Motion Picture Film Guidance: Resources


Motion Picture Film: Resources

Online Film Preservation Guides

  • - The Image Permanence Institute created this resource, which includes a basic collections risk assessment tool based on storage condition. Also includes a Film Base Identification Guide, Technology Timeline, and Visual Decay Guide to help identify film types and determine condition.
  • 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).
  • Care, Handling, and Storage of Motion Picture Film - Information on identifying and handling motion picture film from the Library of Congress.
  • Handling of Processed Film - A resource on handling and inspecting motion picture film from Kodak.
  • 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 (The Digital Dilemma and The Digital Dilemma 2) and a case study of long-term storage and management of data.

Other sites and videos of interest

Service Providers for Motion Picture Film