The Reel Thing, August 21 – 23, 2014

We are pleased to announce a special 33rd Edition of the ongoing technical symposium, The Reel Thing, to take place in Los Angeles over the course of three days, August 21 – 23, 2014, including an opening night reception and screening on August 21. The event will take place at the Linwood Dunn Theater in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine St., in Hollywood.

As with all editions of The Reel Thing, we will concentrate on the wide range of critical issues facing archivists, technicians, asset managers and curators of image and sound in the new media/digital landscape.  Problems and solutions involving digital creation workflows (2K/4K/6K/8K), data storage, access and recovery, image scanning and recording, image resolution metrics, traditional video and audio preservation and restoration issues are requested topics.  Of particular interest are the preservation and archiving issues surrounding the current Digital Intermediate workflows for motion picture production.    If you have been working in these or related areas of interest, we invite you to propose a presentation summarizing the technical, theoretical and practical facets of your work.

Presentations consist of a brief analytic explanation of the project, digital/film/video/audio examples, and a question and answer period.  We ask that presenters focus on the nature of the work and its context, including the rationale for selection of methods and tools (hardware and software, photochemical / photomechanical and digital / analog), and to provide substantial detail concerning these aspects of the work.  We request A/B comparisons of the “before” and “after” states of the project in order to have a meaningful discussion and evaluation of the results.  We’re interested in facts and opinions concerning the present and future prospects of the techniques, processes and equipment that are in use today, or the near future.


Our objective is to expose our audience to the current thinking and most advanced practical examples of progress in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation, and to create a common ground for discussion and evaluation of methodologies so that informed decisions can be made about when and how to deploy both traditional and emerging technologies.

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