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

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.

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.

Featurette on the restoration of “The Godfather”. (YouTube video)

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

Fifty More Vitaphone Shorts in WB Restoration Pipeline in 2012!!, The Vitaphone Project newsletter, Fall/Winter 2011.

“The Fight for 35mm Continues” by Dennis Cozzalio, Nov. 30, 2011.

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.

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.

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.

National Film Preservation Foundation

“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”

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

Wikipedia Encyclopedia entry on Film Preservation

Sarah Ziebell: American Moving Image Preservation: 1967-1987, master’s thesis at UT-Austin (courtesy Sarah Ziebell) (2000) [PDF file: 11.1MB] Note: This is a PDF file which require the free version of the Acrobat viewer to view.

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