FGMS/FGMC Theater Print [MPA-D1]

Record Type: Film Output from Motion Picture Film Source

Expected Use: Distribution Copy

Product Name: FGMS (Fine Grain Master, Silent)/FGMC (Fine Grain Master, Composite) Theater Print [MPA-D1]

Product Purpose: This product satisfies requests for film projection.

Nature of Source Material: Any 35mm or 16mm black and white preservation or reproduction negative film element, including ONS (Original Negative, Silent), ONC (Original Negative, Composite), DNS (Duplicate Negative, Silent), and DNC (Digital Negative, Composite).

Film Stock: Kodak 2366 (35mm)/Kodak 3366 (16mm)

Other Information:

  • If separate sound track elements exist, they are combined with negative visual elements to make a composite positive element in all cases.
  • This product is a positive element made from negative source elements.
  • This product is always derivative or duplicate from a higher quality preservation or reproduction master copy.
  • This product is known internally as the “Theater Copy” and usually has a blue color swatch on the film can.

Quality Control


Control strips are created on a sensitometer for each new processing batch and evaluated on the densitometer. Adjustments are made to the processing chemicals as needed to achieve the desired neutral visual density reading of “1” on the control strip.

Methylene Blue Testing

ISO 18917: 1999 compliance: Methylene blue testing to measure residual thiosulfate and its decomposition products is of use in appraising the adequacy of washing and therefore the permanence of the silver image on photographic films, plates and papers. Inadequate washing can cause a loss in image density and the formation of stain in low-density areas.


For the most part, film-based product specifications are dictated by the source material’s film element type. There is some flexibility however in regards to combining separate picture and soundtrack reels into a composite reel. Selected image adjustments such as color correction and density correction are routinely performed during the reformatting process.