I'll confess to not reading every word that has passed on this and several
other topics that have generated some busy emails, but I think I've missed
one very important warning in this discussion on projection damage.
Archives who lend 35mm prints should --- no MUST --- check to find out if
the borrower has platters and intends to use them. If this is the case the
film(s) should not be loaned to them. At best the film will be spliced
together and all leaders remove. When (and if) it is reassembled some
frames of picture will be lost. Projectionists who have been trained to
work in theaters using platters will NOT know how to handle films on reels
and, in all probability will not have the proper equipment to handle films
on reels (or on cores either, for that matter). The inevitable result is
damage. Might be minor, but there will be damage.
All archves lending 35mm should have this as a basic requirement.
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Fairfield, PA 17320
> [Original Message]
> From: John P Pytlak <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 1/9/2006 10:42:24 AM
> Subject: Re: [AMIA-L] Fire Walk With Me
> If film damage was caused by negligence or poor equipment maintenance, it
> is inexcusable. Unfortunately, these are the usual reasons a print gets
> "trashed'. IMHO, the only way to improve the situation at some theatres
> is to charge for print replacement every time damage due to negligence
> be proven.
> It is very important to inspect any print BEFORE projection, and report
> any damage found immediately to the distributor, which can help establish
> the proof of previous damage. Most times, the damage can be found by
> simple visual inspection during careful rewinding.
> If you project a print without inspecting it, and have damage due to a
> splice or perforation damage that should have been found by you, YOU are
> negligent. Likewise, if you scratch or cause heat damage to a print and
> don't fix the cause, you are negligent.
> (signed by:)
> John P. Pytlak
> Senior Technical Specialist
> Customer Technical Services
> Entertainment Imaging
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> "Scott D. Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent by: Association of Moving Image Archivists <[log in to unmask]>
> 01/07/2006 03:28 PM
> Please respond to
> Association of Moving Image Archivists <[log in to unmask]>
> [log in to unmask]
> Re: [AMIA-L] Fire Walk With Me
> This is indeed bad news, and will make it even more difficult to obtain
> good quality archival prints for public viewing.
> May the responsible party get their fingers caught in the sprockets!
> This goes back to a discussion we had at the 2004 conference about the
> possibility of putting together a list of approved facilities for the
> handling of archival prints. While this is fraught with difficulties, I'm
> afraid if nothing is done we will continue to see prints damaged due to
> poor projection practices, in addition to further restrictions being
> placed on the availability of prints by film distributors and archives.
> John Pytlak, any comments?
> Scott D. Smith
> Chicago Audio Works, Inc.