Motion Picture Film Guidance: Resources


Motion Picture Film: Resources

Online Film Preservation Guides

  • Film Forever – Sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), a home movie preservation guide with lots of really good information. Available in PDF for free download.
  • National Film Preservation Foundation – NFPF offers a very helpful guide for film preservation geared toward libraries and museums. Available in PDF for free download.
  • National Film and Sound Archive (Australia) Film Preservation Handbook – An in-depth guide to everything pertaining to film care and preservation. Be sure to check out the detailed glossary (online only).
  • NARA Guide to the Contextual Assessment of Film Elements and Related Materials- This guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Motion Picture Technical Processing Guidance. This document aids in the identification of all related materials and defines common motion picture element terms and expressions historically used in film labs.
  • NARA Motion Picture Technical Processing Guidance- This document summarizes the factors considered by staff in NARA’s Motion Picture Preservation Lab when assessing unprocessed collections and organizing records into an archival set for the NARA Moving Image and Sound Branch, or custodial unit.


Digital Preservation of Motion Picture Film

  • The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a number of publications including the Digital Dilemma reports and a case study of long-term storage and management of data.

Other sites and videos of interest

  • Out of the Dark: Bringing Films to Light at the National Archives – A video made by the motion picture archival unit and the preservation lab in order to show how the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) processes films from when they come in the door to when they hit the research room.
  • Timeline of Historical Color Systems – An amazing recent effort to bring together all of the knowledge of color systems for film put together by film studies professor Barbara Flueckiger.
  • Film sizes – A website that provides a brief history and lots of pictures of various film gauges.
  • World’s First Moving Colour Pictures – A fascinating five minute video about the discovery, preservation, and digital restoration of the 1901 Lee and Turner Films.

Service Providers for Motion Picture Film