How Criterion restores a film 

A short video from Gizmodo about how Criterion restores a film for release on DVD/Blu-ray. Watch as the color, contrast, audio, and picture is corrected on Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent.  

Moments of Innovation

Defining documentary has never been easy, all the more because of different cultural traditions. The English-speaking world often looks back to the British documentarian John Grierson’s definition of the form as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’ — a useful phrase that he first used to describe Robert Flaherty’s Moana, but one that inadvertently wedded the documentary project to the linear narrative. Other cultures have used other descriptors, embracing radically different types of filmmaking in their understanding of the documentary. Today’s interactive documentaries compel us to revisit our assumptions. We take an expansive view of documentary, and are above all interested Read more

100 Open Source Replacements for Audio and Video Tools

Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content. Animation 1. Blender Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Suitable for professional use, Blender is a 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. It also features a customizable interface, and it can import and export from a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X. 2. Art of Illusion Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Art of Illusion isn’t quite as polished as Blender, but its developers claim the latest version (released September 2013) “is both stable Read more

Super 8 film, processing and transfer

Ektachrome 100D Film Process & Telecine Paid An all-in-one package: We send you the Ektachrome 100D Super 8 film, and a Film-Processing & Telecine Voucher. Once you have shot your film you return it & the voucher to us. We process the film, and then telecine it either to MiniDV, DVD Video or DVD Data formats. All formats are Standard Definition. http://www.bluecinetech.co.uk/products.php?cat=87

Screen Aspect Ratio & Dimension Calculator

Calculate image dimension (in pixels) from total number of pixels and aspect ratio Calculate the missing value from two of height, width and/or aspect ratio Calculate optimal viewing distance from screen size Calculate screen dimensions (height/width/area, in inches or cm) from diagonal measurement and aspect ratio website: http://www.silisoftware.com/tools/screen.php        

Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire

a major new website examining the celluloid legacy of British colonialism. The website, www.colonialfilm.org.uk, houses over 30 hours of newly digitized films drawn from the archives of the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum. It is made freely available, worldwide. The project research team sifted through thousands of records to extract a comprehensive list of any and every film that contained footage, however brief, of a British colony before independence, and from this pre-existing but unsorted data a new joint catalogue was assembled, and is presented on the website in a fully Read more