you tube twitter facebook

Search form

Brewster's trillions: Internet Archive strives to keep web history alive

In an era of information overload and ephemera, where an read more

Newsfilm, Tenite, Home Movies, and More: An Interview with Margie Compton

Margie Compton is the Media Archives Archivist at the read more

The Cinema Guild to Release Restoration of Dominique Benicheti's Lost 1973 Film 'Cousin Jules'

For its first repertory release, independent distributor read more

Mostly Lost: Silent Film Archaeology II

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual read more

'Funny Girl,' 'Big Parade' restorations at TCM Classic Film Fest

New digital restorations of “Funny Girl,” the read more
Previous  <<  1 2 3 4 5 6  >>  Next

Newsfilm, Tenite, Home Movies, and More: An Interview with Margie Compton

  13.04.25 4:43pm

Margie Compton is the Media Archives Archivist at the University of Georgia’s Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.  The archive holds a wealth of important material including several newsfilm and home movie collections and the Peabody Awards Collection, which includes the majority of entries from the beginning of the awards program to the present.  I spoke with her about film preservation problems and the challenges facing the field of moving image preservation in the 21st century.

According to Compton, newsfilm is important both because it serves as a historical record and because it is fairly rare, as many television networks destroyed newsfilm with the advent of videotape in the 1970s and 1980s.  The Walter J. Brown Media Archives is in the process of making its newsfilm collections accessible by digitizing them, breaking digital files down into clips and assigning each clip its own database record, she says.  This digitization project is also necessary due to the plethora of preservation problems facing newsfilm collections.  Compton describes a few of these: minimal information about content on a film’s container, damaging residue from masking tape, and curling of the film and loss of magnetic soundtrack due to storage on tight “pencil wind” spools.

Read the story here:  https://blogs.libraries.iub.edu/filmarch/2013/03/25/newsfilm-tenite-home-movies-and-more-an-interview-with-margie-compton/