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film restoration

At Fixafilm, we approach digital restoration as more than a technical challenge.

It also requires creativity and a deep knowledge of the history of film and filmmaking.

We are aware how essential it is to be faithful to the original work.

To achieve the best possible finished product we consider it crucial to work together with the filmmakers and those who are directly responsible for the restored version of the film.

At Fixafilm, not only do we provide our clients with the technical know-how and state-of-the-art facilities to restore each film’s original creative vision, we are also always open to collaborative discussion to achieve the best possible result.

Our many years of experience, combined with the industry leading and most up-to-date software available allows us to tackle the problems of each project quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, with care and consideration.

 
fixafilm workflow

 

Stabilisation

Archival movies are often unstable and warped, especially around the cuts.

We approach each case individually, manually stabilising individual elements where required. We can achieve a rock-steady look for restoration, or can stabilise the elements, restoring the authentic original gate-weave.

 

 

Flicker

Over time film emulsion degrades, especially if it was developed in less than ideal conditions, using poor quality chemicals.

At Fixafilm, we have developed effective methods for removing flicker from black and white or colour film, depending on the level of damage to the luma and/or chroma components of the image. An individual approach to each component with a careful and considered method is the hallmark of our service.

 

 

Scratches

Often original negatives or prints may have been scratched or damaged from mishandling or excessive use.

At Fixafilm, we specialise in removing this damage, while still retaining the original detail present in the film.

 

 

Dust

Over time, film tends to gather dust particles and other artifacts.

We target actual dust and scratches via infrared damage mattes, and by visual inspection of the film, and are careful not to remove any of the underlying detail or grain.

 

 

Colour correction

In many cases archival material requires special treatment during the colour correction process.

Where grading is concerned, faithfulness to the original is of utmost importance to us. We work closely with the creators, always taking their expertise into account, to achieve a faithful digital restoration of the original colour.