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It’s a Catch-22. Because fewer films are shot on film, film processing labs are closing around the world. With fewer labs available, the range of services offered – from creation of prints, to processing of rushes and dailies – becomes less efficient and more expensive, thus encouraging productions to go digital, which, in turn, provides less business for the remaining labs, etc.
But John Tadros, Apha Grip managing director, saw an opportunity in this seemingly hopeless situation, and, in the last week of March 2015, unveiled the Alpha Mobile Film Laboratory at a ceremony hosted by the British Society of Cinematographers at the famous Pinewood Studios. The lab – officially known as “Alpha 1” – is a state-of-the-art full-service film processing facility entirely housed in a 44-foot-long mobile trailer.