As the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference descends on Richmond, Virginia, this week, our spotlight is on film as an archival medium. The AMIA Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and students to meet, share information, and work together in an educational environment for audiovisual preservation. Topics being explored this year include television restoration, handling magnetic materials, open source tools and quality control, and, as always, film for archival preservation.
In today’s multi-format landscape, manufacturers, technicians and companies supporting content creation from capture to screen, and ultimately to the archives, continue to assess best practices for standardizing the process, so that the workflow elicits consistent, high-quality results.
Giles Nuttgens, BSC (What Maisie Knew, Midnight’s Children) understands that chasing the moments to tell the story and fulfilling the vision of directors takes timing, talent, and technical know-how. In his remarks at Cinegear this year, he shared that this vision is what drives the camera, not the other way around. And having a knowledge of film gives him a nearly unlimited panorama of options. See highlights from his talk.
Director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams and moderator Reginald Hudlin (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)
J.J. Abrams took the stage at the PGA's Produced By Conference for a session this past Saturday in front of a packed audience at Fox's Zanuck Theatre. Among other topics, Mr. Abrams spoke to the role film plays in his movies. Specifically, he noted the deliberate choice to use film for Star Trek Into Darkness saying "...with all the CG, it was important to me that it was as warm and human and analog as possible...". He even stated he has not made a movie captured on anything other than film. It's clear he wants film to remain as an option for filmmakers. He said, "If film were to go away...the standard for the highest, best quality would go away.”
Kodak's Andy Evenski, president and general manager of Entertainment Imaging, opened the event to a round of applause stating, "Film is not dead." He also touched on the lab situation saying there are plenty of them around the world processing motion picture film, and that Kodak is here to help.