February 5, 2015
Kodak announced yesterday that it has secured new supply agreements with the six major Hollywood studios to continue providing motion picture film. Following discussions with production companies, the studios, and film processors — in addition to the lobbying efforts of prominent filmmakers including Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino — Kodak will now continue to supply film stock to 20th Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
“Film has long been — and will remain — a vital part of our culture,” said Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke. “With the support of the studios, we will continue to provide motion picture film, with its unparalleled richness and unique textures, to enable filmmakers to tell their stories and demonstrate their art.”
According to the company’s press release, the new agreements “make it possible for Kodak to continue to manufacture motion picture film while also pursuing new opportunities to leverage film production technologies in growth applications, such as touchscreens for smartphones and tablet computers. This also positions the company to remain the premier supplier of camera negative, intermediate stock for post production, and archival and print film.”
“Kodak is essentially the only company still producing film for movies after Fujifilm left the market in 2013,” reports The Verge. “Although digital imaging has swept the industry with its convenience, ease of use, and cost-effective nature, several directors still prefer to use film for its inherent qualities.”
A number of anticipated 2015 films will be shot on Kodak film, including “Ant-Man,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Entourage,” “Jurassic World,’ and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”