35 mm film from Asia
Posted 10 April 2006 - 02:20 PM
Posted 10 April 2006 - 02:26 PM
Does anyone know the address or website's for South Asian or South East Asian companys that sell film stock, I.E do you know were I can get 35 mm film that indian or chinese film makers use from those place's/countrys.
Kodak has sales offices throughout the world, and often native-language websites:
For example, here is India:
Posted 11 April 2006 - 06:55 PM
Posted 11 April 2006 - 09:33 PM
as recently as two years ago there was a czech company that makes cine film. can't remember the name though. dunno what the quality is like relative to kodak or fuji, but a lot of the film students in prague used it at the time because it was less expensive.
Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:04 PM
Hi Jaan, the stock you mean is called FOMAPAN R, it comes from Czech Republik but is only an b/w reversal stock. Check out this site http://www.andecfilm.de. Maybe the manufacturer has an homepage too?!
Best Regards, Alex
There is also another eastern bloc company called Orwo who also make motion picture film.
Apparently Agfa are still selling their ST8 sound print stock, which some people use as a camera stock for weird effects, at least in 16mm.
Posted 12 April 2006 - 04:21 PM
check out this link: www.filmotec.de
This is the homepage from the manufacturer. There is a english version of this site.
Posted 12 April 2006 - 05:50 PM
ST8 is sound negative stock. Nevertheless it has extremely high contrast (about six times as contrasty as negative), so you get black, white, and not much inbetween. It's also a polyester base.
Agfa are still selling their ST8 sound print stock
Before you snap up batches of obscure stock, make sure you can find a lab to process it. In the case of the b/w neg stocks mentioned so far, that's not a problem, but if they aren't familiar with it they might need to test a short length first (every b/w neg stock requires different development time, whereas colour neg is universal and standard). There are still some colour reversal stocks around that might be hard to find a motion picture processor for.
Seems like an obvious tip, but I've met several very frustrated filmmakers who shot first then found they couldn't get the film processed.