Kodak Ektachrome Film Stock Makes a Comeback

As Andy Dufresne said, no good thing ever dies, and Kodak Ektachrome is a good thing.

Hot on the heels of the rather lackluster re-announcement of their Super 8 camera, Kodak has confirmed it will be reviving its previously defunct color-positive film, Ektachrome.

Made famous for its use in National Geographic magazines, the film departs from the more mature Kodachrome in allowing professionals to develop and process their own films.Considering the current landscape of film photography, introducing a color-positive film that allows for self-processing is the most logical of moves.There is a clear demand for film in photography. Kodak have finally taken notice and are responding in kind. It's not so much that people are fickle; it's more that they've realised that something is missing in the endless search for digital perfection; the world is imperfect and that's how some of us want to represent it.Re-enter Ektachrome. Ektachrome is familiar for its high saturation and intense and fine grain. I really love the color and the gritty grain which can be pushed for a real nice look.Indie filmmaker Vincent Gallo, of Buffalo 66' fame, used it to great effect in his movie of a man released from prison who kidnaps a woman to fool his parents into thinking he is getting married. Something about the grittiness of the image and the saturation of the color attracted me immensely, and I thought of Gallo for a period as a kindred spirit. What drew me to his films was not his plots, but the matching of the aesthetic of a dispirited America in the selection of his film and the dejected fatalism of his characters.
If you look at the history of color films, you will notice that indie films had a different look, and a lot of it had to do with the film negatives, which lacked the traditional polish of your standard Hollywood affair. 
Unfortunately, Kodak have not announced the release of future plans for a comeback in the Super 35mm or Super 16mm film formats, but for now people are rejoicing that their time with film has not come to an end and that soon enough, in 2017, they will be able to once again reload their cameras with an old favourite.  

Alex Kuraica 10/01/2017 07:00:00

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