I guess Adrian Turner would prefer to live on his old Cinerama memories and that our Cinerama films just go away and rot unless they can be restored photo chemically. In fact they have rotted to the point of no chance to resurrect them other than with digital. They were not stored properly for 50+ years. Hardly any color left, major shrinkage of each panel, think vibrating sprocket holes x3 with jumpy images all over- then film lacquer shedding on most rolls. Now lets add extra fading of each panel towards each edge. Conventional film of this age may have fading towards the left and right edges but it is not that apparent overall but with 3 panel you get 6 edges! Now lets add the fact that there is no STUDIO restoration budget to do the job only a small grant. Oh yes some of us are doing this on a volunteer basis with no profit participation, think weekends and late nights for no pay or hardly any pay.
You might also be interested to know that where we have missing negatives the Library of Congress (our partners in this project) provides the missing sections for scanning from their original deposit prints. These are of course faded totally pink with hardly any color. So far we have gotten about 75% of the color back, which is amazing.
I wish someday I could restore a film that had only one image -not 3 blended together - and with a negative that was stored in a studio vault for 50 years!!!!
I always love these Monday morning quarterback comments that sound so judgmental. It really encourages us to continue the work!
Thanks so much Adrian Turner for your wise and informative comments. Were so happy that people like Leonard Maltin and Dave Kehr disagree with you.
I saw the digital presentation of 1958’s South Seas Adventure, which sold me on the restoration process that’s been implemented by Austin, Texas-based Image Trends Inc. They are working from badly-worn, severely faded color negatives, but you’d never know it from the picture spread on the giant Cinerama Dome screen. Leonard Maltin
These are fabulous, David! Can’t wait! “Cinerama Holiday” looks even better than “This Is . . .” for great mid-century imagery.
Will Flicker Alley be releasing? Best Dave Kehr
Oh yes our Cinerama Holiday mutilated restorations will screen as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28 in Hollywood and also at the National Media Museum in the UK on April 27th.
South Seas Adventure was screened, along with a restoration seminar about our work, last summer at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy) one of the more major world film festivals, quite an honor to be featured like this.
If anyone would like to see a hi def example of how we have totally botched and mutilated, as Adrian has stated, these projects I will keep these 3 trailers on my site for next 2 weeks starting 4-10-13.
They will take some time to load up so be patient.
These trailers were created in a 1950s style from scratch by your truly:
Note: First (9) 3-panel shots are from Eastman color LOC deposit prints using special color recovery techniques.http://www.davidstro...nd iPhone 4.m4v
South Seas:http://www.davidstro...nd iPhone 4.m4v
Cinerama Holiday:http://www.davidstro...nd iPhone 4.m4v
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