Old Movie Film Processing

We process any and all outdated 8mm, 9.5mm & 16mm movie film.

At Film Rescue we give you the choice of a safest possible process (B&W negative) or a color process. With the exception of Kodachrome type film (which can only be processed into black and white negative), we do have the ability to run color films in color processes. However, it is often inadvisable, as you risk losing any kind of image at all or having a lower quality image than you would have had in B&W.

Please Note: Films processed into black and white negative will not project properly i.e. what is light will be dark and what is dark will be light. This is corrected during transfer as a positive image. Keep in mind that the film that we process is generally long past its “process before” date. We do the very best job we are able to. Results range from good to extremely poor to no image at all.

Price policy

  • Prices and billing are in US dollars with one exception: Film Rescue Europe orders are billed in Euros*
  • When applicable, VAT, GST and/or PST  will be added to European and Canadian orders
  • Minimum charge may be billed before processing, especially on orders with multiple films to process
  • *Film Rescue Europe orders must be sent to and returned through the Netherlands location

 

Process With Transfer to Choice of Digital Video

Choice of HD MP4, Mov,or DNx; or DVD for home player
Super 8mm cassette – 8mm roll or magazine – 16mm 50′ magazine

Choose either safest method (B&W negative) or color (n/a Kodachrome) on the order form. Help with making that choice

US$ or  62.00 if any detectable image at all on film regardless of quality
US$ or  35.00  if the film is blank
Expired 16mm Roll (100′) and 9.5mm

Choose either safest method (B&W negative) or color (n/a Kodachrome) on the order form. Help with making that choice

US$ or  1.24 per foot (100′ minimum) if any detectable image at all on film regardless of quality
US$ or  0.70 per foot (100′ minimum) if film is blank
Depending on digital format you choose and the number of films you have, a flash drive or portable hard drive may be required. Supply your own or purchase from us – enquire Help with drive size

Special Discounted 8mm Processing Price

For clients also sending in already processed film for scanning

€/$35.00 per film even if blank

Previously developed film to be transferred must meet or exceed the length of the film to be developed to be eligible for these discounted prices. Once the undeveloped film is processed, it is added to the previously developed film and the normal scanning charge will apply.

Process Only

Super 8 cassette – 8mm roll or magazine – 16mm 50′ magazine

Choose either safest method (B&W negative) or color (n/a Kodachrome) on the order form. Help with making that choice

US$ or  48.00
Expired 16mm Roll and 9.5mm

Choose either safest method (B&W negative) or color (n/a Kodachrome) on the order form. Help with making that choice

US$ or  1.00/foot

Return Shipping and Handling

Within USA and Canada $ 12.00*
Film Rescue Europe link
All others Contact Us

* Shipping and handling charges may be higher for exceptionally heavy, large, or fragile orders.

Turn Around Time

Film is processed in regular 8-10 week cycles. Film for the next cycle must be in our hands by the cutoff date. The next cycle cutoff date is

Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

        Motion film for processing received by this date should be ready to ship back in approximately 10 weeks.  Rush processing is available upon request.

Please don’t wait until near the beginning of a cycle to send your film.  This slows down our administrative work at the start of each cycle, delaying work for everyone.

Policies and Exceptions

  1. Shipping & handling charges may be higher for heavy or bulky orders; customer will be contacted.
  2. If you’d like your metal cans or cartridges to be returned, please request this on your order form under ‘Additional Information’. We do our best to return your original spools but that is not guaranteed.  In this case an identical type of spool or cartridge would be returned.
  3. All film is inspected visually for image after processing.  It is not always possible, even with magnification, to determine if what we see on the film will have enough detail to be captured in transfer.  Our policy is to transfer a film if we deem the image discernible on some part of the film.  The final transferred image quality may still be extremely poor; we err on the side of providing the customer with all possible salvaged image. If we detect any image on your film it will be transferred regardless of quality or quantity.
  4. If we are unable to salvage any kind of image at all from your motion film (any format), you will be billed the minimum charge.
  5. Please check your scans in a timely manner to make sure everything is playing properly on whatever system you are using. Due to the volume of work we do and the huge files these scans create, we cannot store files indefinitely. We allow a reasonable amount of time to be confident orders are received by customers.  The drives we store backups on are cleared  after 4 months.
  6. Due to the likelihood of breakage in the processor we will not process shrunken or extremely damaged film. If your film smells rancid, appears puckered or brittle, or the film can is rusted shut, contact us for a possible referral before you send your film.  If the film you send is deemed too likely to break during processing, we will contact you.  If you want the film returned to you, appropriate return s/h charges apply.