Technical selection

Examine all copies that exist. Do not necessarily dismiss components that are obviously shorter than the title’s original length. Research the following technical details for each copy that exists:

  • exact lengths – a shot list may be required
  • picture content – differing versions, reel composition, outtakes, offcuts etc.
  • physical condition and condition degree – damage, scratches, shrinkage, brittleness, decomposition
  • photographic quality – print-through, generation details, exposure density, frameline, problems, picture steadiness
  • colour – colour balance, grading/timing information, noticeable fading
  • sound track – quality of sound, completeness

The final selection should be the item that satisfies the above and is the most complete and most original.