Posted Monday 16 Feb 2015
Cinema's shift in the past decade to digital projection has nearly eliminated film print and Kodak remains the last factory that manufactures film stock. Recently a host of very vocal advocates including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams urged Hollywood studios to support Kodak to keep film stock in use.
And it seems some of this has resonated with Kodak announcing that it has finalised new film supply agreements with all six major Hollywood studios. As part of these agreements, Kodak will continue to provide motion picture film to 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount and Sony Pictures.
"Film has long been - and will remain - a vital part of our culture," said Jeff Clarke, Kodak chief executive officer. "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."
While some filmmakers have stressed the value in having both options, others, like Tarantino, have been more scathing. "As far as I'm concerned, digital projection is the death of cinema," Tarantino recently said on the subject. "The fact that most films aren't presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema."
Recent films produced on film include the Oscar nominees, Boyhood, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Foxcatcher, Into The Woods and Inherent Vice. A host of 2015's most-anticipated film will also be shot on Kodak film includingStar Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens, Mission: Impossible 5, Batman v. Superman - Dawn of Justice, Jurassic World, Ant-Man and Entourage.