Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017!

2016 was a long year for us with the excitement for this project accompanied by some setbacks, brutal heartbreak and loss. Needless to say, we are welcoming 2017 with open arms! 
It's been a year of challenges and learning. The number one thing we've learned is, never know what to expect. We could not have expected the amount of support we would receive from you all nor just how difficult it would all be. Currently, we are still working on wrapping up final shipping arrangements for getting your Alpha production film shipped to you. We are excited to hear your response!
This year is going to be huge for analog film! We are working, even now, on making 120 available for retail purchase around the world by March or possibly even sooner. All of the perks for our Indiegogo and Backerkit supporters will be shipped in the next month and we are still going! Financially, this project has costed much more than projected, to the extent that we have now matched nearly dollar for dollar what you contributed to get production off the ground. That just goes to show, we really could not have done this without you!
I know some of you feel that this has all taken far too long and your patience is wearing to say the least. We apologize for every delay and any gaps of silence. Please know that we are doing everything we can and are in this for the long haul, for you and the analog film community! Our commitment is unwavering. Your support was an investment and a seed that was planted. You helped us by accepting small portion of the risk to make such a large venture possible! You are the bold and the brave, the backbone of the analog renaissance and the first fruits of your investment are on their way! Thank you!
We will be making another trip out to CineStill East in Rochester this month to continue our work to make more and better CineStill Film. Please follow us on Instagram for updates! @CineStillFilm
If you would like to check on your pledge status, go to BackerKit ( and log in with the same email used for your Indiegogo account. From there you can check your pledge level, verify your address and add on items to your perk!
Once again, happy new year and we look forward to letting you know when we have shipped your perks! Blessings in 2017!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Guten Tag aus Deutschland

Photokina is in full swing and CineStill has found it's way back to Cologne, Germany once again! If you happen to be in Cologne as well, the Brothers and the rest of the CineStill team would love to meet you. Come by stand A041 in Hall 3.1 to say hi!

Over the past two years since our last Photokina trip, CineStill has gone from announcing our first attempt at crowdfunding CineStill 120, to running a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, and just last week we completed our first run of a brand new high speed tungsten balanced color film for medium and large format photography! In a recent update to their IndieGoGo backers, the Brothers Wright shared with their “CineStill Filmmakers” their progress setting up manufacturing, success in producing our first production run and the anticipated timeline for delivery. If you have yet to support the campaign and would like to be among the first to get your hands on some medium or large format CineStill 800T, you can still make a contribution by preordering through our BackerKit today! Otherwise, you can expect to find CineStill 120 and 4x5 on shelves by early 2017.

Also coming in 2017, CineStill is releasing a new simplified color negative film processing chemistry kit, “CineStill Cs41.” Cs41 is a simplified kit for processing your color negative film at home. This new liquid chemical, two bath processing kit can be used at a variety of temperatures with the same equipment you already use to process your black and white film at home. No darkroom or automated processor required! If you already process your own black and white film at home, with this kit, you can now process your color film too! 

CineStill Cs41 is currently available in limited quantities to “CineStill Film Maker” members and for preorder for delivery late 2016 through CineStill’s online shop at

Friday, March 4, 2016

PetaPixel Interview with CineStill Film Founders

We wanted to share this PetaPixel interview with CineStill Film founders, Brandon & Brian Wright. Please go take a look, comment and share the article wherever you can! With just 7 days left in the IndieGoGo campaign, this press could help extend the reach and help us make our next stretch goal for CineStill 50D in 120 and 4x5!

The article features some great questions and answers, offering insights and photos from behind the scenes of CineStill Film, our crowdfunding experience, the state of film photography and other interesting tidbits.

We hope you all enjoy the read!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Two More Weeks for CineStill 50D in Medium and Large Format

Thanks to you, our IndieGoGo campaign for medium and large format is now over 130% funded and we have unlocked our 4x5 sheet film stretch goal! In the few weeks since our campaign began, we have heard so much encouragement and support from analog photographers from around the world. It is undeniable that CineStill 800T in 120 and 4x5 have the demand necessary to justify full large scale production and distribution and we believe this is only the tip of the iceberg.

