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“Is it too late to restore my film?” People with nitrate and acetate or “safety” film collections often contact us with questions about restoring film that has undergone some decay and decomposition. While each case is unique and should be assessed by a professional, the following...

Preserving motion picture film is a process that involves more than warehousing in climate-controlled environments. Yet many filmmakers, owners and stewards of film collections have been focused on just that – humidity, temperature and other storage and inventory management considerations. At PRO-TEK, we stress that the...

Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2016, at the age of 84. Many PRO-TEK employees who had the honor of knowing her are mourning the loss of this Hollywood legend, and that includes Stan Taffel, who provided information to her for her book Unsinkable....

The annual AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) conference is a highly-anticipated event at PRO-TEK. Every year we send several people for networking, learning and staying current on film archiving trends, techniques and technologies. This year, the team also enjoyed the special film-related tour of...

In mid-October, I'd been in Yorkshire, England giving a seminar entitled, "Introduction to Widescreen" before student filmmakers and guests of the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society ("BKSTS") at the National Media Museum. I guess I'm one of the people capable of giving this seminar...

Cinecon is a celebration of forgotten films from the silent and early sound era of movie-making that features screenings, celebrity guests, one of the country's top movie memorabilia shows, plus live piano accompaniment for the silent films! This year's event, Cinecon 52, will be at the Egyptian...

Sometimes a career path is like an expressway, starting with an early on-ramp from college or other post-secondary training and making smooth, successive lane changes on the way to a well-defined destination. Another career path may resemble a scenic route, with lots of twists, turns...

If you haven't yet, please read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. DIVERSITY OF APPROACHES TO MEDIA PRESERVATION: So, what about that Film collection of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il? Justin McKinney, an independent consultant, talked about the rumors and speculation surrounding the North Korean film...

If you missed Part 1 of this article, please click here. FROM VIDEOGAMES, ALL THE WAY BACK TO NITRATE FILM STOCK: The AMIA Nitrate Committee had a chance to meet and discuss various issues surrounding the care and handling of my favorite antique moving-image medium, Nitrate film...