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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, N.Y.-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 percent since 2006.

The agreements call for Kodak to continue to supply motion picture film to 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC 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.

Competitor Fujifilm stopped production of movie film in 2013.

"Film has long been and will remain a vital part of our culture," Kodak Chief Executive Jeff Clarke said in a statement. "With the support of the studios, we will continue to provide motion picture film, with its unparalleled richness and unique textures, to enable filmmakers to tell their stories and demonstrate their art."

Details of the agreements were not released but cover multiple years, according to Kodak.

Three of this year's eight best-picture Oscar nominees "Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "The Imitation Game" were shot on Kodak film, Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda said.

Several movies due out this year, including "Mission: Impossible 5" and "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens," are being produced on film, Kodak said.

"Enabling artists to use film will help them to create the moments that make cinema history," said Andrew Evenski, Kodak's president of Entertainment & Commercial Films. "The agreements ... are a powerful testament to the power of film and the creative vision of the artists telling them."

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

Critical thinking challenge: What specifics do you think Kodak needs in its agreements with movie studios in order to continue making movie film?

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COMMENTS (38)
  • JacobM-5
    2/22/2015 - 01:25 p.m.

    This article talks about if all movies are filmed digitally. Most movies now are shot digitally, but there are a few that are shot using a Kodak or non digitally. Some of the greatest movies this year were not digital like one is the Boyhood. I thought this article was interesting to know how some common day movies are made.

  • coreyong-Koc
    2/22/2015 - 11:08 p.m.

    surveyors have determined a height for the Washington Monument. It's nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The measurement puts the monument at 554 feet, 7 and eleven-thirty-seconds of an inch.

  • jonahh-Koc
    2/23/2015 - 01:26 a.m.

    I think Kodak will need guarantees from the big motion picture companies that they will only use it and continue to back film rather than all digital filming. This will cause Kodak to keep producing it.

  • MikaylaStazewski-Ste
    2/23/2015 - 12:25 p.m.

    This is what I hate about technology, it completely changes the meaning of things I feel like. But, in a positive light, if all films do go digital, it'll make motion pictures a lot more valuable.

  • JorgeO3
    2/24/2015 - 10:19 a.m.

    Imagine how was it before all the color and digital movies were like back then in the day. I wonder how people from back then are like now that there is color and a digital movies.

  • Colby N Turquoise
    2/24/2015 - 05:35 p.m.

    I don't really know which one I prefer because I am not tat experienced in the production of movies but I do know that the older technology, film, is being replaced by the newer technology, digital. Digital is probably the winner when it comes to being efficient, but film will always be in the hearts of many, but to me since I am growing up in the digital age of course I prefer digital.

  • JB2001Blue
    2/25/2015 - 08:39 a.m.

    Well, no duh, they not going to get rid of the Kodak until another couple of years, even know there is a lot of digital movies, they got to have an old theater. Or people now of days are not going to know what it's like back then when computers wasn't here.

  • sarahrice-war
    2/27/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    Although the film industry is getting more popular, the incline of digital film is making Kodak films less popular. I believe that both digital and Kodak films are effective and have their own pros and cons, and also have created some revolutionary and impressive movies. I haven't seen very many Kodak films but based on those that I have seen, It would be very disappointing if they eventually die out, I hope to get into the photography/ film business and see for myself.

  • isaiahbr-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that some of the newer movies today are still being shot on film and not digitally.
    I think the specifics Kodak needs in its agreements with movie studios in order to continue making movie film is that they should specify the price and that the movie studios will still use the film

  • emilyt-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    I like the idea of Digital movies, just a lot of over aged people or even teens that are not going to know how to work it. I think that the old films would be better if they stayed out there in the world so others can get a chance to watch it and see it because, a lot of old movies they don't even have on DVD any more so i think that not everything should be digital.

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