“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kodak Stays Alive with Filmmakers…

Posted on February 5, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Eastman Kodak Co. will continue to make motion picture film in the age of digital filmmaking after reaching new supply agreements with the major Hollywood studios. The Rochester-based photography and film pioneer had been in talks with the studios, as well as several filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow and Christopher Nolan, to keep movie film alive after seeing sales fall 96 % since 2006.

   The agreements announced late Wednesday call for Kodak to continue to supply motion picture film to Warner Bros. Entertainment, Walt Disney Co., 20th Century FoxNBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures. Without the pacts, production of motion picture film, which Kodak began in 1896, was in danger of being halted.

   Three of this year’s eight Best-Picture Oscar nominees — BoyhoodThe Imitation Game, and The Grand Budapest Hotel— were shot on Kodak film. Several movies due out this year, such as Mission: Impossible 5 and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, are being produced on film.

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   Founded by George Eastman (above) in 1880, Kodak is credited with popularizing personal photography at the start of the 20th century. However, its revenues today are primarily from commercial imaging. Film now provides less than 10 % of company revenues.


   Thank you to Al Rivers of Newport Beach, CA, who has sent me a friendly note regarding my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. He writes:

We met at the Havurah meeting, where I purchased both your books from you. I have already read both and I thoroughly enjoyed them. You are a truly brilliant and gifted writer with an amazing ability to weave the history of our country with the intricate lives and careers of those Hollywood characters. I was especially impressed with your discussion of the Monroe Doctrine and our Good Neighbor Policy. I have always been an ardent moviegoer. I am 86 years old and my first movie was King Kong which I saw when I was 4 years old in 1933. ( I have been afraid of very large gorillas ever since!).

Forgotten Hollywood cover   FINALfrontcover-sonofforgottenhol

Also, I decided to list every movie you printed in bold that I either saw or recognized. This was over a 90% yield with 380 titles. I am compulsive that way!

 Good luck in your endeavors!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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