Lessons from film

Now that I’ve come to the other side of my first batch of motion picture processing it’s worth noting some general observations about what has been discovered. In no particular order:

B&W Reversal processing:

  • The Fomapan stock needs to be developed a lot longer than the recommended B&W reversal times (10 mins as opposed to 6) and ideally the clearing bath should be stronger & longer too. This goes for both 1st & 2nd developer.

8mm & 16mm colour neg in C41 chemicals:

  • The neg, to look at, has come out quite well but until I get a decent transfer it’s really impossible to tell what I’m dealing with. This obviously has larger implications in decisions about what to buy & shoot. If I don’t have access to cheap yet half decent telecine then it makes working with colour neg impossible. I’m still optimistic that I can get a DIY telecine to acceptable quality. Finding the time is another thing.

Rem Jet:

My feeling after dealing with Rem-Jet…and yes, it’s fucking messy. But the biggest hassle in my mind is not being able do anything with it without access or the funds to get a proper telecine. Until then its just neg on a reel. Useless to project and pointless to do an off the wall telecine, except as an effect.

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About ORWO processing

Having processed some of the B&W ORWO stock that’s available at the moment I was wondering about how the stocks would handle neg processing. What difference might there be. After some research I found this guy in the US who I think works for a processing lab in LA and they’d run some tests. His answer to my question is useful information about processing this stock.

Link to his Vimeo page where some of the tests can be seen:


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First go at Slide film

I processed a couple of rolls of Velvia in the same chemicals I used for the Super 8 Ektachrome. Pretty happy. Overall they were a bit soft with a couple of exceptions. But the colour looks pretty good for a 3 bath process.

Easier to view on Flickr

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First Colour Reversal

I processed the colour using the 3 Bath Tetenal Kit. The B&W was the home brewed Tri-X formula.

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First Look at 16mm & 8mm B&W Reversal

10 months since I began, I’ve finally developed my first motion picture!

The 16mm was ORWO and the 8mm was Tri-X. I processed them both as reversal in the LOMO tank using home mixed Tri-X formula . I’m pretty happy for a first go.

Added some sound sync and cropping experiments too.

The telecine was just a rushed DIY off the wall. Will be nice to get these transferred properly one day…

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First Tri-X Test

Crappy film off the wall telecine but I’m very pleased to get an image.The result, however,  does throw up many questions……

Thanks Andy for providing the test film!

I also need to work out how to properly correct a negative (last test) in post. I just dragged the invert filter and it looks pretty bad. There must be a better way

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More C-41

I processed another 3 rolls yesterday. I wasn’t sure if the developer would be any good as it’s been a few weeks since I first used it and there’s air in the bottle.

Anyway, that developer has now processed 5 rolls. Haven’t worked out how I’m going to sort out replenishing etc.

A few examples below:

(A bit easier to view in Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42984118@N06/sets/72157632845970319/detail/)

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