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#1 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:26 AM

http://motion.kodak....69168/index.htm

When a New York newspaper reported that Mark Twain had been lost at sea, he is said to have replied, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

We know the feeling.

There has been much speculation about the fate of Kodak motion picture film over the last few weeks. We at Kodak refuse to let the volatility of the market or the rumors distract us from our mission – to provide the highest quality tools to tell your stories.

We are still making film – billions of feet of it! Sure, digital technology has impacted how filmmakers approach their work. But Kodak is a company with a long and brilliant presence, all built on ground-breaking science and technology. We are committed to continuing to do so, even in today’s landscape where film and digital coexist.

Something else that seems to get lost in the hype: We are more than a film company; we are the innovators who understand image making more than anyone else. We possess critical expertise from our past which we draw upon for our future. We have some of the brightest and most innovative researchers and scientists in the business working on our products – film and otherwise – to carry us into the future.

For example, our laser projection technology was recently licensed by IMAX (view the release). Laser projection technology offers a multitude of benefits to the viewing audiences, and features that help bring your vision to the big screen in better ways. IMAX and Kodak understand the need for this innovation. We are delighted to be working with them to assist with the implementation of the technology into the IMAX product family.

That’s not all. We are leveraging Kodak technology and intellectual property to bring an innovative digital asset management solution to market. It’s designed for content owners with assets of all formats created over the years.

And we will soon be introducing a new film! A new member of the VISION3 family of color negative films will be added to your film choices. With the latest film technology in the can, you can keep rolling in the most challenging production situations – on set or on location – and maintain a high resolution image through post and distribution.

Furthermore, with film still maintaining its archival leadership role in preserving the memorable images of the past centuries, we continue R&D towards expanding our archival film products to create a platform of choices for a variety of needs.

We’ll have more news on these new offerings soon, so stay tuned!

The bigger picture is: We have a great depth of experience and possibilities for turning 125-plus years of imaging technology and inventive product development into new solutions. Our KODAK DIGITAL ICE technology in scanners are being used to restore some of the most memorable images from cinema and television history; and our subsidiaries continue to make inroads on preservation and restoration (FPC/Pro-Tek) and visual and physical effects (Cinesite).

Our goal is to continue to show you that Kodak is the go-to resource for the best in image quality and workflow solutions that support your creative intentions – because we know you care.

We invite you to view a list of projects whose filmmakers are choosing Kodak film.

We know we can help you accomplish your filmmaking dreams, so contact us. Our worldwide team of Kodak representatives and experts are at your service.

Thank you.

Read more: http://motion.kodak....m#ixzz1c9ZYnhi9
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#2 Marcus Joseph

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 10:04 AM

That new stock sounds fascinating, I wanna see more on that.
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#3 Pat Murray

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

That’s not all. We are leveraging Kodak technology and intellectual property to bring an innovative digital asset management solution to market. It’s designed for content owners with assets of all formats created over the years.


Can somebody who understands manager speak translate this to English for me please?

Is he saying they are about to release software that can convert any digital file format into any other digital file format?
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#4 Todd Anderson

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 11:59 AM

This is the most optimistic Kodak news in awhile. I, for one, am completely behind all this. I've been shooting nothing but medium format and 35mm in still photography for the last year and half, and Kodak has at least been keeping a few choices of negative film stock around. Fuji is now just down to one negative stock in 120 roll film (400H daylight). I love both Fuji and Kodak, but I will admit that the new Kodak still film stocks scan really well. Their new Kodak Portra 400 stock in 35mm is pretty outstanding for a high speed small negative source. It has really nice tones and enough texture to make it really stand out against all the flat digital stuff. And frankly, shooting 35mm (36 frames a roll), is pretty inexpensive and gives you plenty of frames to work in a similar fashion as shooting digital rapidly. It takes about 20 seconds to unload and load a roll of 35mm in a Nikon F5 (which can be found for $450 in mint condition on the 2nd hand used market) .... anyhow , can't wait to hear what the new Vision3 stock will be. I would be cool if it was and alternate contrast wise to the current offerings (either something lower contrast and more pastel, or something higher contrast with more punch), but I guess it will likely be a new 50D?

Good news, either way ....

-T
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:26 PM

As for V 3 I'd bet for either a slow speed 50D, or maybe a higher-speed stock? maybe I'm just Insane, but 50D is very nice as is. What's really lacking is a film we can rate as we rate digital cameras, for the dark. Kodak used to offer an 800T which was nice, though grainy as all hell, who knows, maybe the revived it and gave it smaller grain.... insane; but perhaps what's happening?
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#6 John Holland

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

I cant see any reason why they would introduce a 50 iso replacement. I bet its a stock more like the Fuji Vivid range thats where they need to go if they hope to survive.
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#7 Jay Stewart

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:16 PM

I don't think the new Vision 3 is gonna be a slow speed daylight or tungsten. They already redid the 50D a number of times. Same for the 100T. It has long been rumored that they would come out with a 1,000T (yep I wrote that correctly). We'll see. The 800T had so many storage issues - a couple hours of any kind in the heat and it would expire - the emulsion was sooo thin. So we'll see. I'm hoping it's not some kind of replacement for the old 5277 320T - that would be extremely disappointing. Perhaps they may target Fuji's high speed daylight, but I really do hope they blow the socks off of everyone and come out with a super speed film.
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#8 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:39 PM

I shot he following last Friday on 1200' of S16mm 250D Kodak stock... I just don't think a digital camera could get this:



Film is a different and special medium and I hope to see Kodak making film stock till I am a very old man. I will do what I can to keep shooting it and keep Cinelab alive and running to develop it.

-Rob-
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#9 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:01 PM

I'm with you Rob.
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