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Five major studios keep celluloid film alive

New deal commits studios to continuing to use film

Celluloid film will continue to be used in filmmaking after Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros all signed deals with Kodak that commits them to continue buying celluloid.

The studios originally signed deals with Kodak back in 2015, which were designed to keep Kodak’s manufacturing business going after it almost went bankrupt.

It’s thought those deals lasted for two years with the new ones expected to last for a longer period.

Film is still being used by many of the directors involved this year’s awards season. Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach shot Once Upon a Time in HollywoodLittle Women and Marriage Story, respectively, on film, as did J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Martin Scorsese also relied on a combination of film and digital for The Irishman.