The Reel Thing (www.The-Reel-Thing.org), the 33rd technical symposium on film restoration and preservation will be held August 21-23 at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood.
In what counted as one of the surprises at the event, Blackmagic Design unveiled the Blackmagic Cintel film scanner earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. The real time system can scan 16mm and 35mm film into UltraHD.
Codex has announced that it is working with Vision Research to provide a robust workflow for the Phantom Flex4K camera. Already widely used around the world with many different cameras, Codex Vault is a mobile workflow device that supports the rapid transfer of the digital camera originals from the Phantom for review, post-production and archiving.
While most Hollywood movies and television shows are now produced on digital media, Orange County, California post house Electric Pictures has built a thriving business using video systems that the newer digital technology was meant to replace.
MTI Film recently completed an all-new digital restoration of North to Alaska, Twentieth Century Fox’s 1960 comedy starring John Wayne. Employing proprietary technology and image processing techniques, MTI Film scanned the original 35mm cut negative at 4K before putting the film through an intensive restoration process to address faded color, Newton rings, dirt, scratches and many other defects. MTI Film ultimately delivered fully restored 4K files to produce a new 35mm negative for long-term preservation, along with a 4K DCP Master and high definition masters in a variety of aspect ratios.
Producers Keanu Reeves and Justin Szlasa have chosen to create a film element of their feature documentary Side by Side on Kodak Vision 3 Color Digital Intermediate Film 2254. This intermediate post-production step will also provide the producers with a master for making 35mm film prints. The 2254 will then be archived at the Academy Film Archive, which is providing substantial and instrumental support to preserve this culturally significant exploration into the evolution of digital and film formats.
The Library of Congress today unveiled The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929, the first comprehensive survey of American feature films that survived the silent era of motion pictures. Previous documentation established that nearly 11,000 (10,919) silent feature films of American origin were released from 1912 through 1929. There was, however, no definitive, systematic study on how many of these films still existed and where any surviving elements were located in the world’s leading film archives and private collections.
Qube Cinema has sold its digital cinema servers and DCP mastering software to Cinecolor post-production facilities in five Latin American countries. Each of the Cinecolor post houses – in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Columbia – now has a Qube XP-D server in its screening room for QC of its DCPs. Cinecolor Argentina and Columbia also use QubeMaster Pro for mastering DCPs. The DCP mastering and QC equipment enable Cinecolor to meet the growing demand for digital cinema post-production services in Latin America.
Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night was recently the subject of a lovingly painstaking 4K restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment in advance of its release on Sony’s newly launched Video Unlimited 4K download service.
The LAC Group will be a Silver Sponsor of The Association of Moving Image Archivists slate of events in 2013-2014.