By Darrell Myers, Post Production and Quality Control Manager – Film, Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, Indiana University
Attendees of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) 28th annual Archival Screening Night were treated to a unique look inside the MDPI film digitization process on November 29, 2018 at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon.
Limited to a Bolex, a tripod, a light meter, and 100 feet of Kodak 16mm B&W reversal film, Film Quality Control Specialist Charlie Allen captured the entire process of the film digitization phase of MDPI in three short minutes. The short film was shot “home movie style,” in chronological order and edited entirely in camera, similar to home movie collections now being digitized as part of the MDPI project.
Staff members from MDPI, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA), and digitization partners Memnon (A Sony Company) all make appearances depicting a film’s journey through selection, preparation, scanning, quality control, restoration, and screening.
“MDPI Home Movie” was one of 25 entries selected to be screened at the event, alongside submissions from The Academy Film Archive, The George Eastman Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and other noted institutions.