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B & W reversal labs

Kodachrome labs

Ektachrome labs

Negative labs

Old chemistry and outdated stocks

Esoteric services: stills, restoration, telecine

Sound striping, misc.

Prints & blow-ups

Fuji Single 8

Supplies, leader, reels

 

KODACHROME LABS

WHO SHOOTS KODACHROME? Me! People who love fine grain, people who love its color, people who want world class preservation of color movies. People who love something and want it saved. People with children. People with friends. People with grandchildren who want those youngsters to have home movies they can watch 200 years from now.

Simply put, Kodachrome is the most outstanding color film Kodak ever invented and also their best kept secret. Oh how we wish they would promote it, especially to families. Take as many hours of video as you can stand to look at, but

BE SURE TO FILM IN KODACHROME ANY MOVING SUBJECT YOU WANT TO PRESERVE.

In the United States, there are two ways to get 16mm, Regular 8mm or Super 8 mm KODACHROME MOVIE FILM (K-14) processed: via Dwayne's Photo or Kodak.

Regular 8 comes in 25 foot Double 8mm daylight spools and Dwayne's returns the empty 8mm reels.

Super 8 is sold in 50 foot cartridges but the older 200 foot ones can also be processed, as well as 16mm rolls of Kodachrome.

KODACHROME:
Great people and service at DWAYNE'S PHOTO

so please use this lab for all your Kodachrome movie film processing!


Here's Dwayne's address for express shipments:
Dwayne's Photo
415 S. 32nd St.
(or by mail to P.O. Box 274 ) Parsons KS 67357 USA
tel: 620 421 3940

www.k14movies.com/
Dwayne's does excellent Kodachrome processing. They also offer special services like push/pull. Aesthetically, we advise against push or pull processing of Kodachrome as we prefer the extraordinary quality you get when you expose and process it normally. However, some artists prefer more distressed looking or grainy results ....but they should test a roll of Ektachrome!
The nice people at Dwaynes always returns 8mm spools and cans.
THANK YOU, DWAYNES FOLKS.

Kodachrome processing at Kodak


If you have prepaid mailers for Kodachrome movie film processing, you must send them to Kodak.

Prepaid mailers, US product number PK-59 for movie film, will be honored, no matter the date, by mailing to this address:

KODAK Mailer Processing att: MOVIE FILM
P.O. Box 3640
Hampton Park MD 20791
(800) 345-6973

If you are not filming in the USA, or have mailers that were sold in Europe, Kodachrome movie film can processed at the Kodak lab in Switzerland. kodak.com

Black & White reversal labs

PAC Lab, tel: 212.505.7797 EXCELLENT gamma. Super 8, 16mm B&W, Super 16, Ektachrome reversal. Same day if in by 10:30 M-F. 24/7 by appointment. Fax: 212-475-6211. Lab: 37 E. 1st St. NYC 10003 pac-lab.com

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

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. filmvideoservices.net

Bono Film Lab, B&W and color reversal, negative. lab: 3200 Lee Hwy, Arlington VA 22207. Tel: 703.243.0800. bonofilm.com

WHO SHOOTS BLACK AND WHITE? 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 filmmakers 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 great in 16mm and Super 8. Teach a class, start a Flicker; there must be 100 ways to enroll new filmmakers.

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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. Ekta 125 needs VNF-1 processing by an independent lab. These labs process the current Ektachrome 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. fordelabs.com/

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

PAC Lab, tel: 212.505.7797 EXCELLENT gamma. Super 8, 16mm B&W, Super 16, Ektachrome reversal. Same day if in by 10:30 M-F. 24/7 by appointment. Fax: 212-475-6211. Lab: 37 E. 1st St. NYC 10003 pac-lab.com

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

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

 

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NEGATIVE

Negative filmstocks were first offered in the early 1990s in Super 8 by the company Pro 8mm, a.k.a. Super 8 Sound in Burbank, CA. Recently, Kodak itself began selling negative film stocks in its Super 8 line. Historically, 8mm and Super 8 filmmakers used the venerable reversal film stocks like Black and White, or Kodachrome, which gave the culture what we think of as the "home movie look." They are called reversal stocks because the camera film returns from processing ready for direct projection.

We counsel family moviemakers to consider only using Black and white reversal film or Kodachrome reversal films as either will be less expensive than negative and both reversal films have outstanding preservation qualities for recording for posterity.

