I have just come across a company that supplies 16mm Kodak film in the UK.

16mm film

The company is called Frame 24. They sell 16mm process paid stock. These come in two options of 100ft or 400ft lengths.

Packages Include.

Details taken from their website.

1 x 100ft roll of Vision3 Negative

Negative Developing

Ultra Sonic Clean & Prep For TK

Best Light Transfer to Industry Standard HD Edit Formats. (Apple Pro Res, or Avid Media compatible MXF files)

Transfer to FTP Site*, Disk or Hard Drive (hard drive not supplied by Lab, product can be purchased below).

Post Production can be either done through Cinelab or idailies in the UK.​

16mm film supplied is Vision 3 50d, Vision3 200T, Vision3 500T.

On the 400ft film options you can also purchase Kodak 16mm film Vision3 250D.

All prices Include process paid.

As well as providing 16mm film they also supply 35mm kodak film. These come in 400ft and 1000ft lengths.

As you probably know we provide a 16mm film to DVD and digital HD video scanning service for 16mm film. The HD video formats we supply for computer editing, Include Apple Pro Res, MPEG4, H.264 and AVI for PC video editing.

If you are looking to shoot your next film on film. Then 16mm produces a truly unique cinematic image.

Guy Richie. Shot Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels on 16mm film. It was later blown up to 35mm film for cinema release. Many budding film makers started out on 16mm film. Although HD video has now come of age. Many film makers, including myself still prefer the organic look and grain of film.

Arri film cameras are considered one of the best 16mm film cameras available today. Look for a second hand camera and start making films.

Link to Frame 24 for film stock supplies. http://www.frame24ltd.co.uk/

Kodak 16mm film history.

Kodak 16mm film

First introduced in 1923 by Kodak. Kodak 16mm  purpose was to provide a cheaper film alternative to 35mm cine film.

First film was the first film format to use acetate within the film construction this made it the first format to be a non flammable, Kodak safety film. 

16mm-sound-pickup

 Kodak Sound versions.

Sound was first introduced in 1935 in the form of an optical sound track which looked like clear plastic with wavy black lines on the sound strip. These lines are read by a light source which was normally built into the projector.

 16mm film projector

 

 Usage.

Adding sound to Kodak 16mm film dramatically helped the popularity of this format. During the Second World War 16mm usage grew very fast. Used for educational and scientific purposes. Kodak 16mm film was by the 1960s being employed for news gathering due to the smaller size of the cameras compared to 35mm.

 

16mm-perf

 

 

Kodak Standard 16mm. 

Standard 16mm film is 10.26mm by 7.49 mm in size with sprocket holes on each side of the film. This is known in the film industry as Double-perf.

Kodak Super 16mm

Super 16 developed in 1969 has a single sprocket hole down one side of the 16mm film. This leads to a larger film area of 7.41 mm x 12.52mm. This allows optical printing of super 16 to 35mm for cinema viewing. 

Today

Kodak and Agfa are the two major suppliers of 16mm today. Super 16 film sometimes is used for HD productions but this becoming very rare.

Digital 16mm

Today there are cameras in the market place which use super 16mm digital senors such as the Digital Bolex camera which has the following specifications.

Digital Bolex

Resolution 2048 x 1152 (S16mm mode)
1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode)
Additional resolutions coming soon.

 

 

 Other Digital 16mm cameras available on the market today include the Ikonoskop and The Black Magic Design Pocket Camera.

Video Image Productions provide a Kodak16mm film transfer to DVD and HD video transfer service.