Posted 05 May 2007 - 01:35 AM
Posted 05 May 2007 - 01:49 AM
I hear that new film should last 6 or so months if refrigerated..but I've been hearing that some cinematographers have used 2-3 year old film and had no problem. Is freezing going to mess up the film? thanks.
Au contraire, freezing preserves the film even better by nearly completely stopping the aging process of film...thus preventing age fogging.
Usually, you buy film and just refrigerate it since you'll be using it soon. And it'll be fine.
But if you shoot the footage, it's especially a good idea to freeze'em. Because, by exposing the film you've already begun the chemical process of exposure. And freezing the film halts the process and preserves the the images you exposed.
Posted 05 May 2007 - 03:10 AM
If the can is unopened it will have been sealed by the manufacturer at the correct humidity, if it is an opened can try to make sure that when it is sealed up before freezing you do it at a low humidity. It is a good idea to put the taped can inside a plastic bag to stop it getting rusty.
Posted 05 May 2007 - 08:38 AM
Mind you, I've shot 250T film which was kept under rather poor conditions (hot projection booth with no AC) and for a long time (no idea exactly, but probably at least 4 years or more) and gotten interesting results, but on the other hand, we used this film for a dream sequence and we able to get away with it. It looked a bit...stale is the best way to describe it.
Also, a little extra overexposure goes a long way when working with older film. Testing is also HIGHLY recommended. If you have several rolls, test them ALL, since some may have responded differently.