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Patrick Simpson
Getting into film restoration - DaVinci Revival
on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:11:08 am

I'm youngish, have worked in post production for a while and I've become very interested in film restoration as a career. After a bit of research it's clear that DaVinci Revival is an industry standard.

What does it take to learn DaVinci Revival and get into film restoration as a restoration artist?

I know UCLA has a graduate program (http://www.mias.ucla.edu), are there other good programs out there? Is it worth going back to school for? VERY interested in serious, professional advice.


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Patrick Morgan
Re: Getting into film restoration - DaVinci Revival
on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:38:17 pm

Hi there Patrick

First - Colours to the mast - I work for Digital Vision as a product Specialist - Done ;-)

Restoration is a fascinating field of work and I would not worry too much about platforms and software.

I would say that you should learn all you can about film, theory and practical, since physical restoration forms a part of the process as well, formats, film types, processes.

There are many different applications for doing restoration work, and typically not all of then offer the same tools, Revival, PFClean, Diamant, MTI and Phoenix are just some of the more well known pieces of software out there, not forgetting PS, After Effects and generally anything else that can load an image.

Whatever gets the job done.

Good luck forwards, restoration is fascinating and can be very rewarding.

Some info on the Restoration summer school in Italy...maybe a starting point for more information.

http://www.cinetecadibologna.it/en/restaurare/fiafsummer/fiaf2012

Regards

Patrick Morgan


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Jonathon Lee
Re: Getting into film restoration - DaVinci Revival
on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:08:12 pm

Hey Patrick,

Revival is for sure worth learning. The issue will have with it is not the application its self, which is very easy to use, but the platform on. It runs on Linux so the system configuration is more difficult then PC and Mac based systems.

If you are OK with linux you'll be fine.

The UCLA program is fantastic. I know some of the folks over there and have worked on restoration projects for them. Great bunch of people over there.... very passionate film makers, preservationists and archivists. There are other apps for restoration, however, they are much more expensive then Revival. Learn all of the tools you can, there is not one program that can do everything perfectly. I would say Revival is the best value for the money, but being on the linux platform you will find getting media files in and out not as simple as on a Mac or PC. I really hope the BMD folks port Revival to OS X or WIndows.

Anyhow, hope this helps.

Best,

Jonathon


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Patrick Simpson
Re: Getting into film restoration - DaVinci Revival
on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:19:18 pm

I've tinkered with Linux and installed it on a few different machines so that's not a problem for me.

It seems like UCLA's program would go a long way for exposing me to different aspects of the restoration process as well as be good for making valuable connections - as opposed to trying to learn the tools on my own and then break in somehow.


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Patrick Simpson
Re: Getting into film restoration - DaVinci Revival
on Feb 26, 2013 at 4:51:13 am

It looks like UCLA will not be an option for this fall - bummer.

Are apprenticeships a viable option? Any tips for finding an apprenticeship?


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