Here’s how they apply light-sensitive chemicals to films inside the Kodak factory

We’re back at the Kodak plant in Rochester, New York today with Fate of Smarter Every Day. This is part two of a three-part series that examines exactly how Kodak makes its film stock for photographers. In part one we saw a general overview of the mechanical processes involved in making the blank film base and in part two we discovered how they actually make it sensitive to light.

As with the first video, the second part is almost an hour long and delves into not only how the process is done, but also why certain choices are made during manufacturing, depending on the needs of the final product.

As with the last video, the amount of access provided by Kodak to Destin is something that photographers around the world, especially those who have been around long enough to make this transition from film to digital, will be grateful. My understanding of the process prior to these videos was “make a base, coat it with light sensitive material” but beyond that I had no idea and seeing the process is absolutely fascinating.

Seeing the process in such depth and hearing them talk about the challenges they face and why they have to perform certain tasks in a particular way and all the specialized techniques, machines and even material choices the machines are made from is just… mind blowing!

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