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Preservation/Restoration Resources and Projects

Upcoming Events

  • The Real Indies: A Close Look at Orphan Films, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, New York, NY, Academy Theater. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NYU Cinema Studies and the Orphan Film Symposium.
  • International Federation of Film Archives Congress, April 11-18, 2015, Canberra and Sydney, Australia.
  • The Nitrate Picture Show, archival festival of film conservation showcasing vintage 35mm nitrate film prints from the beginnings of cinema to the early 1950s. May 1-3, 2015, Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
  • Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Annual Conference, Nov. 18-21, 2015, Portland, Oregon.

    Current Projects

    Preservation Case Studies for Archives offered by PrestoCenter.

    Preservation Articles in the News

    (listed chronologically)

    Film Preservation 101: This 80 Year Old Film Printer Still Contributes to Preservation by Audrey Amidon, Media Matters, blog of the National Archives Special Media Archives Services Division, June 18, 2014.

    Film Restoration and Preservation in the Digital Age – An Interview with Robert Byrne, Indieplex online community magazine for and by indie filmmakers, May 22, 2014. Rob Byrne is an independent film restorer and preservationist and President of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

    “All Archives Are Local: Talking with the National Archives & Records Administration,” May 2014 podcast. With guests Bonnie Marie Sauer (Archivist, National Archives at New York City) and Kevin DeVorsey (Supervisory Electronic Records Format Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration).

    Dear Movies Silently, Why do silent films have such poor picture quality? by Fritzi Kramer, Movies Silently, April 17, 2014. Video blog complete with comparisons of film excerpts.

    Film Preservation 101: What are the holes on the sides of the film for?, by Audrey Amidon, Media Matters, blog of the National Archives Special Media Archives Services Division, April 17, 2014.

    A monumental movie makeover. James Croot talks to NFPB Board Member Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures expert in film preservation and restoration, on what's involved in restoring the classic “On the Waterfront.”, April 12, 2014.

    Lost British silent film classic “Love, Life and Laughter” found in Dutch archive, by Mark Brown, The Guardian, April 2, 2014.

    Film Preservation 101: Is Restoration the Same as Preservation?, by Heidi Holmstrom, Media Matters, blog of the National Archives Special Media Archives Services Division, March 19, 2014.

    Film Preservation 2.0, by Matthew Dessem, The Dissolve, February 24, 2014. Excerpt: “Unless the unique challenges of digital preservation are met, we run the risk of a future in which a film from 1894 has a better chance of surviving than a digital film from 2014.”

    Three Views of Digital Preservation, by Joshua Ranger, Audiovisual Preservation Solutions blog, Feb. 5, 2014.

    Sony Pictures’ Rita Belda on Film Grain, 4K, and Restoring a Screwball Classic, by Bryant Frazer, Studio Daily, Dec. 23, 2013.

    Analysis of Current Digital Preservation Policies: Archives, Libraries and Museums, by Library of Congress Junior Fellow Madeline Sheldon, August 13, 2013.

    Digidev Group Inks Deal to Launch Classic and Silent Feature Films Online, Digidev press release, May 25, 2012.

    Academy’s Film-To-Film Rescues Cinematic Past, Academy press release, May 7, 2012.

    Movie Studios Are Forcing Hollywood to Abandon 35mm Film. But the Consequences of Going Digital Are Vast, and Troubling, by Gendy Alimurung, L.A. Weekly, April 12, 2012.

    “Acad sounds alarm about fragility of digital production,” Variety, Jan. 18, 2012.

    Preservation Publications, Guides and Online Resources

    Deconstructing Digital Video for Activists, developed by WITNESS, an international organization that trains and supports people using video to document human rights issues and events.

    Digital Dilemma (Science and Technology Council, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and follow up report, Digital Dilemma 2 .

    Digital Moving Image Archives (DMIA), serves as a guide for independent filmmakers to provide basic information about preserving digital data.

    Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template,developed by New York University’s Division of Libraries and its academic partners and technical advisors.

    Featurette on the restoration of “Jaws,” available on BluRay, August 14, 2012. (YouTube video)

    American Moving Image Preservation: 1967-1987, master’s thesis, Sarah Ziebell Mann, UT-Austin, 2000.

    Film Preservation: A Critical Symposium by some of America’s foremost film preservationists, Cineaste: America’s Leading magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, August 30, 2011.

    Film Preservation 101: What’s the Difference Between a Film and a Video? Media Matters, National Archives blog, June 25, 2013.

    Film Preservation Handbook (ScreenSound Australia)


    For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon

    Forty Years of Film Preservation: A Conversation with David Shepard, by Kyle Westphal, Northwest Chicago Film Society, January 30, 2012.

    Fuji to continue producing archive film stock. Variety reports Fuji will continue to produce its Eterna-RDS archive film for film preservation work, while halting production of film stock used for shooting, editing and screening pics.

    Kodak: Motion Picture Resource Guides

    Kodachrome 2010: A short documentary by Xander Robin on how this film stock was developed and why it is no longer in use.

    Lost Forever: The Art of Film Preservation, documentary produced by Gravitas Documfilms in 2011 and included with These Amazing Shadows home video.

    Mary Pickford Foundation Launches Online Research Center and Clearinghouse featuring original videos and writings, photographs, archives, collections, film clips and historical material illustrating the impact the actress and her colleagues had on the film industry.

    National Film Preservation Foundation

    preservation guide


    “Pandora’s Digital Box: Pix and Pixels,” Observations on Film Art, by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, Feb. 13, 2012.

    “Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures”

    Planning to Preserve Video for Human Rights, developed by WITNESS, an international organization that trains and supports people using video to document human rights issues and events.

    Preservation Preservation Guide Wiki

    “Preservationists and archivists extend the lives of film for many years,” Medill Reports, Northwestern University, Jan. 12, 2012.

    “Restoration Nation: Motion Picture Archives and American Film Preservation” (dissertation by Caroline Frick). Note: This is a PDF file which require the free version of the Acrobat viewer to view.

    Restoration Roundtable with reps from Warner Bros. talk about new Blu-ray releases of Registry titles including Singin’ in the Rain, Red Dust, Wizard of Oz and others, August 2, 2012.

    “Sweet emulsion: why the (near) death of film matters,” by Scott Tobias, A.V. Club, November 22, 2011.

    Universal Studios Centennial: Restoring the Classics - A Lifetime of Memories. (YouTube video)

    Video Aids to Film Preservation

    Videotape and Audiotape Restoration Articles by Jim Lindner

    Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide, Texas Commission on the Arts, 2004

    Washington State Film Preservation Manual

    What is Video Metadata? developed by WITNESS, an international organization that trains and supports people using video to document human rights issues and events.

    Wikipedia Encyclopedia entry on Film Preservation


    What We Aim to Prevent: Photo Gallery of Detiorating Film

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