Kodak develops film protection

Movies may last 500 years

Eastman Kodak has introduced an improved black-and-white separation film designed to extend the life of valuable color motion pictures.

Kodak Panchromatic Separation film 2238 is coated on a rugged Estar (polyester) base, resulting in a predicted life expectancy of 500 years when stored under the proper conditions.

These separation films are perceived by the studios as their primary protection film element, according to Rick Utley, VP, COO and general manager for film preservation at FPC, a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak.

Kodak’s new film offers a medium to transfer the printing negatives to that resists shrinkage, other types of physical damage and chemical deterioration, according to Kodak.

Richard P. Aschman, prexy of Kodak’s professional motion-imaging division, stated, “We continue to advance our film design and improve our technology so our customers can better preserve the artistic integrity of their color motion pictures for future generations. This development makes it possible to preserve our film heritage for the foreseeable future.”

The new panchromatic separation film also provides benefits for studios and other content owners, distributors and laboratories, according to Alan Masson, Kodak director of engineering in the Hollywood region.