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Are all movies going digital? Not yet!
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The Eastman Kodak Co. will continue to make motion picture film in the age of digital filmmaking. The company has reached new supply agreements with the major Hollywood studios.

The Rochester, N.Y.-based photography and film pioneer had been in talks to keep movie film alive. Film sales had fallen 96 percent since 2006.

The agreements call for Kodak to continue to supply motion picture film. The company will supply it 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 was in danger of being halted. Kodak first began producing the film in 1896.

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.

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

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

Kodak was 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 (99)
  • ad2000stealth
    2/20/2015 - 08:47 a.m.

    I think that Kodak films should continue to be made. Like they said in the text, Kodak film making is a big part of our culture. Why would they want to change that? I mean, I understand that other techniques of film making could be easier or something, but it seems like now adays people have been trying to make everything in life a lot easier. They are trying fix something that isn't even broken. It just doesn't make all that much sense.

  • jeremyko-Sch
    2/20/2015 - 10:40 a.m.

    the main idea is to tell you that films that aren't digital aren't dead non important kodak began delivering the film in 1896 needed detail the eastman kodak co. continues to make motion picture film

  • tylerha-Sch
    2/20/2015 - 10:47 a.m.

    Not all movies are digital it would be nice if they all were and it would be beter to be all digital movies so we can watch them and they will continue to make motion movies

  • emilypl-Sch
    2/20/2015 - 11:06 a.m.

    I like the way movies are made they don't need to change that. The main idea is about movies and should they change the way they are made. One of the supporting details is there has been talk if they should change the way they are made.

  • kyliea-Sch
    2/20/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

    The main Idea of this story is that Eastman Kodak Co. will not go on making movies. The unimportant details is that the story says when is became popularizing photography. The important thing is that the story tells what other movies Eastman Kodak made.

  • luisr-DiB
    2/20/2015 - 12:54 p.m.

    Well several movies due out this year are being produced on Kodak film.But Picture film in the age of digital filmmaking. The company has reached new supply agreements with the major Hollywood studios.

  • GD2000marinecorp
    2/20/2015 - 01:13 p.m.

    The specifics they need in their agreements in order to continue making movie films, is a copy right law. And also something else that would help them produce more films.

  • AC2001basketball
    2/20/2015 - 01:34 p.m.

    Kodak uses a lot of things. They have good camera material and good pictures. The pictures are very clear in each of them. The Kodak camera's are very expensive.
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  • courtneyf-Sch
    2/20/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    i think that its because there not done filming the movie or that some could go strate to dvd instead of first in the theater yet.

  • LaurenT-1
    2/20/2015 - 02:40 p.m.

    The Eastman Kodak Film Co. will continue to make motion picture film among the more popular way of digital recording. They will be supplying to all major companies since their biggest competitor stopped making film in 2013. Three of the eight best picture nominees were shot on film, and many movies being produced this year will be on film as well.
    I think that film is important if it brings the quality of the movie up. People appreciate quality and will notice nearly any difference.

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