As technology continues its ongoing trajectory, and the industry discovers new ways to create and distribute entertainment content, the infrastructure supporting the imaging chain is evolving. Film technology still sets the standard, but the landscape has changed, and we are adapting.
Our efforts to streamline operations, pursue vertical markets for our technology, and maintain quality resources have been highly successful. Kodak recently filed its plan of reorganization with the US Bankruptcy Court, and I can assure you that Entertainment Imaging (the motion picture film business unit of Kodak) is part of the company’s current business emergence plan.
Scenes from Gate of Hell before and after restoration (Photo ©1953 Kadokawa Pictures)
Gate of Hell is the first Japanese feature film shot on EASTMAN Color Negative Film 5248 / Tungsten EI25. Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa in 1953, this movie was awarded the Grand Prize in Cannes in 1954 and also won two Academy Awards®.
The restoration was a joint project of Kadokawa Pictures and the National Film Center (NFC) of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, who conducted research and led the project as film archivists. The intention was to faithfully restore the original 1953 look of EASTMAN Color Film.
SQ Film Laboratories Inc, Philippines Crew
Philippines-based SQ Film Laboratories, Inc. has become the newest member of the KODAK IMAGECARE Program. Kodak began this quality program for film laboratories in 1996 and it is now active in 31 countries worldwide. SQ Laboratories, Inc. was recently accredited by the Program for Camera Negative Processing.
With over 40 years of industry experience, SQ Laboratories, Inc. continues to demonstrate its commitment to film and film quality. The lab employs 30 full-time individuals, including a number of highly-skilled technicians and artists who have many decades of expertise.
The ABC & TaunusFilm team, from left to right: Wolfgang Dombo (Lab Manager), Thomas Lang (Managing Director), Siegfried Fensch (chemist) and Dirk Emsbach (chemist).
ABC & TaunusFilm Kopierwerk GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany has become the 51st member in the world wide KODAK Imagecare Program. Kodak began this quality program for film laboratories in 1996. It now covers 31 countries.
"Film has been our core business for over sixty years - and that will remain so in the future. The KODAK IMAGECARE Program with the certification for our color negative documents our requirement for quality and our commitment to our customers," comments Thomas Lang, Managing Director at ABC & TaunusFilm.
Waterfront Studios Group
Formed from a combination of the best of the Cape Town divisions of The Video Lab, The Refinery and Condor, Waterfront Studios Group (WSG) is undergoing a renaissance. Recognized as one of the most technologically-advanced creative post-production teams in South Africa, WSG currently has a team of 68 staff members.
The expertise, passion and technical nous of WSG’s hard-working and committed teams is spread across several divisions including a data lab, studios, Condor Cape, Just Producers, Waterfront Post and The Film Lab.