Negative camera film records images as negatives (like the orangish ones that come back with color still photographs or snapshots.) Negative stocks are usually the choice in the larger motion picture gauges where the intent was to create prints for distribution. Negative stocks compresses contrast engineered for creation of prints. At this time, Super 8 negative seems to be largely used in independent features and music videos for transfer for digital post-production.

A big line of negative Super 8 stocks are available from Pro8mm so contact Phil Vigeant, Pro8mm at Super8 Sound, 2805 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CA 91505. Website is Pro8mm.com

If you choose to use Pro8 negative filmstocks, we recommend that you focus on Pro8 and their packages and use them for film, processing and transfer. That will help you and them assure the integrity of the product and services.

If you choose to buy negative filmstocks in Super 8 from Kodak US itself, go back to their website and get Kodak conenctions to a lab. We urge Kodak to become better advocates for its products. kodak.com

In summer of 2004, we heard that ANDEC Lab in Berlin will be offering printing from Super 8 negative, We would appreciate any feedback from filmmakers as they try this service.

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.

OLD CHEMISTRY & OUTDATED STOCKS

Explore filmmaking that's almost FREE and FUN?

Shooting any film which is outdated carries some risk, often reduced if you know how the film was stored. New stock will last longer if frozen at purchase and thawed inside a plastic bag to allow condensation to form on the bag not the film. Outdated color film cannot be counted on for reliable color, but can provide fun results for experimenters. If it has been held in a stable environment, preferably frozen, we find Kodachrome color to be incredibly reliable even when long outdated, (Explorers have carried Kodachrome to the ends of the earth.)

Outdated B & W stocks sometimes look normal if they were well stored. I recently took home movies on Kodachrome stock that has been frozen 18 years and had glorious results, not a surprise with this fine stock. The Ektachromes will give variable results past their date. Hand processing of old rolls can be exciting for experimental filmmakers. The Widescreen Centre in London sells home processing tanks.

The former Ektachrome 160 film requires EM-26 processing which is no longer offered for movie film by Kodak Switzerland as of summer 2001. Send it to Film Rescue or Martin Baumgarten.

 

Film Rescue International, Greg Miller, P.O. Box 44, Fortuna ND 58844. Greg can process old still film & movie film of these old chemistry processes: K-12, EM25, EM26, ECO-3 and ME-4. tel: 306 695 2300 or 800 329 8988. filmrescue.com

Martin Baumgarten, Plattsburg Photographic, 18 Elm St. Plattsburg, NY 12901 tel: 518 561 6312 Martin does processing of many special films by hand. He is also the author of many helpful technical articles about Super 8 and 8mm film all across the web. Contact him at Super8mm at aol dot com. He keeps helpful pages at Martin Baumgarten's website

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ESOTERIC SERVICES,
frame enlargements, restoration, special telecine

FRAME ENLARGEMENTS from movie film frames

Panopticon, Inc. Waltham, MA. Telephone 781 647 0100. Call for specific instructions on how to identify frame. panopt.com

Film Rescue International , Greg Miller, P.O. Box 44, Fortuna ND 58844. Greg can process old still film & movie film of these old chemistry processes: K-12, EM25, EM26, ECO-3 and ME-4. tel: 306 695 2300 or 800 329 8988. filmrescue.com

 

FILM RESTORATION and SPECIAL TELECINE

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

Brodsky & Treadway
We are the people who bring you this website. Our speciality is high quality transfer of Standard 8mm, Super 8, 16mm. We transfer camera original, reversal film only, and sound from all sources. Very deteriorated and shrunken film is a speciality. Our transfer is scene-by-scene only with wet gate, and we do archival frame rates. Beta-SP or Digital Betacam masters. By appointment only.
Tel: 978.948.7985. (9-6 EST) Fax (24 hr.) 978.948.3308.
Shipping (call Toni first) 69 Warehouse Lane, Rowley MA 01969, USA.
More info at Brodsky & Treadway's website.

