Texas Archive of the Moving Image Internship

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image or TAMI is a non-profit post-custodial archive with a goal to digitize Texas films before they become unplayable. I began my internship with TAMI in the summer of 2016 without a formal film background, only a delight in watching films. Throughout my internship at TAMI I learned the difference between film sizes such as 8mm or Super 8, tape splicing, how to digitize film, and how to make speed changes to make the film look as close to the original as possible.

My experience at TAMI taught me that digitization is not perfect, especially with moving images. Analog to digital still requires reformatting and even with reformatting, the end result slightly differs from the original. Additionally, I gained the insight that time is truly the kiss of death for film; the best form of preservation is digitizing film reels and preserving the digital copy. Many reels of film are falling victim to vinegar syndrome and unless someone is actively seeking these films to digitize, countless historical moments captured on film will forever be lost.

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