chapter  5
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In the soup 1: hand-processing black and white

If you’ve ever shot film, be it Super-8mm, 16mm or 35mm still film, you probably sent it off to a film lab to have it processed and didn’t think much about what went on there unless a mistake was made by the technicians. This chapter will not only explain the basics of processing negative and reversal black and white motion picture film. It will also tell you how to manipulate the film in the process of developing to achieve interesting results as well as unorthodox film stocks to use and unorthodox ways to use common film stocks. Before we do that, although I’m sure you know everything about film there is to know, let’s go through the details of the medium one more time.