05th Apr2018

The Miskatonic Institute announce ‘A Restoration of Nosferatu (1922)’ talk

by Phil Wheat

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The Miskatonic Institute Horror Studies – London is set to welcome Watchmaker Films founder Mark Rance to discuss the proccess and importance of film restoration while putting a spotlight on his challenging work on the Nosferatu release (pictured above).

The talk will primarily explore the complex and subjective issues currently floating around in many analog-versus-digital discussions of film and how those opinions can influence the determination of what the restored version should look like if the goal is to replicate the original projected image at the time of first release.

This show-and-tell lecture will illustrate many of the issues encountered and (with varying degrees of success) resolved in a digital restoration of Murnau’s NOSFERATU. We will begin with a description of the original production and the technology used to make the film. The film’s own troubled history complicated the film’s physical reconstruction, and that impacted the digital restoration. The reconstructed master print was made from many disparate elements, as a single negative was simply not available. We will examine many scenes and shots in a side-by-side comparison of the unrestored reconstructed print and the digitally restored version of the same material. As we do, this talk will investigate many of the problems faced by any restoration team when not all the original elements are available. We will examine the use of VFX tools, grain management, tinting processes and photo-chemical to digital translation issues when restoring motion pictures.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London – A Restoration of ‘Nosferatu’ (1922) talk takes place on April 19th 2018, 7:00pm-10:00pm at The Horse Hospital. Tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs (students/seniors with ID)

For more info check out www.miskatonic-london.com and http://www.miskatonic-london.com/events/a-restoration-of-nosferatu-1922/

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