We are Frequently Asked Many Questions - Like These...
When will you begin making film?
As of June 2015, we have experienced so many delays that have pushed the start of production. Each time, we have tried to announce a new timeline, only for yet another delay to happen. Our answer is now, simply, "As soon as possible."
What's the hold up?
The machines in the former research building that we now occupy have been out of use since 2006, and restarting them is not simply a matter of throwing a switch.
Once everything has been restored, we also need some time to test everything extensively.
What's the Italian Government have to do with this?
Regione Liguria, the local branch of the Italian Government, has been the most amazing partner FILM Ferrania could ask for. They feel a great need to keep this historic product "Made in Italy" and have supported our team as we lay the groundwork to restart.
They have worked with us and Ferrania Technologies to schedule the destruction of the old buildings on a timeline that allows us a really good chance at getting all of the pieces we need to build the new kind of film factory we envision.
They have committed a huge sum of money to improving our LRF building - modernizing and upgrading the infrastructure, and certifying all our industrial operations for safety and compliance with local, regional and national regulations.
What film formats will you produce?
To begin, we will manufacture 35mm and 120 still formats, as well as Super 8 and 16mm cine formats.
These four films are just the start. We are, in fact, designing our new factory to be flexible enough to produce almost any film format ever created. We will have the capability to produce all cinema formats from 8mm to IMAX, and still formats 8x10, 5x7, 4x5, 120/220, 127, 135 and even 126.
We will be looking to you, the analog community, to decide when and if any of these formats (beyond the Core Four) are made. If you are, for example, a huge fan of 127, then you need to go out there and find your fellow fans and get them mobilized. When the time is right for us, we will put out the call...
Will you make 126 film?
Over time, this has become one of the most requested "dead" formats that people have asked us about.
The answer to the question is MAYBE.
YES, we have the equipment to make 126 film. We saved it from the old buildings and it's now in storage.
YES, we want to put this equipment back online and revive the 126 format. There are millions of working cameras out there, and for the many new people who are trying analog film for the first time, we think 126 is super convenient.
BUT, we are not yet standing on our own two feet. And to make 126 film, we cannot be just standing, we must be running full-speed...
SO, while we are encouraged by the outpouring of requests for 126 and while we most certainly intend to revive it - only time will tell.
Will you make C-41 film?
We must focus on one thing at a time while we get up and running. First let's see how the 100 ASA Chrome works out for everybody, then we'll try a couple more speeds and again see what people think. If we're successful to that point, then C-41 films are the next step!
Will you revive <defunct color film stock> at some point?
Unless that film was made by 3M-Ferrania at some point in the past, the answer is "Sorry, but no."
Your favorite defunct color film from Kodak, Fuji, Agfa or any other historical manufacturer is not something that can be recreated by FILM Ferrania for a wide variety of reasons, but most of the reasons relate to one of these three factors:
- The intellectual property is still owned by someone else or is otherwise simply not available any longer.
- Some element of the chemistry is no longer available, or may even be illegal.
- The machinery and processes that make the film simply don't work that way. They are specific to each manufacturer and not interchangeable.
Can I test film for you?
Of course everybody loves free film! And we will love nothing more than putting some of it in the right hands. When the time is right, we will publish something here on our website outlining our policies for testing and any other promotional uses.