Posts Tagged “shortsighted decisions”

If I still have your attention… Save Plus-X!

05.05.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

If interested in helping to preserve all the currently available Kodak black & white motion-picture film stocks for use by artists and others, please sign this petition created by Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty of 40 Frames.

I was very excited to discover that, due to my post from yesterday receiving an astonishing number of Tweets (including from some movers-and-shakers) it, and more importantly, the message it helped to convey, has spread far and wide—our cause has built momentum. An unfortunate vagueness in that piece, however, led some to believe that Kodak plans on ceasing sales of ALL black & white motion-picture film stocks. This, thank God, is NOT the case, but might rather be described as HALF the case — while their low speed Plus-X Negative and Reversal film stocks (in 35mm, 16mm, and Super-8 forms) are scheduled to be phased-out, their HIGH speed Negative and Reversal black & white stocks, Double-X and Tri-X, remain in production.

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Celluloid Lovers Alert — Save Plus-X!

05.04.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

My friend Timoleon Wilkins recently sent me an email conveying the dire news that Eastman Kodak has announced they will be eliminating production of their low speed black & white motion picture film, Plus-X, in both Negative and Reversal forms, and in all gauges (35mm, 16mm, and Super-8), and asking me to sign this petition which urges Kodak to reverse this shortsighted decision.  Tim makes a compact and trenchant argument:

“Kodak’s decision represents a serious blow to the film community because there is no equivalent substitute for the tonality and resolution of these films—many cinematographers agree, even the best digital methods fall short. These are the classic black & white films of Hollywood, independents and students. These are the films we cut our teeth on: Whether you are a filmmaker, preservationist or just a passionate film watcher, it’s important that our voices be heard. Decisions like this can have dire consequences for cinema culture and ou... More