Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Redeeming European Emulsions

Ron Magid's article "Fantastic Voyage" [on the effects work in The Fifth Element, see AC May '97] made mention of cameramen who refused to shoot Kodak's European-finished stocks because of steadiness issues. Such a general statement cannot be accepted as fact, since there is no evidence of such widespread issues.

European finishing occurs at Chalon-sur-Saône, France, where stock is received after it has been sensitized in the U.S. The finishing operations are carried out on the same type of equipment used in the U.S., and conform to the same set of specifications. This means that the pitch, margins and hole dimensions are made with the same degree of precision.

Controls are in place to make sure that product which is delivered falls within set specifications. Audits are performed on a regular basis between plants to compare products, and product is sent to camera manufacturers on a regular basis so they may set their cameras. …

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