How is photochemical film made?

The links in the chain of production at Kodak, once split between several continents, have now all been brought back to Rochester, New York. What starts with grinding down polyester to make the base for still or moving image negatives, and finishes with packaging spools into film cans (also produced on site) is completed in near darkness which adds to the air of mystery surrounding the process.

Matthew Daneman talks us through the intricacies of manufacture with photos to illustrate his article in Democrat & Chronicle.


Image: Max Schulte/Democrat & Chronicle