Farewell Kodachrome


Dear Kodachrome. I know we never met, but I’m sure we would have been great friends. Thanks for your hues and saturation that couldn’t be matched. Consider this experimental film my ode to you.

December did very much mark the end of an era. Dwayne’s Photo is officially done processing Kodachrome. I tried very hard to get my hands on some Super 8mm Kodachrome movie film, so I could experience the emulsion for myself. I searched high and low through ebay and found one cartridge of 50 feet. I loaded it in my Canon Super 8 camera and was off to Leadville, Colorado to shoot the changing leaves of October. I expected to get some great results because the colors of the leaves were fantastic.

After the trip to Leadville, I excitedly shipped the cartridge to Dwayne’s and then I waited. About a week later, the cartridge was back. What I then discovered was a bit devastating. The cartridge of film I had found on ebay was far too expired and stored poorly; the emulsion was wiped clean off of the leader through processing. All I had in my hands now was 50 feet of blank leader. So I threw the useless reel on my desk, and it collected dust for a few weeks. Later in the semester, I was in need of a project. I had some creative energy to burn. I decided to go Stan Brakhage style, and make a film with my hands, and with no camera.

This decision opened my mind to a new interpretation of analogue lifestyle. I began using calligraphy pens to draw ink designs onto the blank leader. This technique was pioneered by the great experimental filmmaker, Stan Brakhage. I played around with the idea for awhile, and after completing 10 feet, I loaded it into my projector to see how it looked. I was amazed! The colors from the ink were brilliant. I decided to finish the whole reel. The final result is my film, “Kodachrome.” Consider it an ode to.

KODACHROME from John Regalado on Vimeo.

And so I say farewell to a film stock that I have very much enjoyed watching, and I look forward to an analogue lifestyle where color and movement are sometimes captured without even a camera.

written by j_robert on 2011-01-12 #lifestyle #film #experimental #colorado #kodachrome #goodbye #super-8 #8mm #ink-on-film #brakhage


  1. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    surely you should ended with Simon And Garfunkel- KODACHROME :-)

  2. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    surely you should ended with Simon And Garfunkel- KODACHROME :-)

  3. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    That turned out really good.....I played music from my I.P. while watching it.. worked best with world beat

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great hommage to Kodachrome and great creative work!!

  5. rochellers
    rochellers ·

    Wow - how trippy! Great idea - great work!

  6. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    thanks everyone!

  7. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·

    I'm amazed. This is really cool. Unfortunately I couldn't get it to match to any Pink Floyd music.

  8. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·


  9. stouf
    stouf ·

    Fantastic !!! And it reminds me of that (www.lomography.jp/homes/stouf/albums/1572167-lca/photos/109…) Old painted film... More details here: (www.cinematheque.fr/fr/expositions-cinema/precedentes-expos…)

  10. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    trippy and cool. i could imagine this projected on an enormous screen in a club with some crazy music playing. very creative idea and a great tribute to Kodachrome.

  11. emdewe
    emdewe ·

    great idea! maybe you could make it slower, so that one could actually see the forms and colors transfoming?

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