I started my search for a practical way to shoot movie film a few years ago. And the reason I would bother at all is because Kodak makes a high speed, tungsten-balanced movie film. It’s ISO 500, pushes well, and is color-balanced for indoor lighting. It’s perfect for wedding receptions, in other words!
I have been through many almosts and what-ifs and might-have-beens trying to use this film. There are some technical details I won’t bore you with if you’re not a photographer (one word: remjet). I’ve even managed to shoot it quite often at weddings. But something would always intervene to eventually make it impractical. Lately I’ve been shooting CineStill (go check them out!). These guys remove the remjet before you even shoot the film, so you can process it just like any other roll of 35mm film. There’s one downside I don’t like though, which is that the film creates a pink glow around any point source of light. This isn’t a problem for many people, but it doesn’t work well with the way I shoot. But for most, this is probably the most practical way to get high-ISO tungsten film.
But then I stumble across a little lab called, well, Little Film Lab! They will hand-process and scan remjet film (for an extra fee). I sent them two test rolls, and you can see my shot of my other son here, on a roll of daylight-balanced 250D.
Looks like we’re on to something! Both the roll of 250D and 500T I sent them look really good.
Below you can see a shot from the Kodak Vision3 500T roll. Ambient warm-fluorescent light on his face, with some daylight streaming in through the window in back. Nikon F100, 50mm f/1.4 lens, Fuji Frontier scan.