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Thursday, March 12 • 1:40pm - 2:30pm
VeCoScan. Unveiling a New Generation of Archival Film Scanners

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VeCoScan (VErsatile COlor film SCANner) is an ERC Proof of Concept project conducted at the department of Film Studies of the University of Zurich. The scope was to develop and test a multi-spectral and versatile film scanner prototype that is able to capture a wide range of historical film colors. The scanner allows screening the colors of film prints via digital projection without further adjustments by color grading. This constitutes a scientifically proven workflow, which is in line with restoration ethical guidelines. The versatility of the scanner also allows extracting the color information of negatives and faded film in the most efficient way, thus improving the result of digital restoration. The multispectral image acquisition is combined with a modular structure which offers a flexible geometrical arrangement of the illumination, owing to the way film is illuminated in analog projection. The working prototype was tested with a variety of historical color film processes and the results were evaluated in parallel analog/digital projection by a group of experts in the field (film scholars and archivists, colorists and scientists). We are happy to share the results of the project at CiF 2020.

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avatar for Lutz Garmsen

Lutz Garmsen

UZH
Lutz Garmsen is a filmmaker, media artist, apparatus manufacturer, cameraman and animator. He teaches animated film, experimental film and media installation at various universities and institutes, advises and implements artistic media projects, and develops tools for film research... Read More →
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Giorgio Trumpy

Research Scientist, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors, University of Zurich
Giorgio Trumpy is postdoc at the University of Zurich. He studied Conservation Science in Florence, and received his PhD in Scientific Photography from the University of Basel (2013). For two years (2014-2016) was postdoc fellow at National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. His work... Read More →
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David Pfluger

Research Scientist, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors, University of Zurich
David Pfluger, born in 1971, made his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Basel (PhD Thesis: Hochauflösende Absorptionsspektroskopie an Polyacetylen- und Cyanopolyacetylen Kationen, Universität Basel, 2001). After his graduation in 2002 he was working in cinema post production... Read More →


Thursday March 12, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
NFT3/ BFI Southbank

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