Author: Danny Kuchuck

Nitrate film vaults built inside a mountain! The newest nitrate film made! Martin Scorcese’s own personal print on the big screen! The 4th Nitrate Picture Show, held May 3-6 at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, once again did not disappoint lovers and guardians of filmmaking history. Anyone interested in the historic and artistic aspects of nitrate-based cinematography should attend this...

As of this writing, 40,000 movie screens exist in the United States. Only a tiny fraction of them still show 35mm or 70mm film, the vast majority long-ago converted to digital-only projection. Where once they received an actual print of the film, most of these theaters now receive a hard-drive from the respective studios or distributors. On this hard-drive is...

Besides reuniting with colleagues and learning about their adventures in the field of Moving Image archiving, some local history was absorbed during the 2017 AMIA annual conference....

The 3rd Nitrate Picture Show was recently held in Rochester, New York at the George Eastman Museum, from May 5-7 2017. Film archivists, preservationists, historians and enthusiasts from around the world attended and viewed rare nitrate film, projected on the big screen at The Dryden Theatre....

Film collectors and content owners often contact us with questions about restoring film—whether it's nitrate or acetate (safety) film—that has begun to decompose. While each case is unique and should be assessed by a professional, the following are a few considerations or “rules of thumb” to guide your decisions and next steps of action. First some brief but important context. All...

If you haven't yet, please read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. DIVERSITY OF APPROACHES TO MEDIA PRESERVATION: So, what about that Film collection of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il? Justin McKinney, an independent consultant, talked about the rumors and speculation surrounding the North Korean film archives. It’s believed that for many years, North Korea ran a secretive operation to create dupes...

If you missed Part 1 of this article, please click here. FROM VIDEOGAMES, ALL THE WAY BACK TO NITRATE FILM STOCK: The AMIA Nitrate Committee had a chance to meet and discuss various issues surrounding the care and handling of my favorite antique moving-image medium, Nitrate film stock. Co-Chairs Heather Heckman and The Library of Congress’ Rachel Parker led the meeting and reminded...

The 2015 AMIA conference in Portland was the 25th anniversary of the organizations annual members meeting and it was the best attended in years. Multiple presentations and sessions were standing-room only....

Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) 2015 took place in New York City at The Museum of Modern Art on May 8. Event organizers and hosts were Chris Lacinak and PRO-TEK VP Tom Regal, who curated a show featuring a diverse collection of digital asset archiving stories and offering something for everyone. As different as the presentations were – imagine speakers from both the...

For a librarian, archivist or anyone that manages a collection of visual media, it's important to know if you have Acetate-based (or “Safety”) media mixed in with your Nitrate-based film. This is relevant for two reasons: 1. Acetate-based Safety film, when it begins to break down, can emit gasses that accelerate the decomposition of Nitrate-based films. 2. Culling out any Safety film...