EKTACHROME is back
January 05, 2017
Kodak is proud to announce the return of one of the most iconic film stocks of all time – KODAK EKTACHROME Film.
Over the next 12 months, Kodak will be working to reformulate and manufacture EKTACHROME Film for both motion picture and still photography applications. Initial availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.
EKTACHROME has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of cinematographers. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts.
Kodak will produce EKTACHROME at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will market and distribute the Super 8 motion picture film version of EKTACHROME Film directly. Kodak Alaris, an independent company since 2013, also plans to offer a still format KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film for photographers in 135-36x format.
Time magazine interviewed a Kodak representative about the process.
“Color reversal film is quite complicated as its recipe is concerned,” says Diane Carroll-Yacoby, Kodak’s world wide portfolio manager for motion picture films says. “It’s very unique and quite different than a black-and-white film or a color negative film. We’re in the process right now of procuring the components that are needed for this special film and in addition to that we are setting up a color reversal processing capability again, which we have to have in order to test the film as we manufacture it.”
She adds: “It is a complicated project for us to bring it back but because our customers are telling us that they want it, we’re very excited to do this again. It’s kind of a really special time for us.”
Read more at time.com – Kodak Brings Ektachrome Back to Life