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#21 Andrew Trost

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 05:01 PM

I went to the tour that Bill linked (thanks for that, by the way, Bill!)

 

The space itself seems to have a little ways to go, they were actively under construction during the tour.  They have one machine fully operational and are waiting to install the 2nd.  

 

Apparently the night before they were having some plumbing issues that set them back again.  Bobby, the developer, mentioned that the hot water pump is still too hot for their specs and they are working on having better control over it.  

 

Other things I noted was that they have no current plans to be set up for B&W, but with enough requests they would consider it; I really hope they do!  

 

Additionally, there will be two scanners, one of which is a Blackmagic and the other would be something more 'state of the art.'  

 

I'll just reiterate what the Kodak reps said; dont quote me on any of this.  It all still sounds very tentative regarding what else will be installed and what will be eventually available.  


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#22 Nick Collingwood

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 12:14 AM

I also was at the tour thanks to the heads up from Bill. I mainly echo what Andrew said. But also they were not Kodak reps and this was a semi-unofficial tour. They were actually the workers (from the now deceased Deluxe lab) who will run the processing machines. So most of what they said that didn't concern the actual machines themselves was off the cuff and not official. But the lab is mainly set up for running 16mm and 35mm color neg. Super 8 was possible apparently but he seemed unsure if they'd run it. Also, like Andrew said, no B&W and no color reversal... which seemed odd to me given the recent Ektachrome announcement but it almost seemed like this lab was mainly going to be gunning for big 16 and 35mm clients and not amateur focused. Also no knowledge of the Super 8 ecosystem which was announced so really curious where all that Super 8 will be getting processed, scanned and uploaded by Kodak...

 

They definitely seemed to have a lot of work left to do before being ready. With only 1 processing machine of 2 installed (and the second no where to be found) and the first one wasn't actually fully operational due to the water heating concerns. All the chems and what not were in the tanks though. One guy said they could run anywhere from 20k-50k feet a day but he was chatting pretty casually about the process so not sure what it'll be in reality. Also the "scanning" room is completely empty at this point. And they did have a film cleaning machine in another room that seemed set up. Reception area for receiving film and apparently allowing filmmakers to directly drop off their film was completely empty along with the kitchen room.

 

Also, I don't know how labs normally are but it's not a darkroom lab but a light room. They have an almost... bathroom sized darkroom in the middle of the lab where they'll prep the film into light tight reels that then get mounted, in the light, into the main processing machines which are in normal window lit rooms. The whole lab was probably no bigger than around 2500-3000 sq ft maybe and resides in a warehouse in Long Island City with lots of other tenants so it's not a standalone structure. Although I'm not the best on guessing sq footage.

 

So ya. That's roughly it. Fascinating since I've never seen a lab before and I think it'll still be another month or so but perhaps they can make it happen sooner. And as I've said, this is not official, just what I noticed and gathered from the tour. But hey it's like a 15 minute bike ride from me so I hope it works out and processes Super 8!


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#23 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 12:33 AM

I find it to be highly unlikely that 8mm will be run on a 100ft/min PhotoMec designed for 35mm, we have one and it is a beast but for 8mm? I think they would have a really tough time with that.


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#24 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:15 AM

I have a good source who told me all the S8 and reversal will be processed in Rochester. 


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#25 Manu Delpech

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:49 AM

Well, this is a long shot from "lab will be operational late March". I'm pretty thankful I'm not gonna be shooting for a few more months, seems they still have a long way to go, and working out the kinks. 


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#26 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:02 PM

I would have been there as well but I had a previous engagement that I could not cancel.  In any case, thanks for the review.  It doesn't seem to make much sense that they won't process 7222.  If you're going to set up a film lab, at least set it up to process all of your 16/35 negative stocks. 

 

If I need to process some 7222, I'll just send the entire order to Fotokem.  And I live in Queens!


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#27 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:01 PM

That's odd, I was thinking this lab would also support the super 8 program.  All of that has been slated to go off in May, with film processing and scanning packages. 


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

Sorry if anyone sees this and hopes for news :D

 

Does anyone know where the lab is at in terms of progress? Compared to April, close to operational? not yet? an ETA? Didn't hear anything aside from here and Anne Hubbell at Kodak telling me early March it was going to be operational later March, which is not the case. 

 

Might shoot in the summer near NYC, on 35mm, and the lack of information is not great.


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#29 John Rizzo

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 05:59 AM

They are open it just has not been officially announced. I have already scanned a few jobs processed there

Spielberg production starts shooting end of May along with a HBO Series all shooting in 35mm. 


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:42 AM

Cool, thanks for the info John ! 


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#31 Nick Collingwood

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:22 AM

To dig up an old thread a bit... Kodak NYC lab is now processing (ONLY) Super 8 color neg in addition to the 16mm & 35mm they were processing before. No scans available for S8 unfortunately. $25/cart.

 

No comment on when or if E6 or B&W processing will ever come to the lab.


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