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Fuji Print Stock (2 replies and 3 comments)

Karch
1 week ago
Karch 1 week ago

Hi Roger, 

In your days of shooting celluloid did you ever choose to use a Fuji print stock rather than one from Kodak? If so, what factors informed your decision? 

Thank you

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

I did use Fuji as a print stock at one time. I also used an Agfa intermediary stock in combination with a Kodak negative stock. I can't remember the specific reason for using either but it must have been how the combination interpreted the black level, contrast and grain of the camera negative.

Karch
1 week ago

Thank you Roger

dmullenasc
7 days ago
dmullenasc 7 days ago

Because the studios wanted the option of doing large release print orders on either Kodak, Fuji, or Agfa, and because they all had to work in Kodak's FCP processing line, Fuji and Agfa print stock tried to match the Kodak look closely, though of course there were differences. 

When it became a bigger issue as to what stock to use tended to happen when Kodak was in the process of transitioning to a new print stock, particularly when Vision print stock came out in 1999.  Since the Fuji and Agfa stocks still had the look of the old Kodak stock, some people were trying to use them instead of Kodak in 1999-2000. Fuji's version of Vision came out in 2002.  Then for awhile in the early to mid-2000s, Kodak had the higher-contrast Vision Premier stock and Fuji followed with a special higher contrast print stock as well, though not as saturated. But it was hard to get the studios to make all of their release order on these stocks because they cost more (because they had more silver in them for one thing).

dmullenasc
7 days ago

Plus Kodak kept adjusting the look of Vision print stock for a few years after its release in 1999.

Karch
7 days ago

Fascinating, thank you David.

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