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Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by woods01 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:20 am

Alphacine in Seattle will no longer be processing film at the end of September. Too bad as they really were quite good in my experience and one of the few places other than Pro8mm to treat Super 8 negative as serious format. They will still be doing digital post but the lab is gone. They are also closing their film vault, so if you have negatives being stored there best to contact them soon!

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Will2 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:45 pm

Very painful. The great thing about Alpha was you could send any type of film to them and they would get it processed. I remember sending B&W Negative, B&W Reversal, Color Reversal and Color Negative in Super 8, 16 AND 35mm once to them IN ONE ORDER. All came back flawlessly processed and prepped for telecine within a week. They will be missed.

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Tscan » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:12 am

Yeah it sucks. Alpha Cine merged with Forde Labs about 4 or 5 years ago. That's when they started handling all the S8 films and they have been my lab for S8, 16mm, color reversal, B&W, negative for the last 10 years. Living in close by in Portland meant cheap, fast shipping both ways too. I always felt lucky to have all that so close. Now I'll probably start using Spectra in LA. It will take a little longer and cost a little more, but Spectra also does excellent processing. They also handle all types of processing and gauges. I'd encourage folks to support them with your business because they are one of the last great institutions for the small gauge left in the US.
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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Roster » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:04 pm

Oh that is a real shame.

Over the past year I've had over two hours of S-8 B/W footage developed by AC for a project I am working on. They were terrific to work with and I found their processing, for some reason, just better than an east coast lab I have also used.
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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Will2 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:17 pm

There's actually a lab in Dallas that can handle 16 and 35 negative...Filmworkers. Not sure how much longer they will be around but it's convenient for me. We'll have to start a list of open labs around the world pretty soon.

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Tscan » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:02 am

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by marc » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:27 am

Yeah, its just a shame that Spectra no longer does camera repairs anymore. They did a great job on my 1014AZE.
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS GOING THROUGH TSA SECURITY IN THE AIRPORT BUT ANYONE CAN CROSS THE BOARDER BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO WITH NO CHALLENGES WHATSOEVER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by DTNethery » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:45 am

marc wrote:Yeah, its just a shame that Spectra no longer does camera repairs anymore. They did a great job on my 1014AZE.

Hi, Marc,

As I understand it , the same technician that Spectra was using , Steve Willard, still does the repairs though his own company Willard Engineering . (but no longer affiliated with Spectra)

http://willardengineering.com/



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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by marc » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:40 pm

Thanks-I added them to my favorites.
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS GOING THROUGH TSA SECURITY IN THE AIRPORT BUT ANYONE CAN CROSS THE BOARDER BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO WITH NO CHALLENGES WHATSOEVER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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Re: Alphacine in Seattle closing lab

Post by Nigel » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:04 pm

I liked Forde a lot. But, never was a big fan of Alpha Cine. There were water spots on my film more than once and their "clean and prep" never seemed to be much other than adding more leader than they would otherwise.

When Forde was bought by Alpha I stopped using them unless I had no other choice.

It sucks that another lab is gone but it just seems to be the way things are going.

Good Luck

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