July 27, 2011
The Last Kid On Kodachrome

In 2004, I won a pitching contest at the Banff TV festival, for the film that would eventually become Rip. It was called the “New Players Pitch”, and the prize was a bunch of film from Kodak. I got a whole bunch of 16mm, which I used for some sequences in Rip, and a whole bunch of Super8. I used the Super8 on various experimental things, but a box of Kodachrome (K40) sat around in the fridge at EyeSteelFilm for years and years.

Kodak discontinued making the stock a few years back, and then eventually outsourced development to a shop in Kansas. Dwayne’s Photo announced they would process the last roll at the end of 2010. Knowing all this, I dug out the last roll just before I moved away from Montreal last September, and filmed a day with my daughter Layla in the park. I forgot I had done that, and sometime around the middle of December found the roll, and rushed it Fedex to Dwayne’s.

As far as I know, Layla is the last kid on Kodachrome.

Unfortunately, the film got pretty degraded in that crummy fridge, and so it isn’t the full Kodachrome glory, but I still love the look of the stock and will really miss it.

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