Edgar Njari wrote:
>This is ment for commercial still imaging, motion picture film can not be
>destroyed by a single looney CEO because the sales speak for themselfs
Only temporarily, I predict. With this prevailing "wisdom" by the CEOs
of Kodak, and when release printing for general release in the United
States is abandoned by the major studios, the total profitability of all
film sales, to include motion pictures, will plummet to the point that
IF Kodak decides to offer film, the manufacture of film will be
outsourced totally to China .
Why do I say that? In 2003, Kodak bought a 20% interest in Lucky Film
largest film manufacturer, and invested heavily in helping them rebuild
their color negative production lines. That coupled with the fact that
their EPA woes are eating them alive, makes me think they can't wait to
get film manufacturer out of their backyard or shut it down entirely.
Problem is, Kodak has always been a hugely successful company due to
their innovation in a product line for which they practically wrote the
Now, that they have "retired" a huge number of their film/imaging
technical staff and appear to be run by MBAs who don't have any
connection to imaging science at all (the 'you got it, I'll hype it
school'), and they have a lot more competition in the digital field,
frankly, I don't think they will quite ever exhibit the level of
commitment they have shown in the past to develop and maintain filmstocks.
Don't get me wrong, Kodak is still a potent force in film, but only time
will tell what the consequences of their corporate strategy bring upon
My 2 cents.