DriveSavers Restores Oscar-Winning Film The Shore

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Wed, 05/30/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

DriveSavers Data Recovery has successfully recovered the Academy Award winning film The Shore. Produced by the father and daughter team of Terry and Oorlagh George The Shore is a 30-minute film about an expatriate Irishman returning home for the first time in 25 years. It won the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. For a time it appeared the preferred version – the director’s cut – might be lost.
The director’s cut was the version that was used to create several other versions of the film using Apple's Final Cut Pro. Producer Oorlagh George explained “We edited the film to an airplane friendly version another for television with cuts for commercials a shorter film version for film festivals and then there was our prized Director’s Cut.” 
  Shot completely in digital format the producers stored all the various versions of the film on a MacBook Pro laptop computer that was configured for automatic backups. At some point the MacBook refused to boot up for some unknown reason. When the files were finally restored it was discovered that the critical director's cut version of the film was missing.
The father/daughter team experienced their data loss only days before the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles California.  No one in the audience or the nearly 40 million television viewers could tell how worried the pair was about their film when they accepted their first Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film. 
 We went to the Oscars-and we won George said. Since the drive was in transit to DriveSavers we weren’t sure we would get the version of the film back that we really wanted people see. But after only two days DriveSavers rescued the irreplaceable director's cut along with family photos and notes for future projects.”
George summed up her experience by saying We are so grateful to the kind people at DriveSavers they are just amazing. I would use them again in a heartbeat...but hope I never have to. ,3326
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