PRO-TEK film services

Preservation, archival, valuation, restoration and more

From cradle to archive, PRO-TEK offers a comprehensive menu of film preservation services, limiting the risks and hassles of dealing with multiple vendors in different locations. (though you also may select only the services you need)

We invite you to review our services (listed below with links to more information on each) and learn more about our history and staff expertise.

We’ve received film and other media assets in every possible condition—dusty, piled in boxes, no background information—so don’t let that prevent you from giving us a call! We never judge; we simply start giving your collection the archival-quality treatment it deserves, with skilled, white-gloved handling in ISO-standard clean rooms.

The bulk of PRO-TEK’s preservation and archiving work is acetate film, with clients that include Hollywood’s major production studios, as well as independents, historical archives and private collectors. PRO-TEK offers comprehensive preservation and scanning services for commercial and industrial motion picture archives to assure the integrity of the irreplaceable content in your acetate-based film.

Nitrate film has been out of production for decades, but lots of cinematic and industrial movies, news footage and other valuable, historic content remains. What keeps content owners from acting is fear and misunderstanding. As one of the few remaining nitrate film preservation companies, PRO-TEK will alleviate both. Proper handling is critical and preservation is urgent, but we’ll start by assuring you that nitrate film is not nitroglycerin!

Owners of motion picture film collections who would like to digitize their assets for monetization, archiving and other purposes can turn to PRO-TEK for high-speed, high-resolution, high-quality scanning services using the world’s most sophisticated system—the Director 10K by Lasergraphics.

As new markets open for old content, curation has become an important part of the preservation process. PRO-TEK staff are knowledgeable about movies, actors, directors and other current and historical movie-making details dating back to the silent film era. We can determine provenance, create metadata and assess value, and we are happy to work with your content / digital asset management systems.

Our specialty is moving images, but we have extensive experience handling still photographs and other physical artifacts. Our experienced technicians are accustomed to working patiently and diligently on preservation projects that involve millions of items and take multiple years to complete. As film industry historians ourselves, we fill in many of the blanks to accurately describe content and context for accurate metadata creation. And we give the same care and attention to small, private collections.

From cold, archival-standard film vaults to modern, climate-controlled warehousing for other physical artifacts, PRO-TEK offers secure, state-of-the-art storage capacity. With high-density racking to maximize space and minimize costs, and technology for accurate inventory-tracking, your items will always be safe, secure and readily available.