On May 21st, the LAAC, UCLA AMIA Student Chapter, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Department of Educational Initiatives hosted the Archaeology of Moving Image Media Workshop. The half-day event held at the Academy’s Pickford Center brought together students, professional archivists, artists, and other community members in a part-lecture, part hands-on setting to learn how to identify, handle, and preserve moving image materials.
Many archivists had expressed the need for a basic understanding of media archiving, since most archives contain moving image material that must be preserved, but archival education programs often do not teach media preservation. This workshop was designed to fill that void in a collaborative and interactive environment.
The workshop was led by Academy Film Archive Archivist and LAAC Diversity Committee Member Alejandra Espasande, with presentations by UCLA AMIA Student Chapter and LAAC members Jen O’Leary, Shani Miller, Caitlin Denny and Robin Margolis.
The afternoon ended with a presentation on the points archivists must weigh when deciding how to digitize their films; the process that works best for one archive, might not be the best, or only, route for digitization in another.
All attendees, and presenters, left with a solid foundation in moving image preservation principals, as well as a long list of resources for future media archiving work.
By Jen O’Leary