John Tindall Technical
"Process 1919"

In the world of recreations for the various networks anything that was shot before 1920's is treated like real newsfilm. Because of this I set my sights on creating a process that would faithfully duplicate the artifacts associated with motion picture film of that era. Hence the moniker "Process 1919."

LINK TO CLIP #1 - WW I FLYERS ("Filmed in France in 1918.")

LINK TO CLIP #2 - WHALE SHIP ("Filmed in 1912")

LINK TO CLIP #3 - FRIEDA KAHLO ("Shot at her home in 1936.")

Still frame from Tindall's "Process 1919"

During the 1990's I began to research ways to make modern film stocks look...old. Even in black and white stocks such as TRI-X have become so sharp that getting edgy, toothy grain became a difficult task.

In digging through old photographic lab books from the 1950's, I finally settled on a class of chemicals known as energy intensifiers to damage the grain structure sufficiently. I added these compounds along with restrainers to a non-fine grain developer created from scratch.

This worked out well for black and white stills and it was a simple matter to transfer the technique to motion picture film. The antique processing machine allowed manipulation of the chemical replenishment which was used to an advantage. I wanted to get artifacts from exhausted chemicals including the fix bath.

The result of all of this is a very authentic looking motion picture with image depth far beyond any "plug ins" that are used in post. The organic nature of film comes through with a "life like" quality that defies analysis.

From the structure of the grain to the tonal renderings the footage looks real. The process never fails to amaze. There is also the satisfaction of really working your art -- rather than just clicking a button...