Chronology of Motion Picture Films

1940 to 1959

1940

  • KODACHROME Duplicating film, 5265 (16mm). Replaced 5262. Replaced by 5269 in 1950.

1941

  • Plus-X Cine Panchromatic Film, 5231. Replaced 1231.
  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Release Positive, 1302 (Nitrate Base), for release printing.

1942

  • KODACHROME Professional Film, Type 5267.

1946

  • KODACHROME Commercial camera film, 5268. (16mm). Replaced 5262. Replaced by 7255 in 1958.

1947

  • Kodak introduced the EASTMAN Television Recording Camera, in cooperation with DuMont Laboratories and NBC, for recording images from a television screen.

1948

  • Safety Base developed to replace Nitrate Base Films.
  • Kodak announced a 35 mm tri-acetate safety base film for the motion picture industry to replace the flammable cellulose nitrate base.
  • Conversion from Nitrate to Safety Base begins, complete conversion takes approximately 4 years.

1949

  • Improved Safety Base Motion Picture Film -- Awarded OSCAR --(22nd Academy Year) Class I. Scientific or Technical Award

1950 Film

  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Release Positive film, 5302. Safety base replacement for 1302. (B&W) Replace nitrate with acetate.
  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Duplicating Film, 5365. Replaced 1365 (nitrate).
  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Panchromatic Duplicating Film, 5203. Replaced 1203 (nitrate).
  • EASTMAN Color Negative film, 5247. 35mm. Daylight, EI 16. First Kodak incorporated-color-coupler camera negative film. Replaced by 5248 in 1952.
  • EASTMAN Color Print film, 5381. 35mm Incorporated color-coupler print film for printing from color negative, 5247. Replaced by 5382 in 1953.

1951

  • Royal Journey (Princess Elisabeth visits Canada)- first commercial film to use Eastman Color Negative film 5247 and Eastman Color Print film 5381 system. Shown in theaters in Dec. 1951. No intermediates were made.
  • EASTMAN High Speed Black and White Print film, 5305. Faster than 5302. Discontinued in 1968.
  • Embossed Print film, 5306. Lenticular support for color kinescope (triniscope). 5302 emulsion.
  • EASTMAN Pan Separation film, 5216. For separation positives from EASTMAN Color Negative film. Replaced by 5235 in 1956.

1952

  • No Pets Allowed. A Warner Brothers short that was shown early in 1952. No intermediate films were made.
  • The Lion and the Horse, the first feature film (Warner Brothers) to use the 5216 and 5247 duplicating system in conjunction with Eastman Color Negative 5248 and Eastman Color Print film 5381.
  • EASTMAN Color Negative film, 5248. Tungsten, El 25. Daylight, El 16. Speed increase and image structure improvement. Replaced 5247. -- Awarded OSCAR -- (25th Academy Year) Class I. Scientific or Technical Award. Replaced by 5250 in 1959.
  • EASTMAN Color Internegative film, 5243. False sensitized. For making color duplicates from separation film, 5216. Replaced by 5245 in 1953.
  • Kodak received an Oscar for the development of EASTMAN Color Negative and Color Print films, introduced in 1950.
  • Conversion from Nitrate to Safety Base is completed. No more Nitrate.

1953

  • EASTMAN Color Internegative film, 5245. False sensitized. Replaced 5243. Discontinued in 1956.
  • EASTMAN Color Print film, 5382. Replaced 5381. Better definition. 7382 replaced by 7383 in 1961. 5382 replaced by 5385 in 1966.

1954

  • EASTMAN TRI-X Panchromatic Negative film, 5233. Daylight, EI 320. Tungsten, EI 250. High speed black and white camera negative.

1955

  • KODAK PLUS-X Reversal film, 7276. Daylight, EI 50, Tungsten, EI 40 B&W.
  • KODAK TRI-X Reversal film, 7278. Daylight, EI 200, Tungsten, EI 160 B&W. Awarded OSCAR -- (28th Academy Year) Class II. Scientific or Technical Award.
  • EASTMAN Television Recording film, 5/7374. For kinescope recording. Had been using 5373.

1956

  • EASTMAN Panchromatic Separation film, 5235. 35mm only. Replaced 5216.
  • PLUS-X Panchromatic Negative film, 4231 35mm. Later changed to 5231. Daylight, EI 80, Tungsten, EI 64.
  • EASTMAN Color Internegative film, 7270. For making color duplicate negatives from color positives. Process ECP, shortened. Replaced by 7271 in 1968.
  • Embossed Kine Recording film, 5209. Reversal panchromatic black and white. Discontinued in 1958.
  • EASTMAN Color Intermediate film, 5253. Two stage colored-coupler mask duplicating system for the EASTMAN Color film family. Process ECN, shortened developer time. Discontinued 1977.
  • EASTMAN Reversal Color Print film, 5269 16mm. Replaced 5265, KODACHROME. Replaced by 7387 in 1964.

1958

  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Sound Recording film, 5375. Physical improvements over 5372. For variable area sound. Replaced 5372. Discontinued February 1981.
  • EASTMAN Fine Grain Duplicating Panchromatic Negative film, 5234. Replaced 5203. (D)
  • KODAK EKTACHROME Commercial film, 7255. Tungsten, EI 25. Process ECO-1. Replaced 5268. Replaced by 7252 in 1970.

1959

  • EASTMAN Color Print film, 7383. Replaced 7382 for 16mm only. Improved definition.
  • EASTMAN High Contrast Positive film, 7/5362. Titleing.
  • EASTMAN Double-X Negative film, 7/5222. Daylight, EI 250. Tungsten, EI 200 (E).
  • EKTACHROME ER film, 7257. Daylight, EI 160. Process ME-2A. News & Space. Name grade from SO-260. Discontinued in 16mm.
  • EKTACHROME ER film, 7258. Tungsten, EI 125. Process ME2-A. News & Space. Name Grade from SO-270. Discontinued in 16mm.
  • EASTMAN Color Negative film, 5250. Tungsten, EI 50, Daylight 32. Increased speed. Replaced 5248 (EI 25). Replaced by 5251 in 1962. (C).