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Cine Film Archiving and Preservation

Efforts to preserve film have been going on since the 1920s. New York’s Museum of Modern Art was the first to start collecting and preserving motion pictures in 1935, and several institutes followed in its footsteps.

The most obvious reason for archiving and preserving cine film is because it is perishable. Hundreds of movies from the early years have simply disappeared, and dozens more have been destroyed because production companies did not have the budget or the expertise for proper storage. However, this is not the only reason why individuals and institutions are working hard to protect the existing reels. The following are some reasons why society is interested in cine film archiving and preservation, which involves digital conversions as well.

While it is not common for academic libraries to have large film collections, there are many that hold significant video sections as well as moving images collections in digitised forms. We need to understand that libraries are only about the written words. It is about education and information, and videos do not lag behind in this regard. A good example is the BFI Reuben Library.

This follows from the previous point. Much of our modern history, especially of the early 20th century has been successfully captured on film. Everything from the fall of the Third Reich to Kennedy’s assassination has been ‘caught on tape’, these tapes deserve a place alongside manuscripts and relics.  

Film making and cinema have been subjects of academic interest for a long time, but now courses are offered in subjects of film preservation and archiving. Students are trained not only in the scientific aspect of the storage process, but also in managerial and organisational tasks.

Official interest in film archiving grew when UNESCO presented its Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images in 1980 which recognised moving images as a tool of immense cultural, historical, and educational value.

Private Companies
Finally, private companies benefit from film archiving and preservation because they revive their history. Many companies which have been established for some time have some form of old film on which they recorded key points in their history, such as moving into new premises or the launch of a major product. These clips from the past are often used to intersperse modern-day film in promotional videos, adding historical narrative and emphasising the company’s heritage.

Advancements in film technology have increased consumer demand for quality digital copies. And digital technologies not only have the ability to broaden restoration possibilities and improve quality, but also to reduce costs.

TVV Productions provide cine film conversion services to businesses, organisations such as libraries and the general public so that they can preserve their records of the past.