OLD MOVIE FILM PROCESSING (Developing)

RECOVERY & RESCUE OF OLD UNPROCESSED MOTION PICTURE FILM

 FILM PROCESSING OF OLD MOTION PICTURE FILM LONG PAST IT'S DEVELOPING EXPIRY DATE

REGULAR 8/DOUBLE 8MM, SUPER 8MM, 16MM, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE COLOUR & BLACK &WHITE FILMS

Kodak Ektachrome or Kodachrome, Agfa Moviechrome, Agfachrome, Anscochrome, Fujichrome or other dye & non-dye movie film

 

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TO REQUEST PRICING OR AN ESTIMATE FOR FILM PROCESSING (DEVELOPING) YOU MUST E-MAIL TMTV AND PROVIDE YOUR NAME, LOCATION, PHONE NUMBER, HOW MANY FILMS YOU HAVE, THE FORMAT AND TYPE OF FILM

  Pricing and estimates for film processing are not provided by phone.

 

OLD MOVIE FILM PROCESSING - Long past it's expired developing date

Kodachrome 40 KMA464P Super 8 Cartridge - Photo: wikipedia.org

HANDLING UNEXPOSED (UNDEVELOPED) MOVIE FILM: We can process all types of old 8mm & 16mm film that was not processed. If you expect you have movie film that was not processed DO NOT REMOVE FROM IT'S ORIGINAL CAN OR CARTRIDGE - DO NOT EXPOSE THE FILM TO BRIGHT LIGHT

What to consider before sending your films to be processed. If you have other films that have been processed and require scanning (transfer) we may be able to wave the cost of developing or at least provide a substantial discount depending on your quantity.

Inspecting your film:

Film in a can:

If the film is in a can and is sealed by black or white (cloth type) tape, do NOT remove the tape or open the can. If the tape has a label or seal over the tape it is more than likely a new unexposed reel.

If you suspect the can has been opened or the black/white tape has been removed and replaced or there is no black tape sealing the film can, then the film was probably exposed. If you think the film has been removed from the can and exposed to bright light, then film may be no good and it would be up to you if you think it is worth the cost to develop the film to see if there are any images.

Film in a black cartridge:

This would be Super 8mm film either Ektachrome or Kodachrome film. You would see a portion of the film (brown film with sprockets...if it says "exposed" then the film is at the end of the roll and has been exposed and ready for processing.

  Super 8 cartridge showing "EXPOSED" meaning the film has been shot and ready for processing (developing). DO NOT REMOVE OR ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE CARTRIDGE.

If it does not say "exposed" it was either removed from the Super 8 camera before it was finished or it is a new roll and not exposed, however new rolls are usually in their original sealed package in an unopened box.

Old Super 8mm, 8mm & 16mm film developing: All film sent to us for developing must be paid in advance of processing. Cost will include the cost of developing, placing the film on new film reels and scanning (transfer) to Standard Definition .MOV files or we can create a DVD Archival Master. There are other scanning (transfer) file format options available at additional cost.

Processing time: Motion picture film is processed through-out the year on 8 to 12 week runs. Contact us for the next schedule deadline. Turnaround is approximately 8 to 12 weeks from that date to process, plus scanning (transfer) and shipping times. Expected final product delivery is 15 weeks. Rush orders are available at our discretion. Please contact us before shipping to us for any rush services.

The lab is able to process all types of old small format (16mm, Regular/double 8mm & Super 8mm) motion picture film. The brand and age of film, correct exposure and proper storage conditions will all affect the outcome of the film.

1. Kodak Ektachrome, Agfa Moviechrome or similar "dye" incorporated color films.

With these films the dye is part of the film emulsion and it is still possible to process these films into color images. Though our success with this type of film is generally 90% - 95%, they are likely to turn out faded and color shifted from age. This can be enhanced during the creation of a final product for viewing such as a DVD. If you are requiring file formats for your final product, the files will be provided "raw" with only Best light colour and exposure enhancement.

2. Kodak Kodachrome, Agfachrome, Anscochrome, Fujichrome or similar "non-dye" incorporated color films.

With this type of film, the color dye is not part of the film emulsion and it is no longer possible to have it processed into color images because the required chemistry is no longer available. This film must be processed into a B&W negative and then scanned (transferred) to video files so that you can view the image in positive. Our success with this type of film is lower than with the Ektachrome type. For Super 8 format, the overall success rate is around 80%; for regular 8 (which is most often older film) the success rate is around 50% - 60%. The image quality ranges from fairly good to extremely poor; most often the quality is fair to very poor. If there is absolutely no image on your film, it will not be transferred and no further payment would be required. If we are able to make out any kind of image at all on your film, regardless of quality or quantity, it will be transferred and the usual price will be charged.

B&W film

Most small format B&W motion picture film that we receive in for processing was intended to be processed into a positive image. If your film is less than 10 years old or so, we recommend you find a motion picture lab that is able to process your film into a positive. If it is older than this, we recommend that it be processed into a B&W negative (see item 2 above).

Once your film is processed...

...your motion picture film is then scanned (transferred) and digitally remastered at our lab by our specially designed film scanners. Each frame of the film is stopped, scanned and advanced to the next frame. Each frame can take seconds to scan not frames scanned in seconds - one frame scanned at-a-time...this is TRUE SINGLE FRAME FILM SCANNING. Your film can be output to a number of choices that can include Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) in various file formats for computer editing and a completed movie on a DVD or Blu Ray master. MORE INFO

Preparations for an estimate

Provide your name, location, phone number, type of film you have, length of each, a photo or photos if possible, your quantity (how many rolls you have) and then contact the lab.

NOTE: If you have other films that you may have that have been processed and not yet transferred, provide that information as well, we may be able to wave the cost of processing (developing) or at least provide a substantial discount depending on your quantity.

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