It’s been a while since we last saw an update on Destin Sandlin’s visit to the Kodak factory in Rochester, New York. Part One was posted way back in March of last year. It looked into how Kodak produces the actual film onto which the chemicals are placed. Part Two arrived a few months later in July, going over the chemical processes involved in making it light-sensitive and how they’re applied to that film base.
Now, we’ve finally got Part Three, where Kodak takes us from those big drums of sensitised film to cutting it up, adding the sprocket holes, making and filling the canisters, popping those into film cases and finally, retail packaging. Let the adventure continue!
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The journey into Kodak’s Rochester factory has been fascinating throughout, from the raw materials for making the plastic base to finally having it in a state to slip into your film camera of choice. This third instalment is probably the most interesting part to me as I think it’s the most relatable part to most people. Many of us are used to seeing mechanical machines cutting, chopping, punching, bending or otherwise manipulating objects, and that’s essentially what’s happening here. No melting of plastics, no mixing of chemicals, just (very smart) mechanical machinery.
I don’t know about you, but seeing the whole process from start to finish will certainly make me think a little differently in the future when I run a roll or two of film through one of my old analogue cameras. It’s great to see that film is making a resurgence and it’s nice to see that even though Kodak’s had its problems, it’s still around and contributing to it.