During last year’s SEAPAVAA Conference in Singapore Mr Sai Prasad, CEO of Prasad Corporation (a major film production and restoration company based in India), spoke with us at length about the NFSA’s expertise in film conservation and providing international training.
After a number of follow-up conversations and a contract with Prasad, we travelled to Prasad Film Laboratories to conduct a two-week training consultancy. Prasad is located in Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana, a major centre for Indian film production known as ‘Tollywood’. They produce around 175 feature films a year but unfortunately the harsh climate causes films to deteriorate very rapidly. Films can turn into a sticky liquid goo in a matter of years.
Prasad Corporation is embarking on a program of treating and digitising their own back catalogue, and sought the NFSA’s expertise in training a team of film technicians in the art and science of film conservation.