Questions About Processing Old Kodachrome Movie Film
I later learned from Alex that the film I got was Kodachrome, a type of film that is no longer processed. There was one place in Parsons, Kansas (Dwayne’s Photo), that used to do all the developing work (even Kodak outsourced their lab work to these guys)… but Dwayne’s processed their last roll of Kodachrome on December 30th, 2010.
To give you a sense of why no one is really processing the film anymore, here’s a great video by Xander Robin:
With that overview out of the way – I’ve got a few questions that I thought I’d post up here. I know little about developing film, and even less about movie film (which is what I purchased).
I know that from regular film, you can process it and get either photographs or slides. But what happens when you process movie film? Is the film itself converted into the thing you put into a projector and play? Or is the movie film used to create some other thing, some other playable roll of film?
I ask this because I’m not sure whether the film I have has been developed, if it’s playable, or if it’s simply all lost causes.
So here’s what I got. Three boxes in total, with the one of the left different (thinner) than the ones on the right. They’re all Kodachrome, but I don’t see a lot of identifiers about the one on the left. On the right, it seems to be Kodachrome 40 movie film.
I know of 8mm film, but I’m not sure what “Double 8mm Roll Cameras” implies. I know certain films are meant for certain devices, but I honestly don’t know: is everything pictured here considered 8mm film?
Out of the packaging. The one on the far left looks like it’s already been processed. That, along with the tag on the box, suggests to me tha this film has already been to the store and been worked with. So my question is: can I pop this thing into a (8mm?) projector and watch it?
As for the cannisters on the right: I don’t know if I should even open these up to check. Does the yellow tape mean that the cannister has been opened and possibly processed somewhere? Or does the tape mean that it’s never been opened? Would opening either of these two ruin the film, kind of how you can ruin regular camera film by exposing it to daylight?
If I am able to open them up, how would I tell if they’d been processed? Or does that simply not matter, if they’re not playable rolls of film?
Just curious to hear back from camera/movie folks, as I’m secretly hoping it’s not a lost cause.