Motion Picture Film Guidance: Resources


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Motion Picture Film: Resources

Online Film Preservation Guides


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