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Joachim Polzer <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 3 Apr 2006 16:59:17 +0200
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Sorry to all for the pitch, but this is brand new...

As the editor, I am very glad to announce that Paul Read's long awaited,
new and in-depth article:

A Short History of Cinema Film Post-Production
-- a summary as the basis for future research --

is out now -- and in-print as part of the
"Weltwunder der Kinematographie" periodicle
(Volume 8.2006. ISBN 3-934535-26-7, 336 pages)

Written in 2006, Paul Read's 90-pages+ article features not only a
structural and historical overview of film lab history but provides  
also a
close focus on the coming and development of motion picture film post-
production technology both at film labs and post-production facilities.

This article comes with a great amount of references and sources, plus
chronology (from 1834 until 2006), and has also additional chapters on:

-- film dimensions, formats, gauges and aspect ratios-- continuous  
motion picture film processing machines-- motion picture film  
printers-- film grading-- digital projection technology, visual  
perception and the viewer-- vinegar syndrome-- the Digital  
Intermediate process
This piece is very well suited to teach a coming generation of digital
film makers and guide them to an understanding of their film making
heritage on physical film material.

It also serves very well to understand the "back side" of film  
history and
focuses intensly on the basic approach and habitual differences between
"film labs" versus "digital facilities".

Finally, it is a great source of information for film archives and their
film lab/film-preservation departments.

The book contains 266 pictures on "ancient" and current motion picture
film laboratory technology, some of them in full color.

Here is a table of the general structure of Paul Read's article:

-- In the beginning: the invent-as-you-go/kitchen sink/pre-industrial  
(1896 - 1907/1908)

-- The era of steady (but silent) progress, film labs and  
(1907/1908 - 1930)

-- The monochrome years (but with sound)(1930 - 1938)

-- Colour, turmoil, confusion, war, and more colour and then...  
television(1935 - 1967)

-- The years of almost no change(1965 - 1985)

-- Digital in the wings(1985 - 1997)

-- The digital revolution(1997 onwards)

-- Where next? Digital to the rescue?

I am pretty sure that Paul will give a short presentation during the
forthcoming 62nd FIAF congress in Sao Paulo, Brasil (April 24-29). At  
FIAF congress he will presumably discuss some of the issues that are  
a hot topic in his writings: e.g. film preservation no longer on film
material but on video/data-cassettes, Eastman Kodak CEO's policy towards
the future of film stock production after 2008, the long-term-storage
issue of data, film lab equipment becoming part of "museology", etc....

More information on the HCFPP book is available at the publishers sales
page at
(There is also a complete TOC of the book title at the left-side column)

All ten authors of this "motion picture film lab history book" are very
proud to have succeeded with this publication, especially in times when
only "digital hand books" seem good for sale even at speciality book

Currently we don't have have a book distributor in the U.S. or UK, but does also ship to European and North American destinations.

hope this info was usefull,
Joachim Polzer

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