Crowd Funding Roundup: CineStill Medium Format Film

Crowd funding is becoming increasingly popular among creatives. With more sites springing up and more artists asking for funds, Don’t Take Pictures spotlights projects that benefit the arts community.

This month’s crowd funding roundup presents the reimagining of motion picture film.

CineStill Medium Format Film

As Hollywood moves away from motion picture film in favor of digital technology, another piece of cinema history is relegated to the past. Photographers who use film have a chance to breathe new life into the “movie-magic” with a new type of medium format film by CineStill. Previously unsuitable for still cameras due to inaccessible processing equipment, this company has refashioned ECN-2 motion picture film for use with still cameras and the C-41 processing technique. CineStill uses the same emulsion technology of motion picture film, creating a new material suitable for C-41 processing that is optimized for still photography printing. This creates more vibrant color and a low-light sensitivity equivalent to 800 ISO Tungsten C-41 film. If you love film, but are unable to make traditional C-prints, CineStill 800T produces high-quality negatives ideal for scanning.

To bring cinema film technology to still photographers worldwide, CineStill is raising funds through Kickstarter to develop a sustainable operation for manufacturing. The Kickstarter campaign will gauge the enthusiasm for firm, and, if met, will reduce the price tag of the individual rolls of film. Manufacturing costs include C-41 conversion equipment and lab costs, modifying the emulsion, creating special spools and paper backing, and product packaging.

This film currently exists in 35mm format, and with your help, can be made available in 120 format. 

Read more about CineStill's technology on their Kickstarter page.

There are 12 days remaining to fund this project.


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