In general, object versus image in film preservation is kind of like the old “if a tree falls in the forest” debate. It could be stated here as “If there is no one to see a film, does that film matter?” And yes, of course it does, for a variety of reasons. But ultimately the point of motion picture preservation projects is that we want somebody to sit in a theater and watch that 16mm or that 35mm film.

George Eastman House on Film PreservationIn general, object versus image in film preservation is kind of like the old “if a tree falls in the forest” debate. It could be stated here as “If there is no one to see a film, does that film matter?” And yes, of course it does, for a variety of reasons. But ultimately the point of motion picture preservation projects is that we want somebody to sit in a theater and watch that 16 mm or that 35 mm film.