Double Exposure Ltd., Laboratory

Double Exposure, Ltd. Laboratory
Industry Film processing
Headquarters Cleveland, OH, United States
Area served Worldwide, except N. Korea
Key people ?
Products Slides from negatives, Processing of Movie Film in Still Cameras ( ECN-2 / ECN-II SFW-XL )
Employees ?
Website XXLtd. Lab

Double Exposure, Ltd. Laboratory is a mail-order ECN-2 film ( Seattle FilmWorks SFW-XL / ECN-II ) photofinisher in Northeast, Ohio.[1] It is the only current full-service film lab in the Americas that can process this type of film, and make contact positives or "slides" from C-41 or ECN-2 negatives onto motion picture print (ECP-2D) stock.[2] It is the only lab that currently offers slides from negatives in the Americas. In the past, there were several major labs, including Seattle FilmWorks (now Photoworks which no longer processes film of any kind), RGB Lab (closed in early 2005), and Dale Labs (which ran the last slides from negatives in Sept., 2009), which offered this service.

The ECN-2 ( SFW-XL / ECN-II ) film process cannot be adequately developed by standard mini-labs or professional labs for two reasons: First, the film developer for ECN-2 film is a different formula, and the time and temperature both differ from that of standard color negative film (C-41). Second, and more important, ECN-2 film contains rem-jet backing.[3] If processed in C-41, the rem-jet will often come off and contaminate the whole machine, possibly ruining others' film.

Double Exposure, Ltd. Lab, XX Ltd. Lab for short, offers both ECN-2 and ECP-2D (print positive and "slide") processing services, from both old Seattle FilmWorks-, RGB-, and Dale labeled films, as well as current users of ECN-2 film. This film is most often used for the production of television, motion picture, and music "video" productions. During productions, 35mm "short ends" of film or "waste ends" are left at the end of a film magazine. These "ends" are either re-canned and either re-used or sold back to a film reseller, or thrown away if they are "waste." However, XX Ltd. Lab also obtains film that would otherwise be considered waste, from reputable productions and camera crew film loaders, tests it, spools it in 35mm cassettes, and sells it.[4]

XX Ltd. Lab film, or any short-end movie film, or older Seattle FilmWorks et al films can be processed by XX Ltd. Lab and made into the standard "slide" film positives, optical paper photographic prints, or scans of varying resolution, in addition to offering limited motion picture clip test and telecine services.


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  4. ^ Kodak Motion Picture Lab Directory, under United States of America subheading XXLtd. Lab website The late John Pytlak's advice on rem-jet films. Restoration of Motion Picture Film p. 177

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