Motion Picture Preservation!

With the 2014 Oscars at a close, we here at INeedStorage wondered, where do we store all of those great films? We searched the depths of time and space (Google) to find out!

Nitrate Film Storage At The Packard Campus

One of 124 individual vaults for the more flammable nitrate film.

To understand the great lengths that Universal Studios, MGM, and many other motion pictures studios go to in order to preserve their investments we need to take a look at the lessons learned.  Film preservation was not of deep concern up until the past 20 years. Movies recorded on cellulose nitrate from the late 1800’s up until the 1950’s as well as cellulose acetate (plastic) films from the 1950’s on, were found to be deteriorating at rapid levels. As a result it is said the upwards of 90 percent of silent films and 50 percent of sound films made in America have been lost to decomposition.

Thanks to research performed by companies such as Kodak and, The Image Permanence Institute, it has been found that the remaining nitrate and cellulose films as well as more modern day polyester are best preserved in vaults that control temperature as well as humidity. With this information many motion picture companies have installed their own vaults that keep the film roughly in the area of 57 degrees with a humidity level of 50 percent. The UCLA Film and Television Archive is even said to have a vault within a vault that keeps extremely rare negatives at 46.8 degrees. The largest of all these you ask, The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. The Campus houses the world’s largest collection of film, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings all within a 415,000 square foot building containing 95 miles of shelving, 35 climate controlled vaults, and 124 specialty vaults for the flammable nitrate film. Now that’s what we call storage!

Photo of the Packard Campus

The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. Photo by Bob Bieberdorf

With the switch from 35mm to digital in the film industry, storage has once again become a major issue. With storage costs for digital being upwards of 1100% more costly than storing regular film and the fact that there is not yet a reliable media for storing digital copies for hundreds of years, many in the industry are questioning and criticizing the use of digital film. One strong example, of how un-reliable technology in cinematography can be, The Pixar film Toy Story 2 had almost been completely lost due to a delete command accidentally entered on one of the companies computers containing the film. To make things worse, the backups that they had were faulty. The only thing that saved their $245,852,179 domestic box office take was the fact that an employee had made her own backups to show her kids on a family vacation. Talk about a close one right?

Scene from toy story 2

For the film industry, choosing the right storage means saving money as well as preserving the past. Pore Leo might not have his golden statue to pass down through the generations but his family will be able to see his accomplishments for years to come.

 

Sources:

http://www.filmpreservation.org/preservation-basics/the-film-preservation-guide

http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-12/film-tv/35-mm-film-digital-Hollywood/?storyPage=6

http://www.loc.gov/film/storage.html

http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=toystory2.htm

3 Inspirational Sites To Spark Your Creative Home Organization Ideas!

Spring is just around the corner and at INeedStorage we realize that sometimes a self-storage unit isn’t what you’re looking for. Most of you are familiar with “do it yourself” sites such as Pinterest and DIYNetwork, but over here at INeedStorage we have a few places that we like to go to for creative home storage and organization ideas.

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Tipnut.com is one woman’s way of sharing her passion with the world. Tipnut, simply put, is a repository for creative tips and ideas with a “focus on creative and rewarding homemaking”. Hop on to the site and pop “storage” or “organization” into the search and you will be rewarded with a list of fun and creative ideas to straighten up your stuff from a vast collection of blog articles and user submissions.

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Over here at INeedStorage we like to consider ourselves to be storage junkies so naturally we would be drawn to orgjunkie.com. Organizing Junkie offers a HUGE database of storage solutions for your home, office, and even ideas for organizing your things for travel. If you have trouble organizing your time as well, orgjunkie offers plenty of articles that will teach you to add some order to the chaos

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Simplyfabulousliving.com is a wonderful blog full of thoughts, ideas, and strategies created throughout the blog owner Lea’s life. Leah is a professional organizer that has spent a vast portion of her life creating ways to clean up her life and keep the clutter out. Her blog offers tips for organizing and decorating your home as well as ways to plan out healthy meals for the family. She even goes as far as to offer a 3 part series that helps you straighten up the files on your computer.

At times we all need a little guidance or inspiration to smooth out the rumple in our lives. So weather you are in need of a little extra space or you have that itch to get some spring cleaning done, these three ladies are sure to have the information you need.

Do you have a favorite DIY site or blog that inspires you? Share with us and comment below!

Stunning Malcolm X Related Documents Found In Storage Unit

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The influx of storage auction attendees in the past couple of years is a reflection of the current status of the American Dream. We all want to get rich- and quick! While many storage units are auctioned off daily, only a few hold objects of true monetary value… and even fewer act as tombs for the invaluable. Such a storage unit was auctioned off recently in Connecticut, inside the unit were documents that were pivotal to American history. Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, a musician who was a close confidant of Malcolm X, followed his friend’s career closely and scrap booked his achievements, leaving these treasures to collect dust in a storage unit after his passing. Just over one-thousand documents were purchased by a collector of African American historical artifacts, who then sold the assorted papers and scrap books to the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha in co-operation with  the Black History 101 Mobile Museum in Detroit.

“Once (the buyer) found out that it was of a significant historical nature, he decided then he didn’t want to break the collection up. He wanted to make sure it went to the right home,” said Khalid el-Hakim the man who created the Black History 101 Museum, and whom still curates the museum today. The contents of the storage unit passed hands repeatedly before finally settling in the belonging of the two museums, and will offer a unique glimpse into the life of not only Malcolm X but also Malcolm Jarvis, a close friend of X’s. While the documents contain evidence of Malcolm X and Malcolm Jarvis’s involvement in a 1945 home theft, there is also a scrapbook documenting Malcolm X’s life; a testament to the reverence and respect these friends felt for one another. Such a compendium of information regarding one of the Civil Rights Movements most prominent leaders is an invaluable contribution to museums such as the Black History 101 Mobile Museum as well as the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. Keep attending auctions in your area and follow your instincts if you have a hunch about a particular unit, you never know what relic is lying buried within.