Thursday, January 16, 2014

How Kodak Film Was Made in 1958

This fascinating 1958 documentary titled "How film is made", that documents the production process and birth of photographic and cinematic film, was initially uncovered as part of a heritage in the Netherlands. Although its exact source and purpose are as of yet still unknown, it may have been an instructional film for new employees at Kodak's factories world wide, and was probably used as a promotional film for the general public as well. The original 16mm film came into the hands of Frank Bruinsma of the Super 8 Reversal Lab in the Netherlands, who decided to have it digitized in conjunction with CINECO and the help of others, and make it available on the internet.

After a member of the Analog Photography Users Group (APUG) pointed out its existence, a call for a translation was made, as the originally American production was dubbed in Dutch, probably in the beginning of the '60s, and therefore the original English soundtrack lost. A joint effort was setup, including me, Ray Rogers, Denise and Louis Ross, and others. Frank Bruinsma was contacted, who was kind enough to share the digitized version of the film with the APUG community for the purpose of adding subtitles.

Many thanks to Frank Bruinsma for making this film available, and to others who have contributed to this project! (via Marco Boeringa)

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