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An N.F.L. Films cameraman on the sidelines last month

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By Published: January 22, 2012

There’s only so much that happens on any given Sunday of the football season, but there is a seemingly insatiable appetite for it on television. So the assignment for N.F.L. Films is “to take the same material and make it entertaining in different ways for different shows, for different styles of fans,” said Ross Ketover, who along with Pat Kelleher is a senior coordinating producer and oversees the 65 producers who slice and dice games for the division. They said they created a thousand hours of new programming last year.

While television networks focus on the live events each week, their division films the games - yes, much is still on actual 16-millimeter film - for an array of future purposes. They are simultaneously documenting the history of the sport, promoting the National Football League and providing an important revenue source.

“I’ve always felt that a camera is an instrument of realism - and a creator of myth,” said Steve Sabol, whose father, Ed, founded what became N.F.L. Films in 1962. All together, the decades of films have given football a mythology that no other American sport has matched.

Some of N.F.L. Films’ footage is woven into films, commercials, and future installments of “Football Follies,” the blooper reels that Johnny Carson helped make famous on “The Tonight Show.” But much of it - like that of Mr. Tebow on Dec. 11 - is turned around much more quickly so it can be shown on TV before next week’s games. The unit has special couriers who rush raw film from stadiums to its building in Mount Laurel, N.J., near Philadelphia, where it is processed. In essence, the shows keep fans entertained on the days when games are not played.

We are very proud at STiL Casing Solution to know that the Super Bowl championships are safely preserved in one of our Archival Film Can !

Inside the vault at NFL Films

Inside the vault at NFL Films

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SAA - Society of American Archivists

SAA logoSTiL Casing Solution is happy to be a member of the SAA, so this week I thought I’d write my post about this association.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

Taken from their website: http://www2.archivists.org/

Perhaps inevitably, as a result of the greater recognition and support that archival activity was receiving within the government at this time, the members of the Conference of Archivists realized that a distinction should be made between the historians and scholars who used the archival materials and the archivists who were responsible for the material’s care, organization, and management. The archivists believed that their field was a particular science for which a professional association was needed in order to continue the growth and advancement of the profession. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) was founded in December 1936, “…to promote sound principles of archival economy and to facilitate cooperation among archivists and archival agencies.” A more democratic body than its predecessor, it opened its ranks not just to directors of large archives institutions, but to all “who are or have been engaged in the custody or administration of archives or historical manuscripts.” This included archives of all sizes and orientation, from small private and business archives to large historical collections.

Once born, SAA acted quickly. A president, A.R. Newsome, and a board of directors were elected by its initial 124 individual and four institutional members. In its first full year membership increased to 243 archivists and institutions, and SAA began the practice of holding an annual convention at which professional papers were delivered, information was exchanged, and philosophies of archival organization were discussed. At the Society’s first convention in June 1937, President Newsome outlined a course for SAA that has been followed to the present day: “to become the practical self-help agency of archivists for the solution of their complex problems” and “to strive to nationalize archival information and technique”; to seek “the solution of archival problems involving external relations with all archival agencies, with learned societies, and with the public”; and “to encourage the development of a genuine archival profession in the United States” in which SAA would “set training standards and advance archival administration through its meetings and publications.” Primary among these publications was the Society’s journal of record, the American Archivist, whose premiere issue appeared in January 1938.

SAA developed a strategic plan in 1993 to define the organization’s direction and purpose, and at that time established the following mission statement: The Society of American Archivists serves the education and information needs of its members and provides leadership to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record.  SAA today numbers approximately 5,000 individual and 650 institutional members.  The Society maintains offices in Chicago’s Loop.  Foremost among SAA’s many activities are services that the Society provides to members.

News from the Library of Congress

a press release from the Library of Congress, January 10, 2011
Universal Music Group Donates Over 200,000 Master Recordings to the Library of Congress
Library’s Largest Musical Gift Features Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby & Others

The American people, through the nation’s library, will receive a post-holiday gift of vintage sound recordings from one of the world’s largest recording companies. The Library of Congress and the Universal Music Group (UMG) announced today the donation of more than 200,000 historic master recordings-many long out-of-print or never released-to the Library’s Recorded Sound Section, which has more than 3 million sound recordings in its collections.

to see the rest of this press release: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-003.html

This is a press release made on July 2, 2010 from one of our clients; National Archives and Record Administration. We wanted to share this with you..enjoy the video!

