Film Preservation and Restoration
preservation, archival work , future-proofing, film repair
are all synonymous with saving existing film, and we do it
Is your original negative suffering from various forms of
deterioration? Are your I/Ps or YCMs damaged? Are those CRIs
you used for opticals or dupes faded so badly that the prints
look like one color only? How about a lacquer coating that
is yellowing and cracking? We can help.
One example of restoration is the work we did for Warner Bros.,
removing a cracked and yellowing lacquer coating from both
the emulsion and base sides of Around the World in 80 Days.
This was the 65mm, 30 frame per second original negative shot
in 1956. We worked directly with Eastman Kodak to develop
a new cleaning method for this project.
provide expert inspection and written reports on all types
of film using the Gryphon˘ film inspection system. Running
your film on soft rubber rollers, the Gryphon˘ allows us to
inspect both sides of the film simultaneously. This offers
the least physical stress to the film, while providing the
greatest amount of information.
Andy Pratt is an expert on film restoration, repair and archival
processes. He has worked on the repair and restorations of
Lawrence of Arabia, Carousel, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,
and Doctor Zhivago for companies such as MGM and DeLuxe.
We work closely with Eastman Kodak and Alpha Cine Laboratory
to determine the optimal approach on each project.