Dear Mark,

I discuss the history and current uses of the film printer (not only 
optical), in a forthcoming essay on the work of film restoration 
laboratories, in the Spring 2006 issue of the AMIA Journal. You might also 
consult the two references below. But the best histories of the optical 
printer that I have heard come from the lab technicians who have used the 
machines throughout their careers.

Crabtree, J.I. “The Motion-Picture Laboratory.” Jan. 1955. A Technological 
History of Motion Pictures and Television: An Anthology from the Pages of 
the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Ed. 
Raymond Fielding. Berkeley: U California P, 1983. 150-172.

Read, Paul, and Mark-Paul Meyer, eds.  Restoration of Motion Picture Film. 
Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.


Gabriel M. Paletz
Professor of Film History and Screenwriting
PCFE Film School
Prague, Czech Republic

>From: Mark Winokur <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: [SCREEN-L] Optical Printer
>Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:45:59 -0600
>Does anyone know of a good history of the optical printer? Thank you.
>Mark Winokur
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