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  • 1.  Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-15-2023 23:57

    Last Thursday, nine lucky attendees were able to tour the UCLA Film & Television Archive at PHI Stoa in Santa Clarita. Our tour was led by Todd Wiener, Motion Picture Curator, and Mark Quigley, the John H. Mitchell Television Curator. Our first stop was to visit the Head of Preservation, Jillian Borders in a preservation work room. She was working on a 1936 Technicolor cartoon, The Little Stranger. In the next preservation room, the group was introduced to Jeffrey Bickel, the Senior Newsreel Preservationist, and he shared some film frames of the Hindenburg disaster. Bryce Lowe was in the final preservation room, and they spoke about the importance of preservation. The tour descended into the vault storage where we met Yesenia Perez, Junior Collections Assistant, and they described winding through nitrate and working with the Fuhs Collection of VHS tapes. While down there Todd Wiener showed the group an example of nitrate film that was showing signs of deterioration related to leader incompatibility. The group explored further into the climate-controlled nitrate vaults and Todd explained the safety precautions and equipment. The tour also met with Wallace Meek, Collections Assistant, and he shared some of the collections they were currently processing. As the group surfaced, they were introduced to Randy Yantek, Digital Media Laboratory Manager, and he shared the equipment they used for transferring format, color correcting, and editing. The tour concluded with Mark Quigley showing the television portion of the Archive and he spoke about the outsourcing of the digitization for the 2-inch film as well as the loss of irreplaceable and valuable programs due to taping over the film. It was a very impressive and memorable tour, to say the least.

    Tour Group

    Erin Robinson
    San Jose State University

  • 2.  RE: Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-16-2023 16:25

    Thank you for writing this up!  It's a nice memory of a great tour.  Their preservation work is fascinating and the facility was beautiful.

    It was lovely seeing fellow SLAers in person.  Bummed I'll miss the next tour to the Getty.

    Stephanie Sheldon
    2023 SLA Engineering Community Past-President
    Librarian, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

  • 3.  RE: Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-16-2023 16:27
    I agree Stephanie! Thank you Erin!

  • 4.  RE: Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-16-2023 20:12
    Many thanks all around.  Thank you, David, for organizing the event, thank you, Stephanie, for attending, and many thanks to Erin for such a lovely recap. Please take note, those that didn't participate, we are out to have fun within a learning experience.  

  • 5.  RE: Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-16-2023 21:28

    These sound so great and I would attend if I lived closer! Thank you for arranging.  



    Seema Rampersad
    SLA President 2023, Board of Directors 2022-2024
    The British Library
    +44 207 412 7948

  • 6.  RE: Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

    Posted 03-19-2023 21:03

    Thanks for checking in Seema!

    David Ballantine, MLIS
    SLA-SCC President-elect
    Assistant Media Archivist
    Sherman Grinberg Film Library
    Los Angeles, CA