Author: Tim Knapp

LAC Group’s content and archive services division (formerly known as PRO-TEK Vaults) recently attended the 2018 annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), held from November 28th through December 1st in Portland, Oregon.  The AMIA Conference is the largest of its kind and draws attendees from organizations worldwide....

Although not manufactured since the early 1950s, thousands of feet of nitrate-based film footage still exist in collections around the world. We find historic, motion picture film owners ranging from corporations established decades ago to small museums. Often, they either don’t know if their holdings include nitrate, or they’re aware but unsure of what to do with them. In those...

Digital cataloging with solid metadata is a vital part of the film preservation and archiving process. The larger the collection size, the more critical this process becomes—yet often it’s overlooked and undervalued by collection owners. For those of you not quite familiar with metadata, it’s defined as data that describes data. Metadata are the underlying summaries of basic information needed for easy...

Preserving motion picture film is a process that involves more than warehousing in climate-controlled environments. Yet many filmmakers, owners and stewards of film collections have been focused on just that – humidity, temperature and other storage and inventory management considerations. At PRO-TEK, we stress that the film preservation process is determined by the curation and assessment of the collection, a process...

Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2016, at the age of 84. Many of our employees who had the honor of knowing her are mourning the loss of this Hollywood legend, and that includes Stan Taffel, who provided information for her book Unsinkable. Stan is proud to be credited in her acknowledgements. Ms. Reynolds was a passionate preservationist of film...

Here's a few posts from our blog in 2015 that you may have missed about film preservation and media asset management topics, curated for fast, informative reading! Preserving Nitrate and Acetate Motion Picture Film Collections For owners or managers of motion picture film captured on nitrate or acetate stock, make sure it's properly stored! It's irreplaceable and too valuable to leave to...

Hooray for Edendale? The Edendale Bowl? Edendale & Vine? The famous song, outdoor venue, and street corner of the stars might have been labeled “Edendale” instead of “Hollywood” had history taken a different course. Edendale (now Echo Park) is where the movie industry’s Los Angeles roots were planted in the 1910s, during the silent film era, before relocating to Hollywood. Studios were concentrated...

LAC Group has been helping clients archive information in a variety of formats, both physical and digital, and we are actively involved in archiving film and video based moving images. We are one of the sponsors of the 2013 AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) annual conference. This year’s event runs from Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9, 2013, in...