Identifying and Preserving Motion Picture Film

Need a little help figuring out what kind of film you have in your collection and what kind of shape it’s in? This webinar will help! Our speaker will go over some of the more common types of film elements and types of deterioration that may affect film holdings. After we discuss how to triage your collection she will provide you with guidelines for digitization, choosing file formats, an outline for what to ask from potential vendors, and what types of digital storage may be appropriate.


Criss Austin is the supervisor of the Motion Picture Preservation Lab at the National Archives and Records Administration.  Over the course of the last decade she has overseen preservation and digital restoration projects including Nine From Little Rock, A Year Toward Tomorrow, With the Marines at Tarawa, The Negro Soldier, Let There Be Light, and The March.  She recently completed digital preservation of William Wyler’s outtakes from The Memphis Belle: Story of a Flying Fortress and Eva Braun’s home movies.  She is an active participant in multiple moving image professional organizations and in creating technical guidelines for archives, libraries, and museums. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, The Nottingham Trent University, and The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation.  


Recorded: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Duration: 1 Hour 11 Minutes

C2C Care – Film Preservation Austin Presentation
Identifying and Preserving Motion Picture Film Resource List
At Risk Assessment
Inspection sheet with example
Film Basic Equipment

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