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
Director Debra Granik and cinematographer Michael McDonough discuss the evolution of digital filmmaking reflected in their twenty-year collaboration.
Featured image taken from The Miracle of Todd-AO, 1958 Why do well-transferred magnetic sound recording masters still sometimes sound “wrong” or fail to match a reference release print? In a new white paper on the subject, sound expert and Endpoint Audio Labs founder Nicholas Bergh takes a deep dive into the “secret world” of Hollywood…
The ETC’s Archive Working Group has released a new white paper, Practical Cloud Archive, an exploration of digital asset preservation challenges.
A number of questions arise out of the need for digital preservation to maintain its relevance in today’s file-based, fast-paced environment as the entertainment industry seeks to continue supporting the delivery of digital content to clients and customers.
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.
Andrea Kalas sits down with Digital Bedrock CEO Linda Tadic to discuss potential solutions to a looming digital preservation calamity.
Sam Gustman, Chief Technology Officer of USC’s Shoah Foundation, discusses the many lessons he has learned in the digital preservation space.
Andrea Kalas, SVP of Asset Management at Paramount Pictures, shares lessons she has learned implementing new archival preservation standards.
A selection of webinars created by the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
The conference attracts professionals representing the world’s major media institutions to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to our media.
Conference devoted to The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media: Real-world case studies, interactive panels, workshops, roundtables and tutorials.
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."