P is for preservation

The workshop, the first of many planned between international body FIAF and the Film Heritage Foundation will impart practical know-how on how to rescue film

Updated - March 07, 2018 07:34 pm IST

Published - March 07, 2018 07:33 pm IST

Film preservationists, David Walsh and Mick Newnham will be in the city to conduct a two-day workshop with practical hands-on training in film handling, repair and conservation treatments. The workshop, the first of the several activities planned by the Mumbai-based Film Heritage Foundation and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) will be in collaboration with the Nehru Science Centre (National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Government of India).

The workshop’s educators, Walsh and Newnham will through their decades of experience impart their considerable knowledge to ten participants on how to best preserve film under harsh conditions. Walsh who has worked at the Imperial War Museums (IWM) since 1975, has established himself as an expert in the preservation and digitisation of film and video. He is responsible for IWM’s strategy for digitisation and for long-term preservation of digital media. Walsh will be teaching film and sound technology essentials, film handling, film identification and selection and preservation approaches

Newnham recently retired from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia after a tenure of 29 years, where he managed the conservation laboratories, a paper and objects laboratory and a specialist audiovisual objects laboratory. Newnham will highlight health and safety types of damage, collection assessment, conservation treatments, film repair and rescue treatments.

The workshop is in keeping with the Film Heritage Foundation’s goals to develop interdisciplinary educational programs that use film as an educational tool and create awareness about the language of cinema.

Film Preservation in Practice will take place at the Nehru Science Centre on March 9 and 10, write to contact@filmheritagefoundation.co.in for more detail

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