My name is Ellie and I’m a newly trained film archivist (literally: I finished my MA dissertation last Friday). I’ve just begun my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Now is the time to start blogging.
- There are squillions of film and TV blogs and other online resources on film and television, but relatively few on the archiving of moving image material.
- Writing is a good habit for a PhD candidate!
- Being in academia for a while longer, I worry about becoming disconnected from the film archive industry that I love.
- I’m a 20-something from North London, a vegetarian, a humanities graduate… Like most hipsterish folk, I like vintage stuff.
Kine Artefacts gives a historical perspective on film and TV commentary, and occasionally takes a philosophical turn when discussing film archiving in general. What is a film archive? Why do we archive? That sort of thing.
I’m limiting myself to material produced before the 1980s. My training has largely been in celluloid, videotape and paper documents, and that’s the stuff I’m most likely to look at in my spare time. This does not mean I dislike modern films, TV or the digital realm. I love Strictly Come Dancing, Community and Studio Ghibli films, amongst many other things – I’m just not inclined to write about them.
Things you can look forward to in the upcoming months:
- Despatches from the 30th Pordenone Film Festival, including a guest spot on the Silent London blog.
- The beginnings of the Southern Television project: archival research into this oft overlooked ITV franchise holder for southern central England.
- Preparations for next year’s relocation to Rochester, NY – the home of celluloid! Your scribe is lucky enough to be the recipient of the AMIA/IPI Internship Award in Preservation Research.
- Archives on Youtube! I’ll endeavour to find examples of interesting archival clips from Youtube, Vimeo etc. for a regular ‘Watch This’ column.
Posts will be infrequent, poorly proofed and ponderous – you have been warned.