“Normally, when we are quiet it’s because we are very busy. This time the opposite is true,” Ferrania began in their latest update, referring to their factory being non-functional since February. There, they briefly mention the hardships that have halted production, but also, more importantly, that they’ve fixed the problems and can now continuously produce P30 film.
With the major issues of their factory finally behind them, the Ferrania team is now working on the final step of installing their new power plant. The team now expects to be back in operation later this month. Coupled with this is the announcement that they already have the necessary resources for continuous in-house production of P30 film. Hopefully, this means we’ll see P30 back in stock just in time for the shop’s scheduled re-opening come fall 2018.
The company also looks back at how it’s been “in-the making” for almost six years now; a timeline that has been raising eyebrows among the backers of their 2014 Kickstarter campaign. But, as we’ll find in Ferrania’s news and Kickstarter updates, making films from scratch has always been a monumental task, from securing a place to make the films to obtaining the machines necessary for production. It’s also worth noting that the campaign was not just about creating the initial batch of film for the backers but also about putting together a self-sustaining company and production line ready for the next 100 years.
“We will now return to being very quiet and very busy.” Ferrania at least tells us that the silence from now on shouldn’t be taken as disappearing (with the money, as some backers already believe). “It is going to take all of our time and effort to stay completely focused on preparing the factory to restart with continuous, uninterrupted production.”
As with the hopes of many who are still keen on supporting Ferrania, the dream remains for P30 to lead to the production of the other films. For now, we wait for fall 2018.
Ferrania P30 ALPHA image by Andrea Zambelli via FILM Ferrania