Re: FRAMEWORKS Digest - 21 Jul 2006 - Special issue (#2006-77)

From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 22 2006 - 10:52:51 PDT

> As far as A-1 film labs in New York, they have long been a friend to
> the independent filmmaker,
> providing good deals and decent work. Back in the 60s, they were a lab
> that one filmmaker
> turned another onto, and did many fantastic things like nursing
> Carolee Schneemann's sewn,
> pasted and collaged "Fuses" through a contact printer to make a master
> positive. I still
> miss the luxury of being able to shoot in the morning and watch rushes
> later that same day.
> Freddy has definitely kept up the heritage.
> - Jud Yalkut

I've actually had really spotty results with A1.

In several cases Freddy was good enough to refund my money when the lab
had clearly made a mistake, but what I wanted was my footage. During the
time I used A1's services I did have a few very positive results, but it
was never consistent. Perhaps this is a recent development as I had heard
nothing until Jud's comments above about how it used to be.

For B/W reversal (anywhere) I'd try Mark Kosarik, and Film & Video
Services in Minneapolis. I've had very good and consistent result with
both of these places. I haven't been shooting the new Tri-X, but Mark had
developed the process with the older Tri-X which reduced the grain
considerably. He really brought out the beauty of the older Tri-X and if
you wanted grain well all you had to do was ask.


Alain LeTourneau
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