From Grain to Pixel

The Archival Life of Film in Transition

Giovanna Fossati

Giovanna Fossati

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

336 pages | 31 color plates, 25 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9/12 | © 2009
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9789089641397 Published February 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Film is in a state of rapid change: the transition from analog to digital is profoundly affecting not just filmmaking and film distribution but a number of other facets of the industry, including the ways in which films are archived. In From Grain to Pixel—the first volume in the new Framing Film series from Amsterdam University Press—Giovanna Fossati brings together scholars and archivists to discuss their theories on digitization and to propose new possibilities for future archives.  


Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
“Giovanna Fossati does more than simply give the most thoughtful, thorough and up-to-date account of the transformation in motion picture archiving over the last decades. She forces us to reconsider the nature of the moving image and prepare for a new era of communication and preservation.”
Paolo Cherchi Usai, Haghefilm Foundation
 “Scholarly research on film and media is profoundly influenced by the way in which moving images are preserved and made accessible for scrutiny. This fact alone should make Giovanna Fossati’s book mandatory reading for all graduate courses in the field.”
Framing Film (in Transition): an Introduction
Part One
Practice and Theory of (Archival) Film
1  Film Practice in Transition
2  Theorizing Archival Film
Part Two
Theorizing (Archival) Practice
3  Film Archival Field in Transition
4  Restoration Case Studies: Theorizing Archival Practice
A New Mindset for (Archival) Film in Transition: a Conclusion
Glossary of Technical Terms
List of Illustrations
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