The Celluloid Project is born out of passion to save the analogue film making. Kodak Cine labs, Mumbai was a full subsidiary or Kodak USA which had processed some of India’s finest films, shot on 16 & 35mm color film negative, in addition to portions of Hollywood films like The Dark Knight and Slum Dog Millionaire.
On 1st November 2014, Kodak management decided to shut shop and sell the equipment to scrap. All the passionate film lovers joined hands, protesting against scraping the equipment. After lots of negotiations and campaigning, Kodak took a historic decision to donate entire equipment of iconic Kodak Cinefilm processing to Sunlight Trust, under the aegis of which Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP), a premier Photography non-Governmental organisation based out of Goa, India, operates.
With the timely support received from well-wishers, film enthusiasts and philanthropist, we successfully dismantled the entire plant and shifted it to our base in Goa on 25th December 2014. After lots of debates and deliberations with our team and with people associated with Celluloid film, we renamed the Kodak Cinelab into as ‘THE CELLULOID PROJECT’.
The Celluloid Project (TCP) will be a not-for-profit, full-service film facility dedicated to providing premium quality service to professional, independent and student filmmakers. The Celluloid Project will provide this film community, the much needed service to further their creative choices. TCP will provide professional service in 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film processing, printing, SD and HD telecine film-video conversion, production dailies, 3K data scans for 16mm and up to 4K for 35mm films, film recording, and archival preservation.
TCP will offer this high quality service at a subsidized cost. By offering the members heavily discounted rates, it encourages them to become more active film makers. Being a not-for-profit outfit, members are willing to volunteer their time to help the organization operate successfully. The organization exists to support the film community.
Membership subscriptions a small charge for overheads and inexpensive location will allow the organization to cover costs associated with doing business and allow it to grow gradually.
TCP management team has a strong mix of passionate, commited, business, financial, and artistic experience that will ensure a great investment and the overall success of the venture.
‘The Celluloid Project’ is a joint initiative between the Dada Saheb Phalke MSK Trust & Sunlight Trust. This initiative is to show our respect to Dada Saheb Phalke’s cultural lineage and legacy.