Earlier this week Kodak announced some exciting news especially for those of you that still want to be a true “filmmaker”. They made the announcement that they are making a new super 8mm film stock. This is pretty big news considering that Fuji has announced that they are discontinuing their motion picture line. Ive used the vision line for a long time when shooting 35mm, and super 16 projects, and hands down been some of my favorite stock out there. Yes it still wont be easy to develop, but the vision 50d will be a welcomed addition to any small format filmmakers tool box.
Kodak Expands Super 8 Color Film Portfolio
KODAK VISION3 50D Color Negative Film Now Available in Small Gauge Format
ROCHESTER, NY (December 12, 2012) – Kodak is making its KODAK VISION3 50D Color Negative Film 7203 available in the Super 8 mm format. This fine-grained, daylight-balanced stock will be available in January 2013, giving filmmakers more options and flexibility for shooting on location.
KODAK VISION3 50D film was introduced last year in the 35mm and 16mm formats. It is a low-speed color negative optimized for capturing images in natural or simulated daylight conditions. The VISION3 Film imaging technology incorporated into the stock makes it the world’s finest grain negative with extended highlight latitude – as much as two stops of additional overexposure – as well as better signal-to-noise performance, especially in over- and under-exposure. It also offers improved color consistency over the entire exposure range. These features provide filmmakers with the ability to shoot challenging high-contrast exteriors, and follow the action into bright highlight scenes without loss of image discrimination.
“There are a wide range of Super 8 users around the globe, and this gives them another stock for their toolbox,” says Kodak’s Mike Ryan, director of film technology for the Entertainment Imaging Division. “Now filmmakers turning to the small gauge format can take advantage of the finest grain motion picture technology on the market to craft the distinctive look they desire from a film captured image.”
The ability to render images full of color and detail over an extended exposure range through more efficient light utilization also produces cleaner film-to-digital transfers, bringing benefits to the post production process. This enables digital dodging and burning in post to bring out highlight detail and the extraction of additional information from the shadows.
With this addition to the Kodak Super 8 film portfolio, filmmakers can choose from three color negatives ranging in speeds from 50 to 500 on the exposure index, or the KODAK TRI-X Black & White Reversal Film 7266.
For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.