from one cinephile to another

Today, I went to meet with Ryan Adams, a Color Timer at AlphaCine Labs, for an amazing tour of their processing facility. From optical printing to digital color timing, the experience was one that would captivate any cinephile. As a film student, working with actual film, we always sent out our developing to this lab – so it was kind of like making a pilgrimage. picture-3

With more than fifty years in the business processing award winning films like Jesus Camp, Into the Wild, Born into Brothels, and I’m Not There, Alpha Cine provides lab services for all types of film and video processing. From traditional Lab processing (negative processing, color timing & printing), digital to film, to HD & 2k color correction, telecine and conversions to HD for feature films, documentaries, commercials and short films! In Short – they are kind of amazing. Living in a digital age it’s refreshing to see that analog technologies are still, in many ways, indispensable.

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Oh, by the way, do you remember Viewmasters – they make those too.

Museums, as collecting institutions, are understandably baffled at the processes by which we should go about preserving and archiving film. As media changes so do industry standards. Mediums adapt or slowly become artifacts of early cinema.I suppose art/ film/ media has always been this way – conceptually immortal and physically disposable . Early silent films were rolled off the pier in Santa Monica – right into the ocean. They just thought no one would want them. From time to time collectors find stay artifacts – but like most forms of time based media, film is transient – epically nitrate.

There are institutions who give a damn about this tradgady – The Berkly Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is one of them and across the water we have the National Musum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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