movie Lab 128 w. 31 St. NY NY 10001 tel: 212-868-5840 Super 8 and 16mm reversal.

The Local Lab Film Services Ltd. A4634 6A St. NE Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4B5 Canada tel: 403-277-3092.

PAC Lab 37 E. 1st St. NYC 10003 tel: 212-505-7797 fax: 212-475-6211

Prep Film Service 21940 Cumberland Northville MI 48167 tel: 800-793-3456.

Yale Lab 10555 Victory Blvd N. Hollywood, CA 91606 tel: 800-955-9253 or 818-508-9253.

FILMMAKING almost FREE? FUN?

Outdated stocks Shooting any film which is outdated carries some risk which is reduced if you know how the film was stored. Outdated color film cannot be expected to give normal color, but can sometimes give fun results for experimenters. Discoloration of outdated rolls is a greater problem with Ektachrome emulsions than with Kodachrome which is incredibly reliable even when outdated, as photographers know who have carried Kodachrome to the ends of the earth. Outdated B&W stocks if well stored are also less risk. I have personally taken home movies of family on Kodachrome that has been frozen 10 years past its date and had glorious results. Hand processing can be exciting (see back issue #14. The Widescreen Centre in London sells home processing tanks. (see p. 8 for address.)

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FRAME ENLARGEMENTS

from movie film frames

Panopticon, Inc. Boston. Telephone 617-267-8929.

Film Rescue International, tel: 306 695 2300 or 800 329 8988.

OLD CHEMISTRY/ OUTDATED STOCKS

(like ones you find in flea market cameras)

Film Rescue International, Greg Miller, P.O. Box 44, Fortuna ND 58844. Greg can process old still film & movie film process K-12, EM25, EM26, ECO-3 and ME-4. tel: 306 695 2300 or 800 329 8988. http://www3.sk.sympatico.ca/film491/ motion

FILM RESTORATION

Restoration House Film Group Inc. Film rejuvenation. Arnold Schieman, 12 Village Drive, Belleville Ontario K8P 4J8 Canada Tel: 613 966 4076 Fax: 613 966 8431

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SOUND STRIPING SERVICES

Paul Sherd, Classic Home Cinema, #7 Taylors Ave, Cleethorpes, DN35 OLF, England, U.K. Tel: 011.44.1472.603.089 ref. from Steve Osborne, Reel Thing.

Cohen Phillips Regular 8mm & Super 8mm Sound Striping (main track only) 2923 North 7th Street St. Joseph, Missouri 64505 $0.08 cents per foot ($10 minimum order) Please send payment in full with the correct postage for $4.50 (Priority Mail in USA for up to 2 pounds weight.) ref. from Steve Osborne, Reel Thing.

Paul Yost, 117 Ruby Ave. San Carlos CA 94070. T: 650-592-0112.

Camera Pro, Nevada 702.434.7051 ref. by Steve Osborne.

Also contact the European labs, p. 15

 

These listings for filmmaker’s information only. This publication cannot guarantee services or service providers on its lists. -ed.

 

 

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Andec Filmtechnik, Hasenheide 9, 10967 Berlin GERMANY Tel: 49 30 691 7036, Fax: 49 30 693 0321 Reversal Processing and many kinds of printing not available in the United States.

BB Optics Bill Brand, a filmmaker & master optical printer, 212.966.6253. Blow-ups 8 or Super 8 to 16mm. Archival.

Cineric Inc. 630 Ninth Ave. NYC 10036 tel: 212-586-4822, fax: 212 582-3744 Bob Freemon. new: WET GATE optical printing for 8mm and Super 8 to 16mm and 35mm. Beautiful work, fast.

Frank Bruinsma Super 8 Reversal Lab, Gravenhage, Netherlands Tel/fax: 011 31 70 363 95 41 www.super8filmlab.demon.nl

Super 8 prints on S8, blow-ups, reduction 35 to 16. Training.

East Anglian Film Archive, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. Optical step printing of 9.5mm, Standard 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, 17.5mm. www.uea.ac.uk/eafa Tel: 01603 592 664 and Fax: 011.44. 1 603 593 475.

John Hall for wet gate or printing to reversal stock, or Super 16. John Hall, Finch Cottage, Finch Lane, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks, U.K. Tel: 011.44. 1 494 672 757.

Film Technology, Los Angeles says they have just added a 8mm printer.

Interformat at Monaco Lab, 234 Ninth St. San Francisco CA 94103. Optical printing, 8mm or S8 to 16mm or 35mm. Tel: 510.523.1100.

Optimage, Michael Saunders, 48 Stirling Rd. Edmonton Alberta T5X 4C3, Canada. tel: 403-475.1206, fax 406.477.1710. Excellent blow-ups R8, S8, or 9.5mm to 16mm. Call first.

Preston Richard, S8/16 optical printing, 4921 Bath Pl. Newark CA 94560 tel: 510-793-3171

YALE Lab, 10555 Victory Blvd. No. Hollywood, CA 91606. Tel: 818.508.9253 or 800.955.9253. Super 8 contact prints. Inquire for content policy.

Color by De Jonhge, Kortrijk, Belgium tel: 011.32. 56. 35 07 10 / fx: 35 07 80.

Studio Gamma 86 rue Delcourt, 4470 ST GEORGES, Belgium tel/fax 011.32.42. 75 17 28 lambert.gamma @ skynet.be

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FUJI’s SINGLE 8 FILM

In 1965 Fuji introduced its superb Single 8 system in Japan just moments before Kodak launched Super 8. Single 8 is 8mm wide with Super 8 image area and perforations and will play in Super 8 projectors. Its has an Estar base a type which Kodak is reintroducing in larger gauge stocks for strength and permanence. Fuji made a line of gorgeous cameras which can still be found. Single 8 had its own excellent cartridge shape (reel to reel, somewhat like an audio cassette--not compatible with coaxial Super 8 cartridges.) Fans have long argued that Single 8 is the better cartridge design for image steadiness (a pressure plate in the gate) and capabilities like full back winding (allowing great artistic possibilities for multiple exposure.)

Martin Baumgarten tells us Fuji Single 8 film is available from these sources: Henry Bohlmann, Birkenstieg 21, 22359 Hamburg, Germany. tel 49 40 603 3226 (evening) or fax: 49 40 603 5491 (24 hr.) Henry Bohlmann is a private source in Germany. Camera shop sources are: The Widescreen Centre, 48 Dorset Street, London England, UK tel 020 7935 2580. Webshop is http://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/ Another U.K. source is M.P.S. Photographic http://www.mps-photographic.co.uk/ Or try Wittner Kinotechnik in Germany: http://www.wittner-kinotechnik.de/ and finally one from Japan: http://www.film.club.or.jp/

Fuji’s Single 8 is only processed in Tokyo. Single 8 film is no longer sold with processing included. You must send in payment when sending the film to the Japan lab. Also, select regular processing or premium. Premium means sound striping added when the film is processed (not available later.)

Fuji Single 8 processing lab:

Fujicolor Service Co., Ltd.

67-1, 1-chrome Shibasaki,

Chofu City, Tokyo 182,

Japan (Tel: 0081 424 888530)

Label your Fuji film "exposed amateur movie film for processing and return." Airmail it in a cardboard box with payment. Turnaround time about 3 - 4 weeks. Single 8 still has a devoted following, especially in Europe. In Japan we hear it's available in camera shops. ###

 

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