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What happens to the film? 15 May 2003 19:49 #21473

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Once a movie is done being shown in a theater, what happens to it? Do you have to give it back or do you store it someplace?
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Re: What happens to the film? 15 May 2003 20:05 #21474

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We have to give them back. Technicolor giveth and Technicolor taketh away. The depots store the prints till the film companies ask for certain prints to be returned to them, certain prints to remain in stock and certain prints to be destroyed. Much like paperback books, exchanges just ripped off the heads and throw the films in a dumpster. Some will slice a print up. Some prints end up in the hands of collectors. Film companies tolerate these collectors and even go to them for lost elements if they need to restore a print. Since the advent of Technicolor, collectors have had a difficult time getting their hands on prints.

But the prints belong to the film companies. It's their property always and they can come in and take your print should they wish to do so.


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Re: What happens to the film? 15 May 2003 21:41 #21475

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I have heard of Technicolor, but what exactly are they all about? What do they do for the business other than make it miserable for theaters from another post I read.
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Re: What happens to the film? 15 May 2003 23:16 #21476

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Technicolor used to be the greatest name in color film. Now they are the WORST film shipping company.
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Re: What happens to the film? 16 May 2003 08:14 #21477

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Kodak offers recycling services for old prints that are being scrapped by distributors:
Kodak FPC Film Salvage
Kodak Film Recycling
Film Waste

Here's a link to Technicolor services. Their film exchanges are located in Wilmington Ohio and Ontario California, and they partner with Airborne Express for delivery:
http://www.technicolor.com/services/index.html
http://www.technicolor.com/services/ent-mancent.html

The other major film exchange service in the USA is ETS, which has over 30 local exchanges located across the country.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
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Entertainment Imaging
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Eastman Kodak Company
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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: What happens to the film? 23 May 2003 01:23 #21478

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I have been to the film depot here in Omaha after a print is removed from the theatres. They recieve their instructions from the distributors. I have been there when they are sitting with prints from all over the area and removing them from the reels and throwing them in a big cardboard box to be shipped for recycling. They also store one or two prints at the depot of older films according to the distrib's instructions. They usually go through the prints and find a good one for storage before dereeling and throwing the rest into the recycle bin.
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