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Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film, 2nd Edition by Susan Spohr, Barbara Clark

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4   The Film Laboratory

The film laboratory is one of the few remaining technical areas in moving pictures that has changed very little and still manages to thrive.

Film is processed pretty much the same as it was in the silent-movie days. Film itself has improved, but film processing has remained relatively unchanged. (There are issues causing change in film labs, such as EPA regulations regarding harmful chemicals in the air and water. But, for our purposes, we’ll let those issues remain the headaches of the lab-guys themselves.) One improvement in the labs is the increased speed at which large amounts of film can be pushed through the development process with almost guaranteed safety to your negative. If you are interested, it is well worth ...

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