So many new movies and documentaries relies on historic imagery. Without proper preservation efforts, much of our cinematic history can be lost forever or stuck buried on a dusty archival shelf.
The recent blockbuster, They Shall Not Grow Old, directed by Peter Jackson, was the result of bringing real, 100-year old footage of World War I back to life. The film’s restoration artists turned age-ravaged silent footage into colourised, dimensionalised and speed-corrected imagery with natural movement and appearance that allows viewers into the shoes of those who fought the war. This was no doubt a challenging and time-consuming process for the film makers and researchers.
There is over 30 million film hours (Fh) of analogue audio-visual content stored in European archives.
AV–Treasure wants to make the process of finding and using this content much easier, creating a valuable resource for the industry.