Preservation

FGMS/FGMC Theater Print [MPA-D1]

Record Type Film Output from Motion Picture Film Reversal, Negatives and Prints
Expected Use Distribution Copy
Product Name FGMS/FGMC Theater Print [MPA-D1]
Product Purpose

This product satisfies requests for film projection.

Nature of Source Material

Any 35mm or 16mm B&W preservation or reproduction negative film element including ONS, ONT, ONC, DNS, and DNC

Film Stock

Kodak 2366 (35mm) and Kodak 3366 (16mm).

Other Information
  • Separate sound track elements are combined with negative visual elements to make a composite positive element in all cases.
  • This product is a positive element made from negative source elements.
  • This product is always derivative or duplicate from a higher quality preservation or reproduction master copy.
  • This product has been known as the “Theater Copy” and usually has a blue color block on the film can.
Quality Control Density
  • Control strips are created on a sensitometer for each new processing batch and evaluated on the densitometer. Adjustments are made to the processing chemicals as needed to achieve the desired neutral visual density reading of “1” on the control strip.
Methylene blue testing (implementation underway)
  • ISO 18917 1999 compliance: Methylene blue testing to measure residual thiosulfate and its decomposition products is of use in appraising the adequacy of washing and therefore the permanence of the silver image on photographic films, plates and papers. Inadequate washing can cause a loss in image density and the formation of stain in low-density areas.
Rationale

For the most part, film-based product specifications are dictated by the source material’s film element type. There is some flexibility however in regards to combining separate picture and soundtrack reels into a composite reel. This can be done for convenience or space management without any compromise to product quality. Selected image improvements such as color correction and density correction are routinely performed during the reformatting process.

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