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Nitrocellulose was the standard film base for about 60 years of photographic film production, from the 1890s until the 1950s. It’s been about 70 years since nitrate film was replaced by cellulose acetate, yet many historical nitrate film assets linger in archives and collections, hanging…

If the past few years are any indication, the need to prepare for wildfires will be a more urgent priority for individuals, communities and organizations alike in California and other places at risk. While not as devastating as the 2018 tragedies, this year’s fires along with…

Corporate and other archives, media companies, libraries, historical societies, universities and...LAC Group’s media and archiving specialists. These are some of the organizations represented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists or AMIA. LAC Group has been an AMIA member and conference sponsor for many years.…

LAC Group is excited to be a sponsor of Cinecon 2019, the 55th annual Classic Film Festival and memorabilia show taking place in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, August 29th through September 2nd. Loews Hollywood Hotel is the host hotel, with all screenings at the…

Tim Knapp is SVP of Content & Archive Services at LAC Group and holds over 35 years of experience in motion and still film imaging and most recently in digital. This article was adapted from an interview by freelance journalist Bob Gibbons.

LAC Group’s content and archive services division (formerly known as PRO-TEK Vaults) recently attended the 2018 annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), held from November 28th through December 1st in Portland, Oregon.  The AMIA Conference is the largest of its kind…

Although not manufactured since the early 1950s, thousands of feet of nitrate-based film footage still exist in collections around the world. We find historic, motion picture film owners ranging from corporations established decades ago to small museums. Often, they either don’t know if their holdings…

Digital cataloging with solid metadata is a vital part of the film preservation and archiving process. The larger the collection size, the more critical this process becomes—yet often it’s overlooked and undervalued by collection owners. For those of you not quite familiar with metadata, it’s…

Preserving motion picture film is a process that involves more than warehousing in climate-controlled environments. Yet many filmmakers, owners and stewards of film collections have been focused on just that – humidity, temperature and other storage and inventory management considerations. At PRO-TEK, we stress that…

Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2016, at the age of 84. Many of our employees who had the honor of knowing her are mourning the loss of this Hollywood legend, and that includes Stan Taffel, who provided information for her book Unsinkable. Stan…

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