Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Role of Kodak at the Olympic Games

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Role of Kodak at the Olympic Games

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Created solely to service the gigantic broadcasting effort of the Montreal Olympic Games, this organization performed at least three major functions in the motion picture area

At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, the Agfa-Gevaert film stocks were used almost exclusively by not only the Austrian and German filming groups, but by the ABC film units, as well. The compelling reason for this was that ARRI had set up an on-site film processing lab for the stock at the Television Center, so Gevachrome was the only type of film that could be processed within an hour.

By contrast, in Montreal, Eastman Kodak reigns supreme, for they are the ones who have set up the quickprocessing facilities, mainly at ORTO. Moreover, this processing is free to those who use their stock.

The following interview with Paul Martel, Kodak Coordinator for the 1976 Olympic Games, provides definitive information about the service provided to ORTO and other telecasters:

QUESTION: Can you tell me about the motion picture services you have been providing to ORTO?

MARTEL: What we did for ORTO mainly was to provide them with three motion picture processors, the proper chemistry, technical assistance, quality control, and a few operators to work the processing machines.

QUESTION: Can you tell me a bit more about the processing machines which your company provided?

MARTEL: We started negotiating with ORTO on the subject of equipment back in May of 1974, after a proposal from them to us. A decision was made to use equipment from Treise Engineering. After that, we worked with them on the design of the area layout and the machines were installed in September, 1975. They were tested with water around the end of the year and in early March we tested the machine with the proper chemistry. All of this was done in conjunction with the ORTO people. Our technical assistance applies mainly to quality control. Since we put the chemistry in, we've had people there on a full-time basis to make sure that the film would be processed according to our recommendations - both for normal processing and 2-stop forced development.

QUESTION: What about the types of film that they are using and the formulas required for processing them?

MARTEL: They are using the 7239 and 7240 VNF film stocks, developed by means of the new VNF-1 process. They use the Kodak VNF-1 chemistry that comes in kits. This means that all they have to do is dilute them with water. …

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