9.5mm film telecine

Colorlab Inc. 5708 Arundel Ave, Rockville, MD 20852 tel: 310-770-2128, Fax: 301- 816-0798, contact Jake or Russ Suniewick. They have recently added the ability to transfer 9.5mm to video, a very rare service. http://www.colorlab.com/

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

 

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PRINTS, BLOW-UPS


(labs in alphabetical order)


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 and master optical printer, 212.966.6253. Blow-ups 8 or Super 8 to 16mm. Archival. www.bboptics.com

Cineric Inc. 630 Ninth Ave. NYC 10036 tel: 212-586-4822, fax: 212.582.3744 Bob Freemon. WET GATE optical printing for 8mm and Super 8 to 16mm and 35mm. Beautiful work done by Simon Lund, fast. www.cineric.com

Colorlab Inc. 5708 Arundel Ave, Rockville, MD 20852 tel: 310-770-2128, Fax: 301- 816-0798, contact Jake or Russ Suniewick. Russ has taken our needs to heart and is expanding his excellent lab with new services for small gauge film. They have recently added the ability to transfer 9.5mm to video, a very rare service. http://www.colorlab.com/

Frank Bruinsma, Super 8 Reversal Lab P.O. Box 6669, 3002AR, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. Frank is offering Super 8 services of processing, duplication, camera rentals and sales. Tel/fax: (from USA, start with 011 ) 31 70 36 39 5 41 . www.super8.nl
Filmmakers report Frank is doing excellent work.

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 Co. 726 North Cole Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038 Phone: 323.464.3456 FAX: 323.464.7439 contatc: Alan. filmtech.com B & W Reversal, Printing and Telecine

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

John Kneller optical printing services, John Kneller's email. In 2002, John wrote "I have a service specializing in optical blow-ups from super 8mm, regular 8mm and 16mm to 16mm and 35mm 1.85 flat. Both camera and printer are dual pin-registered. 11 years experience."

Optimage, Michael Saunders 48 Stirling Rd. Edmonton Alberta T5X 4C3, Canada. tel: 780.475.1206, fax 780.477.1710. Excellent blow-ups R8, S8, or 9.5mm to 16mm. Call first.

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

Studio Gamma, 86 rue Delacourt, 4470 St. Georges, Belgium tel/fax 32. 42. 75. 17. 28 http://users.swing.be/studio.gamma/

 

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FUJIs 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. 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 film is only processed at Fuji's lab 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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SUPPLIES: LEADER

Please use triacetate leader only from Kodak for preservation. Russ Suniewick at Colorlab wrote today, 2/15/05, this note:

PLEASE FOLLOW THE CARDINAL RULE OF PREPARING ANY SMALL GAUGE GOING TO A FACILITY FOR PRESERVATION...ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC LEADERS OR LEADERS MADE FROM ANYTHING OTHER THAN ACETATE. When you don't do this, we have to releader all rolls(and reslug all combined rolls)before we even begin evaluating the material through a sync block, let alone the telecine's idler roller or the sproket drives of an optical printer.

Proper film type (aka acetate leader), both 8mm and Super 8mm can be purchased from Eastman Kodak's New York City office by dialing 212-631-3400 and using Kodak's catalogue number 163 5002. Regular 8mm leader comes in 50' reels in boxes and costs $ 2.84 each or $ 0.0568 per foot. Any leader other than this 8mm leader from any source should never be used!

The comparable Super 8mm acetate Eastman Kodak leader is Kodak catalogue number 826 1349 and is also available from FPC as FPC Item number 9980 It costs $ 36.50 per 1000' roll or $ 0.0365 per foot. (Ed. was quoted $ 26.30 for a roll. ) The number for FPC is 1-800-814-1333.

These products are never shrunk, directional stability always excellent, and one perf is always the same shape as hello the one next to it. - Russ"

THANK YOU, RUSS!

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REELS and CANS

B&H Photo Internet orders of 8mm Gepe reels and boxes, which fit 8mm, Super 8 and Single 8mm film. BHphoto.com

CALUMET Jeffrey Newman, Industrial Account Manager, 65 Bent St Cambridge MA 02141 voice 800.795.6315 x619 fax 617.349.0015 calumetphoto.com Jeff can order cases of 8mm Gepe reels and boxes, which fit 8mm, Super 8 and Single 8mm film.

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. neumade.com

MPE: Motion Picture Enterprises, Tarrytown NY 212-245-0969 www.mpe.net

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 Plastic Reel Corporation in New Jersey tel: 800-772-4748 or 201-933-5100 www.PRCofAmerica.com

These listings are for filmmakers information only. This publication cannot guarantee services or service providers on its lists. -ed.

 

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