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Posted 14 March 2006 - 02:27 PM

Arane-Gulliver has been assessed as meeting Kodak Imagecare Program standards in camera negative processing. There are currently 27 labs in 19 countries that participate in the Program. Arane-Gulliver is the first facility in France to qualify for membership.

The Kodak Imagecare Program was initiated in 1996 for the purpose of assisting laboratories in implementing the procedures and processes required for reliable and consistent processing quality. Admittance as a member to the Kodak Imagecare Program is recognition that a laboratory has conformed to critical quality standards across operations as demanded by the Program.

Arane-Gulliver was established in 1976 by Jean-René Failliot. The lab quickly carved its niche in the marketplace by specializing in size conversions (reducing, blowing up, anamorphic squeezes). In 1995, the company expanded its services to include all 65/70 mm formats, and today is one of the busiest facilities for large format production.

"The Kodak Imagecare Program is designed to ensure filmmakers the best standards in a critical stage of film development," notes Thierry Perronnet, regional marketing director of Europe and Middle East for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. "Member facilities learn how to optimize the management of their workflows and the best solutions for issues linked to film processing."

Laboratories in countries where the Kodak Imagecare Program is offered can become members through an assessment process. A Kodak technician reviews and requires labs to standardize and document procedures, monitor and control their processes, and demonstrate an ability to follow quality control checklists. Labs are audited every 12 months, with frequent re-assessments by a local Kodak representative throughout the year. Additionally, staff training aims to achieve optimum and constant performance.

Other Kodak Imagecare Program members include Image Film in Spain, Atlab Australia in Australia, Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria, and Kodak Cinelabs in Romania, among others.
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