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Producers Library Service

When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1993, I happened to visit a stock footage company named Producers Library Service. This archival stock footage company was owned by Jeff Goodman, and had their offices located in the heart of Hollywood (now they are located in North Hollywood). Jeff’s company has represented my cinematographic work for almost 30 years. Other companies have come and gone, but Producers Library has weathered the ups and downs of various business cycles, in part, by having a dedicated owner who does not quit. Producers Library was started in 1957 and Jeff took the helm in 1986 and has run it ever since. I really value long-term business relationships, which are rather hard to find in the film business. Kudos to Jeff and his small team for creating and maintaining a real Hollywood institution.


Craig McCourry

May 8, 2020

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MovieStuff (film scanners)

In 2014 I was in need of a movie film scanner. Most systems available at that time were out of my price range, but I did come across a company in Utopia, Texas that manufactured their own machines at a reasonable price. I purchased two units, one for 8mm and the other for 16mm films. Both scanners worked beautifully which I used to digitise over 1,000 reels of movie film. Over the years, the company’s owner, Roger Evans has continually innovated these frame-by-frame movie scanners so that his current models can handle multiple film formats. The company is named MovieStuff and more information on these amazing film scanners can be found at their website.
~ Craig McCourry

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Home Movies Preservation Guide

Simple guidelines for the preservation of motion picture film material.

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IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film

The IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film provides an overview of environmental specifications for film storage. It explains the relationship between temperature, relative humidity (RH), and “vinegar syndrome,” the slow chemical decomposition of acetate plastics leading to loss of their value in a film collection.

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Born‐Digital Video Preservation: A Final Report

 Report focuses on issues about he preservation of digital video files and formats.

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Media Best Practices

This report deals with best practices for the digital conversion of film, video and audio files.  

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The Film Preservation Guide

An extensive multi-chapter film preservation guide provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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Film Preservation: A Critical Symposium

An article by Janice Allen and Bill Brand on the various issues about film and video preservation from a symposum hosted by Cineaste.

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Digital Moving Images and Sound Archiving Study

In-depth report on video and film preservation issues.

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Preserving Motion Pictures and Sound

A report by Richard Wright who was formerly a technology manager at the BBC archives provides an in-depth article on the preservation of film & video.

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