A recent campaign to reinstate Super 16mm film for broadcast in Europe has resulted in victory with all major UK broadcasters agreeing to accept programs originated on the format.
“This is an exciting resolution for filmmakers, who now have complete freedom to choose the right aesthetic format for telling their stories,” notes Andrew Evenski, president and GM of Kodak’s Entertainment & Commercial Films division. “Storytellers understand the power of 16mm film, and can take full advantage of the beauty, flexibility and budget-friendly benefits that this format offers.”
Several weeks ago I embarked on my new role as Film Laboratory & Studio Relationship Manager. No doubt, we have all observed some significant changes in image capture and distribution formats, particularly in the last couple of years. And we have seen these changes impact the supporting film infrastructure, such as laboratories.
But our recent assessment of labs has revealed that there is an impressive 111 motion picture labs globally that commercially offer processing for 35mm color negative film. We counted over 100 labs still offering 16mm negative development, and exactly 100 of these labs also offer 35mm color print development.
In 1913, the first full-length motion picture film was released in India. Raja Harishchandra, produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, who is considered to be the father of Indian cinema, was a huge success. By the 1930s, the industry was producing over 200 films per year.
This year, India celebrates 100 years in cinema. And for all the “firsts” – first black-and-white CinemaScope film, first color movie, first influences of Bollywood films on musicals in the Western World – Kodak film technology has been there.
It’s a big week for the small screen with the 65th Primetime Emmy® Awards being held September 22 in Los Angeles. The extraordinary, often heartwarming and sometimes heart-stopping stories being told on television continue to reach new heights. And we couldn’t be prouder to have worked with many of the talented artists that are nominated this year.
Michael Goi, ASC on the set of American Horror Story: Asylum. Photo: Byron Cohen/FX
Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Asylum earned more nominations than any other program with 17, including one for cinematographer Michael Goi, ASC. The DP says that the inspiration for the look of (Asylum) came from silent films from the 1920s and some of the earliest sound films. Goi has noted that the use of different film emulsions is an important piece of the aesthetic of FX’s American Horror Story.
This week, Kodak announced its emergence from Chapter 11 restructuring. The new company has emerged a more focused enterprise, one that is strongly positioned to serve your needs well into the future.
I want to first and foremost extend my sincerest gratitude to our loyal customers and partners in the motion picture industry for standing by Kodak throughout this process. We could not have achieved such a successful outcome without your ongoing support and faith in the Kodak brand.