On Friday we officially extended the campaign another 14 days beyond our original deadline, giving us the time we need to reach our third stretch goal and jump start production of CineStill 50D in medium and large formats. IndieGoGo contacted us directly and offered to extend the project another two weeks with no penalties, to give us the opportunity to reach all of our stretch goals, including CineStill 50D in 120 and 4x5!

CineStill 50D 120 beta test Photo by Nicole Hill
CineStill 50D is a truly unique film with ultra fine grain, resolution and a color pallet that stands alone. This film screams medium and large format! But to take on a second emulsion for medium and large format, large scale production will come at significant cost. Our next stretch goal for CineStill 50D in 120 and 4x5 formats requires only $30k more in funding but in order to accomplish this we needed a little more time to spread the word to every analog photographer out there and create opportunity for new supporters.

Based on the past few days of support, we should only need a fraction of this extension time to reach 50D and we may even get to unveil our mysterious 4th stretch goal!

Thank you once again, and please continue to spread the word and support the effort to bring more unique film choices for the analog renaissance!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

48 Hours to Go for Large Format 4x5 Sheet Film!

CineStill 120 is now not only possible... It is inevitable! If you have not yet been over to the new project on IndieGoGo, head over there now. We are already 110% funded, beyond our first goal and will be producing CineStill in 120 for the masses! Support the cause and be among the first to get yours!
But that's old news now... The next big thing is large format! 
We just released some brand new perks, including "Grandpa Graflex" sheet film pack, to help reach our stretch goals for 4x5 Large Format Sheet Film and CineStill 50D in medium and large format! We have already raised over $130k in support from the amazing community of analog photographers banding together and are now only $20k from our first stretch goal for 4x5. 
Head over now and let's make more film for more cameras!
There are only 2 days left in the campaign but there has never been more reason to support bigger and better film for the world!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Large Format Sheet Film and 50D on IndieGoGo!

Thanks to your support, we are well on our way to fully funding our initial goal! We want to let you all in on a little secret. CineStill 120 Medium Format isn't just about 800T, nor is it just about Medium Format. We just revealed our next two big stretch goals!

Stretch Goals Revealed

LARGE Format 4x5 Sheet Film 
Making CineStill in 120 opens up many exciting opportunities. Since it will be produced from a special order motion picture emulsion we will be able to format it nearly any way we wish. And we wished for 4x5! The extra material, tooling, and packaging will only require an additional $30K in funding, which looks to be no problem. With your help, we are excited to do our part to bring more tools to large format photography. 
MORE Film Emulsions
50Daylight is boasted to be the world’s finest grain film. Setting up an additional line of film will take twice as much work, but we only need 40K more to make it happen. Once we reach this goal and the end of the campaign, we will send out surveys to all contributors. You will have the option to choose between 800T or 50D for each perk you backed! 

CineStill's mission is giving creatives more choices and tools to create their vision. You would expect a guitarist to have more than just one guitar, electric or acoustic. And a pianist would never be satisfied only ever playing a synthesizer. In a highly homogenized market and culture, artists and professionals can't be expected to express themselves freely without diversity of mediums and tools. We desire to bring them to you, and work with many other film manufacturers to support diversity in the analog film renaissance.   
To say thank you, we are shipping an additional CineStill 120 roll to all contributors who select another most wanted perk, after making your initial contribution.
 50D beta test Photos by Nicole Hill and The Brothers Wright

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CineStill 120 is BACK!

Over the past year, we've gone back to the drawing board, created more cost effective designs, scaled down the minimum order quantities, and even made a really cool new crowdfunding film on CineStill film! We have worked hard to create a leaner and more flexible plan for CineStill 120. We are ready, with a more flexible project, so we have chosen a more flexible crowdfunding platform to give you the opportunity to bring CineStill into the world of medium format.

CineStill 120 is about more than just us bringing to market a new product that we are passionate about... It's about you! It's something you have been asking for since the beginning and it can only happen if you make it happen!

Introducing... CineStill 120!

