C-41 (Color) Developing
For chemicals, Cinestill makes a kit that includes all the chemicals you’ll need to create the developer, blix (bleach and fixer combination), and stabilizer. Mixing up the chemicals is surprisingly easy – you just follow the instructions included on a sheet in the box you receive.
It’s important to note that the water needs to be 120 degrees Fahrenheit when you are mixing up both the developer and blix chemicals. It only needs to be 102 degrees Fahrenheit, though, when you’re actually developing the film.
Here’s what you’ll need to develop all your film at home:
Not a need but will make your life much easier:
After you’ve acquired all of those things and mixed up your chemicals at the proper temperature, set your chemicals in the basin filled with water set to 102 degrees Fahrenheit (set and regulated by the sous vide).
Then, you’ll need to go into complete darkness to load your film onto reels that you’ll place directly into the developing tank and close with the lightsafe lid. I’ve found that a closet with a towel placed up against the bottom seam of the door works perfectly for complete darkness. You might want to draw the shades on any nearby windows for extra safety.
After you’ve loaded the film into the developing tank, you simply follow the instructions included in the Cinestill kit. The instructions say to “agitate” the chemicals occasionally throughout development. This involves gently turning the tank upside down then right-side up. Agitation occurs during the first 10 seconds of each minute of development, typically.
Once you rinsed and stabilized your film, it’s ready to hang up to dry. I’ll typically hang my film from our shower rack which my husband just loooves (hehe). Film dries in a few hours, typically.