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Martin Brooks
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 - posted 08-21-2009 11:18 AM      Profile for Martin Brooks   Author's Homepage   Email Martin Brooks   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sorry I didn't post this earlier, but I just found it. (And sorry if it's already been posted, but I didn't see it.) seminar info

Of special interest is the fact that they're discussing restoring to 4K which could be construed as a sign that the industry will move to 4K IPs. And I never realized that Snow White used the SE process.

On August 21-22, the Association of Moving Image Archivist (AMIA) is holding its technical symposium "The Reel Thing XXII", announced by AMIA Managing Director Laura Rooney and organised and coordinated by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend. Topics presented will include the restoration of 'Rashomon', 'The Red Shoes', 'How to Marry a Millionaire', and the NASA Apollo 11 EVA moon tapes, and the challenges of restoring classic films in 4K. Several film screenings are scheduled, including the sneak preview of a mystery "major digital restoration" on Saturday evening.

The other films screened will be 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (ahead of its October 6 Blu-ray release), 'How to Marry a Millionaire' (which as of now doesn't have a Blu-ray release date), and Frank Capra's silent film 'The Way of the Strong'.

Made during the early days of Technicolor, 'Snow White' employed the successive exposure "SE" method for color photography as opposed to the 3-strip Technicolor system, resulting in a negative of nearly 360,000 black and white frames. This new digital restoration of began by scanning the complete 73-year-old camera original nitrate SE negative that is housed at the Library of Congress. The audio reconstruction used the earliest generation 35mm magnetic sound masters which were made directly from the original nitrate RCA Photophone variable area optical tracks.

The original masters of 'How to Marry a Millionaire', the first film shot in Cinemascope, suffered from shrinkage and vinegar syndrome which had advanced beyond the capabilities of standard film transfer equipment, and it was unclear if a transfer was even possible. Also, protection copies of the sound master had built-in sound problems pointing to deterioration of the masters when the copies were made. The presentation will identify the problems that existed in the sound master and protection copies of the master, and discuss how these problems were overcome.

Another presentation by Warner Bros and Motion Pictures Imaging (MPI) will feature clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Gone with the Wind' and 'North by Northwest', three 4K restoration projects, each with its own set of problems (correcting inconsistencies on Technicolor 3-strip negatives on the first two, reviving the color from a severely faded Vista Vision EK original negative on the third).

The Reel Thing XXII brings together in one place a unique lineup of film and audio technicians and specialists to talk about and show techniques and advances in technology made in film preservation and restoration, which eventually has an impact on the quality and fidelity of Blu-ray titles released to the consumer.

The symposium program includes the following presentations:
Adieu, Sweet Apparition. Hello Sweetheart – Get Me Rewrite!
After the DI – How to Organize, Catalogue and Protect the Original Negative
Archiving, Preserving and Distributing Digital Cinema Collections: a report on the results of the EDCINE project
A Case Study in Sound Restoration: 'How to Marry a Millionaire'(1953)
Challenges of Restoring Classic Films in 4K
Electronic Archiving: Lessons from 8 years in the "DI Trenches"
Managing Devices and Finding Data in Multi-Petabyte Media Archives
Reclaiming the "Lost" Lunar Orbiter Survey Photos
Re-outfitting the USS Arizona Memorial film
Resolution Limitations of Film Scanners: More Pixels Do Not Mean More Resolution
The Restoration of 'Rashomon'
Restoration of the Apollo 11 EVA Footage
Restoring 'The Red Shoes'
Restoring Silents: Early Capra
Type-A Videotape and The Everly Brothers
Vinegar Syndrome in the Workplace
For the symposium program and presentation abstracts, see here.

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Scott Norwood
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 - posted 08-21-2009 11:41 AM      Profile for Scott Norwood   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Norwood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I believe that all Disney animation--even to this day--is shot SE. There was something in the 1990s ("Little Mermaid," perhaps?) that was shot on standard Eastman color negative. Supposedly, Disney didn't like the look and went back to SE.

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