Call for Proposals: Bologna 2016

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Call for Proposals: Bologna 2016

We are pleased to announce the 37th edition of the ongoing technical symposium, The Reel Thing, to take place in Bologna, Italy on June 26 in conjunction with the 72nd FIAF Congress and Il Cinema Ritrovato.  The event, on the second day of the Symposium A New Life for the Cinema of the Past, will take place at the Teatro Comunale, Largo Respighi 1.

Individuals and organizations who have made presentations at previous Reel Thing symposia, in Europe, South America, at AMIA conferences throughout the United States, or Los Angeles in 2008 through 2015, are encouraged to consider The Reel Thing XXXVII for continuing explorations of themes and topics presented earlier.

Individuals and organizations who have made presentations at previous Reel Thing symposia, in Europe, South America, at AMIA conferences throughout the United States, or Los Angeles in 2008 through 2015, are encouraged to consider The Reel Thing XXXVII for continuing explorations of themes and topics presented earlier.  Program content from the 2008-2015 Los Angeles symposia is here.

As with all editions of The Reel Thing, we focus on the wide range of critical issues facing archivists, technicians, asset managers and curators of image and sound in the current media/digital landscape.  Problems and solutions involving digital creation workflows (2K/4K/6K/8K), data storage access and recovery, image scanning and recording, image resolution metrics, traditional video and audio preservation and restoration issues are topics of interest.  Of particular interest are the preservation and archiving issues surrounding Digital Intermediate and Digital Production workflows for motion pictures and television/streaming.  If you have been working in these or related areas of interest, we invite you to propose a presentation summarizing the technical, theoretical and practical facets of your work.

Presentations consist of a brief analytic explanation of the project, digital/film/video/audio examples, and a question and answer period.  We ask that presenters focus on the nature of the work and its context, including the rationale for selection of methods and tools (hardware and software, photochemical / photomechanical and digital / analog), and to provide substantial detail concerning these aspects of the work.  We request A/B comparisons of the “before” and “after” states of the project in order to have a meaningful discussion and evaluation of the results.  We’re interested in facts and opinions concerning the present and future prospects of the techniques, processes and equipment that are in use today, or the near future.

Our objective is to expose our audience to the current thinking and most advanced practical examples of progress in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation, and to create a common ground for discussion and evaluation of methodologies so that informed decisions can be made about when and how to deploy both traditional and emerging technologies.

Grover Crisp
Michael Friend
Co-Organizers of The Reel Thing Technical Symposium

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Please send us your proposals at info@the-reel-thing.org.