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Initiating a restoration effort?

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#1 of 2 Patrick McCart

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Posted July 24 2008 - 05:41 AM

After reading a lot on film restoration projects, it seems like the actual restoration work is easy compared to the research before a frame is touched.

What are the steps usually taken to convince a studio to restore a film?

Is there a way to request an inventory of archival materials for a film for the sake of research or even access to materials for inventory? I've found UCLA's online database to be a lot of fun to go through... listings of camera negatives, soundtrack negatives, separations, etc. It's a pity that studios or other archives do not have this resource available to the curious... but I sort of understand why they wish to keep some details under wraps.

Also, RAH's The Digital Bits columns and general input on the HTF are gold to the DVD community. Does for film technology what Mr. Wizard did for science!

#2 of 2 Robert Harris

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Posted July 25 2008 - 03:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick McCart
After reading a lot on film restoration projects, it seems like the actual restoration work is easy compared to the research before a frame is touched.

Untrue!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick McCart
What are the steps usually taken to convince a studio to restore a film?

Is there a way to request an inventory of archival materials for a film for the sake of research or even access to materials for inventory?

Doubtful.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick McCart
I've found UCLA's online database to be a lot of fun to go through... listings of camera negatives, soundtrack negatives, separations, etc. It's a pity that studios or other archives do not have this resource available to the curious... but I sort of understand why they wish to keep some details under wraps.

Some of this is highly confidential information.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick McCart
Also, RAH's The Digital Bits columns and general input on the HTF are gold to the DVD community. Does for film technology what Mr. Wizard did for science!

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T.E. Lawrence



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