What Is Film? Part 2

So now you’ve all read up on what film is, don’t you think it’s time to see how it’s made? And no, not one of those (yet informative) corny video’s produced these days on how nuts and bolts are manufactured, but an original, 1958 Kodak film about their process on making a roll of film. It’s glorious. And funny enough, Dutch narrated (?). The whole thing is in two pieces and takes about 18 minutes of your time. It is quite fascinating though. I wonder if this particular factory is still up and running..

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What Is Expired Film?

Expired film is bad film. Or that’s what I hear a lot. And a great number of times that’s quite a true statement. But not because of the film. The film didn’t do anything. It just is. Mostly it’s due to the films’ keeper. Who doesn’t put it in a fridge. Because fridges (or freezers, I’m not quite sure which one’s best, IF any), slow down the chemical process that started once the film was made. Film degrades over time which usually results in film becoming less sensitive, it’s colors are shifting or in extreme cases it could become brittle. But that’s really old film you found in a shoe box in your grandfather’s attic.

Reality is that expired film doesn’t have to be bad at all, if it’s kept well. That’s hard to know if you just bought 50 rolls via eBay, or from any other vendor actually. So there’s always some guesswork involved. And to me, that’s the fun part of it. I like shooting with expired film, just for the unknown factor. It’s a bit of a waste of money at times, but ah well. The already existing anticipation of ‘how will my images come out this time?’ is doubled by the ‘yeah maybe okay but that film I used was 20 years old!’

There’s a nice article over on I Still Shoot Film, with some handy tips on what to do if you’re thinking of venturing out to finish that stack of highly suspicious rolls your Secret Santa sent you this year.

What Is Film?

Haven’t you always wanted to know? Well, Wikipedia comes to the rescue. Because all is true on Wiki, non? This article is actually very informative, if you’d like to learn what actually makes a roll of film.

“Photographic film is a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film base coated on one side with a gelatin emulsion containing microscopically small light-sensitive silver halide crystals”

Yeah, it gets a little technical at times but if you skip to the Film Basics chapter, all will be revealed in a few paragraphs. Happy learning.