objective of this web site is to provide simple guidelines for preserving
motion picture film materials outside of specialized archives, with a focus
on storage at home.
Right now there are countless
reels of movie film on shelves, in drawers, and in attics. The films themselves
may be brand new 16mm experimental works or 8mm home movies from the 1930s.
They may be dirty and faded or as vivid as the day they were returned from
the lab. All types of film have organic components, which, like all organic
material, are subject to decay. Over the past several decades, film archives
around the world have discovered new techniques for preserving film, but
many are prohibitively expensive or complicated for individuals with small
collections and limited resources. However, many can be adapted for collections
that are stored in homes and studios. This website will focus on the most
common types of films found in private collections and give basic information
on implementing a practical preservation strategy for film materials. This
will include a basic discussion of the main factors that determine the stability
of motion picture film, giving recommendations relating to inspection and
handling, cleaning and repair, preparation for storage and storage conditions.