35mm Processing in Australia - not easy
Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:33 AM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:05 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:59 PM
Hi guys a heads up for folks in Australia, I spoke with Kodak the other week, the National manager said that Village roadshow will be closing there lab in 6 months so that means the only other one will be Deluxe (that I know of)..
Paul, Village has already closed. According to my sources the final straw was a large feature planned for 35mm that switched to digital at the last moment. It's an all too familiar story, everyone but the bean-counters wanted to shoot on film, the bean-counters won.
So Deluxe in Sydney (with Digital Pictures as the post house) is the only local option left. Complete Post have apparently set up a processing deal with Park Road in NZ, otherwise Thailand have very good processing facilities. But basically shooting on film in Australia is a fast dwindling option.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:39 AM
apart from labs in Australia, I've found Shaw Bros and Mandarin Film Labs in HK pretty good, PM me if you want contact emails, and
with the exchange rate it works out pretty cheap, I know the tk rate at Shaw was pretty good.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:03 AM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:33 PM
We have been looking into the possibility of cheaper flights or even subsidies for shipping film to us here in Wellington to process for the Australian market.
We plan on being around for a while yet!
Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:27 PM
Distance to the lab is no longer an issue.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:59 AM
time, will let you all know how it all goes in the end.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:29 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:23 AM
Service was great no issues..sent over a small portable firewire 800 drive.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:05 AM
Sorry - haven't looked at this forum for a while.
Contact Dominic Case. He is a member of this forum and he can help you.
Deluxe Sydney is assuring people that they will be offering 35mm neg processing for a while yet, but they are indeed the only option left. Village in Queensland had been borderline for a long time, and Deluxe Melbourne (previously Cinevex) closed at the beginning of this year I believe.
Shipping costs, risk of X-ray, and distance away if anything does go wrong would be the main things to take into account when considering processing in NZ, HK or Belgium (or anywhere else for that matter), but unless you are in Sydney itself and not expecting overnight turnaround, none of those are going to make a big difference wherever you choose.
That said, Village opened up the QUeensland lab on the site that Deluxe had previously vacated, because Queensland DoPs and producers weren't prepared to ship negative to Sydney. Still that was a few years ago. Perhaps shipping is less of a hassle now??
Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:46 AM