So just how hard can it be to make film?
I was reading blaughn's thread about the future of the LF market. Of course, the lynchpin of our continued existence is the availability of film, and to a lesser degree, paper. (Paper supported emulsions being easier to produce by individuals, if push came to shove.)
Jim Chinn commented on micro-manufacturing of film by some to-be-identified creative entrepreneur.
So I'll bite. How hard can this be? What is involved in making film?
Are Kodak's and, say, Ilford's, recipes for some traditional films be sufficiently known that someone could duplicate them if they could assemble the manufacturing capability?
Can film be produced with sufficiently affordable equipment that one could start with a small operation and then grow it over time if demand required?
Where would one start?