Most photographer's will know the common colour processing C-41, E-6 or even K-14. The term Xpro (cross-processing) was also popular to Lomographers, processing film is a 'not intended' process. Though ECN-2 is probably something 'new' to photographers. Well, it has been around for a while, but I guess for those staying in Singapore, the issue was really getting the films developed.
So what is this ECN-2?
ECN stands for Eastman Color Negative. A processing system by Kodak for developing motion picture colour negatives. Most films sold as 'ECN-2 process' are probably respooled motion picture colour negatives. Common motion picture films are Kodak Vision3 series and Fujifilm Eterna. The film consist of a 'special' layer coat, Remjet.
What is RemJet?
The Remjet is a removable black layer coating. It was required for motion picutres as an anti-static protection, since the film moves much faster.
How to process these motion pictures negatives?
as the 'process' suggest, it is to be developed in ECN-2. Though another alternative that is done now is using crossprocessing and developing them in C-41 (the most common processing that most labs does). However, the issue is the Remjet. Most processing labs do not have the process of removing the Remjet.
Still want to try motion pictures films?
Option 1 - CineStill 800 Tungsten 35mm film
Cinestill 800film is basically Kodak Vision 3 500 Tungsten movie film with the Remjet anti-halation backing removed. Which means it can be easily processed (xpro) in C-41.
Option 2 - FilmNeverDie.Asia
Our friends in Malaysia does the 'xpro' developing for motion pictures films that still have the Remjet. you can send the films to them for developing.
Option 2A - Send To Us
No, we don't do the processing. But as film enthusiasts, we too have films to develop too. ECN films will be sent to FilmNeverDie.Asia for processing.