8mm film is BACK! Some of the best movie cameras ever made are just sitting, unused, because they have no film. That is a tragedy. But now, you can dust off your old Bolex or other 8mm camera, and shoot once again! Kodak no longer manufactures 8mm film. To make fresh 8mm film, we purchased special unfinished film from Kodak and shipped it to Germany for peforating and packaging by Wittner Cinetec. Wittner is a clean, dust-free, high-end lab. Our selling price is only a few dollars more than cost. We can't sell at cost, of course. In the future, we may be able to offer this film at a lower cost, to the extent that setup charges are distributed across a higher quantity of film. For instance, cost to set up a perforating machine is 480 euros. The more film we have perforated at once, the lower the cost per foot. Here are two test rolls of color film perfed and finished by Wittner and shot at 24 fps. The scan is HD, which means that each side is 1/2 HD. These were scanned on a 16mm scanner, so you're seeing both sides of the film. Normally, the film would be slit and spliced end-to-end and you'd only view one side at a time. Around Champaign, IL Route 66 in AZ Take notice of how precise and consistent the peforations are, and how clean and dust-free the film is. That is the result of considerable skill and a great deal of care. Curious about film finishing? Here is the perforating machine Wittner Cinetec uses to perf our film. The machine was rescued from a lab in the US, mortally wounded. Wittner shipped it to Germany, tore it down, machined new parts, repainted it, and carefully rebuilt and calibrated it. What a magnificent piece of machinery!
And here's a video showing the perforating process.