storytime… I recently ended up getting a hold of a 100’ tin of DuPont Superior (Nitrate) stock circa-1930’s that appeared to be sealed, in a way that I didn’t think looked like a re-seal.. I don’t shoot movies, but I do like photography and I particularly love experimenting with any weird stuff I can get my hands on, just to see what I can do with it. I fully intended to shoot through all this old film. So, I put it in a bulk loader, and the first red flag was that it didn’t quite feel like 100’ of film. I filled up a few rolls anyway, including one particularly short roll I could shoot some test exposures on and get a feeling for ISO. As is my typical working process for anything this ancient, I semi-stand dev’d in highly dilute HC-110. The good news is I got pictures, the bad news is I got a lot more pictures than I bargained for! The can apparently was re-sealed as the film in there was already shot. It looks like there’s 4-perf silent movie footage of someone swinging a baseball bat or something… and I shot my test exposures all over them! Well, luckily there is still a lot of film left that I haven’t shot all over and I will be careful not to ruin anymore of the original footage. There is definitely quite a bit of base-fog so I am sure a more typical developing approach wouldn’t result in a good image - the stand development/cold HC-110 method I used would probably give best results. But of course I’m hesitant to cut up the film any more than I already have! And I’m not sure if it’s even possible to even do a similar development process like that on a larger reel of movie film. It’s definitely cool that I was able to recover an 80-90 year old latent image, but at the same time… the stuff wasn’t cheap and I was under the impression that I would have 18 rolls worth of the stuff I could experiment with, now I have literally nothing I can actually shoot sooooo that’s kindof a bummer hahah. Not sure what my next steps are but I think it would be neat to see this lost movie footage restored and played for the first time.