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How “Polaroid” Instant Film is Made

Want to see how instant film for Polaroid cameras is made? How It’s Made recently paid a visit to The Impossible Project‘s factory in the Netherlands (purchased from Polaroid a few years ago) to give us a neat behind-the-scenes look at the processes that go into making the popular film.


 
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  • http://twitter.com/cyclonetog Merv Wignall

    Can anybody say “over modulated”.

  • Confuzzlebot

    IF they take 3 minutes to make 1 packet, why do they seem to always be out of stock?

  • Confuzzlebot

    IF they take 3 minutes to make 1 packet, why do they seem to always be out of stock?

  • Scintillescent

    The headline of this article is misleading. You’re giving Polaroid credit for something they have no involvement with.
    re: the film being in stock: it’s because the film is made in small batches. Impossible film is always being improved, each batch is better than the one before.

  • Scintillescent

    The headline of this article is misleading. You’re giving Polaroid credit for something they have no involvement with.
    re: the film being in stock: it’s because the film is made in small batches. Impossible film is always being improved, each batch is better than the one before.

  • http://www.jcraigen.com das Goose

    Polaroid really has nothing to do with the film production at all. The title isn’t just misleading, it is flat out wrong. Please correct it.

  • http://www.jcraigen.com das Goose

    Polaroid really has nothing to do with the film production at all. The title isn’t just misleading, it is flat out wrong. Please correct it.

  • http://www.jcraigen.com das Goose

    Polaroid really has nothing to do with the film production at all. The title isn’t just misleading, it is flat out wrong. Please correct it.

  • Carina Felice

    pure beauty.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    We’ve made a few small edits to hopefully clear up the confusion. Thanks.

  • http://www.jcraigen.com das Goose

    Thanks Michael. 

    Some folks might be interested to know that in the beginning of what is now The Impossible Project, Polaroid’s management intentionally made producing new film more difficult. They’re a bunch of really classy, business-savvy people.

  • Mr.New

    If only Polaroid could share with Impossible Project the recipe for more stable film…

  • Motamanx

    How I miss that great film!

  • Photographyontheroad

    Can you provide any more detail? Not surprisingly, they seem to be accepting the brand revitalization that has come along with TIP’s work, and I wouldn’t expect them to extend effort to make things easier, but I’m surprised to hear they extended effort to make things harder once the sale was going through….