The state of film and local telecine

Camera crew, including Floyd Crosby, on location in Mato Grosso Brazil, 1931, Penn Museum Image #25608.
Camera crew, including Floyd Crosby, on location in Mato Grosso Brazil, 1931, Penn Museum Image #25608.

by Kate Pourshariati

Recently I had occasion to update listings of telecine service providers in the Philadelphia region. There is a lot going on in the world of film archives, most stressful of which is the seemingly imminent demise of Kodak and production of their film stock, but at least we are in a great time for digitizing the beautiful footage that we hold. We now have at least three great transfer facilities in the Philadelphia region, one of which is super reasonable at 75.00 minimum transfer cost. For help preparing and evaluating your films, you might consult a film archivist.

It is key to apply for NFPF funds to preserve your rare films, if there is something in your collection which is unique, the film medium is the longest lasting for the moving image. We hear that Kodak has committed to manufacturing at least one preservation stock so long as they are in business, and tellingly, born digital Hollywood productions are still backing up to this stock for preservation purposes.

You’ll find the updated list of transfer houses, which lives on here. Cheers!


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