Bringing a silent film starring Buster Keaton from 1927 to high
definition and Blu-ray posed some challenges, and producer Bret Wood
let us in on the process, while offering thoughts on digital noise
reduction (DNR), the musical score, and clarifies which film negative
was used in the process.
Like most media industries, the
DVD business remains in a slump, which is bad news for archival releases:
Distributors are, for now, more likely to recycle old standbys. Still,
plenty of terrific foreign and art-house titles made their DVD debuts,
and the number of great films upgraded to Blu-ray seems to grow exponentially. Here are this year's most rewarding DVD releases for cineastes.
The selections include dates that are historically important, randomly chosen or flagged for unusually low e-mail activity. The Obama White House has created a new system for prospectively preserving electronic records that should prevent the problems that emerged during the Bush and Clinton years, the two groups said.
Paramount Pictures, looking for new ways to turn its old movies into
cash, especially as DVD sales continue to decline, is creating an
online video clip service that will allow users to search hundreds of
feature films on a frame-by-frame basis.
The site, to be introduced on Tuesday, is powered by VideoSense, an
automated indexing tool developed by the technology company
Digitalsmiths. Using proprietary video interpretation systems,
Digitalsmiths allows films to be quickly searched by specific actor,
line of dialogue, location, genre or product, among other criteria.
"This DIY Kodachrome machine (the "Filminator") was created to produce
more film stock after the company discontinued productions. Michael,
the creator, notes, 'Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film
comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking.'"
Over the next few days Google search results will be complemented with
up-to-the-minute tweets, social network updates and blogposts for
certain topical searches as Google revamps its search engine and
refreshes its results with real-time data.
This archive of the present is a very powerful thing. It provides
the public, with a more direct voice and it will change journalism
profoundly because it adds another possibility to research - verifying
real-time results will become an important issue. This leaves us, of course, with new problems and questions: What can be found? What is hidden?
This online resource provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s
and 1930s fashion and dress as depicted in film from Screen Archive
South East’s (SASE) collections. The selected themes
guide you through the collections, using stills and clips from the
archive. These enable you to discover more about the different types
of clothing worn, and their historical and design contexts. This resource is the result of a year long, CETLD-funded project,
carried out at the Royal College of Art and Screen Archive South East,
at the University of Brighton.
"I am excited about the work all of you do, and eager to learn firsthand
what you need to get that work done. I know the challenges facing NARA
are daunting, but I am convinced that your talents and skills are up to
the tasks ahead. I am absolutely committed to carrying out my
responsibilities in a professional, non-partisan, and collegial manner."