We want you, our most loyal supporters, to be our first "CineStill Film Makers" and beta testers! The project is now live and early contributors will have access to limited "early-bird" perks and the chance to beta test CineStill 120 before the first production run is complete!

Now, a little on how we got here and why...

Immediately following our Kickstarter campaign which received nearly $120K in pledges but did not meet it's larger goal, IndieGoGo reached out to us. They were confident that we could have a "hugely successful campaign" and generously offered to help us "blow past" our original goal. This was enticing and could most certainly have worked, but after speaking with them and much deliberation, we opted to take time to explore the opportunities before us and to work out a better plan for our supporters. One where your previously pledged contributions would be enough and we could award your dedication and support with better perks and exciting stretch goals.

We are now counting on you to match or surpass previously pledged funding. Please contribute generously to collect your piece of the pie. CineStill 120 on IndieGoGo

CineStill 800T 120 Beta by Adam Goldberg

With your support, we have a clear pathway to bring CineStill 120 to market at an affordable price. All the components are sourced, we have the process prototyped, and all of the agreements and services are in order. We are even giving early supporters opportunities to further beta test for us!

The main obstacles originally (other than funds) were the MOQs (minimum order quantities) and setup cost vs volume of production. With medium format film, we couldn't just start small and scale up, as was the approach with our previous 135 releases. It is either large scale production or not at all. In order to produce the highest quality product, we needed to secure all the materials compatible with slitting and spooling 120, and engineer our process for the optimal and appropriate scale. Fortunately, during our last campaign, you displayed the demand and scale of interest that is achievable and we have adjusted accordingly! This included securing special order materials, a custom built machine and a larger production space. Initially, this required over $300K in capital to produce and fulfill a crowdfunding campaign which would bring CineStill 120 to market. But hard work and dedication pays off.

We have since invested much towards this goal, negotiated lower minimum orders, created production efficiencies and more cost effective equipment design.

We have a plan, and $120K is the minimum additional funding needed to get our first MOQ production run off the ground. In truth, it has and will cost more going forward, but that is the remaining of what we need to raise through pledges to justify a large scale production and begin sustained distribution.

Since the beginning, we have resisted the temptation of expanding too quickly through outside investment or excessive leveraging of debt. Such an approach, though enticing, would result in a higher end retail price and limit future expansion of our products. This is where crowdfunding is so helpful. It allows you to stimulate startup based on demand, bringing to market much more efficiently, a product with market awareness for continued availability.

Starting out with multiple production runs of 120 to be distributed at wholesale would take much more outside investing and several cycles to sustain. More time, requires more funding, leading to higher prices. By inviting you to become "CineStill Film Makers," you will be our investors and you will reap the perks!

So if you haven't already, please take a look at the new project and watch the film we made. We would love your comments and feedback. Once you've made your most generous contribution, please share with your friends in the analog community.

This is our renaissance,

-Brian Wright

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CineStill BWXX is Back in Limited Supply!

Available now exclusively through our online shop, CineStill BWXX is back again! BWXX is a high speed, classic black & white film emulsion, with an EI of 250 under daylight and 200 under tungsten lighting. CineStill BWXX is professionally spooled into high quality 135 (Non Dx-Coded) 36 exposure Cartridges. Our second limited release of this beautiful emulsion will certainly sell out fast, so order yours now!

Originally created by Eastman Kodak in 1959, Eastman double-x 5222, has since became a most beloved film for cinema and still photographers alike. This classic black and white film stock has been left relatively unchanged since it's first release. Though Kodak no longer offers this wonderful film to the analog still photography community, it is still available to cinematographers-- and why should they get to have all the fun?

Some of the movies using the classic Eastman double-x film stock (5222) include: Schindler's List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I'm Not There (2007), and many many more.

CineStill BWXX is an excellent choice for those looking for a classic film stock to fill the void left by the discontinuation of it's wonderful sister films, Kodak Plus-x and TXP320.

Recommended development in Kodak D-96 developer, but is compatible will all black and white film developers. An extensive list of developing times for this film may be found at & The Massive Dev Chart form