Technical conference to include
premiere screenings of newly restored films, including The Day the Earth Stood
Still and A Fistful of Dollars.
HOLLYWOOD—The Reel Thing (, the 33rd
technical symposium on film restoration and preservation will be held August 21
– 23 at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood.
The Reel
Thing will include panel discussions and technical presentations on a wide
range of critical issues facing film archivists, technicians, asset managers
and curators of image and sound in the new media/digital

historian and critic Leonard Maltin says, “The
Reel Thing is a unique gathering of people who care deeply about film and go
above and beyond the call of duty to preserve it. Archivists, scholars, lab
technicians, and devotees share their knowledge and screen some recent examples
of cutting-edge film preservation. It’s a wonderful event.”
Topics include
large format scanning and recording, preservation of film as data on film, the
impact of color spaces on workflows and archiving, restoration of Satyajit
Ray’s APU Trilogy, restoration of Bing Crosby’s personal Dictabelt recordings,
audio restoration presentations and a special presentation on projecting silent
cinema in the age of digital projection by visual effects legend Jonathan
Erland. The event will also feature case study presentations and screenings of
recently restored films including The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
, The Exile
(both with live music accompaniment) and a special 4k presentation of Steven
Spielberg’s Duel.  Speakers include representatives of Sony
Pictures Entertainment, Deluxe, FotoKem, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Piql
AS and other industry leaders.
The Reel
Thing opens on Thursday evening, August 21 with a reception, a special
presentation to recently retired preservationist Bob O’Neil and a premiere
screening of the new 4K restoration of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The Reel Thing
was first held in 1994 at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference
in Boston, and has grown in scope and stature each year since. The event has
been held sometimes twice a year and in Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands, as
well as in cities across the United States and Canada.
“The Reel
Thing is a unique event and attracts technologists, archivists, programmers and
asset managers, as well as people who simply love movies, television and all
things related to moving image and sound preservation,” says Grover Crisp, Executive
Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoraton and Digital Mastering at
Sony Pictures Entertainment, and co-organizer of The Reel Thing with Michael
Friend, Director of Digital Archives at SPE.
John Bailey,
ASC, who will be covering the event for his blog John Bailey’s Bailiwick on the American Cinematographer website, is
looking forward to seeing the restored The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
and Criterion’s presentation on the restoration of Satyajit
Ray’s APU Trilogy. “I approach The
Reel Thing as a curious filmmaker,” Bailey says. “I am interested in the past,
present and future of imaging technology and The Reel Thing gives me a chance
to experience all three.”
Clark, ASC, an award-winning cinematographer and chairman of the ASC’s
Technology Committee, is eager to learn about new advances in digital technology
for the long-term preservation of creative content. “The development of a
reliable, long-term digital storage solution for archiving is front and center
for anyone interested in film preservation,” Clark observes. “The Reel Thing
brings together many of the industry’s leading technologists and serves as an
important forum for building a consensus on this urgent issue.”
from The Reel Thing benefit the Association of Moving Image Archivists and help
to support its programs.
About The Reel Thing
Created and
programmed by Michael Friend and Grover Crisp, The Reel Thing presents the
latest technologies in audiovisual restoration and preservation, The Reel Thing
brings together a unique line up of laboratory technicians, archivists, new
media technologists and preservationists. 
What:              The Reel Thing
When:              August 21 – 23, 2014
Where:            Linwood Dunn Theater, Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313
Vine St., Hollywood, Calif. 90028.

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