Rare Kodak Video Shows the Making of Medium Format Films

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Ever wondered how the films we all love and crave for are made? Kodak has the answer, in an interesting 1958 documentary showing early production process of medium format films!

We already know the wonders of film photography and how its unique charm continues to captivate photographers and viewers to this day. We certainly find its timeless beauty refreshing in this fast-paced digital age. But, just how well do we know the rolls that create part of the magic in our analog photos?

In a rare 1958 documentary footage, Kodak gives us a fascinating and detailed view on how early films were made. The video shows the step-by-step process for making medium format (120) films, which were widely used from the 1890’s up to the 1950’s. According to the video information, although the exact source and purpose for the footage remains unknown, Kodak must have used it either as an instructional film for their new factory employees or as a promotional video for the camera-loving public.

Without further ado, we now present the amazing 2-part documentary below!

What are your thoughts on Kodak’s awesome documentary footage? Let us know through a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-05-10 in #lifestyle

44 Comments

  1. kutshie
    kutshie ·

    AWESOME!

  2. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    super interesting!

  3. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    wow!

  4. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    super!!!!!!

  5. tytusek
    tytusek ·

    WOW! WOW!

  6. roland
    roland ·

    I need all those machines and chemicals! NOW!

  7. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    fascinating "cooking" and assembling process!!

  8. shiin
    shiin ·

    I LOVE documentaries on how things are made, thanks so much for posting this!

  9. sippel121
    sippel121 ·

    And now I know.

  10. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Seriously cool!!! Now, LSI needs to convince Kodak to start making Kodachrome and Aerochrome again!!!

  11. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    All those films are making me drool! I wish we can still see/buy/use that much 120 films today!

  12. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    great documentary!

  13. anarollemberg
    anarollemberg ·

    Making films still requires using gelatine made of animals. That's really sad!

  14. copefan
    copefan ·

    how cool is that..... i love old films!

  15. kanyapratita
    kanyapratita ·

    uh wooooww! super cool!

  16. ilibingangmgasakim
    ilibingangmgasakim ·

    it was raining film!!!! hahaha i got excited when i saw the paper cover of the films. :D

  17. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    That was fascinating!

  18. razgriz94
    razgriz94 ·

    so many film....!!! i want to shoot like no tomorrow

  19. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    If you search on YouTube for any film making documentary, you'd be surprised by how FEW there are...

  20. polka-dot
    polka-dot ·

    ag dis mooi, en ek hou van die hollandse taal :-)

  21. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Nom!

  22. magali
    magali ·

    I am itching to try medium format!!

  23. brucelython
    brucelython ·

    nice...

  24. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·

    That was great. Cotton really is the fabric of our lives. *dum dum dum clash*

  25. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Ha, almost all in the dark. Kodak must have really good insurance.

  26. liisachisholm
    liisachisholm ·

    so cool!

  27. tal_dr
    tal_dr ·

    look how many rolls!
    we need a time machine to go back in time to get rolls.

  28. ginasoh
    ginasoh ·

    really awesome!

  29. daihowell
    daihowell ·

    Thats so cool.

  30. blackswan
    blackswan ·

    I loved this documentary! So much film! *want*

  31. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    look at all that cheddar!! :P

  32. mangaman
    mangaman ·

    It's in Dutch !!!!
    go belgium (or Holland)
    by the way, when they roll up those big sheets of plastic in part 1.
    dont't those rolls look like big 120 mm films ?
    :3
    this was cool

  33. chails
    chails ·

    so cool!

  34. lazybuddha
    lazybuddha ·

    Fascinating.

  35. nigelk
    nigelk ·

    I have always wondered how film is made. Now I know the answer!!

  36. woosang
    woosang ·

    Very cool!! What a great find.

  37. isaacfl
    isaacfl ·

    I hope we still have silver for years to come

  38. gomi11
    gomi11 ·

    Los trabajadores con pajarita i todo!

  39. jhamiefloatie
    jhamiefloatie ·

    That's fascinating!

  40. albishim
    albishim ·

    The last part which men said "Shoot while you can" really made me sad. Because Kodak's business are quite not good these days.

  41. bylcuenca
    bylcuenca ·

    now we know... =)

  42. dabellamy
    dabellamy ·

    awesome process. anyone know what the camera was right at the end of the second video? x

  43. makingkodakfilm
    makingkodakfilm ·

    If you want to see how it is done in 2010 see:
    www.makingKODAKfilm.com

    There has been a lot of research, science and technology applied since the 1950's.

    Bob Shanebrook

  44. alexluyckx
    alexluyckx ·

    Great film, thanks for sharing! Also, I spotted a Kodachrome box in there along with Verichrome Pan (which is an awesome b/w film to shoot with)

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