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The 3rd Nitrate Picture Show was recently held in Rochester, New York at the George Eastman Museum, from May 5-7 2017. Film archivists, preservationists, historians and enthusiasts from around the world attended and viewed rare nitrate film, projected on the big screen at The Dryden...

To those who take seriously the specialized craft of film preservation and archiving, which includes the technicians and cinema historians at PRO-TEK, it was a genuine delight to discover the first annual Film Librarians Conference. Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (in...

Digital cataloging with solid metadata is a vital part of the film preservation and archiving process. The larger the collection size, the more critical this process becomes—yet often it’s overlooked and undervalued by collection owners. For those of you not quite familiar with metadata, it’s defined as...

Film collectors and content owners often contact us with questions about restoring film—whether it's nitrate or acetate (safety) film—that has begun to decompose. While each case is unique and should be assessed by a professional, the following are a few considerations or “rules of thumb”...

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...