The Academy Digital Preservation Forum
Welcome to a new online community dedicated to advancing the art and science of motion picture digital preservation! We invite you to explore original content, curated resources from preservation-minded organizations, and a brand-new, moderated discussion forum that we hope will inform, inspire, and lead to collaborative advancements in digital preservation of motion pictures.
Our Preservation Pillars
Our mission is to be a forum for exchanging information, exploring innovative ideas, and developing best practices and tools. We see these as largely falling within three underlying areas of importance, which we refer to as our preservation pillars.
How to Preserve
The archival field has descriptive and administrative standards in place, but technical standards and preservation methodology vary. Information shared relating to this pillar include best practices and recommended standards for preservation formats, workflows, file QC, file migration, file storage, file maintenance, and related topics.
Cost of Preserving
Information shared and discussions related to this pillar can include the costs of developing and building an infrastructure for a digital motion picture preservation program, and the cost of digitizing motion pictures and/or preserving the born-digital assets necessary to permanently preserve a motion picture.
Featured Discussion Topics
Data Storage Media and Digital Preservation: Today and The Future
Andrea Kalas sits down with Digital Bedrock CEO Linda Tadic to discuss potential solutions to a looming digital preservation calamity.
Introduction to the Genetic Archive
This essay presents a proposal for a new approach to motion picture archiving, saving only the minimal original elements and recipes for their reconstruction.
Interoperable Master Format (IMF)
IMF is a standardized structure and file format for the interchange, storage, and delivery of audiovisual masters.
Archivists Talk: How to Select Digital Assets for Preservation
In reviewing the Digital Dilemma, Steve Anastasi and Schawn Belston analyze the definition of digital preservation of motion pictures, then discuss the factors that impact what may or not be selected for preservation.
Total Cost of Ownership
Andrea Kalas, SVP of Asset Management at Paramount Pictures, shares lessons she has learned implementing new archival preservation standards.
DAM Los Angeles 2023
Conference devoted to The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media: Real-world case studies, interactive panels, workshops, roundtables and tutorials.
2023 FIAF Congress
The next FIAF Congress will be hosted by the Filmoteca UNAM and will take place in Mexico City from 16-21 April 2023. The provisional title of the symposium is "Mujeres en la modernización de los archivos cinematográficos / Women in the Modernization of Film Archives."