Preservation guide for filmmakers

From: Bill Brand (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 11 2006 - 12:17:12 PST

Dear Frameworkers:

I am trying to put together an easy to use film preservation guide
for filmmakers. Most information available is geared toward
institutions and the NFPF in particular has published an excellent
one available free at But I'm
trying to create something that will encourage FILMMAKERS to take
better care of their works without waiting for the institutional
knock on the door. I know from my own experience that the very
thought of dealing with those boxes in my closet makes me want to run
the other way. So, I thought I'd take a harm-reduction approach to
the problem and provide a step by step, if you don't do anything else
do this guide. Does this sound like a good idea?

So that I can try to address the actual questions and experiences of
filmmakers, I'd like to hear some thoughts from Frameworkers.

        What are your most pressing questions about preserving your work?

        Have you even thought about this?

        If you have thought about it but haven't done anything,
what's holding you back?

        Where are your films? This includes originals, tracks, prints
and printing masters? Do you even know?

Perhaps there is already a guide like this that I don't know about?
I'd be happy NOT to write this so if you know of something, please
let me know.

I'm trying to do this quickly, so prompt responses are appreciated.



Bill Brand
BB Optics
108 Franklin Street #4W
New York, NY  10013
(212) 966-6253
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