Nitrate Film

Nitrate Film – Luminous Imagery and Its Dangers By Ron Merk If you do not know what nitrate film is, then here’s a quick primer.  It’s the film that started it all.  It has both a bright side and a dark side, like most things in life.  Images on nitrate film have an amazing luminous quality, but they are always at...

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due by Ron Merk It has been brought to my attention that I may have understated the contributions of some people to “Plastic Man: The Arful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish,” in my pre-screening story and my review of the film, which recently premiered at The Mill Valley Film Festival.  I certainly didn’t mean to...

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Archives at Risk

Archives at Risk A Warning and a Way to Save Them  Millions of hours of film, television and radio are at risk!  Worn by time, eaten away by acidity, victims of wars, or natural disasters, lack of investment the audiovisual archives of humanity are in jeopardy. No country, even the most advanced in terms of digitization and conservation, will escape...

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October 27th is World Audio Visual Day

Audio Visual Day All Around the World by Ron Merk If you don’t know the term audio-visual, then you must be under 50! Every school used to have an audio-visual department, and some students trained on how to show films in the classroom.  There was an audio-visual cart holding the projector, screen and speakers for those wonderful 16mm sound projectors...

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ALL THE THINGS I HATE ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO – VOLUME 2

RANTS AND RAVES ALL THE THINGS I HATE ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO – VOLUME TWO by Ron Merk Continuing my series of articles about my love/hate relationship with San Francisco,  the city where I live, and the proverbial, provincial and often self-absorbed narcissist by the bay, it came to my attention recently that the people who control the Golden Gate Bridge...

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MORE ABOUT FERRANIA FILM’S RESURRECTION

FILM MANUFACTURING COMPANY – RISING LIKE A PHOENIX by Ron Merk   Ferrania’s film stocks have been used in many of the great Italian films and also by other European filmmakers for decades.  But after 3M took over the company, lower demand for film stocks and other economic factors, shut down Ferrania for years.  The factories sat empty, with all...

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