Jeff Polaski , Oct 13, 1999; 09:31 a.m.
Wow! I used to shoot 16mm B&W. Thought it was a lost art, what with all these folks running around calling themselves videographers. It's a reversal film, so the process is different from B&W negative. I always had a commercial lab do the processing, so I'm not familar with the darkroom side, but I imagine it requires some machinery to run the film through the various processes. I edited the developed film. Which is fun, but brings up another question. After 16mm film is edited, you've got a reel of film with lots of splices that should be copied onto a master. Another expensive piece of machinery can be imagined here. I don't want to discourage you, B&W film is a rewarding art form. Check out Eisenstein's Potemkin, and Wells' Third Man, and you'll see stuff that can't be done in color. Good luck!