As a successful producer working in the field of video and movie production, you often would have thought that it would be great if there was a way in which you could ensure the preservation of the quality of your films and video footage for posterity. You are not alone in thinking that. The need for video restoration today is very high as older prints are under threat of being slowly destroyed due to the impact of time and the effect of the elements on them. Today video & film restoration services have expanded to include all types of film prints ranging from older low quality color prints to black and white prints to even the oldest film type from the era of silent movies, most of which are all gone.
At G-VFX, we are committed to the task of applying digital and software innovations towards preserving, restoring, repairing and preserving the legacy of your cinema by offering our unique and customized restoration and video clean up services to you and all people involved in the business of digital film restoration. The film making business now faces the dilemma of preserving and restoring their film prints prior to the age of digitization. Movies produced in the first half of the 20th century were all filmed on an unstable, highly flammable cellulose nitrate film base. This film base had to be very carefully handled and stored to decelerate the process of decomposition. However, today very few of these exist as the original negatives and prints of these movies slowly crumbled to dust.
Additionally, it is not only the earliest films which are under threat, it is also a film print as new as the ones which were shot in post Technicolor. If you are a film maker with films shot in post Technicolor, you will realize the need for restoration of all your films which were shot in the cellulose acetate film base, which replaced the earlier highly degenerative cellulose nitrate film base. Many films which were shot in the cellulose acetate base are decomposing at a fast rate and therefore it is essential to have these restored before more damage is done.
Many such films have also been lost and some only exist because copies of the originals were made. At G-VFX we offer a highly competitive solution towards the restoration of such films, our commitment to you is to ensure that we restore a film as much as possible to its original form without losing out on its quality. So, whether you are a film archivist or a film museum curator or a film historian or even an organization working in field of film preservation, we can provide for your disposal some of our best talent in the field working on restoration and cleanup today. Depending on the nature and volume of your requirement, we can customize film restoration and cleanup solutions for you that will be highly cost effective.
Films, especially those produced in the earlier ages have been often of lower quality prints and more susceptible to damage, destruction, decomposition from any number of causes ranging from mishandling to incorrect storage methods to even exposure to the elements. At G-VFX, we understand how important it is to clean up these films in a pristine condition and to that end we offer a wide range of rescue and repair tools for common problems such as graininess, dust, flickering, scratching, tears, etc. We also repair all types of film defects. We also offer software and digital cleanup services to remove any on-screen noise such as wires, rigs, green screen
At G-VFX, our team of skilled and experienced restoration artists begin the film restoration project by inspecting the film to determine what percentage of the original physical film remains and the condition of the film. The G-VFX team does a thorough search for identity and isolates the film and determines which parts will yield the best output. Usually the G-VFX cutting edge service demands that only base material such as pre- print matter or original negatives or inner positives are used to ensure the best quality results. For instance, when Universal Studios restored its famous 1975 movie the Jaws, it used original prints to restore the movie for a blue ray re-release. Our team then removes all impairments on the negatives, ranging from dust or surface scratches and any graininess or tears. After the selection of the basic restoration material is made, our team at G-VFX then cleans the original negative by applying to it a coating of protective chemicals that serve to cover up all the surface scratches, micro-dents and imperfections. Once all the surface micro-dents are filled up by the process of chemical bathing, the film is then scanned using a sophisticated computer software at a high resolution.
The next step followed by our G-VFX team is to move to deeper repairing process which is done digitally. Here all the damage at a deeper level is taken care of, such as spots, graininess and scratches. For such deep level damage, software based visual effect correction is needed. Once all the damage is fixed on the film, we G-VFX team then moves to the next step of the film restoration process, which is basically color correction. In this process, the G-VFX team has to be mindful of many factors that can go into deciding how color correction should proceed. For instance, every movie is examined frame by frame meticulously by our team to ensure that colors are rectified in such a way that all shots appear clear, crisp and sufficiently bright to reveal all the details, which might not be the case with the original print because of the fact that it may have been shot at different times of the day under varying weather conditions of brightness and cloud cover. After this step, our professionals then go on to enhance the audio quality and finally wrap up the process by creating a digital negative of the film, so that it can last much longer than the original negative.
Digital restoration and cleanup is a painstaking process but at G-VFX we put all our efforts into making your film as good as new and you pay very little for a piece of cinema that will literally last forever.