Loading 35mm Film By John Kasinger
As mentioned before all film is always loaded in the dark. I like using the 16oz. stainless tank pictured above with stainless reels. A good source is Freestyle. This way you can process 1 or 2 rolls at the same time. If you are doing just 1 roll it must be put in the tank first so as to be on the bottom. Always put the second reel in on top of the loaded reel for consistent agitation.
You must get the film out of the cassette. An old fashioned bottle cap remover works well. Open the end that is the flattest and pull out the film spindle and all. Remove the spindle from the end of the roll of film.
The reels are loaded starting from the center and winding the film onto the reel. Start by sacrificing a roll of film for practice. Keep this practice roll for future needs. PRACTICE THIS IN FULL ROOM LIGHT UNTIL YOU GET THE FEEL OF IT. You must secure the end of the roll of film to the clip in the center of the reel then wind slowly outward till all the film is rolled onto the reel.
Put the loaded roll into the tank. Put the next reel in on top of the first. Put the lid on securely and you are ready to turn on the lights.
All this sounds horribly complicated but with practice it becomes very routine and takes but a few minutes.