Flexible support on which light sensitive emulsion is coated.
The carrier, or substrate, upon which the emulsion and image forming materials is transported. Film base is a tough transparent polymer often an ester of cellulose or polyester.
The support material on which the photosensitive emulsion is coated.
Flexible, usually transparent, support on which photographic emulsions are coated.
A film base is a transparent substrate which acts as a support medium for the photosensitive emulsion that lies atop it. Despite the numerous layers and coatings associated with the emulsion layer, the base generally accounts for the vast majority of the thickness of any given film stock. Historically there have been three major types of film base in use: cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate (cellulose diacetate, cellulose acetate propionate, cellulose acetate butyrate, and cellulose triacetate), and polyester (Kodak trade-name: Estar).