(l-r) Herbert Stegbauer and Werner Winkelmann
Every day, in cities around the world, talented experts at an array of outstanding laboratories help storytellers bring their images to life. Here’s an update on what’s happening in the world of labs:
Neglab, a motion picture film laboratory for processing 35mm and 16mm color negative, has reopened its doors in Sydney and is providing high-quality film processing services to the region. Werner Winkelmann, original owner of the facility, has over 25 years of experience working in the lab industry and brings extensive expertise to the entire imaging chain.
“All of us at Neglab are thrilled to re-engage with the filmmaking community and provide outstanding lab services for the region,” says Winkelmann, co-founder and technical operations manager. “We are poised to provide unparalleled services, and have brought together a staff of professionals with incredible knowledge and a dedication to superior quality control standards.”
A recognized expert in the laboratory business, Winkelmann has been involved in building ECN2, ECP2 and ECP3, and black-and-white processors throughout his career. Joining him at Neglab will be Herbert Stegbauer, director and owner of Stegbauer Pty., manufacturer and supplier of film processing equipment. Stegbauer started his career at Colorfilm and later co-founded Filmlab Engineering. Neglab operates out of Stegbauer’s factory. Together, Winkelmann and Stegbauer have assembled a team of experts with over 80 years of experience in the film industry.
Neglab surpasses standards for cleanliness and has installed the latest design magnetic drive processor. The backup and safety systems on Neglab’s processor ensure trouble-free operation and perfect processing of 35mm and 16mm color negative formats.
“Customer service is a priority for us,” adds Winkelmann. “We know that labs need to be responsive to filmmakers. We offer location pick up and handling anywhere within the Sydney central business district, and all rushes will be quickly delivered directly to the production’s telecine facility of choice. We can also arrange Interstate shipments at reasonable rates, when requested by the customer.”