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Happy Easter!

Easter

 

Easter gives hope for tomorrow,
As after the winter comes Spring.
Our hearts can be filled with gladness

 All of us at STiL Casing Solution, join in to wish you all a Happy Easter!

Film History since 1890

Film History goes as far as the 17th century. When a very early version of “magic lantern” (or shadow muppets as I like to call it) was invented, it was a devise with a lens that projected images from transparencies onto a screen, with a simple light source (such as a candle).  The invention of the Thaumatrope (the earliest version of an optical illusion toy) was in 1824. This is a disk or card with a picture on each side attached to two pieces of string, when the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.  We’ve all done this once in our life as children or even as an adult, let’s admit it.

We had to wait until the 1920’s until film technology would allow movies to have sound.  The first “picture house” was built in New Orleans in 1896, but the first full-length film “THE SQUAW MAN” wasn’t released until 1913.  But alas, popcorn was first served in movie theatres in 1912, so those who got the privilege of seeing this first time projection had the chance of munching on it.  I don’t know where they got to put their drinks..seeing as cup holders only made it in 1981.

How much did it cost to watch a movie?

  • In 1907 you could watch a film at a Nickelodeon theater for five cents, which is why it was called a  “Nickel”odeon;
  • During the Depression or the 1920s, movies cost about 27 cents;
  • During the 60s it cost a little less than one dollar;
  •  About four dollars in the 80s;
  • Now it goes around 10 to 15 dollars.

Here is an interesting list I found on what were classified the best movies of each decade since the 1890’s:

We are proud to say at STiL that some of these great studios have film reels sitting confortably in our containers and even certain films listed above!

I stumbled upon this article and wanted to share it with you:

Scorsese and friends race to save film classics from destruction - CNN.com
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/27/world.cinema.foundation/index.html

 Led by Martin Scorsese, these celluloid crusaders are racing to save some of cinema’s masterpieces from the ravages of time.

We are trying to fight “for the existence of a memory,” Brazilian filmmaker and foundation member, Walter Salles told CNN.

Sad event in Haiti - What will the National Archives become?

On August 20, 2009, the culture and communication Minister (Mr. Oslen Jean Julien) launched the planning of the activities for the 150 years commemoration of the National Archives of Haiti (created in 1860), which was to take place on August 20, 2010. Among the activities that were planned; a documentary on the National Archives, workshops on teaching the history of Haiti, an exposition baptized “Treasures of the National Archives” and the construction of the “City of Archives” whose first stone should have been placed solemnly on August 20, 2010.

Olsen Jean Julien and Jean Wilfrid Bertrand, Director of the National Archives mentioned the problems involved in the archives of the country, the particular difficulty in accessing and conservation of the documents. According to the director of Anh, the documents of the 19th Haitian century remain inaccessible today and many are currently in danger, because their conditions of conservation are inadequate. “If nothing is done, he added, we go in the next years towards an amnesic society. ” (statement made on August 20th, 2009)

Photo taken very close to the National Archives of Haiti after the tragic earthquake:

Haiti

An amnesic society? I don’t think so! Our hearts and prayers go out to all the Haitian people!

Happy Holidays from STiL Casing Solution!

As 2009 is coming to an end what a great time to look back and remember what we succeeded and where we were this past year.

January: Official launch of our new web site www.stilcasing.com and name: STiL Design became STiL Casing Solution
March:  New product; the Acetate Hub
April: Leap into Web 2.0; the birth of our blog
May: Our 1st participation at the ACA Annual Conference
June: Conference at for the 22nd FIMAC (Festival International des Médias Audiovisuels Corporate) in Bourgogne, France
August: Launching of our new & unique Audio Tape Box at the SAA Conference in Austin
November: AMIA Conference in St. Louis
December: Announce of two new formats for the Audio Tape Box; 10″ and 7″

We would like to say a warm thank you to all our clients, who besides the financial crisis and budget costs, you all stayed loyal, it is always a pleasure to do business with each and every one of you.

We’d like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you happiness, health and prosperity. We look forward to working with you in 2010!

Have a safe and peaceful Holiday!

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 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année !
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!