Is this Blog for You?

Only if you work around archival films. I can think of a few reasons why this might not be for you though.

  • Perhaps you don’t have responsibility for knowing what condition your films are in. Maybe you just take good care of them until someone calls for them.
  • Perhaps you don’t need to see what’s on those films. Maybe you have a cataloging system and that’s all you need.
  • Perhaps you only want video of what’s on your film if that video has been color restored, stabilized, cropped, edited, and professionally prepared for public consumption. Maybe a work print video wouldn’t do you any good.
  • Perhaps you have a very substantial budget. Maybe you can afford to send your films to the best film restoration service providers in the land.

If those four scenarios don’t sound like you, maybe you’d like to come along with us. We think archival films are important. We think they should be seen no matter what condition they’re in. We think the people taking care of them want, in their hearts, to know what condition they’re in.

Some of us have devoted our careers to archival moving images. We care; obviously we’re not in it for wealth and fame. We are technologists. We like to invent things. Things that make life better for the moving image archive community.
Right now we think that technology in general is at a fascinating point in history. Things that were unimaginable when we started our careers are in our pockets today.
When we think of film inspection we think of a system that plays the film on any office table, you can get it by mail order to anywhere you are, and you can see the work print video and the inspection results on that amazing computer in your pocket.
Are you with us?