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#1 Harry Laos

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:00 PM

Heartbreaking news as Park Road Post is shutting it's lab in late June of 2013, effectively ending film in NZ. I can't see myself sending my film overseas for processing :(


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#2 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:26 AM

When I compared prices a few months ago Park road were charging NZ 0.45/ft  (almost US 0.38/ft).  There was a lab in LA charging US 0.13/ft and I saw a lab near NY offer someone US 0.11/ft.  So I think there has been good motivation to ship film out of NZ for processing for a while.  The customs scanner issues concern me a bit.  There was some discussion about that in a recent thread.

 

Are you in Auckland or Wellington?

 

Cheers,

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#3 Harry Laos

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:03 AM

Wellington

 

When I compared prices a few months ago Park road were charging NZ 0.45/ft  (almost US 0.38/ft).  There was a lab in LA charging US 0.13/ft and I saw a lab near NY offer someone US 0.11/ft.  So I think there has been good motivation to ship film out of NZ for processing for a while.  The customs scanner issues concern me a bit.  There was some discussion about that in a recent thread.

 

Are you in Auckland or Wellington?

 

Cheers,

Gregg


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#4 Jeremy Cavanagh

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:15 AM

Harry,

 

Park Road was the last mainstream lab (i.e. including 35mm) in both NZ and Australia, is that correct?

 

Jane Campion's Top of the Lake series was that shot on film and if so where was the processing done?


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

There is still Deluxe in Sydney, Shaw Bros and Mandarin Film Labs in Hong Kong and  Kantana in Thailand and Imagica & Toei Lab Co.(Tokyo), Imagica West (Osaka), Japan. Still, plenty of options for people in the Pacific Region.


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#6 Harry Laos

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:01 AM

I think they were the last lab in Australasia offering prints.

I don't know about the Jane Campion movie :unsure:

 

Harry,

 

Park Road was the last mainstream lab (i.e. including 35mm) in both NZ and Australia, is that correct?

 

Jane Campion's Top of the Lake series was that shot on film and if so where was the processing done?


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#7 Chris Riley

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:35 PM

Hi guys,

 

Here is a little news article they shot around our Lab the other day about the closure.

 

http://www.3news.co....05/Default.aspx

 

Everyone here has tried coming up with solutions to how we can keep the lab going, from downsizing staff, to limiting services, but the revenue we needed to meet is unrealistic.

 

The funny thing is lately it has been extremely busy, we've been processing rushes on several commercials and short films, we have a large run of release prints coming up for a NZ film and since the Deluxe Australia annoucement, we've had a bunch of calls from people in Australia interested in some last minute runs.

 

Archives NZ, our biggest client, has been steady with work and is infact in talks to buy our equipment (and take some of the staff) to set up there own facility somewhere. This would be a best case senario, but I personally can't see it happening as it is a massive undertaking to set up a new lab. They would only take our ECN and Black and White Pos machines I think, so there is a slight chance you could still get Neg developed in NZ...

Anyway, I will let everyone know what happens when I find out, in between job hunting that is!


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#8 Harry Laos

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

Thanks for that update Chris. Film is a hard habit to break :rolleyes:

Any new lab prospect would be glorious!

 

Hi guys,

 

Here is a little news article they shot around our Lab the other day about the closure.

 

http://www.3news.co....05/Default.aspx

 

Everyone here has tried coming up with solutions to how we can keep the lab going, from downsizing staff, to limiting services, but the revenue we needed to meet is unrealistic.

 

The funny thing is lately it has been extremely busy, we've been processing rushes on several commercials and short films, we have a large run of release prints coming up for a NZ film and since the Deluxe Australia annoucement, we've had a bunch of calls from people in Australia interested in some last minute runs.

 

Archives NZ, our biggest client, has been steady with work and is infact in talks to buy our equipment (and take some of the staff) to set up there own facility somewhere. This would be a best case senario, but I personally can't see it happening as it is a massive undertaking to set up a new lab. They would only take our ECN and Black and White Pos machines I think, so there is a slight chance you could still get Neg developed in NZ...

Anyway, I will let everyone know what happens when I find out, in between job hunting that is!


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#9 Will Montgomery

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:14 PM

I'm really surprised there are still as many labs as there are in the U.S. Filmworkers in Dallas still processes 16 & 35mm but mostly student films at this point. Hope they can stay open since it's really convenient to just drop off film one day and have it processed and transferred the next.


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#10 Benny Tan

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:38 AM

That's quite a shame! Talk about foreign monopoly of local industry..

 

On a side note, it's good to see some fellow kiwis on here too  :lol:  B)


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#11 Chris Riley

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:37 PM

Great news!

 

http://www.stuff.co....-films-new-life

 

Topic started here.

 

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=60171


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