Re: Proper Film Storage

From: Alain LeTourneau (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Dec 02 2007 - 10:05:00 PST

Archival environments - low temp (say 50 degrees F), low humidity (say 50%
or lower), hepa filtration on your HVAC system,
film stored in vented cans, sitting horizontally on the shelf with film
wound on 3" core (do not tape the tail end), and use acid-free
tape on the head end.

For the rest of us - Film stored in Kodak metal cans (gold or silver),
tape-sealed with molecular seives. Stored at the lowest temp and
humidity one can achieve.

You can also try freezing the film. Directions are on


On 12/1/07, Robert Schaller <email suppressed> wrote:
> I was looking through the Frameworks archive for tips on proper film
> storage, and came across this statement from Jeff Kreines:
> "... note that proper storage (low humidity, low temperature,
> vented can) will preserve your color negative for many many years."
> Could anyone out there elaborate in more detail what exactly is meant by
> these terms? What humidity and temperature are considered optimal? What
> is
> a vented can, and where can it be obtained? Or is it as simple as
> drilling
> a hole in a regular can? And what about other aspects of the storage
> environment -- for example, should it be wooden shelves in a wood-framed
> room, or a concrete cell, or a metal cabinet, or does this matter? Are
> there any other environmental factors that are either beneficial or bad?
> How do all you out there store your films? It seems like an issue that is
> important to every filmmaker, and yet, I'm not aware of a commonly agreed
> upon protocol that everyone knows. I'm sure plenty is known, but any
> discussion of it or leads to where to find it would be a great help!
> Thanks,
> Robert Schaller
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