Millions of feet of small gauge film (such as 8mm, Super-8mm and 16mm) are literally turning to vinegar—destroyed due to chemical breakdown. If these films aren't scanned before this happens, they're lost forever. Small gauge films were often used to make documentary, ethnographic, educational, industrial, and art films. It is expensive to scan motion picture film, and few of the organizations or filmmakers who own or curate them have the budget for digital preservation. Did you know that even 8mm film can be as good or better than HD if properly scanned? Quality preservation matters!
We want to make it affordable to preserve these films before they disappear, but we need your help. Please visit our Indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/savefilm to learn more, and contribute today!
Lasergraphics was kind enough to do a scan test on the scanner we'll be buying this summer. The film was shot in 1930 on negative, and then contact printed. We have the contact print only, which is what this scan was made from. Please pardon the compression artifacts, a result of the final compression here. The detail of the grain on the final image is really impressive, but it doesn't come through in this video.
You can read more about our campaign to save small gauge film, and help us purchase one of these scanners, by visiting our Indiegogo page: http://igg.me/at/savefilm